New Wave… according to Wikipedia, it’s defined as “an umbrella term for several late-1970s to mid-1980s pop/rock styles with ties to 1970s punk rock.”
Aging Gracefully…according to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery it is “showing signs of aging, but still powering forward with life…[a] term [that] feels almost negative or backhanded…[a] phrase we use to describe someone who isn’t looking as good as they once did.”
Perhaps it’s more of a testament to New Wave music – which always had more a happy (in an ironic sort of way) beat than punk or rock – that so many of these one-time icons are still with us. The fact that they are aging gracefully says a lot. They have avoided the alternatives – which would be death, or a visit to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.