Falco’s Grave, by Popular Demand

To us in the Anglo-Saxonsphere, Falco (Johann Hölzel) is but a footnote. He created some catchy,  original hits in the 1980s, but then seemed to fade away, like an Austrian 'Flock of Seagulls'.

But when you visit Austria, you're on the other side of the cultural telescope. Falco is still, twelve years after his death, a beloved icon. One reason is that he was one of the few German speakers capable of performing pop music that people in other countries voluntarily paid money to listen to in their private homes. Another reason is that he made the rest of the world notice Austria for benign reasons (unlike the controversial twentieth-century statesmen* or surgically-retouched crypto-homosexual neo-fascist).

So it will come as no surprise that Falco is buried in the 'Grove of Honor' (Ehrenhain) of Vienna's Central Cemetery, next to renowned composers, professors, and scientists. Here's what it looks like:

Grave of Falco

The grave is a place of pilgrimage — in fact, you see the shadows of two Falco admirers in the picture. Here are some of the offerings:

Offerings at Falco's Grave

A bonus grave, György Ligeti:

Grave of Ligeti

* Yes, you should definitely click on this link. It's not what you're expecting.

If it is what you were expecting, your medications may need adjusting.

4 thoughts on “Falco’s Grave, by Popular Demand

  1. > One reason is that he was one of the few
    > German speakers capable of performing pop
    > music that people in other countries
    > voluntarily paid money to listen to in
    > their private homes.
    I’m quite sceptical, if he could be cult in Germany. But hes is even one of the much fewer modrn Austrians artists …
    So they are really proud of him, in the lack of better role models

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  2. Ha ha, what a downer, György Ligeti does not even have a first name on his gravestone. If I were there I probably would not even have noticed it. But if I knew I am sure I would have left a little wreath.

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  3. The Ligeti’s grave has no first name because it’s a family grave.
    Here are buried Gyorgy and his brother Gabor dead in 1945 in Mauthausen concentration camp.
    On the crystal there are the names and years of birth & death of both.

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