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4450 days and waiting: Theworld's most overdue albums

It took My Bloody Valentine 21 years, two months, and 23 days (or just over 186,000 hours) to release the follow up to 1991's Loveless, but they've finally done it. To celebrate their long-awaited return JESSE SETARO and TOM MANN count down the other well-overdue albums that should be out in 2013.

In recent years we've witnessed some very unexpected returns from Dexys Midnight Runners (after a 27-year break), Devo (20 years), Gang of Four (16 years) Roky Erickson (15 years), Alice in Chains and Swans (both 14 years), Hole (12 years), Portishead (11) and Dinosaur Jnr (10). So far we've only been waiting a mere 4454 days for the second record from the Avalanches…

David Bowie and The Knife have already confirmed they'll be ending years of silence and returning in 2013, and if we believe the rumours and knock on every plank of wood we can find, we may even see elusive records from Daft Punk, Tool, Death From Above 1979 and Dr Dre this year.


What We Know:
On his 66th birthday, David Bowie returned from a nearly decade long hiatus with a new single, and details of a brand new album, The Next Day. As his press release noted “in recent years radio silence has been broken only by endless speculation, rumor and wishful thinking … a new record … who would have ever thought it, who’d have ever dreamed it!” The lead single, ‘Where Are We Now?’, was written by Bowie and recorded in New York with long term collaborator Tony Visconti. The album will be released in Australia on March 8, around the world on March 11 (excluding the US) and in the US on March 12.

What Came Before:
The Next Day is the first Bowie album since 2003’s Reality.

How Long We’ve Been Waiting:
114 months


What We Know:
Just before Christmas last year, Tool announced on their (incredibly outdated) website that they were “more than halfway finished" on their latest record, though lead singer Maynard James Keenan admitted he was yet to track any vocals for the album. In the February edition of Rhythm magazine drummer Danny Carey said the fate of the record was hinging on one “big, epic” tune. “We’re right on the fringe of knocking that big one out. We’re all excited and it seems to have progressed really well." But serial prankster Keenan recently threw a spanner (get it?) in the works, telling Chile's Radio Futuro (via Loudwire) that the new album won't be released this year. “No new disc. Not this year," Keenan announced. “I have not written any songs. So no, there is nothing.” Who to believe?

What Came Before
Tool's last release, 10,000 Days was released in 2006 and was accompanied by a global tour, including an Australian trip to Big Day Out in 2007. Featuring singles 'Vicarious' and 'The Pot', the album was well received, but arguably not as well as its predecessor Lateralus. They also returned to play at the Big Day Out in 2011.

How Long We’ve Been Waiting:
81 months


What We Know:
Unlike in the past, the French duo seem to be looking outwards on their latest album, after a series of interviews have revealed that singer/song-writer Paul Williams, Chic founder Nile Rodgers and Fourplay member Nathan East had all collaborated on the latest project. Recently it was reported that Daft Punk had signed with Columbia Records, and that the album was set to come in May.

What Came Before
Does the soundtrack to Tron: Legacy count? Not really. In that case, 2005's Human After All was their third release in just over eight years. The album was considered a disappointment compared to their first two records, but the pyramid lightshow on their Alive 2006/2007 tour made everyone forget.

How Long We’ve Been Waiting:
94 months


What We Know:
In 2011, Death From Above 1979 reunited for live performances, after splitting up five years earlier. They managed to make it to our shores for the 2011 Parklife festival, and fortunately they haven't stopped touring since. Late last year, singer/drummer Sebastien Grainger announced that he’d begun writing songs again with bandmate Jesse Keeler. “Jesse and I have been writing new songs and the only way we feel like we can make them any good is to go out and play them for people … We tried just jumping into the studio, but the songs lacked spirit. They lacked life." The new songs include 'Cheap Talk' which you can hear below.

What Came Before:
The band's debut release You're a Woman, I'm a Machine became a cult classic snaring fans around the globe with its heavy hitting sound.

How Long We’ve Been Waiting:
99 months

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ThatDude123 said on the 6th Feb, 2013

Surprised there was no Sleepy Jackson mention, despite the fact that Luke Steele constantly says contradicting statements as to whether they still exist.

Last I heard is "My band are off their payroll, but that doesn't mean we've split up."


berlinchair101 said on the 6th Feb, 2013

Last I heard from Luke Steel was him saying 'I'm a stupid mango with weird teeth.'


ThatDude123 said on the 7th Feb, 2013

This actually seems believable