FALCO - who actually was
that man? We knew the product, but not the man Hansi HŲlzel, who struggled
against his alcohol addiction and died on February 6th 98 in the wreck of his
car. "Bunte" prints the last interview.
For almost 20 years, the Viennese video producers
Rudi Dolezal and Hannes Rossacher (DoRo) accompanied the career of their friend
"Falco" Hans HŲlzel. In 1985, together with him they invented his Number 1 hit
" Rock Me Amadeus " in the kitchen of his Viennese flat (oh?). They accompanied
him to the top of the world and remained his friends when he was at his lowest.
In Vienna, three months before his death, they talked to him about his life - an
interview that should have become a document for his comeback with " Out of the
Dark " and that became some kind of legacy. In "Bunte", Falco speaks one last
Falco on alcohol:
Everyone has a poison that has a special kind of effect on
him (I really donít know how to translate this, but this is the general
meaning). For me it was alcohol. With alcohol I was like Dr Jekyll and Mr
Hyde. I am allergic to alcohol and therefore probably schizophrenic (?).
If you drink to sth with a champagne glass with mineral water in it, everyone
knows that you have a huge alcohol problem. I do not totally avoid a glass of
alcohol from time to time, but I know what happens if I add another three: I
change my identity. Lots of stuff then pisses me off. The guy sitting over
there. The guy who sits beside me at the bar turns his back on me. Heís not
supposed to though, Ďcause he should be talking to me. Experience hasn't helped.
It would be presumptuous to say: Iíve done that, now Iíll stop (this is about
as close as I can get to the text. It's sth about "being wet and dry" and I'm
not sure if you can use those expressions in English. Iím not a very good
translator). A lot of things can still happen. Iím only half way through, at
most. But nowadays I don't need alcohol any longer. The realisation occurred in
the brain, not only with the psychiatrist. I will now take care of my health and
I hope I didnít destroy too many brain cells. Illness in the soul, in the brain,
in the body is the worst thing that can happen to me.
Falco on suicide:
Iíve never considered suicide. Iíve never been one of those
who said: Letís have another bottle, and one day itíll knock me out. Thereís a
difference between the age of 40 and 30. Thatís why I believe I can't afford
those kinds of things any longer. At 40 you have to look into the mirror, and
you must like what you achieved. Not in the sense of cash on the Swiss account,
but in the way you understand yourself.
Falco on women:
After three weeks I feel bad without a woman and after four
weeks with a woman. Itís always been like that. For me, women are a question
mark (you cannot really say that in English, can you? I like the expression
anyway). I donít know anything about them. I only know that I need them and
love them. Iím still looking for the ideal woman, one who has a life of her own.
Iíve already had the other kind (?).
Falco on family:
I don't have a family, I donít get on with my father very
well. My only family is my mother Maria, and she is now 70 years old. After all,
Katharina has been my daughter in my heart for eight years. If she said one day:
Thereís this HŲlzel in the Dominican Republic, and if Iím going to the Caribbean
anyway, I might as well visit my ex-father. I would like to be prepared for that
day, I wouldn't like to be lying underneath a palm-tree, completely pissed. I
don't want her to say: Heís exactly like mumís always described him.
Falco on the early days:
My start was in 1981. I started with a Schmšh (sorry,
untranslatable. Arno (who's Austrian) says it's sth like a philosophy of life,
approaching people without shyness, being funny and courteous. Okay?) that
was very successful. Iíd wet my hair and wear the striped suit from the
(Hallucination) Company. Like each first album, Einzelhaft was the result
of 25 years' experience. It came very much from the guts and succeeded
ingeniously, where this genius is also chance.
commerce and image:
What people did
not understand, but what inspired my arrogant, pršpotent (??? prepotent?)
image, is that the figure Falco was a reaction against the establishment.
Anything but commerce! Ja net anbiedern (??? sorry. Say: I wouldn't adapt at
any cost)! I was the first Anarchist in the German-speaking countries. At
25, I started with the attitude, with the insolence, the coolness of a 40-year
old. I always pretended to know how things worked. Itís part of the Falco image
to be a Schlitzohr (hm - sth like "cunning and clever", whatever), cool,
to know everything.
Falco on his toughest year:
1988 was the absolutely lowest point - with a
cancelled tour, a shattered family. The first thing to do was to leave for four
months and return like a marathon runner (?), ascetic to the max, and to get
divorced right away. Since 1989 Iíve been feeling better each year, which
probably has something to do with moving away from Vienna.
Falco on " Rock Me Amadeus ":
With "Rock Me Amadeus" I had a huge hit and was
without a contract. That doesnít usually happen. When a German record company
offered me a five-million-Mark contract, I signed. You take five millions if
theyíre offered to you. In the end it actually harmed me more. Cause with
"Amadeus" I wasnít "hot" anymore, there had already been alcohol excesses.
"Amadeus" was the beginning of the end for me.
Falco on a career in America:
It wouldíve been possible to go to America with
this Number 1, but I would only have slept with everyone in Beverly Hills and
would be dead by now, through cocaine and heroin and codeine and nicotine. I
donít believe I could have made a career like Schwarzenegger, because I didnít
have that unbelievable physical presence. I think I wouldíve completely fallen
down (?). That's why I kinda saw my PR tour as a tourist trip. Back from
America, I weighed 87 Kilos, drank a bottle of whiskey a day and was beyond
good and bad. This toddler was running around in the flat, and I didnít know who
that martian was, what this child was doing in my life.
Falco on money:
Thereís nothing left of the money I earned with "Der
Kommissar", Iíve blown all of that. I earned 6 or 7 million Schilling with "Der
Kommissar". Seven million Schilling are in fact 3.5 million in Austria. You buy
a house, some furniture, a car, some clothing, a 150-sqm flat, a Mercedes, a
watch - you need all of that, cause youíve seen it in some kind of film. I'd
also seen in a bad film that youi become reasonable at 30. And then I said: I
feel like settling (literally: becoming bourgeois, middle-class). Well,
that was all I needed. The next day, 450,000 fans returned their records - it
was a bit like: We donít want any money for it, but we donít wanna hear anything
else from him either. Heís really gone mental now.
Falco on investments:
Investment - well, with me it was this way: I almost went
bankrupt. I invested in absolute crap, in a Penthouse that cost 20 million
Schilling. An insanity. My way of saving taxes was to invest into stuff I
couldnít get rid of anymore. Idiotic.
Falco on his life as an artist:
Each artist, Falco, Fendrich, Jagger, wants to
behave immaturely (more or less). ĎNow Iíve written a song, thatís
totally crazy. I've given everything I had. Now would someone else please take
care of the rest.Ď Ever since Iíve been an artist, Iíve been scared. What got me
most over those past 20 years is that our business is all "sound and smoke"
(canít really translate this, it's a fixed expression in German. Iím sure you
understand what he meant though). I envy the sculptors, painters, writers,
whose work you can look at or hold in your hand. At a concert, as soon as the
last note has ended, the audience goes home and that's it.
Falco on his colleagues:
I love people like Udo JŁrgens, Peter Alexander, whoíve
always been good-hearted, whom I used to call Schlagerfuzzis (woah, donít ask
me to translate this. Schlager is that terrible German music and fuzzis areÖ
geeks or nerds, sth like that *lol*), grannieís idols (hehe...), whom
I regularly insulted and who, with the experience of men who know what itís all
about, just said: ĎThatís okay, go on if you must.í And: Ďhe didnít mean it that
way. He really is talented, but he doesnít even know.í (I know that was a very
long sentence J)
Falco on his last album:
"Out of the Dark" is autobiographic - and again itís not.
Itís about drugs, or more precisely cocaine. I wrote the text from the point of
view of a desperate man who's possessed by the drug, without being addicted
© Bunte Ď98