Tuesday, April 19, 2011

10 Bands Who Never Should Have Reunited

Ten? How about all of them? From OnlineDegree.net. Huh? Exactly.


Creed sucks. They rode a pseudo-grunge sound to success in the mid-1990s by courting disaffected teens and a Christian youth market eager for a band that could mix religion with industrial angst. My Own Prison went platinum six times over, but with the release of Human Clay, the group's bombast began to outweigh their music. Despite their radio hits, critics hated the group, and their reputation took more hits when frontman Scott Stapp turned out to be a tool. At a 2002 show, Stapp was so wasted that a group of attendees filed suit on behalf of the entire crowd and asked for a refund. In 2004, it was announced that the group had been disbanded. This could have been the end of our long national nightmare, but alas, as if desperate to write his own resurrection story, Stapp and the band came back in 2009. They put out a new album that fall and resumed touring. An acoustic album is also in the works, if you're a glutton for punishment.


The Eagles were a rock-solid, hit-making machine in the 1970s, churning out easy adult rock with vague country leanings in a formula that led to huge album sales and three consecutive No. 1 albums. They had a staggering number of successful singles in the 1970s; the opening strains of "Hotel California" are probably playing in your head right now. But the tensions of fame soon pushed them to the breaking point, and Glenn Frey and Don Felder spent the bulk of a July 1980 show making physical threats against each other. Frey and Don Henley also stopped speaking, so the band's contractually obligated live record, Eagles Live, was completed by the men working on opposite sides of the country. And that was enough, really. They'd become one of the biggest bands of all time and put out some great music. We didn't need more. But in 1994, the band reunited for Hell Freezes Over and the subsequent tour. They've put out some new tunes, but nothing remotely as strong as their earlier work. In 2001, Felder was fired from the group and turned around and sued them. At this point, they're a reconstituted oldies act.


The weird thing about the Pixies reunion is that it only served to prove how great they were in their prime. On one level, fans were happy to have the band officially back together, but the group wasn't putting out new music, just releasing live albums as a tie-in with their reunion tour. The Pixies were a hugely influential indie-rock band during their original 1986-1993 run; their highest charting hit was "Here Comes Your Man". Front man Black Francis called off the group in 1993 during a BBC radio interview, which was a surprise to the rest of the group; two of the members got a fax saying the show was over. It was a suitably enigmatic end to a band that defied convention, and it would've been the perfect end to their story. Maybe we can all pretend it still is.


When Chris Rock hosted the MTV Video Music Awards in 1999, he scolded the Backstreet Boys with, "Didn't you see New Kids on the Block? Don't you know how this movie's gonna end?" The joke worked at the time because New Kids officially disbanded in 1994 after a surprising 10 years together. They'd had huge pop hits in the late 1980s and early '90s, but by '94, mainstream tastes had swung decidedly toward harder acts like Pearl Jam, and there wasn't any room at the table for energetic kids with rat-tails who just wanted to break-dance. But by 2008, things were different. It's not that New Kids on the Block suddenly got good; rather, it's that they became ironically good, celebrated by women (and a few men) who had liked the group when they were kids and who now had the discretionary income to see NKOTB do a reunion tour that capitalized on that nostalgia. The New Kids put out a new single and started touring, announcing that they'd be hitting the road with -- wait for it -- Backstreet Boys in summer 2011. The circle of life is funny like that.

See the rest here, and, while you're at it, find out how you can get your online degree.


  1. Journey on that list anywhere?

  2. Nope. I don't know that they ever broke up. Steve Perry left but did they break up?

  3. I love the Eagles but it is time for them to stop. I paid good money for tickets to a "Hell Freezes Over" concert. They got the Hell part right, for sure.

    On a related note, I once had a housepainter who was the former road manager for Foreigner. He retired from the road when they decided to do a reunion tour. He said it was just way too embarrassing.

  4. Maybe some of these guys should get their online degrees instead of scheduling another tour. They needn't change out of their jammies!

  5. What kills me is how reunited bands seem to double in size. Does it really take eight guys now to play "Double Vision"? Yeah, add a shitload of percussion and keyboards--it's not gonna make the song any better. I saw the reunited Doobie Brothers a few years back and they had like 27 dudes on the stage playing. I'm like, fuckin' a, they let ANYBODY in this band! And they still sucked.

  6. In regards to ANY "boy band", I completely agree.
    In the case of "boy bands", it was all about $$$ to begin with.

    As far as bands with genuine talent are concerned, if they get back together and fans are willing to spend $500.00 for a front - row seat to see their favorite band live, then more power to them.

    If Mozart, Bach and Beethoven performed live for royalty, then Van Halen, REO Speedwagon and The Who should have the same opportunity. Selah

  7. Lefty, I think you're on to something. With over 450 degrees to choose from, they ought to be able to find something they'd like to do. :D

  8. I agree with Hole and Smashing Pumpkins. I loved them as a teenager, with the passion only an angsty teen could. It's kinda weird to relate now, being on my 30s and watch musicians in their 40s basically singing "my parents are so mean!"
    Journey, Foreigner, Toto and all those bands are now touring second tier venues, acting as their own tribute bands.

  9. This says it all about Creed:


  10. OMG I can't stop laughing.


  11. I had the misfortune of viewing a smidgen of the Scott Stapp/Fred Durst groupie sex tape. I never really got over it.

  12. Nice one, tantieyaya! That was better than all the other songs they've shat out.

    -cringe- Ugh, sex tape bad! Kill it with fire!

  13. You totally called me out - Hotel California WAS playing in my head...

  14. I can't believe I'm looking at the same human being who is now so good on Blue Bloods.

  15. The Pixies....how dare you sir!

  16. Talk to OnlineDegree.net--it's their list. And while you're at it, find out you can get that degree you've always wanted without ever leaving your bedroom.

  17. Anonymous said...

    The Pixies....how dare you sir!

    Here's a cover to calm you down. Enjoy.



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