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The Art of the Comeback

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

So far, 2011 has been a big year for the musical comeback. The Strokes, Duran Duran and even The Cars have all been making loud returns. But, as Elvis Presley proved in 1968, with his televised comeback special, it’s not just that you make the return, it’s how you do it. Joining us to take a look at the best (and the rest) of musical comeback history is Jim Fusilli, of the Wall Street Journal.

This is a repeat edition of Soundcheck.


Jim Fusilli

Comments [9]

Islam from Bronx, NY

Sade had a great come back with the album "Soldier of Love" and you can feel it by how much reaction she gets from the audience on her tour when the band plays songs from the new album.

Jun. 29 2011 10:35 PM
Iheoma from Prospect Heights

Gil Scott Heron's "I'm New Hear". The ultimate comeback.
I'm glad this was the last impression he made before his death. RIP

Jun. 29 2011 02:34 PM

I'm really interested in bands such as U2 and REM that manage to evolve, yet continue to be true to their core sound. It's such a feat to pull off.

Jun. 29 2011 02:33 PM
Andrea from Philadelphia

My favorite successful comeback: Patti Smith!

Jun. 29 2011 02:32 PM
Jackson from South Orange NJ

Best Worst come-back...Pat Boone, In a Metal Mood. Hilarious album ala Richard Cheese but I'm not sure anyone got the was a joke right?

Jun. 29 2011 02:28 PM
Barbara Finkelstein from Bronx

Dan Hicks' Beatin' the Heat in 2000 was a great comeback. I wish he would come back again!

Jun. 29 2011 02:27 PM
David Askew from Brooklyn

Indie rock has seen many comebacks from bands that had their moment in the late 80's - 90's indie rock scene. Beginning with the Pixies. Then My Bloody Valentine, Mission of Burma, Dinosaur Jr. and a host of others that are recording and playing live again and making great music.

Jun. 29 2011 02:23 PM
Mark from Tampa,FL

A band that did not really comeback but certainly fell on lean times and came roaring back, largely due to the Internet, is the great S.F. Bay area soul band Tower of Power. Their shows are amazing, they tour constantly, and are still producing vital new music. Go T.O.P.!

Jun. 29 2011 02:22 PM
steve from White PLains

Definitely DEVO's album of last year.

Here is a band that has gone on to other things and reunited for a brilliant album that equals or betters their previous work.

Jun. 29 2011 02:21 PM

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