Indeed, David Hasselhoff, like Paul Auster and Jim Jarmusch, is a much bigger star in Germany than in the U.S. I don’t know exactly why, but perhaps this video for "Hooked on a Feeling" helps explain it. Let me quote from an email I wrote to a friend after he sent me this link:
I will tell you something, without a drop of shame. I enjoyed the hell out of the song and the video. All of it. The angels, the Masai warriors, the inexplicable detour to Alaska, the foreshortened background featuring dancing businessmen. It was catchy, irresistible, and not without a disarming dose of self-deprecation. A frothy, senseless celebration of lighthearted, lightheaded love.
And I stand by that. David, ich hab’ dich gaaaanz lieb!!!