Ah, the 1990s: a time of Power Rangers, Push Pops and Gameboys. It’s also a decade that gave us Nirvana, and a slew of recording artists that became one-hit wonders. But there are a few whose CDs (or in some cases, cassette tapes) are discovered dislodged from behind the stereo, that make you go hmmm (sorry, C+C Music Factory, I had to do it) I wonder what happened to them?

So with S Club 7, Steps, the Vengaboys and AQUA all reforming (a sign of the apocalypse, perhaps?), and Hanson reviving their career with an audience who are now mostly in their mid- to late-20s, here’s a hit list of who would be destined to grace the pages of Smash Hits magazine, if it were still in publication today, as a comeback act from the ‘90s. (RIP Smash Hits and your constantly incorrect Backstreet Boys lyrics.)

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Super annoying sisters Cleo, Yonah, and Zainam Higgins formed Cleopatra in 1998 and released the equally annoying “Cleopatra’s Theme” the same year. And totally ruined 1998 for everyone. And good news, pop tarts, they’re still together. As the girls say, Comin’ Atcha!

Danish sisters Heidi and Saseline Sørensen formed S.O.A.P in 1998 (what is it about sisters forming drippy dance-pop groups in the late ‘90s?) Remember the song “This Is How We Party?” and the cheeky “Ladidi Ladida” with the oh-so-subtle lyrics of “I want to see you come/into my life/before I give you some/ Ladidi Ladida”? I so wonder what that’s about… Anyway, the girls called it a day after two years.

Irish girl group B*Witched released the sickly kitsch tune “C’est La Vie” and followed it up with the equally syrupy “Rollercoaster” and “Blame It On The Weatherman” in the ‘90s. In 2002, they split, but the girls still had various careers within the music industry. I smell a reformation…

God, I love that song “Sexy Eyes”, released in 1996. Danish Eurotrash poppet Sannie Charlotte Carlson, who is better known as Whigfield, started her dance quest in ’92. And Whiggy is still cutting records. Last year, she released the single “C’est Cool”. Awesome.

Savage Garden
Who would have guessed that frontman Darren Hayes would announce he was gay after penning some of the most romantic poptastic lyrics? And that Daniel Jones would marry a member of Hi-5? Regardless of their personal lives, Savage Garden were the biggest band in the land (and in the US too), and while Mr Hayes is into a techno fantasy for his solo career, I’m dreaming of a reunion with Mr Jones to do some shows. Not like John Farnham though, that’s just lame.

The Cardigans
“Love me, love me, pretend that you love me…” Who could resist the coquettish Lolita-esque vocals of The Cardigans frontwoman Nina Persson in “Lovefool”? Yes, the lead song to Baz Luhrmann’s 1996 blockbuster Romeo + Juliet sent girls into a tizzy. And good thing for those desperate to relive their Clare-and-Leo-oh-you’re-so-gorgeous-through-a-fishtank moment, these Swedes are still touring.

By the time we get to see Newcastle school boys again, they will be known as Silver Hair. Seriously. They called it a day in 2011 with the glorious term “indefinite hiatus” but they’ll be back. They better be.

Pokemon prodigies and Norwegian pop cuties Marion Raven and Marit Larsen came into the Pokemon soundtrack as M2M with “Don’t Say You Love Me”. If, like me, you own the Pokemon soundtrack, you can play it over and over and over now, because the group lasted only three years. They were pulled from Jewel’s tour in 2002 due to poor album sales. I blame Jewel, personally.

Which ‘90s acts would you like to see make a comeback?

Mascara and Monsters is Angela Allan's blog covering music and mayhem. She's also the founder and editor of Soot Magazine.

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