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Bands Reunited

Bands Reunited
Genre Reality television
Written by Greg Heller
Directed by Steve Jones
David Charles Sullivan
Country of origin  United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 19
Running time 44 minutes
Production company(s) Evolution Film & Tape
Original channel VH1
Original release 19 January 2004 – 1 January 2006

Bands Reunited is a television program produced by VH1 in 2004. Hosted by Aamer Haleem, the show documented an attempted reunion of a formerly popular musical ensemble for a special concert in either London or Los Angeles.

A show normally consisted of the crew first hunting down the ex-members of the band (often first in disguise) one-by-one, and convincing them to agree for the one-time concert; the members were "contracted" by signing a record album by their former band. The band members were then interviewed, usually focusing on the reasons of the breakup. The final segment would consist of the formal reunion of the band in the rehearsing studio, and a joint interview about why the group parted ways. If the reunion was successful, the episode ended with the final performance.

In 2005, VH1 attempted to reunite the British band The Smiths, but the show abandoned its attempt after Aamer Haleem was unsuccessful in his attempt to corner lead singer Morrissey before a show.


  • Bands which have appeared 1
  • As a plantation dance 2
    • First person accounts 2.1
    • Second hand, oral tradition accounts 2.2
  • Alternate explanations 3
  • Criticism of the show 4
  • Cakewalk in minstrelsy, musicals, and as a popular dance 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7

Bands which have appeared

Note: The bands that did the reunion performance are noted, as well.

All members reunited,[1]performed "I Ran" & "Space Age Love Song". |- |ABC|1980 |1990 |Only Martin Fryand David Palmerreunited, performed with Nick Beggsof Kajagoogoo.[2]|- |The Alarm|1981 |1992 |All members reunited, performed "68 Guns". |- |The Beat|1978 |1983 |David Steeleand Andy Coxrefused to participate, the remaining members did not perform although Dave Wakelingdid perform with the current version of The Beat at their own concert. |- |Berlin|1982 |1987 |All members reunited including original drummer Rod Learned,[3]performed "The Metro" and "No More Words." |- |Dramarama|1983 |1994 |All members reunited, performed "Anything, Anything (I'll Give You)," inspired band to get back together permanently. |- |Extreme|1985 |1996 |Nuno Bettencourtrefused to be filmed on camera. After a conversation with Gary Cherone(who was not sure on participating either), they ultimately decided that it was not a good time to reunite, citing issues that had been unresolved since disbanding as the main reason. Since then, they have reunited in 2004 and 2006. A full reunion occurred in 2008. |- |Frankie Goes to Hollywood|1980 |1987 |All members reunited, but Holly Johnsonrefused to perform. |- |Haircut One Hundred|1981 |1983 |All members reunited,[4]performed "Love Plus One" and "Fantastic Day". |- |Information Society|1982 |1997 |All members but Kurt Harlandreunited, no performance. The band was eventually reformed in 2006 by Paul Robband James Cassidy, with Harland occasionally participating (he has since rejoined full-time). |- |Kajagoogoo|1981 |1986 |All members reunited.[1]Attempted to stay reunited, initially failed. Recently succeeded and, as of late, are currently touring with an album in the works. |- |Klymaxx|1979 |1990 |Five members reunited (Robbin Grider could not be located), but Cheryl Cooleydid not participate in the performance due to friction between her and the other bandmates for forming her own version of Klymaxx without permission. As of 2011, there are two versions of Klymaxx performing: One led by Cooley, while the other is led by Bernadette Cooper, Joyce Irbyand Lorena Stuart. |- |The Motels|1971 |1987 |All members reunited. |- |New Kids on the Block|1984 |1994 |Brothers Jonathanand Jordan Knightagreed to reunite, but Joe McIntyre, Donnie Wahlberg, and Danny Wooddeclined to participate in the reunion. McIntyre cited that the only way he would rejoin the group was if the group made the decision to reunite permanently. Wahlberg and Wood declined on-camera interviews. |- |Romeo Void|1979 |1985 |Original saxophonistBenjamin Bossi was unable to perform, due to hearing loss; Sheldon Brown filled in. He met with his former bandmates, however, and watched the taping of the band's reunion performance from a nearby trailer. |- |Scandal|1981 |1985 |All surviving members reunited.[21]Bassist Ivan Elias died of cancer in 1995. Kasim Sultonof the band Utopiaplayed bass in the reunion performance.

|- |Squeeze |1974 |1999 |Did not reunite after lead vocalist/guitarist Glenn Tilbrook expressed reservations, keyboardist Jools Holland refused to participate, and drummer Gilson Lavis was unable to commit to it. Oddly, after Holland declined, the show did not pursue any of the keyboardists who had replaced Holland during the band's original tenure: Paul Carrack (who provided lead vocals on the original version of the band's best-known record, "Tempted"), Don Snow, or Steve Nieve.
Squeeze reformed in 2007 with a revised line-up, including original members Chris Difford and Glenn Tilbrook and early 1980s bassist John Bentley. |- |Vixen |1980 |1991 |All members of the famous lineup reunited and performed. |- |}

Criticism of the show

The artificial nature of parts of the show and the contractual arrangements behind it have been criticised. Kurt Harland of Information Society detailed his own negative experiences with the program, and how his experiences differed from the portrayal of events as broadcast, on his website; citing examples of poor background research by VH1 and difficult interactions with the television crew.[26]


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  5. ^ African Folklore: An Encyclopedia. Philip M. Peek, Kwesi Yankah. 2003. p. 33. ISBN 0-203-49314-1.
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  7. ^ a b c , p. C12
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  15. ^ . Fletcher's mother was born on a plantation and grew up in Ohio (p. 5).
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  17. ^ Steppin' on the Blues. by Jacqui Malone. University of Illinois Press. 1996. p. 19. ISBN 0-252-02211-4
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  19. ^ Black Dance in the United States from 1619 to 1970. Lynne Fauley Emery. California: National Press Books. 1972. p. 207. ISBN 0-87484-203-4
  20. ^ Cakewalk King. Ebony. February 1953. Vol 8. p. 100.
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  23. ^ Encyclopedia of Social Dance. Albert and Josephine Bulter. 1971 and 1975. Albert Bulter Ballroom Dance Service. New York, NY. p. 309 in 1975 edition. no ISBN or other ID
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  25. ^ DON’T GIVE THE NAME A BAD PLACE New World Records 80265 Types and Stereotypes in American Musical Theater 1870-1900. Richard M. Sudhalter.[1]
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External links

  • Bands Reunited Homepage
  • Bands Reunited at the Internet Movie Database
  • Kurt Harland of Information Society details his experiences with the program at the Wayback Machine (archived December 30, 2007)
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