Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Gennaro Castaldo watch: Reunited, and it feels so good

The Belfast Telegraph has noticed a trend - that old bands are getting back together.

And a trend cannot be noticed without an expert being asked to explain the trend.

This, of course, is a job for HMV's Gennaro Castaldo:

HMV's Gennaro Castaldo said he thought there was a "fun" element to it as well.

"Usually most of the names that are successful enough to reunite... have to be of a certain stature anyway, hence the motivation is very rarely likely to be financial," he said. "They think it would be a lot of fun, maybe with a slightly different audience."

But not every band can make a successful return.

Gennaro said: "All Saints failed to match the success enjoyed by Take That when they recently reappeared on the scene. Their new album Studio 1 debuted at number 40. All Saints never really had that kind of emotional engagement.

"You also need a song that really announces you are back in a big way.

"Take That had their single Patience - it was not out of place for them to sing but it came across as still being relevant."

You know what? He's right. Except for, erm, Take That coming back and doing a sell-out tour before they'd even thought about going into the studio. Except for that bit.