Split! Five bands I miss seeing onstage

Break ups are devastating, but they’re worse when it comes to music


Vinh Tran

I’ve always liked listening to music that was popular before I was even born. But it’s heartbreaking knowing that your favorite bands have long split up and won’t be recording any new music anytime soon. Although these bands are long gone, I would still like to see them back on stage. Here are five bands that I would like to see together making music again.

5. OutKast

Andre 3000 and Big Boi dominated the early 2000’s trend of mixing hip hop and pop music with their most popular song, “Hey Ya” winning a Grammy, BET and multiple VMA awards. Although they took a seven-year hiatus during 2007, they continued to perform as Outkast, alongside starting their solo careers. It’s been 10 years since an album was released, but I would like to see how they would adapt to hip-hop today.


They are highly-disputed as the definition of the ideal 90s boy band and have seven Billboard hits since the release of their self-titled debut album. Although they officially broke up in 2007, the *NSYNC members are still in the music industry, just not as a group. Earlier this year there was talk about a new album, but former member Lance Bass confirmed that their band will stay broken up. There’s still hope for new music and I wouldn’t say “Bye, bye, bye” just yet.


ABBA was the pinnacle of pop music in the 70s, “Dancing Queen” and “Mamma Mia” ended up being commercially successful in the United States, despite the fact that they were a Swedish band. Unfortunately, the members of ABBA literally broke up and there’s a very slim chance they’ll ever perform together.

2. The Clash

One of the original pioneers of English punk rock, The Clash gave the U.S. an insight on the differences of British teen culture. Although their band was plagued with drug addiction, they still managed to top the charts in the 70s and early 80s with a constant flow of albums. “London Calling,” their third studio album, experimented with reggae and pop, which paved the way for many more British punk bands making their way into U.S. billboard charts.

1. The Smiths

Although many would argue, The Smiths will forever define what British frontmen should aspire to be in the 80s. While they were only active for five years, their short while on stage impacted the way synth-pop and alternative-rock sound now. Their music was depressing, uplifting, catchy and meaningful. “Heaven Knows I’m miserable Now” knowing that Morrissey, Johnny Marr, Mike Joyce, Andy Rourke and Craig Gannon refuse to play together.

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