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Taking sides: Which reunited rock bands should stay broken up?

Sleater-KinneySleater-Kinney reunion? Maybe not ... but maybe! (John Clark)

With the summer concert season swiftly approaching, bands are reuniting with a quickness. Pavement has embarked on what essentially feels like a global festival tour. Sleater-Kinney recently hinted at a possible reunion. And we've discussed the merits of the upcoming Hole and Soundgarden reunions in this very space.

But with so many groups hitting the road, who should stay home? Which bands should have stayed broken up? In our weekly Taking sides column, Click Track's contributors discuss it after the jump. Cast your votes in the poll below.


Allison Stewart: The Strokes have outlived their natural usefulness: They haven't made a good record in a while, haven't made a great record ever, and seem to have existed only to foment a revolution in downtown, skinny jeans-wearing cool kids-type bands. They did this, and now they should be done (and judging from their public ambivalence about reuniting, they might agree). They're the '00s musical equivalent of those '90s Calvin Klein CK ads with the half-dressed kids in the basement rec room with the wood paneling and nobody had a shirt on and it seemed really transgressive and louche and cool and now it just seems dated and everyone has moved on.

Sarah Godfrey: Sleater-Kinney. But only because whenever any band reunites or returns from indefinite hiatus, there is high potential for mediocrity, and if they came back and weren't that great it would be heartbreaking. A new tour/album could also be amazing, but why risk it? I'm much more into the idea of this new band Carrie and Janet are in, or any other new configuration that doesn't have the potential to sully the Sleater-Kinney legacy.

David Malitz: All of them. I love a few of those bands and can't deny I'll be seeing plenty of Pavement this year and there's no way I'd pass on Sleater-Kinney or the Strokes. I think every reunion, every album-in-its-entirety tour brings us one-step closer to a music landscape in which the fans dictate the art and not the artist, which can be fulfilling at first but eventually gets boring.

Chris Richards: Not all of them -- but most of them. John Lydon clearly learned nothing from the Sex Pistols reunion debacles of 1996 and 2003 and it hurts to know he's raring to soil PiL in the same way. Pavement? Too soon. Sleater-Kinney? Way too soon. Stone Temple Pilots? Anytime is too soon. But of all the bands reuniting this year, the legacies of Faith No More and the Strokes have morphed in the most interesting ways since their respective breaks. For me, seeing either band back together would be more than a cheap nostalgia trip. But with ticket prices surging up, up, up, I guess there's no such thing as a cheap nostalgia trip anymore.

By Chris Richards  |  March 25, 2010; 3:45 PM ET
Categories:  Taking sides  | Tags: Faith No More, Hole, Pavement, PiL, Sleater-Kinney, Soundgarden, Stone Temple Pilots, the Strokes  
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I gotta be honest, I only saw Faith No More once during their heyday and hope they headline the next Virgin Free Fest.

Posted by: Hemisphire | March 25, 2010 4:27 PM | Report abuse

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