Okay, I also know that in the 80s they were very popular in their homeland, a one-hit wonder in the UK, and completely unknown in the US. Well, not completely unknown—“Keeping The Dream Alive” (aka “Solang’ man Träume noch leben kann”), while it didn’t make it onto the charts as it did in the UK, gained a modicum of attention in the US when it showed up on the soundtrack to Say Anything. (I’ve watched Say Anything at least a dozen times and I have no idea where the song appears.)
Appropriately for this time of year, “Keeping The Dream Alive” has morphed into a holiday song and now pops up on Christmas compilations. No sleigh bells or references to Santa, but the lyric sentiment loosely applies in a sort of “looking back, end of the year, hope for the future” manner. Having a lovely, Beatles by way of Electric Light Orchestra sound certainly helps. (Plus, look at that sexy hair—manufacturers of hair product must miss the 80s dearly.)
Normally I would post a link to Spotify but the song is unavailable for the US market. As a result, I’m posting the original video. Like many videos from the 80s, it’s a little cheesy, but don’t let that distract you.
And here’s the original German version (for those who think the group sold out with the English version).