More 1980′s Pop Stars – Where are they now?

Part 2 of our round up of 1980’s Pop Stars – Where are they now?

Shakin Stevens

Before there was Natasha Bedingfield, Jessie J, Amy Winehouse and Adele, there was Shakin Stevens. Shakin Stevens is a pop music sensation who delivered several Top 40 hits in the early 80s. Like many others from the same time period, fame didn’t last long, and the limelight quickly dimmed for Shakin Stevens. Currently touring Europe and in the studio recording new material.

Spandau Ballet and Depeche Mode

After taking a break from recording he completed a world tour in 2011 and has an album set to release in 2013. Spandau Ballet and Depeche Mode also hit it big on the music scene in the early 80s. While both bands had several hit songs, Spandau Ballet’s popularity fizzled out in the mid-80s. Spandau Ballet did manage to reunite one last time in 2009. Depeche Mode was more successful in their endeavours. They continued to make new music over the years and have even set a release date for another new album in 2013.

The Human League

The Human League is another great example of a band that saw big fame in the early 80s. Their song ‘Don’t You Want Me’ thrust them into stardom and the group continued to make great music into the mid-1990s. After the 90s and into the 2000s, the band kept making music, appeared on TV and even went back on tour in 2012.

Heaven 17

Ian Marsh and Martyn Ware, former members of The Human League, separated off to form their own group Heaven 17. Heaven 17 had several hit songs in the 80s and released remixes of the songs in 2005. In 2010, the group held a handful of live shows, which proved to be a big success.

Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark and Ultravox

Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark and Ultravox were both popular new-wave groups from the United Kingdom. Both groups had success in the 1980s and released albums with chart-topping hits. Success slowed during the 1990s, but both bands continue to release new records and give some live shows.

Soft Cell

Soft Cell is another well known British duo. Their song ‘Tainted Love’ can still be heard on many radio stations today. The duo was together until the mid-80s and then broke up only to reunite in the early 2000s and release a remix album of their greatest hits.

Erasure and Bananarama

Erasure and Bananarama, another set of pop music duos, saw huge success in the early 80s and continued to see success over the next 30 years. Both groups have continued to release albums, hold concerts and Bananarama is reportedly in the studio at this time working on a new album.


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