I was thinking about that as I read over David Marchese's piece on Ben Folds at Spin.
Ben Folds came onto my radar when he was in the group Ben Folds Five.
"Brick" was a haunting song. One of the best songs of the 90s.
"She's a brick and I'm falling . . ."
The guy in the song takes his girlfriend to her abortion.
People bought the album and thought WTF?
It was crap. There was one song that worked besides "Brick." The angry song where the guy's asking the ex-girlfriend to give him back his t-shirt.
And the failure to follow up that massive radio hit ("Brick") with anything else and Ben Folds being told the Five was holding him back led to Ben going solo.
And they're rarely honest about it, but who cares?
Until they announce they're back together -- as they do in Marchese's article -- and it's all "we just decided it would be fun."
No, you had nothing to left offer. A solo career for over 10 years that also never came close to "Brick" and you need to make some money so you got back with them because, after being apart throughout the '00s, you can ride a nostalgia wave.
What's next? Eddie Van Halen and Sammy Hagar pretending they didn't know why Sammy stopped singing with Van Halen?
Closing with C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"