Category Archives: Bill Hamel

Forever Young

Alphaville
“Forever Young” (US Promo)
1988 Atlantic (US)
PR 2465-2

01 Forever Young (LP Version)
02 Forever Young (New Single Mix)
03 Forever Young (Special Extended Mix)


Alphaville
“Forever Young 2001” (Limited Fan Edition Promo)
2001 Warner Strategic Marketing (DE)
PRO2766

01 Forever Young (F.A.F.’s Diamonds In The Sun Remix)
02 Forever Young (Factory Mix)
03 Forever Young (Original Demo 1983)
04 Thank You (Spoken Version)


Alphaville
“Forever Young” (The Remix)
2006 Warner Strategic Marketing (AU)
5101147052

01 Forever Young (Hamel Album Mix)
02 Forever Young (Bill Hamel Club Mix)
03 Forever Young (Original Version)


WARNING! Sappy personal nostalgia follows below:

My high school class Senior Prom was held exactly 30 years ago, on 11 June 1987. A couple of months prior to the event, a vote was conducted to decide the prom’s theme song. After whittling down the options, the top two contenders were Heatwave’s “Always And Forever” (1977) and Alphaville’s “Forever Young” (1984). Alas, the last dance of the evening was “Always And Forever.” Perhaps the anti-nuclear war sentiment of “Forever Young” was just a bit too plaintive given the Cold War tension of that era (then President Ronald Reagan delivered his “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!” speech in West Berlin on the day after the prom).

NEHS Senior Prom 1987


Let’s dance in style, let’s dance for a while
Heaven can wait, we’re only watching the skies
Hoping for the best, but expecting the worst
Are you going to drop the bomb or not??

Let us die young or let us live forever
We don’t have the power, but we never say never
Sitting in a sandpit, life is a short trip
The music’s for the sad men

Can you imagine when this race is won?
Turn our golden faces into the sun
Praising our leaders, we’re getting in tune
The music’s played by the madmen

Forever young, I want to be forever young
Do you really want to live forever
Forever — and ever

Some are like water, some are like the heat
Some are a melody and some are the beat
Sooner or later, they all will be gone
Why don’t they stay young?

It’s so hard to get old without a cause
I don’t want to perish like a fading horse
Youth’s like diamonds in the sun
And diamonds are forever

So many adventures couldn’t happen today
So many songs we forgot to play
So many dreams swinging out of the blue
We’ll let them come true

Forever young, I want to be forever young
Do you really want to live forever?

Guilt Is A Useless Emotion (US Promo)

New Order
“Guilt Is A Useless Emotion” (US Promo)
2005 Warner Bros. Records (US)
PRO-CDR-101687

01 Guilt Is A Useless Emotion (Album Version)
02 Guilt Is A Useless Emotion (DJ Dan Club Mix)
03 Guilt Is A Useless Emotion (Bill Hamel Vocal Mix)
04 Guilt Is A Useless Emotion (MARK!’s True N.O. Vox)
05 Guilt Is A Useless Emotion (Morel’s Pink Noise Mix)
06 Guilt Is A Useless Emotion (DJ Dan Mixshow)
07 Guilt Is A Useless Emotion (Mac Quayle Extended)
08 Guilt Is A Useless Emotion (Morel’s Pink Noise Dub)
09 Guilt Is A Useless Emotion (MARK!’s True N.O. Dub)

Exclusive to the US, “Guilt Is A Useless Emotion” is an unofficial fourth single issued from New Order’s eighth album, “Waiting For The Sirens’ Call.” A digital single of edited mixes was released commercially through iTunes in November 2005; all full-length versions are only available on this promotional CD.