According to a story in today's Chicago Tribune, a group of rockers known as The Zimmers is #26 on the British Top 40 chart with their "guitar-smashing take on The Who's 'My Generation.'" What's interesting about that? I'm not even much of a rock fan. Well, the group's name came from the Zimmer frame, the British term for a walker, the kind that's so popular in nursing homes. This group was formed by Tim Samuels for a BBC documentary, and it's a 40-member group with an average age of 78. The lead singer is 90; the oldest member is 100!
"Considering we weren't on any playlists, because we were not being young and trendy enough, I think this is an absolute triumph," said Will Daws, producer of the documentary. According to Tim Samuels, the band was intended to combat the victim status of the elderly. Hooray!
Watch their video on YouTube. Try this link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zqfFrCUrEbY
Copyright 2007 by Marlys Marshall Styne
Photo from the Zimmer web site, http://www.thezimmersonline.com/