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Lists: '90s bands we hope never reunite

By Allison Stewart

Soundgarden. Hole. The Stone Temple Pilots. Guided by Voices. Sometimes it's better to remember them as they were.

Usually, band reunions are shameless cash grabs that leech the dignity of all involved. 'Fess up: As happy as you might be to see Pavement back together, didn't you respect them a tiny bit more during the long years they held out?

There are exceptions: Superchunk seem to have survived their reunion with cred intact, but they may not even count, because nobody's sure if they even broke up in the first place. And frankly, we'd kill to see Archers of Loaf reunite, which at this point they would probably do for a hot meal and a couple of gift certificates to Target.

Below are six bands we hope never get back together, because we like them too much to see them like that. Leave yours in the comments:

The Afghan Whigs: These days, former lead singer Greg Dulli co-owns a cop bar out in LA. This is as it should be.

Refused: Rumors of a 2010 reunion turn out to have been exaggerated, so we're going to take the band's infamous breakup manifesto at its word.

(Fuor more bands that shouldn't reunite, and one that might as well, after the jump.)

Pulp: Another band whose long-rumored reunion (at this year's Glastonbury) turns out to have been exaggerated, thank goodness.

Screaming Trees: Sure, they had only one really good song, but that was more than a lot of people did. Frontman Mark Lanegan is busy being awesome in a variety of solo projects, so put this in the "unlikely" column.

Uncle Tupelo: Former frontmen Jay Farrar and Jeff Tweedy are busy in successful bands (Son Volt and Wilco) and by most all accounts dislike each other intensely, so we're not too worried about this one.

Sugar: Bob Mould is already on a roll, having never reunited his beloved Husker Du. All he has to do is keep not getting his bands back together, which shouldn't be that hard.

And one band whose reunion might not be the worst idea:
The Fugees: We'd be glad to see Lauryn Hill doing anything that isn't this. And after Wyclef Jean's recent, quixotic bid for the presidency of Haiti, he doesn't have much dignity left, anyway. Might as well go for it!

By Allison Stewart  | October 6, 2010; 12:00 PM ET
Categories:  Lists  | Tags:  Afghan Whigs, Jeff Tweedy, Pulp, Screaming Trees, Sugar, The Fugees, The Refused, Uncle Tupelo  
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The Whigs did reunite, sorta. They came together specifically to record 2 songs for a greatest hits comp and that was that I believe.

I don't see AoL reuniting. Eric Bachmann is traveling all over the place & doing his thing & I've heard Mark Price has pretty bad carpal tunnel.

Posted by: AnotherEngine | October 7, 2010 3:34 PM | Report abuse

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