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Forever Young

“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)

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

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)

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

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.



Au Revoir Accord De Paris


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:


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




Earth Day was founded in the United States in 1970 to bring attention to threats facing the environment, and to foster its protection. The success of the first Earth Day led to the creation of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, established to safeguard air, land, water, and human health through research, education, regulations, and monitoring activities. The inaugural observance of Earth Day also influenced the U.S. Congress’ passage of three crucial laws: the Clean Air Act of 1970, the Clean Water Act of 1972, and the Endangered Species Act of 1973.

However, the positive changes achieved ever the past five decades may be undone by Donald Trump’s toxic policies. His new administration’s systematic deconstruction of government includes the gutting of regulations designed to protect people, wildlife, and natural resources from corporate exploitation and abuse. Trump describes global warming as a “hoax,” and intends to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris Climate Agreement.

Fellow climate change denier Scott Pruitt now heads the EPA, and under the proposed Federal budget, that department’s funding would be slashed by 31%. With Pruitt in charge, the EPA will become the Environmental Pollution Agency—its Back-To-Basics agenda rescinds protective regulations and sensible standards, giving corporations free reign to contaminate the country.

Human health is increasingly being compromised by profit-driven pollution enabled by politicians. Fresh air and clean water are not privileges for the wealthy—they are basic necessities needed by everyone. Don’t let Trump and his cronies turn the planet into terror firma—please be an ally for the environment.


The Fastest Dog Alive

Adorable Doxie Din secretly fights crime as The Flash!

The world needs more heroes, for sure.


Dutch journalist Jelmer Mommers recently discovered a short educational film from 1991 that forewarns of the threats posed by burning fossil fuels, including: elevated sea levels, severe droughts, food scarcity, population displacement, and extreme weather. Never mind that “Climate Of Concern” preceded “An Inconvenient Truth” by 15 years—the most remarkable aspect of the film is that it was produced by the Shell Oil Company.

Here is a synopsis of the video’s most salient points:

Despite the detailed research and well-supported predictions presented in its own cautionary video, Shell has since spent millions of dollars to lobby against climate change policies and support denial campaigns. And Shell is certainly not alone in funding such counter-productive practices:

To further compound the climate problem, the new Administrator of the US Environmental Protection Agency, Scott Pruitt, has direct ties to the oil industry and is a vigorous denier of climate change science. The Sierra Club has described Pruitt’s appointment as “like putting an arsonist in charge of fighting fires.”

View the full “Climate Of Concern” documentary below:

Learn more about this revelatory investigation via:
The Correspondent and The Guardian.

Beware The Ides Of March

If you must break the law, do it to seize power; in all other cases, observe it.
Julius Caesar

Early in the year of 44 BC, Julius Caesar was declared dictator perpetuo (dictator in perpetuity) of the Roman Republic. This alarmed many members of the Roman Senate, who worried that Caesar—in his quest for supreme power—would undermine their democratic body to establish an oppressive monarchy. Led by Gaius Cassius Longinus, Decimus Junius Brutus, and Marcus Junius Brutus, a group of concerned Senators conspired to preempt Caesar’s reign of tyranny.

On 15 March 44 BC, as Julius Caesar passed the Theater Of Pompey, he was approached by multiple members of the Senate, who stabbed him 23 times. And thus ended Caesar’s rule over Rome.

World Wildlife Day 2017


World Wildlife Day, observed annually on 3 March, is a global celebration of the beautiful and varied forms of wild animals and plants on our planet, as well as an occasion to raise awareness of the plight of threatened and endangered species.

The theme of this year’s celebration is ‘Listen to the Young Voices’, with a focus on encouraging young people around the world to explore conservation, and instill in them a responsibility to take action for the future of wild fauna and flora.