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Readers’ Poll: 10 Artists Who Should Make A Comeback

Your picks include David Bowie, Beck, OutKast and Oasis

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It's a good time for comebacks. Fiona Apple recently sold out her first tour in years, DMX returned to the stage after a long absence brought on by his legal issues, D'Angelo is back on the road after more than a decade as a recluse and Leonard Cohen just put out his first album of new material in eight years. On top of that, bands from At the Drive-In and Pulp to Van Halen and Phish are playing shows again. We asked you which defunct bands and missing-in-action artists you'd like to see make a comeback. Click through to see your picks.

– By Matthew Perpetua

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8. OutKast

Aside from sharing the mic on a few tracks here and there, OutKast rappers Big Boi and Andre 3000 have essentially been apart since Stankonia came out in 2000. They never officially split, though, and every once in a while, the rappers give fans hope that they'll finally get back together for a full album. Or not: Andre 3000 recently told GQ that he doesn't know "if or when" a new OutKast record will be made.

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7. The Replacements

The Replacements were a band on the verge of falling apart all through their career, and when they finally called it a day in the summer of 1991, it was for good. There's some chance that frontman Paul Westerberg will get back together with the surviving members of the band, but it's not looking too good. You might be better off checking out a Westerberg solo gig the next time he hits the road.

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6. Talking Heads

Despite briefly reuniting for a quick performance at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2002, Talking Heads have been broken up since 1991 and haven't toured since 1983. David Byrne is totally estranged from his former bandmates and plays a large portion of his Talking Heads catalog when he plays solo gigs, so it's extremely unlikely that he'll ever get the band back together. That's probably a good thing, since they probably wouldn't have much fun playing with each other these days. But it's hard not to watch footage of the group in their prime, as in this 1980 performance of "Crosseyed and Painless," and not want to hop in a time machine to catch a gig.

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5. Beck

Though Beck hasn't really gone away – he's spent a lot of time in the past few years recording Record Club discs and producing records by Stephen Malkmus and Thurston Moore – he hasn't made a proper album on his own since Modern Guilt in 2008. He's playing a few major festival gigs this summer, so that's a good sign that one of the most fascinating artists of the Nineties will be back with new material before too long.

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4. The Smiths

At this point, the chances of the Smiths getting back together are about as good as the likelihood that you will build a time machine that will bring you back to the early Eighties. Regardless of the deep bitterness Morrissey clearly feels toward his old bandmates, fans still cling to the hope of one day watching him play the old hits with guitarist Johnny Marr. Don't hold your breath, but definitely catch a Morrissey solo gig, since he'll always play at least a few Smiths tunes.

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3. Pink Floyd

Pink Floyd have been defunct since the Division Bell tour ended in 1994, but members of the band have put aside their differences for brief reunions, such as their Live 8 set in 2005 and a performance of "Comfortably Numb" at Roger Waters' The Wall tour stop in London last year. Given that all the members aside from Nick Mason seem to have zero interest in a reunion that lasts more than a day or two, fans are probably just going to have to make do with catching Roger Waters on tour.

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2. Led Zeppelin

For anyone born too late to catch Led Zeppelin in concert, watching old live footage of the band can be a painful and bittersweet experience. The group have reformed on a few occasions since drummer John Bonham died in 1980, and Robert Plant and Jimmy Page have toured together, but Plant is dead-set against ever launching a full-on Led Zep reunion. Looking back, it's easy to see why they'd be reluctant to do it without Bonham – he's one of the best rock drummers of all time, and utterly crucial to their sound. Anything less wouldn't be good enough.

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1. David Bowie

David Bowie has essentially been a rock recluse since he finished touring in support of his Reality album in 2004. The rocker has dealt with major health problems in the time since, but he still makes occasional public appearances. There's a good chance Bowie may have quietly retired from show business, but it's just as likely he's waiting for just the right moment to emerge with new music. Only time will tell.

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