Smiths just might be ready to reunite

Shoplifters of the world can rejoice this morning, as word has come down that the Smiths are set to reunite. Or, perhaps more accurately, are rumoured to be reuniting.

The website Holy Moly has reported that the band that made Morrissey famous has agreed to reform for a series of dates in 2013, including performances at both Coachella and Glastonbury. Before you get too excited, you might want to consider this is being announced on Holy Moly, not NME, Rolling Stone, or Gorilla vs. Brooklyn Pitchgum.

Still, the site says that several “credible sources” have confirmed that dates have been booked. Coachella—and the massive paycheques that the festivals dangles as an incentive—has motivated several famously combative iconic bands to reform in recent years, including the Jesus and Mary Chain, Rage Against the Machine, the Verve, Jane's Addiction, At the Drive-In, and Refused.

Holy Moly notes that there is some question as to who will participate in the reunion, some sources saying that it will be Morrissey, guitarist Johnny Marr, and those two other guys that no one cares about on bass and drums. Other sources have suggested that drummer no one cares about will not be invited to the party.

The Smiths, who broke up in 1987, were last rumoured to be reuniting in 2007 for a world tour that would have paid them a reported $75 million. That never came to be, proving Morrissey wasn’t kidding when he told a reporter a year earlier, “I would rather eat my own testicles than reform the Smiths, and that’s saying something for a vegetarian.” Perhaps his balls are looking tastier these days.

On Marr’s Twitter page this morning, there was a Tweet stating “whatever happens next year, just remember the smiths were four people.” Marr responded with a non-committal “What ?”.

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how soon is now
The Smiths were actually five people if you count Craig Gannon. But no one does, so never mind, never mind.
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out at night
This might be interesting. I hope that if they do it they'll make some new recordings. The Pixies reunion was nice and shows were cheerful and fun, but no new songs...meh.
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no one cares balls
Actually that drummer and bass player comprised of the best rhythm sections in pop music history. So good they almost disappear allowing the focus to shine completely and what Marr and Mo doing. Their effortless, perfect foundations that were integral to The Smiths sound.
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Adrian Mack
Overrated
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John Lucas
I saw one of those Pixies reunion shows. "Cheerful and fun" doesn't quite capture it. "Grim and joyless" is a little closer. Nothing like watching four people who don't like each other play a bunch of 20-year-old songs, especially when the frontman tells everyone who will listen that they're just doing it for the money.
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Jan Ethan Blimpkin
The Smiths should get the drummer from John Ford...maybe that's too "obscure"...
but...

-he's probably real cheap and he comes with a fake accent.

-no one listens to the drummer anyway so they won't mind that he's terrible.

-anyone remember his name?

-anyone care?

no he's probably a "writer" for some "rag" somewhere...
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out at night
Oh yeah, totally agree with "no one cares balls" - terrific rhythm section, so sad they never had much of a career after that. I did hear they did a super-lame "DJ" show a few years back in Vancouver and it turned out to be two guys playing some old CD tracks. Yipe!

Okay Lucas you obviously didn't buy the bonhomie The Pixies were trying to project onstage. I might not be cynical or smart enough to see the truth behind the facade, but if hearing the original Pixies play their songs is not for you, then what were you doing there?

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John Lucas
I was there to hear the original Pixies play their songs. I just didn't expect them to do so with all the enthusiasm of a kid being forced to sing "Jingle Bells" for a roomful of his parents' drunk friends.
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Martin Dunphy
Woof! Childhood memories, John?
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Carl Spackler
Jeez Jan, you are a bitter old doucher.
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Isn't the Pixies reunion tour now in its 8th year?
They'll be getting ready for their 10th Anniversary tour to celebrate their reunion soon....oh well milk it right to the bank kids you're not a non profit organization.
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hohum
"The Smiths are never, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever going to reunite – ever," Morrissey's publicist tells Rolling Stone, in reaction to the latest rumors claiming otherwise.
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watever
What's a nice way of expressing my opinion about a possible Smiths reunion, oh I know, who gives a rats ass? meanwhile in other news, wars,starvation,global warming, hate crimes,coming up right after this weeks weather forecast.
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how soon is now
Moz came dangerously close to quoting Taylor Swift there.
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