Reuniting your band? Paul Weller thinks you’re lame
Paul Weller, former frontman of The Jam and The Style Council, finds band reunions to be "frustrating."
Numerous bands have reformed over the years, with the most recent being British bands Primal Scream, Blur, and Pulp reuniting this summer for revival shows, and the legendary Stone Roses getting back together for a clandestine gig in the beginning of August. Weller spoke out against these reunions, telling UK's The Mirror that the reformation of bands is "disappointing" and negatively affects the emergence of up-and-coming acts.
"It drives me potty to be honest and I am sick of seeing it," Weller said. "It is big business at the moment and I find it really disappointing... all the time that is spent on bands reforming and nostalgia. What about the new bands, or young bands, coming in which don't get a look in?"
Weller hinted at a lack of creativity in the current music climate as the reason for band reunions. "I don't know what the reason is. Why is it so prevalent?" he said. "Is it because people stick to what they know or what they are comfortable or safe with? But I think I come from a time when all the artists I grew up with and I loved always used to try and push the boundaries and there doesn't seem so much of that really. It is the same sort of thing, and I find it disappointing."
Weller brings about a good point and opens a healthy debate concerning new and reformed bands. And I'm going to take a wild guess here and say that The Jam probably won't ever reunite.
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