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20. Soundgarden: Chris Cornell cut his hair, became a John Varvatos model and did some songs with Timbaland -- basically dumping on his grunge roots and fans. But recent shows with Soundgarden have shown he can still screech with the best of 'em. Let's hold out hope that this leads not only to more Soundgarden material, but a Temple of the Dog reunion, too. (We're going hungry, etc.)

In the June 2, 2012 issue of the NME, Kevin Shields said the long-awaited third album from My Bloody Valentine –- the first since 1991′s classic Loveless –- is imminent. The UK mag quotes Shields as saying the album will be released “sooner rather than later,” perhaps even this year.

For more than two decades My Bloody Valentine has been one of the most influential, mysterious, important bands in music, mostly on the strength of Loveless. The new album has the potential to alter that legacy forever, and that’s probably why it keeps getting delayed –- over and over again.

Two more reasons the new album has been pushed back so many times include label disputes with Sony and Shields’ crippling perfectionism. Shields started working on the new songs back in the mid-’90s, but shelved them. He recently told Mojo that when listened to the tracks again, he thought, “’Shit, this is better than the unreleased tracks on the compilation.’ I decided it would be insane not to finish it.”

The unreleased tracks he’s referring to are on EPs 1988-1991, one of the three My Bloody Valentine reissues released in the UK last month. The two others are re-mastered versions of Loveless and MBV’s 1988 debut full-length Isn’t Anything. The songs on EPs 1988-1991 include re-masters of the Creation Records EPs (Glider, You Made Me Realise, Tremolo, Feed Me With Your Kiss) and the several rarities that apparently aren’t as good as what’s on the new album.

With each new interview, Shields provides a few more details to keep our attention, and a little more info to keep us guessing. We now know the new record will be less like Loveless and more like Isn’t Anything. It was influenced by The Beach Boys’ Smile. It started as an experiment and has some drum and bass and aggressive guitars. It’s almost finished, and then it just needs to be mixed.

“But that’s OK,” Shields told The Quietus in May. “I’m not slow at mixing.”

Riiiiiight.

Of course MBV isn’t alone in putting off releasing new material. The Stone Roses are touring Europe now, in support of … what, 1994′s Second Coming? The Pixies have been doing that routine for years now, too (last studio release: 1991′s Trompe Le Monde). We’ve been waiting forever to hear more from The La’s, Dr. Dre, D’Angelo, etc, etc. etc. So we’ve compiled a list of the top 20 bands that have teased us with talk of new releases that we can’t wait to hear. Check it out, and tell us which bands’ music you’ve been waiting for … forever.

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  1. In light of how many of those reunion albums turned out to be absolutely fucking terrible (Stooges, Big Star… seriously, the list is endless. Dinosaur Jr. and Mission Of Burma are probably the only exceptions) i’m totally fine with acts who just keep on touring and not releasing anything new. Remember Bam Thwok?

    • I agree – but just in the last few years we’ve also seen some great “comeback” albums — Portishead / Kate Bush / PJ Harvey / Gil Scot Heron, etc.

    • yup. Pixies are one of my all-time faves but the last thing i want from them is an album.

      • you wouldn’t want to hear what a new pixies album would sound like?? that’s crazy-talk. i mean, i respect the legacy all that, but come on.

        • i honestly wouldn’t. Frank Black’s voice is gone #1 and #2 the law of reunion albums damn-near always suck applies

          • Pixies are one of my all-time faves, too, but Frank Black didn’t really have that great of a voice to begin with.

            A bad Pixies album would be a letdown, but he’s put out several really good albums since then—his first two solo joints & Dog in the Sand and (especially) Black Letter Days with the Catholics—so there is potential for something good. Plus, who cares about a single less-than-stellar reunion album? It’s not gonna change the music the band already made.

          • that’s my thinking, too. the risk of a new album sucking doesn’t really dissuade me at all from wanting to hear it. if it did disappoint, whatever ;it’s not like i’d go and throw away my copies of the first four whist yelling “the pixies are so OVER!!” and given what frank black’s done over the last 10 years or so, i think it could be pretty good, or at least worth listening to.

          • Nah, I never want to know what “bad Pixies” sounds like.

    • In Bam Thwok’s defense, it was intended for a Shrek soundtrack.

  2. Uh… am I the only one that only has 5 bands listed?

  3. Nice list. I’d probably add Daft Punk. And it feels like forever since The Knife and Burial released actual full-lengths.

  4. “Word to Dr. Dre, Detox is like a mix away / So go ahead and let the grown-ups work and go somewhere and play”
    —ultimate Schoolboy Q burn

  5. love that QOTSA was included. Era Vulgaris was fantastic and shit, so was Them Crooked Vultures. But it’s high time for some aggressive rock music.

  6. You got a bunch of mine with Outkast (An Andre3000 solo album will quench my thirst), Bowie (He at least left us with Duncan Jones-helluva director), Dre Day (Never Gonna Get It, Never Gonna Get It…), the Avalanches (Soon!), and D’Angelo (Making love hasn’t been quite the same since he left the game).

  7. I feel kinda terrible about this, but the one I got most excited about was JT. Maybe it’s just that I want him to stop acting.

    • Agreed! For me, seeing In Time destroyed any potential he might have been hinting at in the Social Network (and if I was interpreting the message correctly, wasted my valuable time).

  8. I’ll forever hold out hope for another Postal Service album.

  9. Negative points for no mention of Aphex Twin

  10. Two words…. APHEX TWIN.

  11. No Madvillain. I have no respect for you Stereogum. smh

  12. Franz Ferdinad – it’s been 3 1/2 years since Tonight came out. and they said they started working on the follow-up to it 2 years ago.

  13. wow! full 90s! what about Aphex Twin ?

  14. I’d love to read this, but slideshows can eat my butt. I’m not gonna wait for each of these 20 pages to load just so I can inflate your page/hit count.

  15. THANK YOU FOR THIS POST

  16. also, this list proves that the 90s >>>>>>>>>>>>

  17. I’m not gonna get any love on this but…Smashmouth

  18. is there any way to read these things together on one page? it’s a little annoying to have to open a new tab and click through 20 photos, then go back and read the comments on the previous page.

  19. I’m still waiting for Chinese Democracy, I didn’t miss it right? RIGHT?!?!??!?!1!??

  20. No love for Boards of Canada? Rumor has it they’ve got one in the works.

  21. Still wishing for the return of Sleater-Kinney

  22. nice job using the band qui’s picture for the jesus lizard…should probably change that

  23. Add to that list: Beck, Devendra Banhart and Super Furry Animals.

  24. so stereogum, here’s a tip: don’t use slideshows! put it all on one page! well-ah!
    honestly having to click and load for each entry is bullshit, FACT does this and it’s obnoxious.

  25. What about Talking Heads, eh??

  26. David Bowie should just become an actor.

  27. The SUNDAYS would make my poor middle-aged heart explode. But I’ve spoken to their bass player (which isn’t really that hard to do if it’s something you’re interested in) and he says there is still nothing going on there.

    Here’s several things I know…

    They built a studio in their home prior to Static & Silence, so it clearly would not have been difficult for them to be writing and recording music over the last 15 years if that’s what they wanted to be doing.

    If you ask the internet what Harriet Wheeler is doing you will catch hints of the fact that she has a job somewhere in her native land where you can find her doing, ya know, job things. I don’t know what that is, though, I just took the hint as more of a solid “she’s moved on”.

    They said they were quitting music to have a family and a normal life. They had a daughter in 1995 and a son in 1999. I have no idea how that relates to them ever doing music again other than the fact that if they just wanted to be parents they’re clearly still in the middle of that.

    Most important, maybe, is that there was A LOT of talk around the time they stopped that Harriet’s voice wasn’t what it used to be and she couldn’t sing the songs the same way. Since they haven’t done any touring or released any new music since that time, who knows? But it does seem like it might be at least part of why they’ve never returned.

    Lastly, their albums really didn’t sell that well. If you listened to “alternate” radio or watched 120 Minutes you might have become a fan. And some of those fans, myself included, loved their music passionately. But in terms of overall sales, they were one of those bands that you assume stayed on a major label so the label could have that indie cred, or whatever you want to call it. I don’t know if they’re still under contract or not after all these years. If not, they would probably do quite well for themselves releasing music on their own. I’m not sure how they would work on a major label these days. Likely they’d get shifted down to a subsidiary of a major instead.

  28. Oy! I meant “alternative”, obviously. “Alternate” radio never existed. *cough*

  29. David Bowie has done enough to stay retired if that’s what David Bowie wants to do. It might actually be more “cool” for him to just walk away and let his legacy live as it stands right now.

  30. I have doubts about there ever being another proper Outkast album. It seems they were both very annoyed by the runaround the label gave them about Dre guesting on Big Boi’s last album. And Big Boi’s last album was, surprisingly (for me, anyway), very good! He’s already nearing completion on another one and Dre is doing his Hendrix movie thing. Add to that the fact that the last real Outkast album, Speakerboxxx/Love Below, contained nearly a CD length album from Dre that wasn’t really rap anyway. I expect he’s been working at playing guitar for all these years he’s been “recording” (he said he wanted to play Jimi a long ass time ago) and I expect his next album, be it from this film or a solo release, won’t be rap either. It just feels like Outkast could be done.

  31. Good list, but i would have maybe squeezed Andre in separately as well. We’ve been waiting for a solo Andre 3000 album just as long as another Outkast one.

  32. AFGHAN WHIGS

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  34. I would take a new Shellac or Fugazi album over pretty much anything on this list.

    • There should be a new Shellac album coming. Last tour they were playing three or four new songs live, and Steve told me they were planning on doing some recording over Christmastime.

  35. Swervedriver, Chavez, and Juno. King Crimson’s also due for a fourth act. I wish Caustic Resin was still making music.

  36. Karen O’s operatic album anyone? Ha ha. Ha.

  37. Foremost, this is a pretty great list, Stereogum. Bravo.

    Maybe it’s a little mainstream, but I’m looking forward to the return of No Doubt after a decade. I think we’ll be surprised to see they still have something to contribute. A proper Daft Punk LP would be delightful. And (though I won’t hold my breath), can a brother FINALLY get a Lauryn Hill record, please?

  38. I feel like Deltron 3030 should be up there somewhere as well.

  39. What about…. Missy Elliott?

  40. Cocteau Twins. Boards of Canada.

  41. Really sad that Rilo Kiley didn’t make the list. . . and rumor has it that they may be dropping a B sides album or something this year. . .

    • Yeah! I was kinda in the minority for loving Under The Black Light, but I was really interested to see where they were gonna take that sound. Sadtimes.

  42. RX Bandits! No one even knows about them… but why not add them on?

  43. Death From Above 1979! I didn’t think that it was ever going to happen, but now that they’re reunited, I can see it happening. Then again, I don’t know the relationship dynamics within the band. I hope that the two of them are getting along.

  44. Rage Against the Machine please! And even though it will never happen, a new At The Drive-In record would be superb as well.

  45. This list is void because jay electronica is not on it.

  46. Soundgarden, too. How many times are they going to re release songs form 20 years ago…geeez. Chris was pumping out music for a decade, now they reform and re release old songs and play old songs live…o Im sorry except “Live to Rise” for the avengers movie. Note to self, dont re form the old group 20 years later and wait 24 months before recording any new music. Even the few thousand remaining 46 year olds that were excited lose interest….thanks Chris.

  47. Been waiting my whole life for a James Blake/Lil Wayne collab. http://bit.ly/MG1xTi

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    • Every time I see one of your comments, I try to work out why you read and comment on this site, and I have never been able to do it. Not a dis, but you seem to genuinely loathe this music and its audience.

  50. How bout Deltron 3030?? When is it gonna be 4010?!

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