So this is what 50 looks like.
Rick Astley, the baby-faced, carrot-topped pop star who scored big in the late ’80s with “Never Gonna Give You Up,” is celebrating his milestone birthday with his first album since 2005, “50,” which drops Friday.
Astley’s return might make you wistful for new albums from some other popular ’80s acts, such as these four.
BANANARAMA The three lasses from London made waves with “Cruel Summer” and offbeat offerings like “Robert DeNiro’s Waiting . . . ” in 1984.
FINE YOUNG CANNIBALS The Birmingham, England, rockers, who got their name from the 1960 Natalie Wood movie “All the Fine Young Cannibals,” topped the charts in the ’80s with “She Drives Me Crazy” and “Good Thing” before flaming out with “The Flame” in 1996.
LIPPS INC. The Minneapolis funksters took us all to “Funkytown,” which spent four weeks at No. 1 in 1980. Their subsequent singles flopped and Lipps has been silent since 1983.
TOMMY TUTONE The California rockers were off the hook with “867-5309/Jenny,” a hot number from 1982. The band still makes appearances, but hasn’t recorded a studio album since 1998.
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