I feel that Midnight Oil and Fugazi are the two best rock bands in terms of mixing rock with left wing political opinions, or at least the least embarrassing about it.
"Power And The Passion" is their best song. I'd not have thought to compare it to Talking Heads.
In spite of enjoying Midnight Oil a great deal, Peter Garrett is the only band member I can identify in photographs. (Pearl Jam is another one--I only know what Eddie Vedder and Matt Cameron look like!)
It's occurring to me now, since you mentioned Boner, that Boner is 60, but 60 isn't anywhere near too old to be a classic rock star anymore.