Modern Talking was a German pop music duo consisting of singer Thomas Anders and composer/producer Dieter Bohlen. Genre-wise they were often classified under euro disco. By sales, it is the single most successful pop group in Germany.
The beginning of Modern Talking
First formed at the end of 1984 they unexpectedly became immensely popular with their Europop hit single You're My Heart, You're My Soul with which they occupied the number one position in 35 countries including their homeland where it perched at the top for six weeks, the single went on to sell eight million copies world-wide. The track was then followed by another number one hit You Can Win If You Want in the middle of 1985 from the The First Album. Soon after this second hit, Modern Talking released Cheri Cheri Lady which quickly climbed to the top as well, the only track released from their second album Let's Talk About Love. The success continued with two other number one singles such as Brother Louie and Atlantis Is Calling (S.O.S. for Love) both from the third album Ready For Romance. The duo also charted high with their sixth single Geronimo's Cadillac from the fourth album In The Middle of Nowhere and Jet Airliner from their fifth album Romantic Warriors.
Dieter Bohlen and Thomas Anders in the 1987 "Romantic Warriors" AlbumDuring this era 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, and also in several African countries. In the United Kingdom they entered the top ten only once with the song Brother Louie (#4 UK in 1986). Like most European pop groups, 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 hit #34 in 1987. Composer Dieter Bohlen employed mood-evoking lyrics and intellectually-designed synthesizer-based music which was out of vogue in the US before Modern Talking even formed. They released two albums a year between 1985 and 1987 while also promoting their singles on television all over Europe eventually selling 65 million records within three years.
1 Give Me Peace on Earth
2 Atlantis Is Calling (S.O.S. For Love)
3 Lady Lai
4 You're My Heart, You're My Soul
5 You Can Win If You Want
6 Jet Airliner
7 Geronimo Cadillac
8 Cheri Cheri Lady
9 Brother Louie
10 Doctor for My Heart
11 In 100 Years
12 Let's Talk About Love
13 With a Little Love
14 Diamonds Never Made a Lady
15 There's Too Much Blue in Missing You
16 Stranded in the Middle of Nowhere