Category Archives: SHELF

Don’t Be A Sucker

Produced by the US War Department in 1947, this short educational film conveys the evils of fascism.

“I’ve heard this kind of talk before, but I never expected to hear it in America.”

Google Celebrates Hip Hop

Given what’s going on in the world right now, we could all use a fun and uplifting distraction like today’s Google Doodle:

44th Anniversary of the Birth of Hip Hop

Save Net Neutrality

BATTLE FOR THE NET

FIGHT FOR THE FUTURE

Be The Person Your Dog Thinks You Are

A message of compassion featuring Nick Cave and Iggy Pop:

Animals are not ours to eat, wear, experiment on, use for entertainment, or abuse in any other way.

The Decline Of Western Civilization

No, this post isn’t about Penelope Spheeris’ documentary trilogy devoted to punk and metal (although those films are recommended viewing). Rather, it’s in answer to recent rhetoric questioning “whether the West has the will to survive.”

The greatest threats to Western civilization and democracy aren’t North Korea, Russia, terrorism, government bureaucracy, or the mainstream news media.

The greatest threats to Western civilization and democracy are authoritarian demagogues, extremist political ideology, corrupt corporations, economic inequality, social injustice, voting rights restrictions, and mass apathy.

Produced by Encyclopedia Britannica in 1946, this short educational film defines the dangers of despotism. Despite the film’s age, the information presented is more relevant now than ever.

“Avoid the comfortable idea that the mere form of government can of itself safeguard a nation against despotism.”

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


Forever Young

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?

An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth To Power

In US theaters on 28 July 2017.

THE CLIMATE REALITY PROJECT

AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH

Au Revoir Accord De Paris


THE ONLY THING NECESSARY FOR THE TRUMP OF EVIL
IS FOR GOP MEN TO DO NOTHING.

In Memory of Basil

Born on 29 September 2000, our Basil is the son of Rusty and Lexie, the latter having been the companion dog of my mother-in-law (Lexie passed away in 2012). Mrs. Shelf and I were all too happy to welcome Basil into our family, which included his older brother, Max (who passed away in 2015).

Basil’s name was inspired by three characters: Basil Fawtly (portrayed by John Cleese) from “Fawlty Towers”; Basil Brush, a mischievous fox from British children’s telly programs; and Basil Exposition (portrayed by Michael York) from the “Austin Powers” film series.

Like all Dachshunds, Basil proved to be stubborn, as well as a fierce protector—he was notorious for barking at almost all other dogs, and has unfortunately bitten ten people (both friends and strangers alike). Basil never passed up food of any kind, but always managed to maintain an athletic physique. He loved going on long walks, and really enjoyed swimming.

We always thought of Basil as a puppy, no matter his age. Although he had experienced back problems in the past, Basil fully recovered each time. Also, he had been contending with arthritis for several years. However, he started developing several new conditions within the past eight months. And we became most alarmed after Basil suffered a seizure last year on Christmas Eve. He had additional episodes afterwards, but always recovered.

This past Wednesday, Basil suffered two seizures and did not regain physical control. His breathing was labored, he was very uncomfortable, and his condition deteriorated quickly. After consulting with Basil’s veterinarian, we sadly agreed that it was time to say goodbye to our old friend.

The doctor later determined that Basil likely had Hemangiosarcoma (also known as canine cancer) that affected many of his organs. We had no idea—our little buddy was such a fighter!

We miss Basil dearly, and will always love him.

MOD Custom Collections

Greetings good people. Download links have been restored for these three custom collections exclusive to MOD:

Blue Amazon – Beyond The Javelin

Pet Shop Boys – Production

Various Artists – Skinnymalinky Foundations

Links are embedded in text at bottom of respective posts.

Also, the PDF of ‘The 100 Greatest Dance Singles Of All Time’ has been re-uploaded.

Finally, a reminder that all files previously posted on sister blog THE BANK are available again in one shared folder:

THE BANK WITHDRAWAL

First, select the folder you want, then right-click to ‘Download as ZIP’ (don’t use the buttons in the upper right).

Enjoy.