The double-bass quintet who helped popularise the phrase "Kill Your Television" have announced their reunion through the Ned's MySpace blog. And in case you're wondering why this reunion out of all of them is of any more importance, well, it will be the first time the original line-up has performed together since they began to split in 1994. Yep, Rat is back!
(Note: Ned's were apparently partially responsible for the careers of Coldplay, Muse and Blink-182. Who knew?)
Here is the official announcement:
The Astoria, London
Saturday 6th December, 2008
Dan Dan the fast drumming man,
Mat plays one bass, Alex the other
Rat does the guitar and Jonn sings…
So it began in 1987 and so it finished in 1995. In between times Ned's were very busy growing up together (and eventually, growing apart), building a unique twin-bass-no-nonsense-Black Country-adrenaline-fuelled-indie-rock-beast of a legacy.
Myth has it that Ned helped inspire the likes of Muse, Blink 182, Hundred Reasons, Coldplay, Kill Hannah, The Young Knives, Mark Ronson and Jamie Callum to forge their own undoubtedly more lucrative legacies.
From 2000 to 2007 a reformation took place with Alex, Dan and Jonn recruiting the more than capable talents of Now Assassin members Andy King (bass) and Martin Warlow (guitar) to fill the cavity that Rat and Mat's absence created.
In 2007, Sony/BMG invited the band to write the track list for a new compilation of their Sony recordings (Some Furtive Years) and, suddenly, everyone was talking to each other again. Well, writing at least.
And if they were talking, why weren't they playing? When the Astoria came knocking, it didn't take much deliberation before the date was set and Dan, Alex, Mat, Rat and Jonn were stood in a rehearsal room together for the first time in 13 years.
The setlist? The hits of course!
The occasion? 21 years of Ned's Atomic Dustbin.
A reunion brought about by email ….
Let's call it re:united.
Ned's Atomic Dustbin "Not Sleeping Around"