In recent history we've been treated to the reunions of Mission of Burma, Gang of Four, Antipop Consortium, among others. This year, Faith No More, Sunny Day Real Estate and Pavement got back together, and, of course, there's the ever pervasive rumors of Soundgarden reconvening at some point. But who's still left? Are there any bands out there with the majority of their members still alive that haven't reunited already? Here's the reunions we'd like to see. Check out our wish list and feel free to weigh in with yours.
10. Talking Heads (1974-1991). If you've seen Stop Making Sense than this is pretty self-explanatory. I want to see David Byrne in whatever incarnation of the 'big-suit' he can come up with. I'm sure it'll have some deeper meaning, some larger social issue will be at hand, but really, just a big suit will be fine.
9. Dismemberment Plan (1993-2003). Dismemberment Plan is one of the few bands on this list we'd rather see reunite and record a record as opposed to reunite and tour. That's not to say Dismemberment Plan shows didn't have their charm, but seeing these guys working on new material would be far more interesting than them touring again.
8. Drive Like Jehu (1990-1995). Drive Like Jehu was one of those bands that seemed to defy all odds to exist at all, let alone to exist long enough to record two records. The band was on a major label because of a package deal with Rocket from the Crypt. Jehu was loud, chaotic, crazy and lasted long enough to go on a couple tours. The likelihood of a reunion is slim, as the band essentially reunited briefly in Hot Snakes, who also disbanded after a couple of years.
7. Neutral Milk Hotel (1991-1998). There's no doubt In the Aeroplane Over the Sea is one of the most widely acclaimed indie records to date. It's also not a secret that singer and songwriter Jeff Magnum has repeatedly said there will not be new Neutral Milk Hotel material. We're fairly certain when Pavement broke up its members never thought they'd get together again either, but look where they are now.
6. 90 Day Men (1998-2004). For all we know, 90 Day Men are still together, but if that's the case, they aren't very prolific nor vocal about their intentions to record or play. For all intents and purposes, they're broken up, and that's too bad because Panda Park is a fantastic record. If you're interested finding out more about the band, be forewarned, the official band site, 90daymen.com appears to have fallen into the hands of a different and rather frightening entity.
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5. This Heat (1975-1982). Although bassist Gareth Williams died in 2001, that shouldn't stop the rest of the band from reuniting. It's unlikely they'd be able to garner the attention they deserve, but at the very least it would help expose their highly influential sound to a new generation of listeners. If nothing else they could at least sell a few copies of the phenomenal Out of Cold Storage box set.
4. Shiner (1992-2003). Long ago, we came to terms with the fact that nobody but us seems to really give a shit about Shiner. But considering they toured with the likes of Sunny Day Real Estate and Jesus Lizard, it seems natural they should make this list. Six years ago, a Greyhound bus took us to Kansas City to see their final show at Madrid Theatre in Kansas City. We'd do it again to see a reunion show.
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3. Hüsker Dü (1979-1988). Hey, you know what would make the Big Black reunion (more on that in a minute) tour with Jesus Lizard even better? Hüsker Dü!
2. Erik B & Rakim (1985-1992). Neither Erik B nor Rakim have done anything mind-blowing since they've parted ways. Sure, Rakim's The 18th Letter was well received, but other than that the two have spent their time making guest appearances on other people records. They released some of the best records in hip-hop history, and it would be a shame if they didn't eventually give it one more shot.
1. Big Black (1982-1987). All right, this one is cheating a little bit, since the band did technically reunite for one show in 2006. However, since Jesus Lizard reunited early this year, there is no reason why old-fart noise rockers can't experience a Jesus Lizard and Big Black double header before they die of lung or liver cancer.