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One of the challenges of preparing The Rock Snob*s Dictionary for publication was keeping up with the unlikely reunions of SEMINAL [see p. 109] bands who were re-forming left and right as we went to press, forcing us expend thousands in extra printing costs to acknowledge their reformation. We mean bands such as the Stooges [p. 121], the Pixies [p. 95], and the New York Dolls [p. 78], the last of whom reunited despite the deaths of two of the original five members and the imminent death of a third. Now that the book’s out, Snob-band reunion mania continues apace, with the MC5 [p. 70] reuniting in Dolls-like fashion, minus two dead members, and utterly unforeseen tours planned by the power-pop [p. 96] standard-bearers the Raspberries and the overglorified Liverpool popsters the La’s [p. 61].

The most conspicious reunion tour of the moment, however, is that of a group who did not make it into The Rock Snob*s Dictionary but should have, the post-rock [p. 96] combo Slint, whose 1991 album, Spiderland, is receiving the sort of borderline-irresponsible love-bath of rock-crit reappraisal not seen since the reissues, nearly a decade ago, of Oar by Skip Spence [p. 118] and Born to Be with You by Dion [p. 30]. Is the fourteen-year-old Spiderland really a masterpiece? Even its creators don’t seem to think so, but it doesn’t matter: a Snob juggernaut has been launched.

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