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Why your favourite band should split up

Tony Wadsworth, the former chairman and chief executive of EMI, has seen band splits from the perspective of someone desperate to keep them together. Crowded House, for example, were one of EMI’s biggest acts when they broke up in 1995, at the height of their fame (“I think my initial reaction to Neil Finn was, why don’t you just carry on and call yourself Crowded House – which of course was a completely philistine thing to suggest”), and he worked with Blur as they went from a quartet to a trio after the departure of Graham Coxon.

“From a business point of view, it’s a good thing for bands to stay together because they’re building, for want of a better – and less horrible – word – a brand, which really just means that people attach a certain amount of value to them,” he says. “Should they then split up and go in solo directions, then inevitably it confuses the punters.” Why? “Because there’s a real affinity that fans have with a band which they don’t necessarily take with them [to the individual members].”

via Why your favourite band should split up | Music | The Guardian. (via Hypebot)

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