Last weekend, The Libertines played their first show together since 2004 at the Reading and Leeds festivals in England. The performances have been getting positive reviews, which got us thinking: If Pete Doherty and Carl Barat can put aside their differences, why can’t some of our other favorite groups bury the hatchet?
Thus, we give you the ten reunions we dream about at night. Where’s Aamer Haleem when you need him?
10. Harlem Shakes
Why: Because nothing’s worse than a band teasing us with a killer debut and then promptly disappearing forever.
Could it happen?: Not likely. Guitarist Todd Goldstein told _Paste last year that a reunion just didn’t make sense. “Everyone wanted different things—which, in some cases, involved giving music up altogether—and the center just couldn’t hold,” he said. “How do you continue playing in a band when no one wants to tour anymore? It just doesn’t work, and it felt like a waste of everyone’s time to continue.”
9. The Misfits
Why: Horror-punk pioneers. Go ahead and try to keep from rocking out while you listen to “Last Caress.”
Could it happen?: Doubtful. Jerry Only, Dez Cadena and Robo have retained the rights to the Misfits name, and former guitarist Doyle Wolfgang von Frankenstein blames Only for preventing a reunion with singer Glenn Danzig from happening.
8. The Unicorns
Why: This Canadian indie outfit was just starting to hit it big when the stresses of touring became too much to bear.
Could it happen?: Never say never. Nicholas Thorburn and Jamie Thompson collaborated in Islands until Thompson left the group in 2006. Alden Penner, meanwhile, has kept busy as a member of Clues. Who knows? Maybe now that the trio has more experience with life on the road, they’ll be open to a reconciliation.
7. New Order
Why: We’ll give you ten reasons.
Could it happen?: Not in the near future, at least. Singer Bernard Sumner and guitarist Phil Cunningham have a new project called Bad Lieutenants, and last July Sumner told Mojo_, “I don’t want to make music as a part of New Order.”
6. The Postal Service
Why: This duo technically is just on hiatus, but we think it’s high time for Ben Gibbard and Jimmy Tamborello to get cracking on that second record.
Could it happen?: Yes, but be patient. Gibbard told _Rolling Stone in 2008 that he wasn’t exactly chomping at the bit to put out a new Postal Service record, saying, “There never really was a plan to do a second album. We work from time to time together but we have other things that take up all of our time.”
5. Uncle Tupelo
Why: Don’t get us wrong. Jeff Tweedy’s been doing alright for himself since Uncle Tupelo split in 1994, and by no means should he and Jay Farrar abandon Wilco and Son Volt, respectively. But how cool would it be to get these two together for a one-off gig?
Could it happen?: Maybe. In 2007, Tweedy told Stereogumtweedy_on_festivals_uncle_tupelo_reunion_pcp/news/ that he didn’t think a reunion would be productive musically, but he added, “At the same time, I would never rule it out.”
4. The Kinks
Why: Ray and Dave Davies were working through sibling rivalries and changing the face of British music back when Noel and Liam Gallagher were still mere twinkles in their father’s eye.
Could it happen?: It’s possible. There were rumors of a reunion happening this year, but bassist Pete Quaife recently passed away. Keep your fingers crossed, and in the meantime, check out this awesome documentary about one man’s quest to reunite The Kinks.
3. The Replacements
Why: Paul Westerberg (one of our 100 Greatest Living Songwriters) is great on his own, but it was the chemistry with bassist Tommy Stinson and the late guitarist Bob Stinson that helped The Replacements become a hugely influential group.
Could it happen?: It was looking like a partial reunion was possible a few years ago, but sadly nothing has come to fruition yet. Who knows, maybe good things come to those who wait.
2. Talking Heads
Why: Because the talent of David Byrne, Tina Weymouth, Chris Frantz and Jerry Harrison is “same as it ever was, same as it ever was, SAME AS IT EVER WAS” (sorry, we had to).
Could it happen?: Well, it kind of already did. In March of 2002, the group played a mini-set at their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, but it seems like any further reunions are unlikely. Weymouth’s relationship with Byrne is still icy at best: in 2005, she described him as “a man incapable of returning friendship.”
1. The Smiths
Why: The powerhouse songwriting duo of Morrissey and Marr was way too short-lived, only producing four studio albums over the course of three years. In that meager timespan, they managed to cement their place in the rock and roll canon.
Could it happen?: No. Over the years, The Smiths have become the elusive Holy Grail of band reunions, and so far, no one’s been able to make it happen. Morrissey has shot down possible tours and reportedly turned down outrageous sums of money, and last year he told BBC Radio 2, “People always ask me about reunions, and I can’t imagine why…the past seems like a distant place, and I’m pleased with that.”