You can see I by now have been off sick for a week, can't you..? LOL no, not sick in the head, as you may think and spit right now - to resort to Modern Talking, of all things..., haha.
Seriously though, if this doesn't make you weep for what you have spend you precious pocket money back then, you may at perhaps shed a tear for nostalgic reasons. Those clothes, this hair, those tunes...
Modern Talking 1985
The single eventually went on to sell 8 million copies worldwide!
During their two year peak, between 1985 and 1987, Modern Talking were successful in Europe, Asia, South America, Middle East, particularly in Iran, where all Western pop music was banned after the 1979 Islamic revolution. In the United Kingdom they entered the Top5 only once with the song 'Brother Louie'. Like most European pop acts, they were almost unknown in North America, never appearing in the US charts, although they did become one hit wonders in Canada when 'Brother Louie'. They released two albums a year, while also promoting their singles on TV all over Europe, eventually selling a breathtaking 65 million records within three years!
... and better they did, because already in late 1986 people in Germany were getting increasingly fed up with the same old stuff, they started buying their singles only to roll over and destroy them with all kinds of machinery. Clearly Modern Talking had missed the boat on trends in the music industry and the success began to fizzle out. Just look at the slipping peak chart positions with every new single release.
Eventually people started bitching about Thomas Anders' fake perma-tan, his supposed-girlfriend 'Nora' (blimmin'!), which appeared to muscle in ever more into their band business. All this was a welcome reason for Dieter Bohlen to call it all off and make his own way. A bitter, very public and most times sub-intelligent media feud started, mostly to blame on Dieter Bohlen, who persistently and very openly took the mickey (to say the very least) out of Thomas Anders.
After the duo split up in 1987, Dieter formed his own project Blue System and - miraculously - enjoyed several high chart positions with tracks like 'Sorry Little Sarah' and 'My Bed Is Too Big', continuing in his commercial, out-of-touch style.
Thomas went solo and recorded some of his new pop-like material in Los Angeles and London. As a solo artist, he toured in places like Moscow, Sun City, Hong Kong and Santiago de Chile during which time he would sing songs from his pop solo albums, in the meantime keeping his fans satisfied with former Modern Talking material. He recorded five solo albums in English and one album in Spanish. Unsurprisingly, he found more success in foreign countries than at home.
Despite all the quarrels and disagreements that Dieter Bohlen and Thomas Anders experienced between themselves in the past, they began keeping in touch again after Anders moved back to Germany in 1994.
In the beginning of 1998 the duo reunited, and had their first performance together on Germany's biggest TV show 'Wetten, dass..?' They re-started things off with the re-packaged version of their single 'You're My Heart, You're My Soul', though the single no longer sounded like a Europop track, instead it was a typical up-tempo Eurodance number featuring rapper Eric Singleton on the rap vocals. Their first comeback album Back for Good which included four new tracks as well as all of the previous hits redone with modern techniques stayed at number one position in Germany for five consecutive weeks and managed to top the charts in 15 countries, eventually selling 6 million copies worldwide.
Modern Talking 2002
Bohlen and Anders followed 1980s Modern Talking pattern as they chose to release two singles from each album as in the past. A series of singles and four more albums followed.
After reaching the point where they had already collected over 400 gold and platinum awards worldwide, Modern Talking decided to split up again in 2003, just before the release of another of their album compiled of best-songs. The second break-up seemed to have again been triggered mainly from the negative portrayal of Thomas by Dieter written in his autobiographical book published at the end of 2003.
In the course of all the disputes which eventually drove the duo to its break-up, Bohlen was involved in 'Deutschland sucht den Superstar', the German edition of the UK's Pop Idol.
Modern Talking is considered as the most successful German band ever and with over 120 million albums sold in the top 30 worldwide. Only artists such as ABBA, Elvis Presley, the Rolling Stones or The Beatles outrank Modern Talking internationally.
Modern Talking - You're My Heart, You're My Soul (1984)
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Modern Talking - You Can Win If You Want (1985)
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Modern Talking - Cher Cheri Lady (1985)
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Modern Talking - Brother Louie (1986)
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Modern Talking - Brother Louie (1986)
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Modern Talking - Atlantis Is Calling (S.O.S. For Love) (1986)
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Modern Talking - Geronimo's Cadillac (1986)
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Modern Talking - Jet Airliner (1987)
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Modern Talking - Juliet (2002)
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