When The Housemartins split in 1988, legend has it the band’s members vowed they’d never reunite. Nearly a quarter century later, that remains as true, according to bassist Norman Cook, aka Fatboy Slim, who this morning told a BBC radio interviewer that it would take an equally unlikely reunion of The Smiths to spur his bandmates into action.
The subject then turned to band reunions:
“Couple years ago, we all met for the 25th anniversary, I believe, of London O Hull 4. We had lunch together and we renewed our vows to never get back together again. We just all looked at each other and said, ‘Do you still not want to do this?’ We’re all a lot happier being friends rather than being in a band with each other. I don’t think we really want to go back, and we don’t need the money. What I’d say is, The Smiths said they would only get back together if the queen would abdicate. So how about: The Housemartins will only get back together if The Smiths reform.”
You can stream a portion of Cook’s interview on the BBC’s website.
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