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  1. From the Wikipedia article: “The band’s most recent album was December (2003), a collection of Christmas music. They continued to tour throughout the first decade of the 2000s, and they still regroup for periodic events, one-off concerts, short tours, and cruises.
    The Moody Blues’ most successful singles include “Go Now”, “Nights in White Satin”, “Tuesday Afternoon”, “Question”, and “Your Wildest Dreams”. The band has sold 70 million albums worldwide,[11] which includes 18 platinum and gold LPs. They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2018.”

    That does not sound too geezerish (geezery?) to me.

  2. Except for “Your Wildest Dreams”, all those singles are from 1970 or earlier. I’ve never heard of “Your Wildest Dreams”, even though it came out when I was in high school (1986). Sorry, but when your most recent big single is 34 years old, and your heyday was 50 years ago… that’s a geezer band.

  3. Totally geezer.

    That they’re alive and can make some money touring doesn’t mean a group isn’t geezer. They haven’t had anything remotely like a hit (and that just just barely cracking the top 40) in 30 years. They were never mainstream pop big, like The Beatles or Rolling Stones. It’s unreasonable to expect anyone under 40 to know who they are, as this comic does.

    This bit of the Wikipedia is sad:
    On June 25, 2019, The New York Times Magazine listed The Moody Blues among hundreds of artists whose material was reportedly destroyed in the 2008 Universal fire.

  4. “That does not sound too geezerish (geezery?) to me.”

    That sounds utterly and completely geezerish to me.

    But then I never understood the purpose of the geezer tag. So what if something is old?

    “It’s unreasonable to expect anyone under 40 to know who they are, as this comic does.”

    Where doe this comic say “I expect someone under 40 to know who they are”?

  5. They were my favourite band for a period in the early to mid-1970s, when I was a teen.

    Nowadays my favourite band is another from that era – King Crimson. They’re not really a band, as they have had endless personnel changes since breaking up first at the end of their first album, within in year of forming (all inside 1969). They’re more a mutating stop-start music project with one constant rock, the leader and guitarist Robert Fripp, who never sings or writes lyrics and sits on a bar stool off to one side of the stage working at his guitar stuff.

  6. Doesn’t the image of him reading a print newspaper automatically put it in geezerville ?

  7. Oddly enough, the background music service at my workplace plays “Your Wildest Dreams” several times a week, and another channel in the lineup had played “Tuesday Afternoon” regularly in the past, so it’s not like their music has completely disappeared from the public sphere.

    On the other hand, I can’t think of another instance where the MB were name dropped into a comic…

  8. Their last barely hit was as mentioned nearly 30 years ago, and it was already a nostalgic look back to once upon a time, once when they were young and the universe was theirs; I recall the video featuring aging fans, an all but tacit admission that already then they were geezers.

  9. @ larK – I can confirm that: I was lucky enough to catch the Moody Blues in concert in the early 80‘s, just 20 years after they had initially formed, and they were already a geezer band back then! The crowd was a good-natured, eclectic mixture ranging from (a few) high school and (more) college students (including myself), all the way through parents to grandparents (some of whom had brought along their children and grandchildren). No pressure, no worries, and everyone had a good time.

  10. Geezer. The Moodies classic lineup ended with their 8th album, when they went on hiatus in the early 1970s.. Kids today might know “Nights In White Satin” but that’s from 1967 – their grandparents’ music.

  11. I’m 42 and the only reason I know the Moody Blues at all is because I grew up listening to the oldies station. Of course, the 1960-1975 era remains my favorite era of music, but I realize I’m not typical.

  12. I think Bill is exactly right, and the defining question is, will the average non-Geezer understand the reference? I don’t question that the Moody Blues are (well, were) a geezer band that played what is now geezer music. Heck, I’m a geezer myself and I couldn’t really tell you anything about them beyond the name. My assertion, rather, is that the average non-geezer would recognize “Moody Blues” as the name of a rock group. If I’m wrong on that, then yes, this is a geezer reference.

  13. 47 here. I have heard and can sing parts of Your Wildest Dreams and Nights in White Satin. I have also heard of the Moody Blues. However, I did not know that they sang the aforementioned songs (not that that knowledge is required for this joke).

  14. 74 here, and I certainly recognize the name of The Moody Blues, and I can sing (for certain values of “sing”) bits of “Nights in White Satan,” but like jglor I didn’t know that it *was* a Moody Blues song (and couldn’t have named anything The Moody Blues did).

    Yes, I lived through the sixties, but I was mostly a folk revival/scare fan then, and yes, I was exposed to and often liked a lot of the rock and rock-adjacent stuff as well, but didn’t always match groups and songs, with a few obvious (Beatles, Simon and Garfunkel, and like that) exceptions. (And yes, I self-identify as a geezer. Also as a curmudgeon and a pedant and a nerd and an old phart.)

    Of course, my real problem is getting jokes about stuff from the period after I largely started ignoring pop culture (a reverse geezer, or rezeeg, problem.)

  15. Erg. Missed the typo in “Nights in White Satan” (possibly an anti-Ku-Klux_Klan song?). Sorry. “Satin.” SATIN.

  16. Wildest Dreams and Nights in White Satin on VH1 in the 80’s is the only reason I know who they are. They would have probably seemed slightly obscure even back then, I think. I doubt most people under 40 know who they are, although they might vaguely know a band with that name existed.

  17. I say no, but I’m not a fan of the geezer tag. Their songs are still played on the radio, so kids are going to hear them when their parents drive. A song being old does not make it a geezer, because these songs get played forever. Heck, “Happy Birthday To You” was published in 1893, and it’s one of the first songs children learn.

  18. 1958fury, there’s a big difference between a song being known and the artist being known. I’m a geezer and I know the band’s name, but until I saw some here I couldn’t name a single one of their songs. And if one of those songs came on the radio, I couldn’t name the band who played it.

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