Back for good

Nowa­days when bands split, it’s only a mat­ter of time be­fore they’re back.

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get­ting the old gang back to­gether.

First, present it as un­fin­ished busi­ness. Take That are the most suc­cess­ful re­uniters of our times be­cause they’ve sold each re­vival as a new chap­ter, not an un­nec­es­sary se­quel. Gary Bar­low and Rob­bie Wil­liams’s Shame is prob­a­bly the most in­dul­gent piece of self-mythol­o­gis­ing to hit the top five since The Bal­lad Of John And Yoko, but they know the story is as im­por­tant right now as the mu­sic.

Sec­ond, un­der­stand what you mean to peo­ple. Bar­low and com­pany’s ini­tial re­turn was so tri­umphant be­cause they knew their fans re­mem­bered them as a lost first love and made mu­sic that was bit­ter­sweet and grownup – the pop equiv­a­lent of an old flame friend­ing you on Face­book. If, like the Spice Girls, they had jumped into a re­union pre­tend­ing noth­ing had changed it would have been a dis­as­ter.

You should also be clear about what kind of re­union it’s go­ing to be. The Vel­vets dis­ap­pointed me partly be­cause I ex­pected more im­pro­vi­sa­tion and risk-tak­ing from them, and I got a can­ter through the hits. My Bloody Valen­tine played noth­ing but old ma­te­rial, too, but it was ob­vi­ous that’s what they’d be do­ing (and loud enough not to mat­ter). Se­rial re­form­ers Wire treat ev­ery come­back as a fresh phase of their project, set­ting them­selves fas­ci­nat­ing new chal­lenges each time.

Not ev­ery­one can be Wire, but you can at

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