Thursday, December 30, 2010

Then and Now

My dad got my mom this picture frame for Christmas that had "Then and Now" on the top of it. He had their wedding photo and the photo I took at their 50th anniversary party in it. It kinda choked us up some, but it was a great gift.

It got me to thinking since I've been craving music from "back then" for me. They just don't have groups like we had in the 80's that were truly ROCK! Nickelback is about the closest thing to anything I can stand in modern music. I feel so old. I found this great station on Yahoo Music that I've been listening to at work that is 1980's rock. It's not some of the pop stuff like Spandau Ballet or anything like that. It's more of the bands like Def Leppard, Bon Jovi, and Kiss among others. I have been enjoying it and making myself a list of some music I want to go download.

I know a lot of people are upset because of some groups crossing over to country. I don't see it as a cross-over as much as the fact that country has changed so much over the years. Much of it now is what I used to call Rock. I almost fell out when I saw Nickelback on CMT with their song, "This Afternoon."
Anyway, I recently saw a picture of an old rocker, so I thought it would be fun to look up some groups to see what they looked like now. Let's see how they aged. So here is my "Then and Now" for some groups I used to listen to all the time.
Def Leppard was a personal favorite of mine in the 80's and still today. Joe Elliott was HOT!
They still look pretty damn good. I saw them in concert again when they hit 20 years, and they still rock! Of course, the biggest "then and now" difference is Rick Allen being minus an arm that I believe he still had in the earlier photo. It still amazes me to watch him play the drums, and I've always admired the group for standing by him and helping him get back on stage.
I never really cared much for David Lee Roth as far as looks go, but geez let the scraggly hair go already!

I think we all knew Mike Reno (Loverboy) was going to have a weight problem, but the bandanna does not hide the fact that you are going bald, Dude!

Bryan Adams hasn't changed much at all.
Motley Crue knew how to grow hair, didn't they?
They have aged pretty well for the most part, with the exception of Vince. 
I can't imagine how much money was spent on hair product and bleach for Brett and C.C. alone (Poison).
I think they still use more product than I do.
Ratt.. We knew how to do hair in the 80's, that's for sure.
Not bad here either, except for Stephen Pearcy. He needs to let the hair go, too. I bought one of their newer CD's several years ago, and it was awesome! So they still have the sound.
*Sigh* .. Bon Jovi.. Remember how they hid the fact that he got married because they were afraid he would lose fans? Ha!
He has definitely aged the best of any 80's person I've seen. I remember that CNN even covered it when he cut his hair off. My mother has even always known who he is, and she says his name right! That should tell you something. 

So these are just a few who came to mind in my search. Who did you like that you listened to when you were a teenager? Have you seen them or heard what they are up to now? Do you have trouble listening to modern music or have you adapted to the new sounds and music trends? Tell me if you know of others I might need to check out that I might like. 


Jumble Mash said...

This is awesome, Krissy! I really enjoyed it! Bryan Adams looks better now than he did before, in my opinion. And Jon Bon Jovi will always be sexy. And I seriously don't know how Bret Michaels went from that to this. He looks so different. For the better.

Simple Dude said...

I was an 80s hair band kind of guy back in the 80s. Of course back then we didnt call them hair bands... we just called them bands. I had the look too with the long hair and torn jeans. I didnt use much product though, that was just silly.

Love the old photos - sometimes I'll still pop in a Ratt, Def Leppard or Tesla CD just for the heck of it!


lyndylou said...

Krissy, having a teenager in the house has meant that I have had to adapt to the new kind of rock bands. Two that I absolutely love are My Chemical Romance and Fallout Boy.

I have seen them both in concert and they are amazing! It's not true that they encourage suicide and hurting yourself. Their music has got my daughter through a lot of hard stuff.

In the 80's I was a huge fan of Aerosmith, Bon Jovi and Bryan Adams. They were the best.

Don said...

Krissy, your Dad must be a great guy!

You wrote, "I feel so old." Hon, I'm so old I don't even know who these rock stars are. I've been hiding under a rock since the day I invented dirt. :-)

Don said...

I just came back to activate the email follow-ups to this post. Stupid me should have done it when I submitted my comment.

Oilfield Trash said...

Great post.

But how can you bring up 80's rock and not have pictures of The Cult? lol

Bouncin' Barb said...

I am a classic rocker from the 70s and some 80's. Eric Clapton, Foreigner, Journey, Fleetwood Mac just to name a very few that I've followed. Not at all into today's music. It all sounds the same to me and that's what made 70s music so good. The diversity of it. Great post!!

The Tame One said...

GAH!!! You just made my whole flipping day!!! Personally, I was a Sebastian Bach fan. He looks like hell now, but Jon...oooh Jon. I saw Bon Jovi and Kid Rock last summer and they still kicked ass. And now I will go fan girl on some hair bands. Thank you for that! ♥

The Adorkable Ditz said...

With me not being born until the early 90's I can't relate yet about the then and now too much, but some of the pictures made me turn up my nose, like the one with the bandanna.

Krissy said...

@JM.. Glad you liked it. I agree with you on all counts. I think Brett just got more rugged looking with age.

@SD.. I always hated that they called them hair bands like that was all they were. I'd love to see the Simple Dude's 80's look. I forgot all about Tesla!

@lyndy.. I was never big into Aerosmith but loved the others you mentioned.

@Don.. My dad is wonderful, and so is my mom. LOL @ you hiding under a rock since you invented dirt. :)

@OT.. Ummm, I guess because I wasn't big into them. And I just really had a brain storm and looked up those who came to mind this morning.

@Barb.. Very true about the diversity back then, and into the 80's. Look at how many nowadays use the old music as their "back" music while they holler at you. What the hell?

@Tame One.. I'm so glad it brought you as many good memories as it brought me. Check out the link I provided for the Yahoo station. It is awesome! And yes.. Jon.. oh Jon. *sigh* His wife is one lucky woman!

@Adorkable.. Don't be turning your nose up at us old farts, youngin'. :) Of course, we probably do the same at some of the people you listen to.

Mynx said...

Great post Krissy. Love the whole "look at them now" I followed a lot of Aussie acts in the 80's and some of them had shocking mullets.

Krissy said...

Thanks, Mynx! The mullet was the biggest black eye on the 80's in my opinion. I'm glad you enjoyed it.

Jimmy said...

Lynyrd Skynyrd, Aerosmith, Fleetwood Mac, The Stones just to name a few, any 70's Rock and Roll works for me, nope I don't know too much of the new stuff Cindy says that I am still stuck in the 70's..does that make me old :)

Krissy said...

Jimmy, as far as I'm concerned, it means you have good taste in music. :)

Jess said...

I love me some Poison. Oh and Jon bon Jovi...yum!

Chief aka Dad said...

Nice trip down memory lane :-)

twilightgazing said...

What can I say Nickleback is my ultimate favourite and this track so reminds me of the times I spend with one of my good friends, just fun afternoons that lead on. Ummm some old rockers should not be resurrected!
Ps, Don put me onto your blog, it's great :)

Krissy said...

@Jess.. Ditto! Who would have ever thought they'd still be around though? Now Jon, I knew would. :)

@Chief.. Glad you liked it.

@twilightgazing.. Amen to the resurrected comment! Some of them should stay so far into retirement it's not funny! I'm glad Don led you to my blog. He's been good for my ego. :)

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