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Ten Groups Who Never Should Have Gotten Back Together

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Thu, Jul 21, 2011 at 12:45 PM

click to enlarge Beware fellas, bad things may be coming your way
  • Beware fellas, bad things may be coming your way
On New Year's Eve 2009, Chris Cornell made a Twitter declaration: "School's back in session." The implication was that Soundgarden was reuniting. However, it took several months for the official announcement. The grunge pioneers would be putting aside their well-documented differences to play their first show in 14 years at Lollapalooza 2010.

Now, with the veteran rockers set to play The Forum Friday night, we were reminded that not all reunions go according to plan. In fact, there have been some groups that, believe it or not, either tarnished their legacy or, in other cases, should have known that things wouldn't end well.

Here, the Ten Groups Who Never Should Have Gotten Back Together:

10. A Tribe Called Quest, 2004, 2006, 2008:

click to enlarge Can they kick their old drama? No, they can't.
  • Can they kick their old drama? No, they can't.
As demonstrated in the incredible Michael Rapaport documentary, Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest, Tribe had their fair share of problems on their 2008 run while performing at Rock The Bells.

Phife Dawg wasn't able to move like he used to, which was perfectly understandable considering he had diabetes and needed a life-saving kidney transplant. It was also just for the money--not necessarily the best reason for a group to get back together.

Bitter feelings from the 1998 split remained and before the San Francisco leg of the tour, the old anger between Q-Tip and Phife came to a head. The backstage incident nearly resulted in blows over the confrontation that could have been sidestepped had cooler heads prevailed.

Though this wasn't nearly as awful as some of the others on the list, Tribe deserves this ranking with an asterisk due to the fact that they owe Jive one more record and if they somehow need money down the road and do in fact record that album, their legacy will go the way of some of the remaining bands on this list.

9. Stone Temple Pilots, Too many to list

click to enlarge Is it just me, or have we done this many times before?
  • Is it just me, or have we done this many times before?
Sheesh where to begin? As Adam Sandler famously said about Bob Dylan in his second "Chanukah Song,"

Bob Dylan was born a Jew

Then he wasn't

But now he's back

That is the best way to describe the legacy of STP.

Originally breaking up (or going on hiatus, in the words of Obi-Wan Kenobi, "it all depends on your point of view") in 1996, the brothers DeLeo formed Talk Show, a most regretful outfit that had them crawling back to their charismatic, drug-addled frontman, whose solo effort didn't fair much better.

Reuniting in 1999 and releasing one sorta good song ("Sour Girl") from two albums, STP called it quits again in 2003 due the same issues as before (Weiland's drug problems and fighting with Dean DeLeo).

It seemed as if the band went their separate ways when Weiland joined Velvet Revolver (a tragedy in its own right, but that's a different story), but the San Diego rockers didn't get the hint and reunited yet again in 2008. Had they broken up in 1996, or even the second time, they would have been fine. But in the case of STP, the third time simply wasn't the charm.

8. Fleetwood Mac, 1993:

click to enlarge We never stop thinking about tomorrow as long as the check is cut
  • We never stop thinking about tomorrow as long as the check is cut
Just because Bill Clinton asks you to play at his inaugural ball doesn't means you should attempt to put aside years or strife and say yes. But that's what one of the most volatile (in the sense that everyone was fucking each other, literally and figuratively) splits in the history of music did.

The only things the reunion produced were mediocre albums (to put it kindly), a waste of baby-boomers' time (unless you count the ones who were stoked fork over hundreds of dollars on a blatant money grab by the band), countless "reunion" tours that lack the punch from their original disbandment, and demolishing the incredible legacy that Rumours gave them.

7. Sex Pistols, 1996:

Had the blokes from 1977 seen these codgers on stage 19 years later, they would have kicked these dudes' asses.

Although Sid Vicious isn't to blame (after all, he is long departed), Johnny Rotten and company went on the Filthy Lucre World Tour, which fortunately for the masses was brief due the garbage that emanated from the stage. This tour took a lot of shine off the legacy of what some consider the greatest British punk band of all time.

6. The Beatles (sort of), 1995:

click to enlarge We are now known as, The Threetles (co-starring George Martin)
  • We are now known as, The Threetles (co-starring George Martin)
Though there were the only three living members of the Fab Four, they got together to rehash some old memories (and sell a new anthology and spawn a VERY expensive book) on some garbage B-sides that should have, well, remained B-sides.

Paul, George and Ringo should have left things as they were because if John were alive, this shit wouldn't have went down.

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