Some questions: why don’t bands wear co-ordinating, baggy trousers anymore? When did jumping loads while making choppy motions with your arms stop being a cool dance? And when did our favourite female vocalists stop wearing triangle bikini tops on stage? Since it stopped being the 90s, apparently.
The thing is, to our minds, all of these things are still excellent and loaded with waves of nostalgia that feel just like a great big hug. Basically, our happy place will forever be soundtracked by 90s music. And for this reason we were pumped to discover that 2016 promises 90s comebacks aplenty.
Sure, Destiny’s Child and N Sync are not making any of the right noises – we’ve basically given up hope that either will ever reform (we imagine Beyoncé and Justin Timberlake have better things to do, what with being massive solo superstars and all).
However, the year ahead is set to be packed with music by artists we first fell in love with in the 90s. Read on...
OK, so 90s music heroes No Doubt aren’t making new music right now (at least not that we’re aware of) but Gwen Stefani, the band’s vocalist, certainly is. Hitmaker Stefani has just revealed details of her first solo album in ten years. The upcoming record is called This Is What The Truth Feels Like and follows 2006’s Sweet Escape. We’re hoping for a Blondie-influenced, punk-rock era No Doubt sound. Got it, Gwen? We’ve been listening to Tragic Kingdom on repeat and really want more of that epicness (no pressure).
This Is What the Truth Feels Like… pic.twitter.com/7CgIQLQv2T— Gwen Stefani (@gwenstefani) February 10, 2016
All Saints teased fans with a tweet earlier this year that suggested they will be making a 2016 comeback. And now it's confirmed. Melanie Blatt, Shaznay Lewis, Natalie and Nicole Appleton are indeed primed to return to the music scene. The band will release its fourth studio album entitled Red Flag on 8 April 2016. Never ever have we felt so excited (that might be a lie, but we are fairly excited). The new record's lead single, One Strike, is slated for release on 26 February. Combat trousers and tank tops at the ready.
The world always needs more unforgettable, empowering anthems like Unpretty and No Scrubs. So the news that TLC has raised money to make a new album via Kickstarter is utterly brilliant. This fan-funded project will be the group’s first album recorded as a duo following the death of Lisa ‘Left Eye’ Lopes in 2002. Tionne ‘T-Boz’ Watkins and Rozonda ‘Chilli’ Thomas decided to take matters in to their own hands in order to have complete creative control over the record and are currently in the studio. TLC has has promised backers delivery of this, their ‘FINAL ALBUM’, before the end of the year.