Taking sides: Which D.C. band should reunite next?
On Saturday, D.C. punks Government Issue reunite for one show at the Black Cat. Next month, Dismemberment Plan kick off a reunion tour at the same venue. So in this season of making a list and checking it twice we pick a D.C. band we'd like to see take the stage (at least) one more time. See our picks after the jump, and leave yours in the comments.
Chris Richards: With 2010 iterations of Rare Essence, E.U. Trouble Funk, Northeast Groovers, Backyard Band and Junkyard Band (Art of Junk) all making the scene these days, there's only one "classic" D.C. go-go act that's eluded me in the 21st century -- and that's Trouble Funk's electro-go-go side project Arkade Funk. They should have reunited back in May when Pac-Man was celebrating his 30th birthday, but alas. Check out their twin classics "Tilt" (above) and "Search and Destroy."
Aaron Leitko: It would be nice to see Measles Mumps Rubella, my favorite D.C.
dance/post-punk group of the early '00s, get together one last time. The original lineup, though, with Brett Lyman on vocals.
Barring that, I would settle for seeing Wicked Witch re-materialize. Back in the early/mid-'80s he made some truly bizarre psych-funk singles -- think Prince meets Chrome, or something -- a few of which have recently been reissued. I interviewed him a while back and
he played me a tape of some new music he was making on an MPC. It was good. Lets get him over to U Street Music Hall and back into the spotlight.
Allison Stewart: I know they kind of sort of got back together already, but I have to go with Jawbox. They technically reunited last year, but it was just to go on TV one time, and they didn't play anything new. This seems unfair somehow, and also like the worst of both worlds. If you're, say, Fugazi and you pretty much refuse to reunite on principle (not sure what the principle is: reunions=sellout or something?), at least you've got the courage of your convictions. But if you reunite but don't tour or make a new album, you're selling out anyway, but with less financial benefit, and no one gets to go see you.
David Malitz: Fugazi is the most obvious choice, but I'd like to see it happen just to see how massive the show would be. One concert, all tickets $5 with proceeds to Positive Force. If this happened -- a one-time-only reunion show with a $5 ticket -- how many people do you think it would draw? 10,000? 20,000? 50,000? Am I insane to think they could draw at least 20,000 people to wherever this show happened? Would people travel from all over the world? Could they have it at RFK Stadium? And come close to filling it? I would be curious to know the answers to these questions.
| December 9, 2010; 1:00 PM ET
Categories: Taking sides | Tags: Arkade Funk, Dismemberment Plan, Fugazi, Government Issue, Jawbox, Wicked Witch
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