not really aimed at anyone in this thread, or what i was getting at, but whatever. basically my point was people always kneejerk about reformations being the worst thing in music, when really it's not your call that 4 or 5 people 400 miles away fancied playing some songs potentially once or twice. it's not exactly peter hook doing 'unknown pleasures' by himself, is it?
i loathe the stone roses and don't care they've reformed, i'm not looking for a medal for it though. in saying that, i would wear that.
Word. Personally I have no idea what the motivations behind the ATDI reunion are - maybe they are completely cynical and monetary reasons, maybe they got bored and started hanging out again and pining to tour again, maybe they got bored of whatever obnoxious shite Omar has been releasing on his own and decided to make a musical intervention to save us all? All the same, with a lot of the negativity in this thread, I am genuinely interested if anyone has any information on why specifically the reasons behind the reunion are cynically motivated? I mean I accept that it would be naive to assume there isn't some kind of monetary angle to it - but it also seems snobbish to assert that everything about it is bullshit without providing any kind of information about it. I mean if you played in a band with a big following for years and presumably had an awesome time doing it before it fell apart, and then made friends with the people involved, surely you'd perhaps pine to do it again? Obviously, most people wouldn't do that and not have the opportunity - whereas ATDI still have a big fanbase of people who would love to see them and did not get to see them first time around. Maybe they will play shitty big venues, they probably will, I don't know. But I can guarantee if their reunion was limited to secret shows in small venues, you would conversely get calls of elitism and playing unrealistic spaces that don't give all the people who want to see them a fair opportunity to do so at the expense of music press insiders and general dicks.
Personally I have no idea why they have decided to reform, I could guess, but I have no idea. I loved ATDI and still love a lot of their records, so if it wasn't too expensive I'd want to go and see them as I never got to watch them (they split up just before I started going to shows on my own when I was in my teens). Could be awful, could be great, but i'd be interested to see it anyhow. I get the vibe that a lot of the anger about speculating as to the reasons for the reunion comes across more as cover for "I don't like ATDI much and I am sick of people talking about it", which is fair enough, pretty much how I felt about the Descendents and Refused reunions. Myself, I am finding it just as annoying seeing everyone posting "OMG DO YOU KNOW ABOUT THE REUNION?!?!" on facebook etc. as I am seeing "GUYS JUST SO YOU KNOW I DON'T CARE ABOUT THE REUNION".
Nous ne voulons pas d'un monde ou la certitude je suis un pomme de terre de ne pas mourir de faim s'echange contre le risque de mourir d'ennui