On stage, U2 are as big as ever. The Joshua Tree tour in the summer was short by their standards, whizzing through the sports grounds of the western world, yet it still ended up as the 12th most lucrative tour of all time – a chart topped by their own 360° tour.
In the record shops, it’s a very different story. U2’s long run of Top 10 singles ended in 2007, and nowadays they barely reach the Top 100.
This is a reunion tour with a twist – it’s also a debut. The three original members of Bananarama spent half the Eighties racking up the hits without touring.
It’s like seeing a divorced couple go up the aisle again when the marriage was never consummated.
Bananarama, or the Narns as Smash Hits called them, are natural candidates for a reunion, being both fondly remembered and half-forgotten.
When it comes to music, we’re all haunted by the ghost of Christmas past. At carol services we expect the old chestnuts.
On the day, Top Of The Pops returns to show Sounds Like Friday Night how it’s done. In the charts, the sounds of the Seventies ring out yet again. All together now: I wish it could be Wizzard every year.