Aged Like Fine Wine
Several years ago I saw a fashion spread featuring alternative music studs (think Bryan Ferry and David Gahan) rockin’ stylish suits. They still had the look!
Although this is certainly not an exhaustive list, I’ve created a mixtape featuring a handful of male and female vocalists/bands who sound and look as fabulous as ever! Honestly, I think some of them look better now than they did 35 years ago!
The usual BMT trappings are on display: familiar singers, live performances, obscure finds, and forgotten favorites with the added bonus of amazing hair, wise fashion choices, and a pair of black shades.
Oh. You think I’m Rick Rollin’ ya? You think Rick Astley is a has-been?
I was digging around for exactly the right pick to highlight the awesome deliciousness that it Rick Astley in this decade. Eventually, I stumbled upon his sexy cover of Bill Withers’ classic “Ain’t No Sunshine” and knew I had my winner.
If you have lingering questions about Rick Astley’s musical gifts, take a listen. And good gracious, doesn’t he look handsome? Of course, glasses, good hair, and being British is pretty much my jam.
Annie Lennox might have had an unusual look but there’s no doubt that she was always a stunning woman.
Nonetheless, I find her much more riveting as she’s gotten older. This performance of the sultry, intoxicating “I Put A Spell On You” highlights Ms. Lennox's confidence as a singer and performer.
She didn’t have this looseness, this spiritedness when she was a younger woman. She’s earned that swagger! She’s mesmerizing!
“Steal” was the impetus for today’s mixtape. I had absolutely no idea that 80s new wave royalty, Spandau Ballet, had released any new material this century. Tony Hadley still sounds soooo good!
The band always leaned into sophistication and that hasn’t changed. I appreciate that they didn’t try to change things up to appeal to a different audience; rather, they created something true (oooh, bad pun!) to who they are with a timeless quality to it.
This tune is as sexy and effortless and beautiful as anything from their earlier catalog. As I listened to the song and watched the video, I knew I had the title to my next mixtape.
I wasn’t a Shakespears Sister’s fan back in the day, but j’adore their reincarnation!
Siobhan Fahey and Marcella Detroit are stunning! And they have beautiful voices.
The video for “All the Queen’s Horses” is a cheeky, silly, light-hearted romp. Hat tip to the AMAZING styling — the hair and wardrobe are on point! This video is through the lens of Kill Bill and Anton Corbijn. Think 1987 meets 1992 meets 2019.
I may love the 80s but will admit that fashion from that decade was all over the place. I must be blunt: the styling of that era was unkind to Ms. Moyet. I think most would agree she was not a conventional beauty in those days.
I can only imagine what people in the music industry (and beyond) might have said to Alison Moyet about her appearance decades ago but she certainly gets the last laugh now!
Alison Moyet’s voice has always been one-of-a-kind. This live performance of “Is This Love” is a dreamy, synth-laden lullaby. She’s been svelte for years and her sleek ponytail is chic. She looks so lovely!
Granted, I’m partial to Depeche Mode, but I think this cover of David Bowie’s iconic “Heroes” is stunning.
The band tackles this as an homage, as an interpretation rather than an imitation. You can hear and feel the reverence.
David Gahan gives an emotionally charged vocal that he would not have been able to deliver as a younger man. I love the vulnerability, the spiky-meets-pretty, and Martin Gore’s subtle backing vocals.
Until her 40’s, Bonnie’s worst nightmare included writing and sharing personal stories publicly. At her friends’ suggestion, she bemusedly started Bonnie’s Mixed Tape on Medium in 2017. She remains shocked that anyone reads her stories and that P.S. I Love You, Assemblage, the Writing Cooperative, and the Ascent have published her work.
Bonnie loves all types of music, but really, really, really loves the 80s.
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