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Thread started 12/29/16 6:09pm

FUNKNROLL

Gen X music icons - who is left?

Hate to sound like I'm miserable, but really seems weird that our generation's artists have gone far too soon. It's not hyperbole - we still have two Beatles and plenty of Motown icons with us. So who is left, that helped define the 80s music scene and is still celebrated?

Madonna
Janet Jackson?
Duran Duran?

... I'm coming up empty
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Reply #1 posted 12/29/16 6:14pm

inovio

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Jody Watley

Taylor Dayne

Paula Abdul

Howard Hewitt

Genn Jones

Nancy Wilson (Jazz legend)

Billy Joel

Elton John

All the African American legends, Aretha, Gladys etc

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Reply #2 posted 12/29/16 7:29pm

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Diana Ross
Stevie wonder
Smokey Robinson
Abba
Steve Winwood
Phil Collins
Peter Gabriel
Sandana
Santana
Sade
Sting
Rolling Stones
NKOTB if you like pop tarts
Pat benatar
Joan Jett
Cyndi lauper
Bruce Springsteen
Nile Rogers
Boy George
Lionel Richie
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Reply #3 posted 12/30/16 6:05pm

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Patti Smith

Rod Stewart

Bono

Ann & Nancy Wilson (Heart)

Steve Perry

Neil Diamond

Barry Gibb

Steven Tyler

Mick Jagger

Don Henley

Joe Walsh

Paul McCartney

Ringo Starr

David Cassidy

Tears for Fears.

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Reply #4 posted 01/02/17 7:56pm

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Weird responses. A lot of the people mentioned here are from the 1960's and 1970's. I don't consider anyone who was already a teenager by the 1970's 'Gen X.' Anyway, here's some for you. Granted, they are not Michael, Prince or George but they mean a lot to a lot of us Gen Xers

U2

Red Hot Chili Peppers

Pearl Jam

Morrisey

Chuck D

Eddie Van Halen

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Reply #5 posted 01/02/17 8:22pm

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Some of the artists that are mentioned have spanned decades and are still revelent.

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Reply #6 posted 01/02/17 10:25pm

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Chuck Berry just turned 90s and is about to put out a new album.

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Reply #7 posted 01/02/17 10:58pm

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Damn, no one mentioned Madonna or did I miss her name somewhere.

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Reply #8 posted 01/03/17 12:10am

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Damn, no one mentioned Madonna or did I miss her name somewhere.

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Reply #9 posted 01/03/17 12:11am

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LittleBLUECorvette said:

Chuck Berry just turned 90s and is about to put out a new album.


Which means he isn't from generation X.
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Reply #10 posted 01/03/17 5:33am

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Are we talking about artists who were born during Gen X or were popular during Gen X? Just asking because the names born from the mid 40s to mid 60s (Stevie, Madonna, Lionel, Springsteen, Cyndi, the Jacksons, etc.) would be baby boomers not Gen X.
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Reply #11 posted 01/03/17 5:59pm

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MotownSubdivision said:

Are we talking about artists who were born during Gen X or were popular during Gen X? Just asking because the names born from the mid 40s to mid 60s (Stevie, Madonna, Lionel, Springsteen, Cyndi, the Jacksons, etc.) would be baby boomers not Gen X.



"who is left that helped define the 80s music scene, and is still celebrated?"


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Reply #12 posted 01/03/17 6:25pm

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FUNKNROLL said:

MotownSubdivision said:
Are we talking about artists who were born during Gen X or were popular during Gen X? Just asking because the names born from the mid 40s to mid 60s (Stevie, Madonna, Lionel, Springsteen, Cyndi, the Jacksons, etc.) would be baby boomers not Gen X.
"who is left that helped define the 80s music scene, and is still celebrated?" . [Edited 1/3/17 17:59pm]

A lot. NWA is around, Lionel is around, Motley is still around, ect, ect, ect.

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Reply #13 posted 01/04/17 8:25am

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canada The Tragically Hip

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FUNKNROLL said:

MotownSubdivision said:

Are we talking about artists who were born during Gen X or were popular during Gen X? Just asking because the names born from the mid 40s to mid 60s (Stevie, Madonna, Lionel, Springsteen, Cyndi, the Jacksons, etc.) would be baby boomers not Gen X.



"who is left that helped define the 80s music scene, and is still celebrated?"


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Oh. Didn't see that part.

There's still plenty of 80s icons left. Almost all of the megastars are gone though.
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Reply #15 posted 01/04/17 10:27am

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They only pick commercial artists. lol

There are a bunch of great bands guys. Wake up.

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2freaky4church1 said:

They only pick commercial artists. lol

There are a bunch of great bands guys. Wake up.

Didn't see where you offered anything up on this thread. Which bands are you thinking?

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Reply #17 posted 01/04/17 12:54pm

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Icons in music enjoy wide fame for their commercial success or artistic talents. They are generally household names. Even many classic artists don't come close to reaching that height.

The lists here include a whole lot of my favorites, but they aren't music icons of Generation X.

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Reply #18 posted 01/04/17 12:54pm

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2freaky4church1 said:

They only pick commercial artists. lol

There are a bunch of great bands guys. Wake up.


Not all great bands are icons. You know that.

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Reply #19 posted 01/04/17 2:56pm

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chrisslope9 said:

Weird responses. A lot of the people mentioned here are from the 1960's and 1970's. I don't consider anyone who was already a teenager by the 1970's 'Gen X.' Anyway, here's some for you. Granted, they are not Michael, Prince or George but they mean a lot to a lot of us Gen Xers

U2

Red Hot Chili Peppers

Pearl Jam

Morrisey

Chuck D

Eddie Van Halen

You hit it on the nose there.

In addition to Chuck D, I would say the entire "Class of '88" hip hop icons.

Can I add Paul Weller?

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Reply #20 posted 01/04/17 8:09pm

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Huey Lewis and the News

Billy Ocean

Expose

Glorie Estefan

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Reply #21 posted 01/05/17 1:08am

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Huey Lewis and the News


Billy Ocean


Expose


Glorie Estefan


That's what we're left with? sad
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Reply #22 posted 01/05/17 10:24am

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All these singers that are mentioned in this thread are not Icons. Being a house hold name and popularity during a certain time period does not automatically make you an Icon. Also, some of these singers are Icons from different eras (i.e. 50s, 60s, and 70s).

Janet to me is more so a 90s Icon.

Madonna and Duran Duran are the last living 80s Icons. I would count Queen too but Freddie is deceased.

Stevie, Rolling Stones, Elton John, etc are Icons from the 70's.

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Reply #23 posted 01/05/17 10:59am

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Bob Dylan, Springsteen, Metallica, Rolling Stones, Aretha, Stevie.

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Reply #24 posted 01/05/17 10:59am

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Ignore me. haha

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Reply #25 posted 01/05/17 11:00am

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Beck, Fiona Apple, Public Enemy, Chris Isaak.

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Reply #26 posted 01/05/17 11:04am

namepeace

Cinny said:

chrisslope9 said:

Weird responses. A lot of the people mentioned here are from the 1960's and 1970's. I don't consider anyone who was already a teenager by the 1970's 'Gen X.' Anyway, here's some for you. Granted, they are not Michael, Prince or George but they mean a lot to a lot of us Gen Xers

U2

Red Hot Chili Peppers

Pearl Jam

Morrisey

Chuck D

Eddie Van Halen

You hit it on the nose there.

In addition to Chuck D, I would say the entire "Class of '88" hip hop icons.

Can I add Paul Weller?



Depending on whom you ask, Generation X begins between 1961 and 1965. It ends around 1979 or 1980. Some Gen X'ers would have in fact reached adolescence by the 1970's. Defining Gen X isn't (completely) a matter of opinion, it's a matter of date ranges.

Icons of any generation are not always determined during the teen years. Millenials grew up idolizing Michael Jackson as children. He can lay legitimate claim to being a Millenial icon. Stevie Wonder dominated the music scene in the Gen X childhood years, the 1970's. There's no reason he couldn't be considered a Gen X musical icon either. Take Van Halen, for example -- he and his band were 70s artists that hit big in the 80's.

Finally, I love a lot of these artists listed, but they wouldn't qualify as overall generational icons.

We're being both too narrow (in terms of defining Gen X) AND too broad (in terms of defining generational icons) in this thread.

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Reply #27 posted 01/05/17 1:41pm

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2freaky4church1 said:

Bob Dylan, Springsteen, Metallica, Rolling Stones, Aretha, Stevie.

Icons.
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Reply #28 posted 01/05/17 1:41pm

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2freaky4church1 said:

Beck, Fiona Apple, Chris Isaak.

Not icons.
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Reply #29 posted 01/05/17 6:27pm

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I'm still trying to wrap my head around the fact that I'm Gen X, there was a time "they" shifted dates around making me a Baby Boomer. Whatever.

Anyway, there are a few but the reality is closing in rapidly. Most people I can think of have already been mentioned.

Oh, Peter Gabriel, I think.

Wouldn't Anita fit?

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