Vanishing Acts…

Having recently moved house, I (obviously) had to move my CD collection, despite being a slightly arduous task (being there is well over 1000 of them and probably a 1000 more still hidden away in boxes) it was an oddly pleasurable experience unpacking them and organising them.  Yes, I’m a little neurotic as they have to be in alphabetical/chronological order, but when you have that many, you need to be organised or you will never be able to decide what to listen to!

I’ve digressed a little…

Unpacking them was a pleasant experience as it meant I came across a large number of CDs that I thought, “Wow! That is an awesome album! I should listen to that!” It made the process of unpacking take a little longer than I planned, but certainly more enjoyable.  I also came across quite a few bands who I found myself thinking, “This is a great album, I wonder what happened to them?” This also slowing my unpacking as I wandered off to do some googling…

What I often found was a form of stoney silence…myspace pages that hadn’t been updated in nearly 10 years, dead links to record labels that no longer exist, re-directs to “purchase this domain”, music videos littered with better forgotten fashion faux pas, wikipedia articles that suggest nothing to the whereabouts of the band even though there has been no noise from them in 5+ years, interviews dating back to the time of the album’s release…

It was disappointing and a little maddening.  I would love to know what some of these bands had gotten up to, whether there were new bands spawned, other albums I didn’t know about or even just a clear explanation of why they have vanished.

I realise if there was an explanation of why they vanished, then they wouldn’t have vanished, but you get my point.  When my old band split up, we wrote a eulogy (as it were) on our myspace and even if your google-fu is rubbish, you could easily find out what we have been up to as musicians since our old bands dimise.  I doubt anyone cares that much, but it’s nice to know the information is out there.

I don’t know about you, but I really love music, and the thought that there were bands who recorded incredible albums and then vanished (probably into normal lives), really saddens me.  I’d love to be able to send them a facebook message/tweet/email and say thanks for recording an album that I loved and I would love to know if they/you are still playing?

But I can’t. I wish I could.

10. March 2012 by Michael Partridge
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