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It’s a thin line, pt2 | Are there actually any great bands that have returned greater than ever?

It’s a thin line, pt2 | Are there actually any great bands that have returned greater than ever?
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Remember this line? It’s thin.

a thin line

Well. You thought it was thin, but actually it’s even thinner than that. So thin, in fact, that there’s no point placing a visual representation of it because the naked eye cannot see it.

So we’ll have to make do with this one. A representation of the original thin line.

a thin line

Anyway. Yesterday’s chart of Bands that should never have reformed vs Great bands that have returned great got the Collapse Board editors to thinking. That’s all very well, returning great as a great band, but are there actually any great bands that have returned greater than ever? So we applied scientific theory and qualitative research methods and a bit of the grounded theoretical framework because that’s the sort of guys and gals we are, and we came up with the following, sobering table. (This is the one that will lose us the few transitory friends we still have.) A chilling reflection of the state of present-day music. We applied rigid parameters to the process, taking voting on various social media networks (OK then, Facebook) into account, and applied a little quantatitive research methodology as well as the omnipresent and so-necessary ethnomusicological process to help us interpret our findings.

Here is the first chart we came up with. Crazy shit.

upside down chart

There’s no getting round the bare facts. Only four (4) great bands in the entire pantheon of alt.indie have returned greater than before, and two of these are disqualified for being so obscure even Simon Cowell hasn’t heard of them. So it’s two (2) great bands, and one of these is disqualified for being female cos we don’t want to alienate the NME’s readership, heavens no. So – GET THIS DOWN YOUR CHOKEHOLE AND SPREAD THE NEWS ON BOTTOMFEED BABY – only one (1) band in the entire pantheon of alt.indie has returned greater than before, and that band is The Wolfhounds.

Here. Let’s have a song to celebrate.

AND FUCK OFF THE REST OF YOU, RIGHT NOW!!!

Here is that final, decisive chart. (Wire were disqualified for not actually splitting up, Thrown-Ups moved automatically to the bottom of the chart for returning greater than before, and shit bands who returned greater than ever before were disqualified for being shit in the first place.)

Sobering, huh?

 chart chart
(above the line)

 a thin line (below the line)

pie chart

One Response to It’s a thin line, pt2 | Are there actually any great bands that have returned greater than ever?

  1. Required May 10, 2015 at 2:45 am

    Totally agree Jay. Dinosaur Jr’s 00’s + output surpasses the quality of last century’s catalogue. Their reformation in itself is influential.

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