A news article seems to pop up every so often in sterling publications such as The Sun and Daily Star stating that “The Smiths Set To Reform”.
I for one couldn’t care less if they did, Or 90% of acts that have split decided to make a comeback.
There is only 2 reasons that a band choose to reform.
Number 1 – Unfinished Business
These are the bands that got a glimpse of fame but sadly didn’t do enough or have enough support to stay in the spotlight.
Bands such are The Others & 22-20s all had a spot of success then vanished with people’s saying “What ever happened to…”.
I would happily have 20 bands that I was listening to back in 2004 reform, Most put out one or two albums on a good indie or a major label then were dropped never to be seen again. Bands that still have the urge to get their music out there. With the feeling of “People have to hear this”. They still have the passion to write music and some will happily work the toilet circuit to get close to the top again.
Number 2 – Pay Day
Bands such as The Libertines have admitted that they only reformed due to the fact that they were being paid £1.5Million to play Reading & Leeds.
The Sex Pistols did it for money, The Stone Roses did it, The list is endless.
To be fair if you were offered this kind of money would you turn it down?
I am not having a go at bands that do reform but I am saying that musically there is no need for them to. Most of the time it’s to pay of an unwanted tax bill.
Why would you ruin your bands legacy by reforming? I am a massive fan of The Jam and if there was a way of me seeing them in 1979 then I would jump at the chance, But do I really want to see 3 men in their 50s trying to play like it was when they were in their 20s?? Of course not.
I do not get way people cry out for bands such as The Smiths to reform,
Yes you may of never had the chance to see them live but would it really be the same?
I would much prefer to go down to a local venue and watch a new young band with the drive and passion for their music and the willingness to get their music out there.