Just so this is perfectly clear, Chase bank, in L.A., is playing Orleans “Still The One” which was a hit in 1976, which was 38 frickin’ years ago! Proof, as if proof is needed, that Boomers place in the culture, especially in music, is pervasive and permanent which means Boomers relevancy to pop culture is assured.
Here’s the song: ttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SbH_sDyWZqo
OMG , Marie Callender’s sound system is playing “Angel Baby” by Rosie & The Originals–from 1960!! That was a hit 54 years ago!
The current (Apr 9th) issue of New York magazine kills with “Learning to Love Middle Old Age.”
Written by Mark Jacobson, it’s funny, wise, insightful, clever, jocular and long (six pages) and is paired with over 25 portraits of regular, ordinary people, all aged 65, photographed with sensitivity and care by Martin Schoeller.
Getting my nails done—the salon is playing Elvis, Chuck Berry. People here have green hair, crazy haircuts, and are under 30. Go figure.
Can you believe that “Baby Don’t Go” by Sonny & Cher is playing at the bank? That song is, like, 50 years old. All these workers at the bank weren’t even born when that song was a hit (1965).
Know why it’s playing? ‘Cause Boomers like that song, or whomever decides the play list for Chase in Southern California likes that song, and everybody else just has to put up with it.
A sure case of “Boomers Rule!”
It’s tough to watch women publicly morph from hottie into “looks good for her age.”
Jacqueline Bisset was 33 when she starred in “The Deep” and instantly became the world’s most desirable woman. She still rocked into her 60s, but now she’s almost 70, and she looks pretty bad, and it seems her mind is wandering, too. Jessica Lange, who once scorched the screen and had grand love affairs, is only 64, yet “hot” hardly applies. This was sobering and I felt it personally.
I also felt a pang that, after 50 years of taking ownership of pop culture, Boomers are now sharing the spotlight with Gen X and Millennials. Before, almost all of the nominees and presenters at awards shows were “about my age.” Same clothes and hair, we listened to the same songs, watched the same TV shows. Even the advertisers wooed me.
But, not last night. Last night, I hadn’t seen all the movies and TV shows, there were a few celebrities I hadn’t heard of, many of the people on the stage were the age of my own children, some of the dresses would be inappropriate for me. Not everybody was about my age.
Our 50-year reign is over. Now, Boomers are just one of many demographics at the table. This, too, was sobering.
…and on a lighter note:
“The Virginia Slims ‘You’ve Come a Long Way, Baby’ Award” to Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. In the 80s, when I was a disc jockey, radio researchers claimed that listeners wouldn’t tolerate two female songs back to back, which limited the number of women on the charts. Fast forward to last night’s Golden Globes, MC’d by two women, side by side, hosting a big deal international TV show. That’s A Long, Long Way, Baby.
Who made the most money touring last year?
#1 Madonna, 55 y/o.
#2 Bruce Springsteen, 63 y/o.
Life may begin at 40, but, alas, it’s over by your 50s.
How do I know?
Because the March issue of InStyle magazine has that feature that all the chix magazines run every couple of months—it’s a template: “Look Beautiful at Any Age,” “Great Hair at Every Age.” Then, for each age group, they show a celeb: in this version, it’s Frida Pinto for the 20s, 30s Michele Williams, 40s Salma Hayek, 50s– Julianne Moore.
That’s all. There isn’t any 60s. Does that mean if you are 60 you can’t be chic or have great hair anymore?
I wasn’t aware of that.
And I wonder if 10s of millions of my Baby Boomer sisters got that message?
That giant sucking sound in the background? It’s billions of dollars slithering out of the economy when 60 year old women stop buying lipsticks, and mani-pedis, and shoes and handbags, and lingerie, and pencil skirts, and Wonder Bras, and dresses, and bathing suits, and perfume, and jewelry, and accessories and facials, and crèmes for our skin.
If Boomers over 60 stopped trying to look “beautiful at any age,” Macy’s would probably do a lot less business.