Which classic bands still haven't reunited... and why?

6 June 2021, 11:00 | Updated: 18 October 2021, 12:54

Which groups still haven't done the decent thing and got back together? Radio X takes a look at the bands who haven’t reunited... from The Smiths to our old friends Oasis.

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The Smiths in 1984: Johnny Marr, Morrissey, Mike Joyce and Andy Rourke
The Smiths in 1984: Johnny Marr, Morrissey, Mike Joyce and Andy Rourke. Picture: Pictorial Press Ltd / Alamy Stock Photo
  1. The Smiths

    Like the clocks going back, you can usually expect a "Smiths reunion" story to surface with reassuring regularity. We will not be satisfied it's true until we see Morrissey, Johnny Marr, Andy Rourke and Mike Joyce on the same stage together playing Vicar In A Tutu or something. With Johnny enjoying a solo career and Mozzer still on bad terms with Joyce due to a court case the drummer brought over royalties, it seems like we'll need to keep the daffodils in the garden where they belong. In fact, there's more chance of Marr rejoining Modest Mouse.

  2. Oasis

    The last incarnation of Oasis at Wembley in 2008
    The last incarnation of Oasis at Wembley in 2008. Picture: Dave Hogan/Getty Images

    Will they? Won’t they? Liam and Noel Gallagher both have flourishing solo careers at the moment, but the rumours that Oasis may rise again will never go away. But as the animosity between the bruvs shows no signs of disappearing, we’re not holding our breath. Get the full story here.

  3. Pink Floyd

    Pink Floyd's brief reunion at Live 8 in July 2005: David Gilmour, Roger Waters, Nick Mason and Rick Wright
    Pink Floyd's brief reunion at Live 8 in July 2005: David Gilmour, Roger Waters, Nick Mason and Rick Wright. Picture: REUTERS / Alamy Stock Photo

    The saga of the Floyd is one of ups and downs. No! Bassist Roger Waters was incandescent with rage when guitarist Dave Gilmour took control of the name. Yes! Waters appeared with the other members onstage at Live 8 in 2005. Yes again! Gilmour and drummer Nick Mason appeared with Waters at one of his Wall shows in 2011, following the death of keyboard player Rick Wright. No! Gilmour says it's not something he wants to keep doing. Maybe! Nick Mason is touring early Floyd material with his own band, Saucerful Of Secrets.

  4. Led Zeppelin

    John Paul Jones, Jimmy Page and Robert Plant with Jason Bonham at a press conference in New York City on October 2012.
    John Paul Jones, Jimmy Page and Robert Plant with Jason Bonham at a press conference in New York City on October 2012. Picture: UPI / Alamy Stock Photo

    Since the death of drummer John Bonham in 1980, the remaining member of the Zep have only appeared together on a handful of occasions, even though Jimmy Page and Robert Plant issued a pair of successful albums together in the 1990s. A full-blown Zeppelin tour COULD happen, with Bonham Jr (Jason) on tub thumping duties, but do they need to do it? We say: REMEMBER LIVE AID.

  5. R.E.M.

    R.E.M. in 2008: Mike Mills, Michael Stipe and Peter Buck
    R.E.M. in 2008: Mike Mills, Michael Stipe and Peter Buck. Picture: REUTERS / Alamy Stock Photo

    They split in late 2011 after three decades in business. Michael Stipe told Radio X that there would be no reunion, that was it. It seems perfectly amicable, however, so never say never.

  6. The Jam

    The Jam in 1977:  Paul Weller, Rick Buckler, Bruce Foxton
    The Jam in 1977: Paul Weller, Rick Buckler, Bruce Foxton. Picture: GAB Archive/Redferns/Getty Images

    After Paul Weller called time on the Mod uberlords in 1982, he went onto forge a hugely successful solo career, while bassist Bruce Foxton and drummer Rick Buckler tinkered with various different bands. After not speaking for 20 years, Weller and Foxton buried the hatchet and the bassist appeared on The Modfather's Wake Up The Nation album in 2010. However, it seems that a full reunion of the original trio seems unlikely as Paul 'n' Rick are still reportedly not talking.

  7. Talking Heads

    Talking Heads in 1988: Chris Frantz, Jerry Harrison, Tina Weymouth, David Byrne
    Talking Heads in 1988: Chris Frantz, Jerry Harrison, Tina Weymouth, David Byrne. Picture: Pictorial Press Ltd / Alamy Stock Photo

    The NYC art rock pioneers released their last album, Naked, in 1988. While David Byrne went solo, the other members released an album without him, although Byrne took legal action to stop them using the name. Apart from a reunion for their Rock 'N' Roll Hall Of Fame induction in 2002, further collaborations seem unlikely - in 2020, drummer Chris Frantz wrote his autobiography which dealt with Bryne in less than glowing terms, and told The Guardian that the frontman “doesn’t know where he ends and other people begin. He can’t imagine that anyone else would be important.”

  8. The Kinks

    Ray and Dave Davies of The Kinks: could they work together again?
    Ray and Dave Davies of The Kinks: could they work together again? Picture: PA Images / Alamy Stock Photo

    The ongoing saga of Ray Davies vs Dave Davies continues unabated after over 40 years. The two brothers have fallen out properly, and the likelihood of a reunion for the original line-up of the 60s pop legends seems remote, especially since the death of bassist Pete Quaife in 2010. In November 2019, Dave Davies said that he was working with Ray on a reunion project that would see the pair revisit some unreleased, older material, but added "There's a lot to do."

  9. Mansun

    Mansun in their heyday, London 1997
    Mansun in their heyday, London 1997. Picture: Pictorial Press Ltd / Alamy Stock Photo

    Best known for their classic debut album Attack Of The Grey Lantern, the band called it a day in 2003. However, a collection of unreleased tracks and b-sides, Kleptomania, was issued in 2004. Singer Paul Draper claims that a reunion won't happen unless all the original members are interested… and they're not.