Posted by DjPaulT on March 19th, 2013
BURNING THE GROUND EXCLUSIVE 1983
R E Q U E S T
“Der Kommissar” is a song first recorded by Falco in Austria in 1981.
Originally written by producer Robert Ponger for Reinhold Bilgeri, Bilgeri turned it down as he felt the song was too soft, so Falco reworked the song for himself instead.
Falco wanted to release “Helden von heute” as the main side (A-side), but the record company wanted “Der Kommissar” (“the commissioner” or police captain) to be released, because they felt it had more potential. The record company decided upon a double A-side release and was vindicated when “Der Kommissar” reached No. 1 in German-speaking countries in January 1982. After this big success, Falco’s management decided to release “Der Kommissar” (as an A-side) in other countries as well.
In the United States and the United Kingdom, Falco’s hit didn’t fare as well, despite topping charts throughout Europe and Scandinavia during spring and summer 1982. In the summer of 1982 the British rock band After the Fire recorded an English version of the song, also called “Der Kommissar”, and released it as a single, but the record floundered. Coming off a tour opening for Van Halen, After the Fire was working on material for a new album when in December 1982 the group announced onstage during a concert that they were breaking up. Both the After the Fire and Falco versions were rising on the Canadian charts at the time, but neither had cracked the U.S. pop charts.
One of the songs recorded for the b-side side of the record, the pop-rock “Helden von heute” (meaning “heroes of today”), is a tribute to David Bowie’s “Heroes”. Recorded in Berlin, Germany, Falco claimed in an interview that he went to Berlin to follow the “tracks” left there by David Bowie, with his albums Heroes and Low.
“Der Kommissar (The Commissioner)” only reached No. 74 in the US Cash Box Charts in 1983. and did not even chart in the UK, but Falco would break through with major hits in those countries two albums later, with “Rock Me Amadeus” and “Vienna Calling” in 1986.
Der Kommissar (The Commissioner) 3:50
Written-By – R. Ponger*
Auf Der Flucht (On The Run) 4:04
Written-By – R. Ponger*
Helden Von Heute (Today’s Heroes) 4:06
Vinyl: Near Mint
Sleeve: Very Good Plus
|1983||Blue Jean||U.S. Cash Box Singles||#74|
|1983||Blue Jean||U.S. Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks||#22|
|1983||Blue Jean||U.S. Billboard Hot Dance/Club Play||#10|
Label: A&M Records – SP-12053
Format: Vinyl, 12″, 33 RPM, Promo
Credits: Producer – R. Ponger*
Producer, Written-By – Falco
Promotional Copy Not for Sale
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Artwork scanned at 600dpi
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