Rumors of a Smiths reunion ruled the Internet for the past week — apparently someone at Coachella has had the genius idea of luring Morrissey with the offer to make the festival 100% vegetarian if the Smiths played. But, of course, it’s not going to happen, which is probably for the best. While the idea of being able to finally see one of the best bands of the ’80s playing live is definitely an appealing one, we’re still not entirely sure how we’d feel if the impossible did come to pass. Honestly, we can’t see it lasting long — it wasn’t so long ago that The Smiths were slugging it out in court, after all, with the presiding judge memorably describing Morrissey as “truculent, devious and unreliable.” There are some bands whose interpersonal relationships, or lack thereof, seem to preclude successful reunions. Like this lot, for instance — it’s not that the performances were necessarily bad, but they were simply doomed from the start…
The Beach Boys
Honestly, we applaud Brian Wilson’s optimism in acceding to put up with Mike Love again, but the man who somehow ended up owning the Beach Boys name despite once describing “Good Vibrations” as “avant garde shit” clearly hasn’t changed a great deal in the decades since — last week he fired Wilson, Al Jardine, and David Marks and replaced them with session musicians. We’ll let Love
hang himself by his own rope explain his reasoning here: “You’ve got to be careful not to get overexposed. There are promoters who are interested [in more shows by the reunited line-up], but they’ve said, ‘Give it a rest for a year’. The Eagles found out the hard way when they went out for a second year and wound up selling tickets for $5.” Well, then. So long as Mike Love’s making money, everyone’s happy, eh?