Falco Death

I had no idea that Falco had died. I don’t believe there was any coverage of it in the press at the time in the USA. Falco died in 1998 in a car crash. There was a bus that collided with his vehicle when he pulled out of the parking lot. I wanted to find out more about Falco.  I often wondered why he was living in Dominican Republic. It seemed that he had problems with taxes and he wanted to be able to drink. I saw a show on Reelz Network in which people talked about him, and how much he was drinking. He had a personal training session on the day he died, and then he went to a bar called The Tourist Disco. The waitress said he was drinking too much and she had to cut him off. He went to the parking lot and was reported to have sat in his Mitsubishi Montero for one hour in the hot sun with no air conditioning. He was reported to look like a total mess with his hair and clothes disheveled. Suddenly he left the parking lot with a great deal of speed and a bus was driving faster then the 80 km an hour speed limit. The bus was going more like 100 km an hour. Falco saw the bus, and it was too late to do anything. The bus driver saw Falco, but it was too late to change course. He was depressed because a girl friend had broken up with a few weeks before. I assumed the breakup he had something to do with the drinking and his lack of direction.  If this accident had not happened he may have died from drinking excessively. It is really sad that Falco who had a lot going for him, basically committed suicide. He would have been able to continue to perform as Falco. There is a Falco impersonator touring Europe as Falco and he sounds pretty good. All he has to do is get on stage and sing the songs. This would of been the life that Falco could of had, if he just been able to handle it.

I first saw Falco on MTV on a segment in which he was at a ski resort and he was trying to say something in English, but I could not understand what he was saying and his command of English seemed very poor, but maybe he was drunk and it seemed like he was ad-libbing the segment. This was before his Amadeus hit, it was around the time in which Der Kommissar was a hit. There was a group called After The Fire that did the song, but the video Der Kommissar by Falco did not seem to get any TV play until much later on. I heard the song, but only saw the video later. You can see Falco singing the song on You Tube and he appears to be fake running.

The After the Fire Video got a lot of airplay on MTV, but it was a terrible video because it focused on tarantula.  I could not see the point in having the tarantula, and it was a bad video overall, one I don’t want to watch again. I did not see the original Der Kommissar Video for a really long time, but I was able to hear the song. But I did not have a way to buy the song until I was able to get a cd of Falco’s greatest hits.

I think I may have hit play on my VCR at the time, but I lost the footage since then. It was something like be a “guest VJ” which they called a Video Jockey in which a musical guest would play the videos. They had one hour of Falco on the ski sloop looking he was about to ski, but he never did ski down the hill, as far as I can recall. The strange thing was they did not play the Der Kommissar Video on that hour. The found this footage  on You Tube. I have watched the footage, but it does not seem to be like I remember. I don’t know if there was more then one Falco as a guest DJ or if I saw only a replay or just a part of it. I remember him as being on the top of a ski sloop or jump and he is talking, but never does ski down the hill. I recall he was wearing a blue skiing outfit.

There will never really be a good answer as to what happened to Falco and why he died other then this is someone who really needed to get sober due to poor choices he made while drunk. The worst choice was driving that day. Updated 9/12/220 The Reelz Program was called Too Young to Die, Falco season 3 episode 1. Its not on demand, but it likely I could watch it again by subscribing to Reelz.
“He was Austria’s greatest rock star and one of the most important European musicians of his time. Coming from a poor Vienna neighborhood, he became world famous with his hit “Rock Me Amadeus.” His cultural legacy is more influential than any other German-speaking singer. But the fame came at a price. On February 6, 1998 under the influence of alcohol and cocaine, Falco crashes his car into a bus.” IMDb description (note anyone can edit IMDb, its like a wiki.)

5 thoughts on “Falco Death

  1. That is indeed a beautiful sentiment. David Bowie had similar issues and he overcame them. Falco had money problems and tax issues that is what brought him to Dominican Republic. If he had not gone there, its possible his life would have worked out differently.


  2. Oh yeah; I did watch some of the ski vid you provided the link to. He did sound pretty…off…in the translation.
    I miss the MTV old days….I vividly recall when it first came on the scene. Only time in my life I’ve had a TV on for hours every day.


  3. Oh, sorry I misunderstood that. Unfortunately, I’ve spent way too much time around heavy drinkers, & someone so drunk they had to be propped up couldn’t have managed just his elegant little hop out of the carriage at the beginning, much less stick the landing, much less what he does in the rest of the vid. 🙂 So I suspect whoever claimed he was drunk then was being, ahm, creative. Or something.

    I also apologize for using the word “sensationalism”; I realized after I posted the comment that it was not what I meant but was getting ready to go to a wedding & didn’t come back to fix it.

    I discovered Falco relatively recently & have gone totally gaga over him & his music. It’s really sad –but not uncommon– for talented artists to have drug/alcohol/personal problems. It’s also really sad he died so young. I hope he was happier in life than reports seem to indicate….tragic. I’ve been thinking of David Bowie in connection with Falco, how Bowie went thru such incredible drunkenness, drug abuse, & debauchery, and then turned things around & spent many years being not only very successful (still) but apparently very happy as well. Wish Falco could’ve had the same experience.

    Best to you.


  4. You are thinking I am referring to the “Rock Me Amadeus Video”, but what I am referring to is the time in which Falco was a guest on MTV and it was before Rock Me Amadeus came out. I pressed record on the VCR, but I have not saved the tape, and I don’t know what happened to the footage or if any else remembers it. He was dressed in a ski outfit which I think was blue with white trim and standing on at the top of a mountain like he was ready to ski down it. His English was very poor and he was being feed lines which would be something like “And now a video from…” Rather then have him talk about his career, he was just narrating videos for one or maybe two hours at the most and it was never repeated or rerun as far as I know. MTV being very uncreative did not think people would be interested in hearing about his career via a translator, but I was interested in him and I was very disappointed with the segment. I finally taped over it, I guess. I have no idea, but I don’t have the tape anymore. I have not actually commented on the Rock Me Amadeus Video, and that could be another topic I guess maybe in the future, but only if I find something interesting to say about it. The comment came from a program on Falco I saw on the Reelz Channel. I had links for my sources, which I will go back and hyperlinks to the other bloggers. Updated: I was not able to find enough sources online so I decided to delete that part about Falco being Drunk on the set of “Rock Me Amadeus” because it was hearsay. I can’t find the program online to back up the claim made by someone on the Reelz Program who was there at the time, but could have been lying. Thank you for pointing that out. It was not fair of me to repeat that.

    As for the details to his death, I read them online and I don’t make any claims to have any information other then what has been posted by other bloggers before me. As for sensationalism vs engagement, my writing style seeks to be interesting. David Foster Wallace said, if you writing is not entertaining people will not want to read it or take the time to analyse it. But you are correct about the speed is not in miles and I went back and changed that.


  5. Um, if you actually watch the video to Rock Me Amadeus, there’s absolutely no way he was “held up” or performed a line, was fed another, & cuts put together. They didn’t have high-powered CGI back then. It clearly contains several long cuts. When he’s rapping the words, his syncing & gestures are flawless.

    A bus going 100mph & an 80mph speed limit?? I’ll be generous & assume you meant kph.

    This smacks of sensationalism…I’ve read that he had issues with drugs/alcohol, but some things here just don’t wash.


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