Jerry Dammers has hit out at his previous bandmates from The Specials today, complaining that he’s been excluded from their upcoming reunion: http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2009/mar/04/jerry-dammers-specials-reunion
We all know that many an iconic band has split due to ‘musical differences’, usually a euphemism for wanting to pick each others’ eyes out with a rusty pin. But do we really want to know the ins and outs of band members’ feuds? Reading Dammers’ disgruntled grumble – itself a response to comments made by Terry Hall – I felt ennui at having to watch the washing of dirty knickers in public. The ‘he said, I said’ of such internal wars is tedious to read. Yet why shouldn’t band members be honest about their resentments against each other? The days of plastic smiles and insisting everyone is still best mates are surely gone. Certainly, I would hate to read novels or autobiographies/biographies where personal relationships are sanitized and made shiny and happy.
So – should band members be upfront about their feelings for each other? When does openness cross the line to being yawnsome whining? Which band break-ups have been truly exciting to hear about, and is interest in such affairs merely salacious voyeurism, or is it important to know about the private quibbles of public figures?