Saturday, June 25, 2022

Comeback Special: 2003-2004

The 2001 book Our Band Could Be Your Life was an impetus for at least two reunions: Mission of Burma reformed in 2002, and Dinosaur Jr's Lou Barlow and J.Mascis buried the hatchet a couple years later. 

Some of the groups featured in today's selection weren't full reunions. Kjehl Johansen didn't play guitar on the Urinals' album, and bassist Eric Avery skipped the Jane's Addiction reunion. The Seeds' 2004 album is Sky Saxon backed by Nels Cline and members of the Woolly BanditsDave Alvin didn't join his brother Phil for The Blasters' 2004 album, but Phil sings Dave's "Dry River" (plus an Otis Blackwell tune!)

Heavy Metal Kids, The Romantics and The Undertones came back with new singers. Other 2003 reunions: The FugsThe Joe Jackson BandDAF und Kraftwerk.

2004 reunions: American Music ClubBark PsychosisCamper Van BeethovenCowboys InternationalDer PlanThe Fall-OutsMDC, and MOB's  ONoffON (the first of four albums released by the reunited Burma before they played their final show in 2016.)

I broke one of my own rules to include comeback songs by solo artists Gary Wilson and Nathanlel Mayer, but I couldn't bring myself to listen to Men Without Hats. Call me a relic, call me what you will. Just don't call me about my vehicle's extended warranty.

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  1. Comeback Special: 2003-2004

    https://www.mediafire.com/file/vltfryq6q9doi29/Comeback+Special+2003-2004.zip/file

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  2. Thanks for sparing us the "Men W/O Hats"... Though, I should not downplay our neighbors from Montreal; I'm sure they have something to say as much as the other groups. Overall, another smashing list on tunes - thank you very much.

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    1. You are quite welcome, Mike. Maybe you're right: perhaps the Hatless Men should come back every few years to let us know whether it's still safe to dance.

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  3. Thanks Jonder -- looks like another winner. Have you considered Home Shield? Are you getting all the medicare benefits you're entitled to -- "Part C" coverage is not automatic, so I'm told every night, and could save you THOUSANDS, but only if you call Joe Namath now. And the Buck's got your back (yes I watch way too many Rockford Files re-runs).

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    1. Ah, the Rockford Files! When I was a young'un riding bikes around the neighborhood, spinning out in the dirt and raising a cloud of dust was a move that we called "doing a Rockford". Medicare Part C is a scam, and Joe Namath should be ashamed of himself. James Garner would never have sold out like that.

      All that advertising reminds me of the Fall-Outs' terrific song on this compilation: https://youtu.be/ROEnHeb6e5k

      "Saw you on TV, selling pills to me/ And I never felt so good"

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  4. I recently watched the entire run of ROCKFORD FILES and it took me back to riding bikes as well, Jon. I felt like the series might not ENTIRELY hold up to someone who didn't experience it in real time. So much of what made the show great has been incorporated into today's average detective show that it would be easy to overlook how groundbreaking it was. And James Garner never had to "come back" or settle for a career in TV either, he was still co-starring in top notch films like Murphy's Romance long after the series ended. Oh, and another smashing mix, my friend. - Stinky

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  5. Nice comp! My main man Gary Wilson's link is some stoner rock you may want to fix. Twas he and the Blind Dates I saw back in 2003 in Los Angeles the year I lived there and his make-out with girls beach music became my soundtrack out there. They were had shades and baby powder was all over them but they still all signed my 'Mary HBH' CD special pressing that I got the last one while there. A real class act. BTW any other health plan but the Copper Cure is useless and flat out wrong and statins are the great ruse!

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    1. Thanks for catching that mistake. Gary Wilson's name was linked to the Red Planet album by Sky Saxon & The Seeds. Sky was stoned alright, but it's a surprisingly good album that reminded me of The Fall during the Elena Poulou era. Mark E. Smith was a Seeds fan -- I wonder if he liked Red Planet?

      Very cool that you met Gary Wilson! Mary Had Brown Hair is a solid album, and I had a hard time choosing just one song from it. I'm glad to hear that he is courteous to his fans. Quite a comeback story too: Gary essentially disappeared from the public eye after his 1977 album You Think You Really Know Me, but the reputation of that album grew over next three decades, and a private detective tracked him down!

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