As further proof that the definition of nostalgia is rapidly shrinking, I submit the following: The remaining members of the Cowsills have gotten back together and are receiving straightforward, favorable reviews in publications such as Billboard.
"The reunited Cowsills blasted through a powerful rock 'n'roll set of all new tunes. Wild man John Cowsill is arguably the best drummer this city has to offer," read part of the review of a concert at the Hollywood Palladium. This is no secret, I suppose, in Southern California, where members of the surviving Cowsills ( Barbara "Mama" Cowsill died in 1985; Bud "Dad" Cowsill. hasn 't surfaced since filing for bankruptcy in 1975) have jammed and recorded with bands such as the Smithereens and Redd Kross, but it's still hard to take it seriously. Which brings us to the Partridge Family, the TV family and band for which the Cowsills were the prototype.
There is a Denver-based cult of sorts that worships the Partridge Family. According to an article by Christopher Arnott in The New Haven Advocate, two founders of the Partridge Family Church were ejected this fall for alleged obnoxiousness from a New Haven, Conn., nightclub where Partridge alumni David Cassidy and Danny Bonaduce performed