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Roland Gift doesn't look like he could make anymore Highlander appearances.

Some have aged gracefully, some not so much.

When I first saw the headline, I thought it would be more about the revival of some of the sounds from new wave rather than how they actually look.

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Billy Idol looks like the Crypt Keeper.

I used to so have the hots for the lead singer of Berlin, The Motels and Kim Wilde.

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A couple of greats (IMHO) who are no longer around Joe Strummer, aka John Mellor. Also Stuart Adamson of Big Country.

Some of these photos show people who are aging with grace. I think Debra Harry is aging well.

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I hated New Wave over thirty years ago, and I've wondered whether I would mellow about it over the years. I haven't. It's still pretentious nonsense.

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I hated New Wave over thirty years ago, and I've wondered whether I would mellow about it over the years. I haven't. It's still pretentious nonsense.

What about Missing Persons? 80% of the band is comprised of one of Frank Zappa's arguably best bands.

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I was going to make a blanket statement that the poofs were aging better than the straights. But, Jimmy Sommerville looked like an old man when he was a young man.

Paul Weller may or may not be aging gracefully...that dude is still putting out amazing music.

Terri Nunn is the Jamie Moyer of 80s female musicians.

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Bananarama looks like they're still walking on sunshine. The GoGos all look pretty good in that picture. Billy Idol is a mess and Susanna Hoffs is still a knockout.

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Anabella Lwin of Bow Wow Wow has no excuse. She was 15 when that "I want Candy" song was released wasn't she?

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What about Missing Persons? 80% of the band is comprised of one of Frank Zappa's arguably best bands.

Pass. :grin:

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I hated New Wave over thirty years ago, and I've wondered whether I would mellow about it over the years. I haven't. It's still pretentious nonsense.

Agreed.

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At the risk of sounding like an old fuddy duddy, some of the women (and a few of the men) would look better if they tweaked their makeup/styles to something a bit more age-appropriate. They can still be edgy without looking like the middle aged people in 20 something clothes that they are atm.

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At the risk of sounding like an old fuddy duddy, some of the women (and a few of the men) would look better if they tweaked their makeup/styles to something a bit more age-appropriate. They can still be edgy without looking like the middle aged people in 20 something clothes that they are atm.

True statement.

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Y'all must have HATED prog then

My husband is a fan of prog rock. Me ... eh. It's okay. He actually played in a new wave cover band for a while. Made decent money doing it, but is still kind of embarrassed about it. (He was in a punk band when I met him, but also as a hired member.)

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My husband is a fan of prog rock. Me ... eh. It's okay. He actually played in a new wave cover band for a while. Made decent money doing it, but is still kind of embarrassed about it. (He was in a punk band when I met him, but also as a hired member.)

Like any genre... The best of it is creative and innovative. Prog Gods Rush acknowledged as much in The Spirit of Radio.

"All this machinery making modern music. It's really just a question of your honesty "

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Sadly…after having heard this song perhaps a gajillion times…I had the quote wrongs

All this machinery making modern music

Can still be open-hearted.

Not so coldly charted, it's really just a question

Of your honesty, yeah, your honesty.

One likes to believe in the freedom of music,

But glittering prizes and endless compromises

Shatter the illusion of integrity.

For the words of the profits were written on the studio wall,

Concert hall

And echoes with the sounds of salesmen.

I have friends who flat hate Rush and its more extreme prog cousin groups because they view Prog as inauthentic…not Rock and Roll enough. That divide is based in the core idea that Rock and Roll is based in African-American rhythm and blues and Prog famously owes its origins in European classical music. My take on that is that people should get a grip and not be so snobby. Those people don't give a damn about any trumpet playing band.

Edited by ROMAD1

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30 years changes anyone from young to old. Except me because I don't look a day over 40...class of 1983. :ponder:

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Those people don't give a damn about any trumpet playing band.

Well played.

The irony of those too snobby to listen to prog is that a lot of prog fans are seen as snobby because they won't listen to basic rock music because it's too simple.

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Well played.

The irony of those too snobby to listen to prog is that a lot of prog fans are seen as snobby because they won't listen to basic rock music because it's too simple.

Yeah, damn their ears. Those folks exist.

In any event...the diversity of stuff that the new wave-artists-aging-gracefully photos show...is that some of them are highly talented: Thomas Dolby, Paul Weller with the Jam, Mick Jones with the Clash.

and

Some of them are Toni Basil and "Hey Mickey"

I'd take Dolby's "The Flat Earth" to a desert island with me (presuming I can play it somehow).

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30 years changes anyone from young to old. Except me because I don't look a day over 40...class of 1983. :ponder:

I must have been old even back then, because New Wave is directly responsible for driving me into the arms of the Beatles, the Who and Jethro Tull, with whom I'd had a friendly but platonic relationship before.

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Apparently the first person who ever used the phrase "The New Wave" was Paul Weller. Definitely an interesting guy.

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