Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Musical Groups with the Longevity Gene

I once did a post on the topic of One Hit Wonders, I thought it would only be appropriate to address their opposite. I'm talking about music groups that were popular back in Teddy Roosevelt's time who are still making music today.

Some groups and artists are quite successful and keep making music for 10 or 20 years. Some do it for a lifetime. The following groups are amazing. I'm not necessarily a fan of all of them, but you've got to hand it to them for their long term success.

The Rolling Stones-I'm beginning to think Keith Richards is invincible. It must be all that healthy living.

U2- I never would have guessed that they would still be around back when I was watching their New Years Day video on MTV back in the early 80's. I also wouldn't have expected Bono to rise to the level of Ambassador of the earth.

Michael Jackson- I started writing this post over a year ago and shelved it before he died so don't think I'm not aware that MJ is no longer around, but he was in the process of preparing for a comeback tour.

Madonna- She scares me, but she's still kicking after 27 years.

Aerosmith- They started in 1970 and are still popular today. Maybe musical longevity has something to do with big lips? Jagger and Tyler seem to support that theory.

ZZ top, The Beach Boys, and Pink Floyd are know for either having the original band members or for still performing today, although they may not be in demand like they used to be. This reminds me of the scene in This Is Spinal Tap when they end up performing at a mall opening and are the opening act for a puppet show.

I'd like to thank all the bands and artists who have been roaming the earth for ages and are still around. It saves me a lot of time to not have to learn about the new whipper snappers like Justin Bieber. I'm sure I have forgotten many others seasoned artists. Feel free to comment to add any to the list.


Everyday Goddess said...

You listed some of my all time fave's especially Pink Floyd.

Maybe all those drugs acted a preservatives? lol

mCat said...

Love most on the list - although I never got on the Rolling Stones or U2 bandwagons.

Love me some ZZTop though

Kristina P. said...

My favorite group is The Dave Matthews Band. They've been around for a long time. On of their members died last year, but other than that, it's the original group of about 20 years.

Eric said...

How could you forget Weird Al Yankovic? I think I saw him at one of the DMA events where Brave Combo played, he's a big fan of accordion polka, you know.

Cheeseboy said...

Pink Floyd is my favorite band too. I love U2 too. I'd put Led Zepplin on this list too. As for Aerosmith, they were awesome for about ten years before they started sucking.