German band Alphaville shared millions of euros with roommates

The German synthpopband Alphaville (Forever Young, Big in Japan) distributed the income to the mid-nineties with his group.

Alphaville released in 1984 the album Forever Young and was from that moment on, say financial independence, although all revenues honestly were divided with the household of the band Hartwig Schierbaum, Frank Mertens and Bernd Gössling.

“We were part of a socialist collective of artists and have, according to our political vision with other artists in collaboration,” says Schierbaum in conversation with the German magazine Der Spiegel.

“We have all the material revenues shared with each other, even when it all we went with Alphaville. Until the mid-nineties, we have everything that came in about seven people scattered. We did that also during the first years after the establishment of the collective, why did we need to change?”

Call with Jay-Z

The success of the single Forever Young was at a given moment is so large, that the trio are somewhat alienated from the number. “It seemed as if the song is in the collective consciousness of the people was a woman. Wherever you go, you can take it everywhere for the world to hear.”

Many international artists wanted the song to re-interpret it and got often the consent of the duo.

Schierbaum: “Jay-Z called me and said that he by adding a raptekst something to the song wanted to change. That we have when phone is sealed. I just can still not contain when I’m on YouTube, see how Beyoncé Forever Young sings. That are times when I wonder: is this song still one of us?”

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