Band Reunions, Opinions on Vampire Weekend

Summer is coming…and that means a slew of music festivals and arena concerts around the country. Many bands hit the road for reunion tours, often times without all their original members. Jim and Greg explore whether or not it's sacrilegious to see a band missing its key original members. They'll also share some of their favorite band reunions, ones that lived up to or even surpassed the originals. Plus, a review of the latest from Vampire Weekend.

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Vampire Weekend Father of the Bride

Vampire Weekend is back with its fourth album, Father of the Bride, after a six year hiatus. The group of then-Columbia University students put out their debut, eponymous album in 2008 to a lot of critical and commercial attention. That debut leaned on South African rhythms drawing comparisons to Paul Simon's Graceland. This new album doesn't stray too far from that original sound. Jim has never been a fan, even though he admits that listening to the band's rhythm section at music festivals is fun. He says he doesn‘t care for the band’s pretentious lyrics and vocal inflections, feeling like they lean too much into cultural appropriation. Greg argues the album is catchy and pleasant and features lots of guests, including HAIM and Jenny Lewis. Ultimately, Greg isn‘t bothered by the record, but it doesn’t inspire him either.




Summer is coming, and along with the sunshine and warm temperatures comes a miriad of music festivals and big arena tours. This summer we've got Mott the Hoople, Heart, Wu-Tang Clan and Hootie and the Blowfish reuniting. And then there are the 'reunited' bands who are always playing like Styx and Foreigner. However, many original members of bands like these have either died, become estranged or are afflicted with health issues that prevent them from performing. Sometimes there might only be one original member in the group, and it's not even the lead singer or guitarist. Jim and Greg wonder: is it sacrilegious to attend a "reunion concert" if it's not really one?

They talk with music journalist Rob Tannenbaum about his article in the New York Times on band reunions. (Artwork by Mark Pernice for the New York Times)

Jim and Greg also each pick two of their favorite reunions and one that they hope for.

Featured Songs

  1. Vampire Weekend, Harmony Hall, Father of the Bride, Columbia, 2019
  2. Vampire Weekend, Married in a Gold Rush, Father of the Bride, Columbia, 2019
  3. Vampire Weekend, We Belong Together, Father of the Bride, Columbia, 2019
  4. Vampire Weekend, How Long, Father of the Bride, Columbia, 2019
  5. Vampire Weekend, Hold You Now, Father of the Bride, Columbia, 2019
  6. Vampire Weekend, Unbearably White, Father of the Bride, Columbia, 2019
  7. Mott the Hoople, All the Young Dudes, All the Young Dudes, CBS, 1972
  8. Dennis DeYoung, Come Sail Away (Live), The Grand Illusion, A&M, 1977
  9. Styx, Come Sail Away (Live), The Grand Illusion, A&M, 1977
  10. The Who, You Better You Bet, Face Dances, Warner Bros., 1981
  11. Journey, Faithfully (Live), Journey Live in Las Vegas, un-released, 2008
  12. Television, Marquee Moon, Marquee Moon, Elektra, 1977
  13. Kraftwerk, The Model, The Man-Machine, Capitol, 1978
  14. Blood, Sweat & Tears, Spinning Wheel, Spinning Wheel, Columbia, 1968
  15. Roxy Music, More Than This, Avalon, Polydor, 1982
  16. Rolling Stones, Gimme Shelter, Let It Bleed, Decca, 1969
  17. Fleetwood Mac, The Chain, Rumours, Warner Bros., 1977
  18. Mott the Hoople, Roll Away the Stone, The Hoople, Columbia, 1974
  19. The Buzzcocks, Ever Fallen in Love (With Someone You Shouldn‘t’ve), Love Bites, United Artists, 1978
  20. The Buzzcocks, Flat-Pack Philosophy, Flat-Pack Philosophy, Cooking Vinyl, 2006
  21. A Tribe Called Quest, Scenario, Low End Theory, Jive, 1991
  22. A Tribe Called Quest, Solid Wall of Sound, We Got It from Here… Thank You 4 Your Service, Epic, 2016
  23. A Tribe Called Quest, We The People, We Got It from Here… Thank You 4 Your Service, Epic, 2016
  24. Neil Young & Crazy Horse, Down By The River, Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere, Reprise, 1969
  25. Neil Young, Farmer John, Ragged Glory, Reprise, 1990
  26. Mission of Burma, Secrets, Vs., Ace of Hearts, 1982
  27. Mission of Burma, Let Yourself Go, The Obliterati, Matador, 2006
  28. Mission of Burma, 2Wice, The Obliterati, Matador, 2006
  29. ABBA, Take A Chance on Me, The Album, Polar, 1977
  30. ABBA, Dancing Queen, Dancing Queen (single), Polar, 1976
  31. Talking Heads, Burning Down the House, Stop Making Sense, Sire, 1984
  32. Talking Heads, Once In A Lifetime, Stop Making Sense, Sire, 1984
  33. Sharon Van Etten, Malibu, Remind Me Tomorrow, Jagjaguwar, 2019
  34. Moses Sumney, Don't Bother Calling, Aromanticism, Jagjaguwar, 2017
  35. Radiohead, Subterranean Homesick Alien, OK Computer, Parlophone, 1997
  36. Air, Surfing On a Rocket, Talkie Walkie, Virgin, 2004
  37. The Carpenters, Calling Occupants of Interplanetary Craft (The Recognized Anthem of World Contact Day), Passage, A&M, 1977
  38. They Might Be Giants, Why Does The Sun Shine? (The Sun Is a Mass Of Incandescent Gas), Why Does The Sun Shine (EP), Elektra, 1993
  39. Tom Glazer & Dottie Evans, Why Does The Sun Shine? (The Sun Is a Mass Of Incandescent Gas), Space Songs (From Ballads For The Age Of Science), Motivation, 1959