Sunday, June 27, 2010

Weekend Retro Rewind | Alphaville Forever Young


The end of June always reminds me of graduation, yearbooks, proms, summer jobs, driver's ed and more. If you've been following Fourth Grade Nothing for a while, you know I'm, well, stuck. Forever lost in reverie. Some days I'm stuck in grade school while other days I'm in junior high or high school. This song will forever remind me of my senior year. Most of my classmates quoted this song in their yearbook.

It's so ironic, I'm not sure if you've ever felt this way, but as a kid all I wanted to do was grow up. I couldn't wait to be out on my own, making my own rules. Doing something wondrous with my life. Many days I wish I could go back to a simple time. A time when summer meant swimming in the pool, devouring slices of watermelon not thinking for a moment about carbs or calories.

So many adults told us to slow down. They told us to enjoy our youth. I wish I had listened. Now I leave comments on the blogs of young, single folk telling them to enjoy their youth and that the world is theirs. Oh Alphaville, I agree, I want to be Forever Young.


Five Fast Facts About Alphaville

  1. Alphaville is a synthpop group from Germany.
  2. The band's original name was Forever Young.
  3. The song "Forever Young" was released in 1984, I was 12.
  4. "Forever Young" was featured in the following movies: Listen To Me staring Kirk Cameron, Napoleon Dynamite and on an episode of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia in addition to several ads.
  5. Today's kids are most likely more familiar with Youth Group's version of "Forever Young" featured in an episode of The OC or the mix by Jay-Z.






20 comments:

Joe Cap said...

That guy in the middle looks like Stephen King.

Riot Kitty said...

I love that song! Like you, I couldn't wait to grow up. Now that I am grown up, I am enjoying it quite a lot!

Sooooo, TAG! I have an award for you on my blog. Though it's not specifically tagging anyone there, I am personally extending the invite if you so choose to participate.

Babes Mami said...

I never knew who sang this! Ahh 1984, a great year.

Ms. Anthropy said...

I remember the song, but for the life of me, not the video.

I try to tell young people, all the time, stop wishing your life away. Enjoy being young, old lasts a heck of a lot longer.

Mr. Stupid said...

I have never heard it before, but it was great. Thanks for sharing...:)

buffalodick said...

Didn't Rod Stewart cover this, too?

LaraAnn said...

I don't really remember this song from when I was young. When I heard it in Napoleon Dynamite I was thinking what a great song and now have it on one of my 80s music mix cds.

I like when you put facts about stuff in your blogs - I learn alot from them. Sometimes I don't trust my memory and when I read these things here I know for sure if I'm right or wrong - suprisingly it's usually the former.

Kristie said...

I, too, am seriously stuck. I miss those good ole days so so much. Thank God for the memories. Did you graduate in '91? I graduated in '93 and our senior song was "It's So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday." So true.

Darlene said...

Well, Miss Ally- we must be the same age. I remember vividly Alphaville. And yes, the 80's were full of hope and less anxiety if you were a kid, and didn't have to worry about adult things, like Reaganomics etc. Remember that Phil Collins video where he had a puppet Reagan "This is the world we live in...wah-oh..." Wow, we're adults now.

You know, On the 10th I'm celebrating my 5th b-day, just cause I want to. Because every birthday should be a 5th birthday for that very reason.

Thank you for the memories...

Anything Fits A Naked Man said...

I LOVED that song back in the day! This video is awesome! Thanks so much for the memory!

Copyboy said...

Ironically that was in fact my prom song. Wait, did I use "ironically" right?

BethT said...

Love this song!

Dancing Branflake said...

I just think of Mel Gibson.

~*Nomie*~ said...

Thanks for Stalking me! I'm stalking you back :o)

MiMi said...

I don't think I ever heard of them!

Lindzena said...

I LOVE that song. It makes me giggle, if only due to that Dynamite movie, and many ridiculous slow dances with awkward boys in my youth. :)

Heather Taylor said...

Personally I think the remix is effing awful. The original is perfect just the way it is.

RawknRobynsGoneBlogWild said...

That song was appropriately named. They still play it all the time.
xoRobyn

TS Hendrik said...

I already had this song in my head for some reason before I got the post. Weird.

Darrin.. said...

Ah.... the epitome of 80's pop ballads. Brings back memories!

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