Ahhh… The Nineties. I recall a blissful time where I the majority of my brain was taken up with floral print leggings and those floppy velvet hats from River Island, sadly unobtainable due to adolescent pocket money restraints and only rudimentary shoplifting skills. With that little lot, you’d be surprised that I had any time to think about music at all. With Garbage reforming & touring (how excited are we?), it felt timely to cast my mind back to those heady teenage days and muse upon a top 5 90s bands that I just wish would reform.
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TLC. You were so sexy, slinky, edgy, and let’s face it, cool in that “American”
kind of way (a far cry from our similar British efforts, errr….Eternal). From the
sleazy ‘Creep’, to self-esteem anthem ‘Unpretty’, they brought something very
original, with super smooth production. Yes, I am aware that reforming would require an act of resurrection, but I’m not entirely convinced that rising from the dead would be beyond Lisa Left Eye Lopez’s skill set. She was fierce enough to set fire to her boyfriend’s house, after all…
4. The Sundays
Anyone can mention The Sundays and I immediately get a dreamy look on my face, start humming the chorus to ‘Summertime’, and drift off into imagining myself dancing around in a floral dress. Oh lovely Harriet, with your sweet, tender vocals. The Sundays had a relaxed, melodic sound, a bit like rowing down a river in the summer, with a glass of prosecco in hand. The Sundays are for lovers.
3. Daphne and Celeste
Quite aside from the size of my crush on Celeste, I think these minxes delivered. They were catchy, silly, and worthy of bedroom dancing of the highest quality. They certainly weren’t typical of girl bands of that time and always seemed to be having fun. Plus, I suspect that they were psychic. “You got facial hair like a polar bear”, “Teriyaki makes me happy”, quite how did Daphne and Celeste know such intimate personal truths about me? Unfortunately, their psychic powers came in less handy later, when they failed to predict “The Reading Incident”.
Now, I know Hole are technically back together at the moment. But it’s not that Hole I want. I want 90s Hole, not Naughties Hole. The classic line up: Love, Auf Der Maur, Schemel, and Erlandsen. Hole rocked the decade starting with a punky, filthy sound. They upped the melodies and grunged out for Live Through This, but were at their best with the brilliant Celebrity Skin. Strong riffs, cute melodies, and tight songwriting. And let’s take a moment for Patty Schemel. That drumming is awesome.
1. The Butchies
In 1998, when I first saw the cover of Are We Not Femme?, I was 16 and will
admit, that I bought this record because it looked a bit gay. Little did I know what delights awaited me. This band were so different and so very special. Styling super butch, sounding so god-damn sweet. Pop crossover with a real riot grrl edge and a vulnerability to their sound that I love. ‘Disco (Feminist Dance Mix)’ has a hard won place as one of my favourite ever records. Currently, “on hiatus”, we must not give up hope that one day, The Butchies might grace us with their presence again.
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And just for the record, here’s five to leave behind:
Hungry for some 90s action? Head down to Fanny Pack at The Waiting Room tomorrow 1 June where the girls are DJs will be hitting the decks.