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- Posted on Dec 27th 2009 5:21AM by Stephen Dowling
Brett Anderson and Bernard Butler buried the hatchet enough to make a record as the almost-Suede offshoot the Tears back in 2006. It was OK, but didn't stand up with the best of their old band. Would it take that much more to dust off the old name? We're sure Messrs Osman and Gilbert could do with the work. No offence.
Glastonbury 1995 was the making of them -- the Sheffield art-popsters had been grinding away in relative obscurity until the last-minute cancellation of the Stone Roses led to them clambering on to the Pyramid Stage and playing the gig of their lives. Our plea to Mr Eavis: Get on the blower to Jarvis Cocker and make it so.
8. The Stone Roses
If only to stop Ian Brown and John Squire rolling their eyes every time the subject is mentioned by an interviewer. Squire may have a post-music career making art, but does he never have the desire to slip that strap over his neck? Really? Brown's admitted he offered him a song for his new album. Meanwhile, bass player Mani has been trying to be peacemaker for years. It's time to reward him for all that hard work.
7. The Replacements
Paul Westerberg's fondly remember rock band were a massive influence on everyone from Green Day to Wilco, Buffalo Tom to the Hold Steady. Though two members of the shifting lineup have passed away, we're as keen as Mr Tweedy or Mr Finn to be down the front should this re-formation happen.
Only joking ...
5. The Kinks
The very apogee of the feuding brothers syndrome in rock, the Kinks songbook is one of the most underrated in rock. The legendary bad blood between Ray and Dave Davies can surely only have mellowed with age, especially after Dave's stroke. Ray's tweaking of the canon for the choral project shows he's not got tired of these evergreen tunes. And neither are we.
4. The Jesus and Mary Chain
The sheer weight of scuzzy, dissonant types strumming their stuff from Buenos Aires to Blackpool shows just what a debt the current scene owes to the permanently shaded Scottish outfit. 'Munki,' from 1998, was an odd, enigmatic gem. We're sure they've got another in them.
3. Uncle Tupelo
Jeff Tweedy left Uncle Tupelo as the less fancied of the pair – the intervening 15 years have seen his old foil Jay Farrar's star wane as Tweedy's has inexorably risen. Given Wilco's settled place in the top tier of alternative rock, we think it's time they made friends again.
2. Hüsker Dü
The band that melded the worlds of hardcore and college rock, and in doing so laid the foundations of alternative rock. Sugar was fine; the solo work of Bob Mould has certainly given us some fine songs. But we think the reformation of this alterna-rock staple is well overdue.
1. The Smiths
Another year, another rumour that X-millions have been offered to reunite the shattered alliance. A Smiths reunion might give Morrissey -- who's had quite a difficult year onstage -- some much-needed help sharing the spotlight. Johnny Marr's admitted the pair have been e-mailing, though we might have to wait for the Cribs to stop touring. Come on, lads. You know you want to.