Thursday, 20 January 2011

Dont do it guys

There was a lot of reports in the papers over Xmas about ABBA reforming. Apparently Agnetha, has given up being a recluse and is now open to a reunion. This is the same Agnetha who had a relationship with her stalker. I mean they were offered £600m a few years ago. That could buy a lot of stalkers.

I cant remember any band getting together after splitting for a decent period and actually being any good. All the cult bands like the Velvets, Television, The Pistols, Big Star- they've all reformed at some point in the last 20 years. But why bother? Youve got the records. They are cults because the records are brilliant and no one bought them at the time. What's the point in having your myths shattered by John Lydon at a music festival somewhere telling you you've been had because you spent £45 or Lou Reed grunting at you across a field. There's loads of weird conglomerations of 60's bands touring around Butlins made up of one member of the Searchers, another from the Animals and the drummer from Shriekback, a guy that played keyboards in a music shop in Harlow and someone from Shed 7 mashed together like some kind of weird approximation of the baby with spiders legs from Toy Story 1.

That's the good thing about being a solo artist. You cant split up. Unless you've got multiple personalities, which most musicians have. I'd also have to leave either twins or brothers/sisters out because they may as well be parts of the same person.

They always say "It's unfinished business" but because music is caught in the time and place it's made, linked in with the people that buy the music's personal memories and experiences, you cant go back, and if your band was any good, like The Clash, The Jam, The Smiths, The Stone Roses, ABBA (please guys dont reform!!!!), The Beatles (that Free as a Bird crap doesnt count), Jimi Hendrix and T Rex (tell the promoter to leave the weejjee board alone) the records speak for themselves. There isnt any unfinished business. Plus you'll look like a tit.

1 comment:

  1. I reckon it can work sometimes. For one I'd be absolutely delightedly excited if Slowdive reformed and I got to see them live.