This morning, somebody sent me a link to a fan interview of Rodney Anonymous, and I was shocked to be reminded that The Dead Milkmen are still making albums.
I'd kinda forgotten about The Dead Milkmen since they lost their way after Beelzebubba. I really wanted to like their newer, "less silly" stuff, but it was just too uncomfortable, tired, and self-conscious to get in to. Albums with two or three good songs out of 15 in an era where you couldn't easily do à la carte purchases/listens wasn't good enough; their demise/hiatus felt more like a mercy killing.
Despite those negative last impressions, I decided to let bygones be bygones and gave The King in Yellow (2011) a listen, and am listening to Pretty Music for Pretty People (2014) as I type this... and am happy to be able to say neither album is sad or terrible. Further listening will probably reveal they are nowhere near as good as the first four Dead Milkmen albums, but I'm comfortable declaring them both (even though I'm only halfway through Pretty Music) better than anything they've done since Beelzebubba.
How rare is that? I can maybe count on my mittens all the bands that have gotten back together after a long hiatus and recorded an album of (new) original material that didn't totally suck. These guys have managed two!
What reunions can you think of that weren't sad or terrible?