Falco 3 is the third album by Falco, released in 1985. In the U.S. it peaked at number 3 in the Billboard 200 albums charts and at #18 in their Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums charts. Following two albums produced and co-written by Robert Ponger, this is Falco’s first album to be produced by Bolland & Bolland from The Netherlands.
Following an Academy Award-winning movie about Mozart, the Americanized mix of “Rock Me Amadeus” capitalized on and continued a resurgence of interest in the Viennese composer, and was an instant hit in the U.S., spending three weeks at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 and peaking at number four on the dance charts and number six on the R&B singles charts. It has several major differences from the non-US original: a spoken English prose track narrating a brief chronology of Mozart’s life, attempting a rap-meets-classical style; an English vocal musical accompaniment track; and only the English-compatible phrases, words, and sounds clipped from the complete (German) main vocal track. The non-US version of the Falco 3 album and the video feature the complete (German) main vocal track with lyrics portraying Mozart as both popular and radical.
“Vienna Calling” continued the geographic and stylistic theme, and followed its predecessor as far as the U.S. Top 20. A third single, a power ballad called “Jeanny” sung from the point of view of a rapist and possible murderer, proved a controversial hit in Europe; banned by some radio programmers there, it nevertheless improved on the chart peak of its predecessor, though it was virtually ignored in the U.S. The album also included a reworked German-language version of The Cars song “Looking for Love”, entitled “Munich Girls”, as well as a lounge lizard cover of Bob Dylan’s “It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue”.