Thursday, July 14, 2011

Music Thursday: Forever Young at Benaroya Hall edition

Since I saw Brandi Carlile in concert back in June, I've been digging her latest release, Live at Benaroya Hall with the Seattle Symphony. My favorite track, out of several awesome ones, is Carlile's reinterpretation of "Forever Young."

Now, my fellow GenXers may remember the original version of this song, sung by Alphaville, the German synth-pop group. I owned Alphaville's Forever Young album as a teen and played the grooves off of the title track, but I never really "got" the lyrics until hearing Carlile's version. I suspect it takes turning 40 to understand the song's poignancy. Also, folk is a lot more suited to delivering melancholy than German synth-pop. At any rate, here is Alphaville performing the song in 1984.

Alphaville's other sorta hit was "Big in Japan" from the same album. This video is so German synth-pop that it hurts. Also, lead singer Marian Gold is one of the oddest, most menacing-looking people I've ever seen.


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