1980′s Pop Stars – Where are they now?

Many bands from the 1980s continue to see success in the music industry. Others are not so lucky. Numerous bands have a handful of hit songs then dropped off the music scene completely, never to be heard from again. The 1980s pop music era left its mark with influential music, which is still being heard today.

What happened to all these 80s wonders and where are they today?

Kim Wilde is a British born pop star who had several hit songs in Europe. In the mid-1980s, her hot streak fizzled and her popularity faded. In recent years, she has again toured Europe playing several concerts and festivals. She has also signed a new recording contract.

Paul Young hit it big with his 1985 song, ‘Everytime You Go Away,’ but the fame was short lived. He continued to put out some material through the 1990s both solo and with his group the Q-tips. He played some charity benefit shows and fundraisers but never regained the fame he saw in the 80s.

Adam and the Ants was a British new-wave era band. The band was together for a few years from the late 70s to the early 80s. They released a handful of songs and then broke up in 1982. Some of their work was digitally remastered in the early 2000s and re-released.

Duran Duran is another British pop music group who saw great success in the 1980s. They helped boost MTV ratings with hits like ‘Hungry Like the Wolf’ and ‘Rio.’ Through the years the group lost and gained several members. In 2011, Duran Duran announced a world tour to begin in 2012. Part of the tour was subsequently cancelled when a band member became ill.

Wham is an influential 80s duo with notable songs such as ‘Wake Me Up’ and ‘Careless Whisper.’ The duo lasted four years until 1986, when members George Michael and Andrew Ridgeley went their separate ways. The group never reunited. George Michael now lives in England and most recently made an appearance on the X Factor.

Much like Wham, Culture Club saw great success in the early 1980s, but the group broke up in the mid-80s. Culture Club reunited in the late 1990s and put out a studio album. The group mentioned a possible tour for 2013, but no definite date was given.

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