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You Must Suffer and Cry for a Longer Time: Best of the Aging ’80s Alternative Rockers (and Elmo, Too)

By Cindy Davis | Lists | October 20, 2011 |

By Cindy Davis | Lists | October 20, 2011 |


Lately, there seem to be as many ’80s acts out on the road as there were in that decade itself. In particular, a lot of New Wave, Synth and Alternative Rock bands (some of whom have never stopped making music and/or touring), have put out new CDs out and gone on tour, with plenty of acts selling out venues. And you know what—some of them don’t look half bad. I give them credit—after this many years in the business—a musician’s life isn’t all about groupies, sex and drugs. These people didn’t get their careers handed to them after an appearance on a reality show or a YouTube video gone viral, they’re (some of) the old schoolers who scraped and scrambled for every dime they’ve gotten. A lot of them have been doing this for upwards of thirty years and they’re still traveling, putting out new music and maybe just learning the art of self promotion; the way the industry has evolved, many bands/artists have only themselves to rely on to get their music to the masses.


Andy Bell, 47; Vince Clarke, 51 (Erasure):

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Dave Wakeling (The English Beat), 55:

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Peter Murphy, (Solo and Bauhaus) 54:

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Simon Le Bon, 52; Nick Rhodes, 49; John Taylor, 51; Roger Taylor, 51 (Duran Duran):

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Elvis Costello, 57:

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Curt Smith, 50; Roland Orzabal, 50 (Tears for Fears):

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Stephen Perkins, 44; Perry Farrell, 52; Dave Navarro, 44 (Jane’s Addiction):

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Howard Jones, 56:

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Joanne Catherall, 49; Philip Oakey, 56; Susan Ann Sulley, 48 (The Human League):

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Morrissey, 52 (Solo and The Smiths):

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Cindy Davis is still in love with Morrissey .