In the 1970s, in Germany, Marian Gold founded a project called Nelson Community. It united artists, who were fans of different types of art. In 1980, Marian met a keyboardist Bernhard Lloyd, who also joined the project. In 1981, the musicians gave a debut concert at which they performed their own songs.
In 1982, keyboardists Lloyd and Frank Mertens started working together. Marian joined them a little later. The artists formed a band called Forever Young and recorded a demo with the same name. Soon after that, they gave a second concert, which turned out to be the last one for the next 10 years.
In 1983, musicians renamed their group to Alphaville (after a 1965 French movie). The same year, they signed a contract with WEA Records. At the beginning of 1983, the band recorded the debut single “Big in Japan”. Marian Gold wrote the song back in 1989. The single became an international hit. It topped American dance charts and stayed on the 8th position in the UK. The song also conquered German, Swiss, Swedish, and Greek charts. Many fans wanted to book Alphaville for private events.
Soon, the band recorded two more singles. They didn’t become popular in the USA but turned into hits in Europe. They were songs, "Sounds Like a Melody" and "Forever Young".