What Bands Should Reunite?

I received an email from Greggory the other night with this link to a story opining on what bands should consider reuniting in light of whatever Black Sabbath and Van Halen are planning to do.  

Looking at the list, I kept thinking “There’s gotta be a better wishlist than this.”

White Stripes:  Too soon.  Besides, Jack is doing far more on his own–and many more interesting things–than he ever did with Meg.

LCD Soundsystem:  Again, too soon.  Unshackled from this project, I’m confident that James Murphy will find new and exciting things to do.

Oasis:  Inevitable.  It’ll happen.  Give it time.

Rage Against the Machine:  They still play gigs together although they have no plans to record any new music.  

Nine Inch Nails:  Pointless.  Trent Reznor IS Nine Inch Nails.  As long as Trent is around, who cares under which name he records?

So who I would like like to see back together?  

Guns ‘N Roses:  The Appetite line-up with Steve and Matt on drums.  Both of them.

I Mother Earth:  Great post-grunge Canadian band with some serious chops.  But the moment has probably past.  Best let things live on in memories instead.

The Jam:  It’ll never happen, but I never got a chance to see them back in the day.  For me, Paul? Please?

New Order:  Get over whatever is pissing you guys off with each other and get back together one more time.

Smashing Pumpkins:  PROPER Pumpkins with Jimmy and James.  It would be cool to see D’Arcy as part of the lineup, but I have a thing for Melissa.

Any other suggestions?  Just please, please don’t say the Smiths.  It’s best to let that legend live as-is.

Alan Cross

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28 thoughts on “What Bands Should Reunite?

  • November 14, 2011 at 4:08 pm
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    Maybe this is stating the obvious but allow me to be the first: The Smiths.

    A strong +1 for The Jam, too.

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  • November 14, 2011 at 4:12 pm
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    I'd love to see a full blown Thrush Hermit reunion with a new album. I sadly missed the mini-tour they did last year (and I kick myself for it). I still think The Great Pacific Ocean is one of the greatest EPs ever produced.

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  • November 14, 2011 at 4:15 pm
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    Blur. Yeah, technically it already has (temporarily), but I mean on a stage within a 12-hour drive of Toronto.

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  • November 14, 2011 at 4:19 pm
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    The Libertines. They've played together a couple of times but they're too good not to do it properly. Just a shame Pete can probably never get into North America. I'd kill to see them.

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  • November 14, 2011 at 4:23 pm
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    The Smiths, and New Order

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  • November 14, 2011 at 4:26 pm
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    Would it be too cliché to hope for another Zeppelin reunion with Jason Bonham on the skins?

    An official N.W.A reunion with Dre, Yella, Ren and Ice Cube would be pretty sweet, as well. I'd love for another Fugees album, but Lauryn Hill (sorry… "Ms. Hill") seems to still have her nose pointed towards the sky.

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  • November 14, 2011 at 5:16 pm
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    Another vote for Thrush Hermit! I was lucky enough to catch the reunion tour last year.

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  • November 14, 2011 at 5:57 pm
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    KYUSS

    With all the original members. They never made enough records together.

    SLEEP

    another amazing band.

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  • November 14, 2011 at 7:25 pm
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    Wow, glad I'm not the only one to come up with I Mother Earth. Always thought there was so much potential there that went untapped when Edwin split.

    And while the magic might be gone, and the era has passed, I think the level of technical proficiency, combined with the fact the key guys went on to other musical endeavors, it might just make for an even cooler experience now.

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  • November 14, 2011 at 11:11 pm
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    For more than a cash tour; Supertramp, and The Police.

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  • November 15, 2011 at 12:32 am
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    The Tea Party.

    Rage Against the Machine.

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  • November 15, 2011 at 12:44 am
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    Genesis… With Peter Gabriel! The Police, Ned's Atomic Dustbin, and Catherine Wheel

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  • November 15, 2011 at 1:30 am
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    Completely with you on New Order. I'd love to see a proper Pop Will Eat Itself reunion (if Clint Mansell can take a break from film scoring).

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  • November 15, 2011 at 2:17 am
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    Would love to see New Order and a great Canadian band The Lowest of the Low…not just a couple of shows.

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  • November 15, 2011 at 2:34 am
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    Treble Charger, Moist, Matthew Good Band (even if for only one show), The Age of Electric, I Mother Earth, The Barstool Prophets, The Watchmen (unless they're already back together). There's lots I'm missing but it would make for too long a comment.

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  • November 15, 2011 at 2:45 am
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    Would love to go with my Dad to see Genesis… With Peter Gabriel and hear Supper's Ready. Thrush Hermit was before my time but I discovered Clayton Park to late for last years shows.Sonora Aero Club, go ahead google them. At-The Drive In

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  • November 15, 2011 at 2:51 am
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    High Holy Days, but with the original line-up. Heard the second album that never got released. It's a shame this band fizzled. That 2nd album saw that band grow in so many ways.

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  • November 15, 2011 at 3:02 am
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    No one's posted Talking Heads yet?! Let me be the first…

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  • November 15, 2011 at 4:16 am
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    Pixies toured last year, dude. The Neds also did some gigs a little while back.

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  • November 15, 2011 at 9:07 pm
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    Aside from some of the excellent suggestions, let me add The American Analog Set and Beachwood Sparks.

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  • November 16, 2011 at 3:07 pm
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    Being a bit of a power-pop nerd I'd love to see Jellyfish do even a single show. It'll never happen but a boy can dream.

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  • December 9, 2011 at 8:01 pm
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    I got two M bands!!!

    Mclusky – Future of the Left just ain't the same!

    Moist – would love to see them play with I Mother Earth!

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  • December 9, 2011 at 8:29 pm
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    The Smiths, Love and Rockets and Bauhaus…but Peter Murphy is nuts so it is unlikely 🙁

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  • December 9, 2011 at 10:49 pm
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    Spacemen 3. Jellyfish. Jonathan Fire*Eater

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