One Hit Wonders of the ’80s: 1983 – After the Fire

“Der Kommissar” by After the Fire

After the Fire was a British band that was formed in the early 70s. After some lineup changes, they had a minor hit record in 1979 called Laser Love which spawned the song “One Rule for You”, which peaked at #40 in the U.K., but did not chart in the U.S. In 1982, they released the album Batteries Not Included, which received little attention in the U.K. Then they got in the spotlight when they released “Der Kommissar” in the U.S.

“Der Kommissar” was first recorded (and co-written) by Falco (“Rock Me Amadeus”). After the Fire performed an English version of the song that was reworked by Laura Branigan. After the Fire’s version of “Der Kommissar” rocketed up the U.S. charts, peaking at #5 on April 30, 1983. Meanwhile, the song barely cracked the top 50 of the U.K. charts. While the hit song was at it’s peak, the band announced that they were splitting up. So, the band never had another hit.

In 2004, the band reunited, with some lineup changes. They are still recording and touring. They have an official web site. I don’t know if they will have another top 40 hit, but in the meantime, let’s listen to their one big hit:

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