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Slowdive Reunion Could Happen
The Quietus , August 29th, 2012 22:59

Band "open" to the idea

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It's fair to say that history has not been kind to Slowdive. The Manics said they were worse than Hitler, and as Britpop tugged at its braces, their sensitive epics were hooted and honked at in the music press. Their final album, 1995's Pygmalion, was largely ignored, despite it holding up well as a sparse, enjoyable record of electronic minimalism. Do they perhaps deserve the chance to restore their name? Well, Neil Halstead, now fronting the Americana-tinged Mojave 3, has told MTV Hive that “There’s a chance that we’ll get back together. No one has ever really said, ‘I never want to do it.’ We’ve never really talked about it much.”

Half-joking, Halstead said it would take "shitloads of money" for Slowdive to reunite, and remarked on the current vogue for the 80s and 90s to happen all over again: It's crazy how in vogue it is for bands to get back together these days. It’s almost like you’re not allowed not to get back together. So, I’m sure that we will get back together - because we won’t be allowed not to.”

However, it's not like all the band members are sitting around for a spot of Souvlaki. "We haven’t been in the same room together for a really long time," Halstead said, "We’re all in contact through email. We sort of have these email conversations and we're all friendly, but we haven’t actually been together as the whole Slowdive unit in years, unfortunately."

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Aug 31, 2012 3:19pm

Would anyone pony up the money for a Slowdive reunion? Lush wanted to reunite, but ATP and Coachella snubbed them hard.

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Aug 31, 2012 6:16pm

I'm offering £10 if they don't reunite. terrible fucking band.

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Sep 2, 2012 3:56pm

I hope it happens, I truly do.

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Chris O'Brien
Sep 7, 2012 10:21am

Awesome. The "Just For a Day" CD was one of the first to be dusted off and transferred to my first iPod. "Celia's Dream" and "Catch the Breeze", among several others, are unforgettable. Classic shoegazer sound.

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Driver 8
Sep 10, 2012 10:52pm

This article has it completely backwards: Slowdive were slagged off when they were together, but history has been very kind to them, and deservedly so. I'll take "When The Sun Hits" over everything the Manics recorded put together.

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Dec 26, 2012 1:11pm

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fuck you, terrible fucking idiot.

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Chris Lancs
Feb 22, 2013 2:40pm

What I like about them is that trend-driven press had decided to hate them (fuelled by guff from the cliche spouting, rock dinosaur that was the Manics) and yet people thought, fuck that, we'll buy their records anyway - because we like them. Can't see anyone asking for a Menswear or Gay Dad reunion tour? Shoegaze or whatever it's name should be was an exciting genre because it wasn't about fashion, or traditional rock, but about beauty and it was gender blind with plenty of women taking lead roles. Yes, it was middle class and mostly eminated from the South East but what's the problem? - the majority of people are middle class anyway espcially those journalists who seem to hate themselves and those bands who try to pretned they come from Toxteth or Moss Side when actually they come from a semi on some swish new housing estate.

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