Falco is an Austrian singer, songwriter, and rapper. In the early 80s, the English version of his song Der Kommissar as performed by the group After The Fire became a top-5 hit in the U.S. – the video for Falco’s German performance of the song also got airplay on MTV. I prefer the German version. Both are included below, watch for yourself and see which one you like better.

This is the German version of Der Kommissar, performed by Falco himself:

And here’s the English version by After The Fire:


It was a few years after Der Kommissar made it big when Falco came back again, bigger and better than ever with Rock Me Amadeus, which became a hit the year after the film Amadeus, which won 6 Academy Awards. Here is the video:



Falco died in 1998 a few weeks before his 41st birthday.


Feel free to comment below about your impressions of this or other 1980s nostalgia.