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It’s a thin line | Bands that should never have reformed vs Great bands that have returned great

It’s a thin line | Bands that should never have reformed vs Great bands that have returned great
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Here’s the line. It’s thin.

a thin line

Above it we find bands like Mission Of Burma, The Go-Betweens and Sleater-Kinney. (Wire are momentarily disqualified for not really splitting.)

Below it, we find bands like The Sex Pistols, Pixies and Swervedriver.

Like this.

thin line

Got the idea? Good. Now we move on to a more extended pie chart.

line

As Lucy Cage rightly puts it, “My feeling is that it is possible for a band to go their separate ways due to circumstances, conflict, burn out or whatever and then to reconvene years later, older, wiser, maybe better able to deal with various challenges but crucially because they still have new things to say and do. Without that urge, reformation is pointless and dull.” Sadly, it seems too many are the latter. Here’s the final representation.

chart around the line

Still not clear? OK, remember that line? That thin line that separates the genius from the mediocre? Here it is again.

a thin line

And these are the bands that have ended up above it. The great bands that have remained great, if you will.

chart above the line

a thin line

And these are the bands below it. The (quite often crap to start with) bands that should NEVER IN A MILLION PAYDAYS have considered reforming.

chart below the line

From which we can deduce, with near scientific certainty, The Go-Betweens, Sleater-Kinney and Dexys were 100% justified in their decision to reform and Pavement, Pixies, Suede and The Sex Pistols were not. Like they care.

Here it is, in one handy cut-out-and-keep format.

chart the line

One Response to It’s a thin line | Bands that should never have reformed vs Great bands that have returned great

  1. Hollister Dixon April 17, 2015 at 8:33 pm

    I don’t understand why 1/4 of the bands on the “shouldn’t have reformed” list are there. My Bloody Valentine came back and made a killer record. Dinosaur Jr. made several. Polvo, Pavement, Afghan Whigs, Faith No More, Buzzcocks – all totally worth the reunion.

    I get the satire, but this is a really weird attempt at it. At least try, man.

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