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For Howard Jones, things can only get better



Today's 80s birthday boy is Howard Jones, the big-haired British synth-popper. How old? Fifty-one! He scored his last hit back in 1992, but Howard is still around, playing gigs around the U.K. and enjoying a resurgence of fame, thanks to his appearance last year on TV's Hit Me Baby One More Time. (Alas, he lost to Irene Cara and "Flashdance.")

His latest CD, Revolution of the Heart, was released in the fall to warm reviews. His trademark orange hair is now blonde and though his hairline has receded (he's 51 after all!), it still has that happy, uplifting spikiness to it.

Unlike some of his British peers of the era, Howard was known more for his more optimistic lyrics (with the possible exception of his hit "No One Is To Blame," which was tragically remixed and watered down in a later version by pop antichrist Phil Collins) And so we give you our top 5 fave Howard Jones songs:
5. What is Love? Maybe love is letting people be just what they want to be.
4. New Song: Don't crack up. Bend your brain. See both sides. Throw off your mental chains.
3. Life In One Day: Try and enjoy the here and now. The future will take care of itself somehow.
2. No One Is To Blame: You can feel the punishment but you can't commit the sin.
1. Things Can Only Get Better: And do you feel scared - I do. But I won't stop and falter.

[Last modified: Wednesday, June 9, 2010 2:16pm]


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