When Andreas Dorau penned “Fred vom Jupiter” as part of a school project, it is unlikely the seventeen-year-old realised that he had struck gold.
Released in 1981, the electropop single was released by Dorau on the Ata-Tak label under the banner of Die Doraus und die Marinas.
It would become a minor hit in Germany, Austria and the UK, where it was released by Mute Records.
The song, which features a few rather simplistic synth line, was initially overseen by one of Dorau’s schoolteachers, Jürgen Krefft, while writing duties came under the vision of Dorau and Olaf Maurischat; however upon release, Krefft was not credited.
Eventually included on the follow-up album, Flowers and Daffodils, “Fred vom Jupiter” had – admittedly – rather childlike lyrics and themes, dealing with an attractive alien called Fred, who came from Jupiter.
The alien’s rocket ship runs out of fuel, lands and he begins getting it on with Earth ladies. As the local men become more and more jealous, Fred is driven away, just as he discovers fuel to split.
As you do.
In keeping with the (relatively) childlike elements of the song, the vocals were sung by five children (Dagmar Peterson, Claudia Flohr, Michelle Milewski, Christine Süßmilch and Isabelle Spelly), all of whom were between the ages of 11 and 13 years old.
The B-Side to “Fred vom Jupiter” is a rather quaint and solemn track, “Auch die Heimat ist Nicht Mehr Schön” (literally meaning “The Home is Not Nice”), a numbing instrumental telling of Fred’s home planet.
Following “Fred vom Jupiter”, Dorau followed a career in television and film, mainly writing soundtracks and acting as a consultant on productions. He would later have a top-ten hit in France in 1996, called “Girls in Love”.