So this morning one of those British music-news sites decided to engage in a little bit of
traffic-goosing rumormongering by posting a breathless item about the Smiths reuniting, citing “a source [who] revealed that the 80s icons had been in talks to perform with a well-known promoter.” This game of Telephone spread around the Internet fairly quickly, and earlier this hour Marr took to his Facebook page to defuse the rumor.
In this reunion-saturated age, when some acts are reportedly going as far to resort to modern technology to take a look back at their glory days, the rumor of a Smiths reunion wasn’t all that surprising; certainly the financial windfall that the band could receive would be substantial. That the individual members are holding out, though, is sort of inspiring. What other bands might similarly stick to their principles and stay broken up, even in the face of ever-increasing retromania? Are there any? An attempt to think of some below.
It probably says something that I could only come up with three bands for this list, even though The Rules Say that Internet listicles are supposed to be five items or more. But I mean—even LSG got back together for a track last year! If you can think of any additions, chime in in the comments!
3. Van Halen (Gary Cherone lineup)
See how deep into the barrel I had to go here?
2. Bikini Kill
After the Smiths rumor was defused, one music writer decided to pay tribute to the riot grrrl pioneers by stoking reunion rumors. And really, would that line from “Carnival” about winning a Mötley Crüe mirror “if it fucking kills me” still retain its potency in 2012?
The second-most-popular “important band from the ’80s” to show up in reunion rumors. They’ll stick with their principles, though. Right? Right?