Of all the things that happened this week, the news that The Eighties Matchbox B-Line Disaster would be reforming was probably the thing that caused the most excitement here at Thrash Hits HQ. TEMBD are one of those bands who fell through the cracks between traditional heavy music and mainstream indie, and their decision to call it a day back in 2011 saw many – us included – feeling they never received the levels of success they deserved. Their reformation is more than enough justification in our eyes to break out a Sunday Slaylist of all their best songs.
Now normally we’d take the piss somewhat out of a band that reforms just over a year after announcing their decision to split, but we (or rather, our deputy editor who puts our Slaylists together), frickin’ loves Eighties Matchbox. We don’t even care that it was the fact that it was appearing in an advert for Nike that has given them both the immediate injection of cash and resurgent public interest to justify the run of reunion shows they’re planning. We’re just delighted we get to see Eighties Matchbox play live one last time. The last time we saw them was from the side of the stage at Sonisphere 2010 – yes, some of us like TEMBD enough to skip Iron Maiden for them. See? We told you we were fanboys. You should be too.
We’re a little sad that their reunion is the original line-up of the band, as while Andy Huxley is an awesome and inventive musician (go check out his post-Matchbox band, Vice Imbeciles, if you don’t believe us), our favourite Eighties Matchbox live shows all featured his replacement, Rich Fownes. In addition to playing guitar in Eighties Matchbox for three years, Fownes was also Unkle’s live guitarist, and the shortest-serving member of Nine Inch Nails of all time. He also now fronts the almost-but-not-quite-as-good-as-Eighties-Matchbox outfit, Bad For Lazarus. Hopefully the Eighties Matchbox boys will see sense and get Fownes’ mob to open their run of shows in October, which you should already have bought tickets for if you know what’s good for you.
Watch the video to ‘In The Garden’ by The Eighties Matchbox B-Line Disaster:
Spotify is available to most of Western Europe, the USA, Australia and New Zealand for free – though obviously you’re better off shelling out either £5 or £10 a month for one of Spotify’s premium packages, as then you can listen to our Slaylists without having them interrupted by adverts. For our readers in countries not currently serviced by Spotify….sorry. You’ll just have to make do with a video of The Eighties Matchbox B-Line Disaster that isn’t available on Spotify thanks to the band putting it out themselves and it not being part of their current digital distro deal. Zooks!