Nineteen Forever

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"Nineteen Forever"
Joe Jackson Nineteen Forever 1989 single cover.jpg
Single by Joe Jackson
from the album Blaze of Glory
B-side"Acropolis Now (Instrumental)"
Format7", CD single
Songwriter(s)Joe Jackson
Producer(s)Joe Jackson
Joe Jackson singles chronology
"(He's a) Shape in a Drape"
"Nineteen Forever"
"Down to London"

"Nineteen Forever" is a song by British singer-songwriter and musician Joe Jackson, released in 1989 as the lead single from his eighth studio album Blaze of Glory. It was written and produced by Jackson.[1] "Nineteen Forever" reached No. 4 on the US Billboard Modern Rock Tracks and No. 16 on Billboard Album Rock Tracks charts.[2][3]

The song's music video was directed by Alex Proyas and was Jackson's first since 1982's "Steppin' Out".[4][5] In line with the song's lyrics about aging rock stars, Jackson appeared in the video with a wig, make-up, prosthetic belly and lame jacket.[6] Jackson performed the song on his 1989 tour with the same costume and would dedicate the song to "all those rock bands on tour this summer after having retired several times".[7]

Critical reception[edit]

Upon release, Music & Media described the song as "intelligent pop" and Jackson's "best bet for a hit" since "Steppin' Out".[8] Billboard considered the song a "straightforward, no-frills pop release".[9] In a review of Blaze of Glory, Spin described the song as a "swinging pop anthem".[10]

Park Puterbaugh of Rolling Stone commented: "Another theme [on Blaze of Glory] is the rise of rock & roll, its promises and failures. There [is] a sardonic song about the delusion of wanting to be "Nineteen Forever"."[11] The Philadelphia Inquirer commented: "Nineteen Forever", his attempt at the big-backbeat Jersey sound, calls up a dreamy place, one that puts the sincerity of his vocal in question."[12] Stephen Thomas Erlewine of AllMusic noted "Nineteen Forever" as being a "brisk, stylish pop song".[1]

Track listing[edit]

7" single
  1. "Nineteen Forever" - 4:43
  2. "Acropolis Now" (Instrumental) - 4:16
CD single
  1. "Nineteen Forever" - 4:43
  2. "Acropolis Now" (Instrumental) - 4:16
CD single (US promo)
  1. "Nineteen Forever" (Early Fade) - 4:34
  2. "Nineteen Forever" (LP Version) - 5:43


  • Joe Jackson - lead vocals, harmony vocals, chorus vocals
  • Tom Teeley - guitar, chorus vocals
  • Vinnie Zummo - electric sitar
  • Ed Roynesdal - Hammond organ, syntheiser
  • Graham Maby - bass, chorus vocals
  • Gary Burke - drums
  • Chris Hunter - alto saxophone
  • Tony Aiello - tenor saxophone, soloist
  • Charles Gordon - trombone
  • Michael Morreale, Tony Barrero - trumpet
  • Drew Barfield, Joy Askew - chorus vocals


  • Joe Jackson - producer, arranger
  • Ed Roynesdal - associate producer
  • Joe Barbaria - engineer
  • Thom Cadley - assistant engineer
  • Bridget Daly - mixing assistant
  • Bob Ludwig - mastering


Chart (1989) Peak
Australian Singles Chart[13] 80
Canadian (RPM) 100 Singles Chart[14] 59
Dutch Singles Chart[15] 44
US Billboard Album Rock Tracks[3] 16
US Billboard Modern Rock Tracks[2] 4


  1. ^ a b AllMusic Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine. "Blaze of Glory - Joe Jackson | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 2019-07-07.
  2. ^ a b Billboard. "Joe Jackson Nineteen Forever Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved 2019-07-07.
  3. ^ a b Billboard. "Joe Jackson Nineteen Forever Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved 2019-07-07.
  4. ^ "Joe Jackson - "Nineteen forever"". Retrieved 2019-07-07.
  5. ^ "Music: Video Happy". The Orlando Sentinel. 28 May 1989.
  6. ^
  7. ^ Rasmussen, Eric (16 September 1989). "Joe Jackson versatile, humorous". The Capital Times.
  8. ^ "Previews: Singles". Music & Media. 13 May 1989.
  9. ^ "Single Reviews". Billboard. 6 May 1989.
  10. ^ "SPIN - Google Books". Retrieved 2019-07-07.
  11. ^ " Recordings: Joe Jackson, Blaze Of Glory, 4 Stars". Retrieved 2019-07-07.
  12. ^ "New recordings". The Philadelphia Inquirer. 30 April 1989.
  13. ^ "Response from ARIA re: chart inquiry, received 5 June 2015". Imgur. Archived from the original on 5 June 2015. Retrieved 4 December 2015.
  14. ^ "Item: 4413 - Library and Archives Canada". Retrieved 2019-07-07.
  15. ^ Steffen Hung. "Joe Jackson - Nineteen Forever". Retrieved 2019-07-07.

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