It’s a thin line | Bands that should never have reformed vs Great bands that have returned great
Here’s the line. It’s thin.
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.
Got the idea? Good. Now we move on to a more extended pie chart.
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.
Still not clear? OK, remember that line? That thin line that separates the genius from the mediocre? Here it is again.
And these are the bands that have ended up above it. The great bands that have remained great, if you will.
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.
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.