All Saints are reuniting – but why stop there? We look back at the bands we want to bring back, from Hole to NSYNC
“I’m moving, I’m coming, can you hear what I hear? It’s calling you my dear” — what’s that sound? That’s the sound of girl group All Saints reminding you of their imminent comeback, when their poker-straight hair, lulling harmonies and wide-legged trousers will glide back into our lives for good. Of course, with 90s and 00s nostalgia in full swing, their return is hardly a surprise – these days, pop culture looks a lot like our childhoods, except this time round Craig David is kind of well respected, ‘Posh Spice’ has her own fashion empire and Mariah Carey seems to have transformed into a walking, talking reaction GIF.
However, amidst all this Tumblr-fuelled revivalist hype, some of our favourite 90s bands have failed to join in the fun. With that in mind, we’ve put together a rundown of all the groups we wish to see musically resurrected from our most-loved decade, from iconic grunge band Hole to hip hop heavyweights The Fugees.
We’ve had a Hole reunion in our minds ever since Courtney Love planted the idea there in 2014 when she revealed that she’d been back in the rehearsal studio with all original members of the band. Speaking to Paper magazine at the time, Love said: “Me and Melissa and Patty and Eric have rehearsed a few times…In order to pull that off, we’d have to make some music that’s relevant to now, and we’d have to get a modern producer. I’m not going to do the oldies circuit.” Saying that, those comments were over a year ago and there still hasn’t been any sign of new music, so it might not be time to dig out the ripped babydoll dress and bleached blonde hair dye just yet.
Sure, gobby New York trio Salt-N-Pepa toured half-heartedly at the turn of the decade, but we want a real comeback with bright lights and new music and “Let’s Talk About Sex” being played out every speaker on full blast. “We got a couple things on the table that we’re going to be talking about,” DJ Spinderella told VIBE in 2014, when asked about a full reunion. “At this point, we’re just in discussion mode, which is a big deal for us because we had parted ways. Who knows? When this comes out, we could be in full-fledged studio mode.” We’re still waiting...
Let’s be honest – this will probably never happen. Ever since Lauryn Hill broke away from The Fugees and dropped her explosive solo debut The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, the singer/rapper has often intentionally deflected the limelight and only emerged for sporadic performances and low-key releases. And although the band briefly got back together in 2005 for comeback track “Take it Easy”, the reunion was called off just as quickly as it happened, disappearing into the night along with our hopes and dreams. All that aside, it doesn’t stop us from wishing for a return from the trio who single-handedly altered the landscape of hip hop forever and have been killing us softly with their songs ever since.
Yeah, we loved NSYNC – their matching outfits were always on point and “Bye Bye Bye” is clearly a banger. But the real reason we want to see the gel-heavy, anthem-packed boy band back on the stage and in our hearts is because of how bizarre it would be. Justin Timberlake has since carved himself a career as a serious megastar in his own right, while the others have faded into relative obscurity, meaning that a return of NSYNC’s pop chorus’ and tightly-choreographed dance routines would be a huge (but highly welcome) shock. It’s not completely off the cards, though – rewind back to the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards where our dreams briefly became an incredible reality.
This one’s an obvious one – who wouldn’t want Destiny’s Child to be back together again making new music? While post-millennium Survivor-era Destiny’s Child often gets the most credit (and album sales), we’re equally into 90s Writing’s On The Wall-era Destiny’s Child, back when the band still included LaTavia Roberson and LeToya Luckett (although a comeback would presumably not include them considering their fall-out and resulting lawsuit.) “It hasn’t been something that we’ve talked about at all,” Kelly Rowland said last year, when asked about a possible comeback. “We’ve just been enjoying each other, whether it’s been about our music, whether it’s been about motherhood or our personal lives. That’s what it’s really been about.” Yeah, whatever!