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Reunion update: The Smiths are dead, long live The Smiths

Well, that’s that for another year. If you were napping or doing something important earlier this week, you will have missed the latest hokum about The Smiths’ reunion. The fact that people are so desperate for this to occur can …

Fri, Oct 5, 2012, 09:30

   

Well, that’s that for another year. If you were napping or doing something important earlier this week, you will have missed the latest hokum about The Smiths’ reunion.

The fact that people are so desperate for this to occur can be guaged by the fact that this rumour originated on gossip site Holy Moly. But instead of treating this with the utmost suspicion, many instead went on a merry dance around the houses for a few hours before the story was knocked on the head. Again.


Oldsters, remember Moz and Marr this way – because you’re unlikely to see them together again on the same stage ever again

It’s always amusing to see Smiths’ fans go through the full spectrum of emotions over this hoary old canard. There’s the initial gobsmacked surprise that their idols might actually really come back together again. There’s delight at the thought of seeing the band who soundtracked their teenage years back in the last century playing together on a stage.

There’s shock when they realise that Morrissey and co are probably just doing it for a huge pay cheque from a festival promoter and nothing more. And then there’s the inevitable disappointment when Moz dismisses the whole idea with a quip that is not half as witty as he thinks it is. If you were cynical, you’d call it a publicity stunt for the singer’s stop-start-stop-stop-stop-stop solo career.

But Smiths’ fans are not alone in hankering for their heroes. As we have seen again and again, reunions are the new goldrush.

The Stone Roses were one of the big draw on last summer’s touring circuits and, in previous seasons, everyone from Pulp to Pixies to Pavement cashed in their chips and played for the cheques. It’s easy to see why it’s so popular – hailing returning favourites is a lot easier to do than picking a new act from the pack to champion because the narrative is already there in black and white.

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