They rocked us all.
Strutting, wailing and crooning on our generation’s MTV, they nourished our youthful hunger for artistry and rebelliousness with their musical genius from the melodic shredding of their electric guitars to the soulful lyrics channeled through their powerful vocals.
The musicians of our generation came in different packages but we embraced them all, connecting with their music, aiming and hoping to clutch even just a little fraction of their fame, their beauty, their brilliance and their passion for life.
We screamed for Duran Duran while they mesmerized their audience anticipating the make-believe tidal wave engulfing the stage as the fab five sang “The Reflex”, for the innovative comic book animation music video for A-ha’s “Take On Me”, and for the unduplicated performances of our favorite legendary Gen X musicians in one of the biggest concerts ever staged in history, Live Aid, in 1985.
The list is endless.
Except time has never stopped toiling since and so did our body clocks.
Let’s look at some of our favorite Gen X musicians and see how they fared over time. Don’t be surprised if you find some of them looking like they just stepped out of the 80’s, unfazed by more than three decades of bringing music and joy to their fans. For others though, it may be a different story.
But that’s okay.
What matters most are their legacy and the individual images of how we remember them, decades ago, in their youthful glory forever locked in our memory.
Just don’t forget where you hid the keys.