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My choice for living band would be one that most of this blog's readers will have never heard of: The Headstones. The Headstones were a cornerstone of the late-90s Can-Rock scene. They rocked about as hard as any band can, and put on a small-scale live show that was totally unparalleled by any of the other bands I've ever seen. The singer, Hugh Dillon, had a habit of spitting on anyone he saw that was being obnoxious to other fans, so the only people front-and-centre at a Headstones show were the well-behaved moshers (shoulders and hipchecks only, no punches, kicks, elbows, or headbutts) and the insanely hardcore (the kind of people who relish being spit on by a rock band). But aside from the spitting, the Headstones were best known for powerful guitars, Dillon's unique gravelly voice, and songs that told stories, either self-contained, or the tale of the band's ongoing struggle with heroin.

As for bands with dead members... I dunno. Probably also the Beatles. Although I'm not a huge fan (I like about 1/3 of the songs from every album, but none of the albums really speak to me), I would love to see what they would do with the music of today. Not to mention what Lennon would do with today's politics.


When I first glanced at 'toque's comments, I thought he said "Talking Heads," who would definitely get some consideration from me as well.

Along with 10,000 Maniacs. Somebody please explain to me why, when Natalie Merchant dumped the Maniacs for a bunch of musicians who were 10 times more talented, her music suddenly became 10 times less interesting?

Sadly, 10,000 Maniacs would require the resurrection of Robert Buck, who died of cancer a couple of years ago. I always liked his chimey sound, even though he was miles away from anybody's idea of a great guitar player.


Oh yeah -- gonna check out The Headstones, at DT's suggestion.

David Amulet

I agree with your choice. But only if Peter sings and Phil goes back to what he does best--drums--and leaves lead vox (and his ego) at the door.

Another good reunion band, for me, would be Kyuss.

And yup, that's Steve on the left. He never had the best look ... but MAN can he play.

-- david


I'd like to see Live regroup and Warren Zevon come back from the dead.

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The Kinks...both categories.

Yeah, Dave isn't dead, but he can't play and sing at the same time anymore.

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