You can't tell this because we don't post what we right in sequence. However, I have written a lot of lists today and, what, with listening to the Joe Strummer compilation all day long, which includes Mick Jones playing live with Joe in 2002 (but no Simonon), I got to thinking about bands that never reformed…
1. The Beatles -these are the guys to beat in the never reformed stakes. If Lennon hadn't died? It had been a decade since the band had gone swimming with the fishes and they hadn't yet but might they have? Maybe, very lowkey would be my bet, or maybe some big charity gig. Maybe the nuclear disaster in Japan would have done it. but Lennon was murdered and it never happened.
2. The Band – Yeah, Robbie Robertson didn't merely burn that bridge, he blew it up, repaved it and blew it up again. Leon Helms was furious at Robbie for hogging all the glory and loudly decried it. Robbie shrugged and said he was only telling the truth. So even if Richard hadn't ended it all, it wasn't going to happen.
3. The Clash – They would have reformed and recorded new music. I bet the rent. Indeed, did you read the post I wrote about (well cut and pasted about) Joe's daughters, they thought a reunion was inevitable as well. The closest e got was that Acton gig all over the new (old) album.
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first rate disco pop
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as disappointing a top ten as the year it came out in
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Opening night with Janet Jackson at the Hollywood Bowl
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a beat that captivates
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Matt’s re-imagining of The Beatles 1965
Best Albums Of 2023: Alphabetically By Artist Ending May 31st
UK queercore duo
US Top Ten Singles Tracking 5-19-23 – 5-25-23
still crushing it at # 1