The ultimate '90s Britpop manufactured band, who signed a massive record deal and £500,000 publishing deal record deal after their fifth gig, actually turned out an album that stands up pretty well. Although considered a joke in the music biz at the time, two of the band are now influential band managers and there seems to be a lot of people hoping they can reform soon.
9. Ben Folds Five (They're Back!)
The three members of the Ben Folds Five supposedly disbanded amicably in 2000, but apart from a one off gig in 2008, there’s not been a word of them playing together. It’s been ten years after all.
8. The Fugees
Ok, so they did actually reform for a few shows and a US tour in the middle part of the Naughties, but Lauryn Hill and Wyclef Jean soon had a falling out and they broke up again as things went pear shaped.
7. Inspiral Carpets
Front man Clint Boon is now a radio show host on Xfm Manchester, while former roadie Noel Gallagher went on to play in a little band called Oasis, but Inspiral Carpet’s brand of ‘baggy’ rock is due for a comeback.
6. New Order (Now Reformed!)
Okay, so they probably did their best work in the '80s, but 1993’s Republic album was pretty darned good. A hiatus in the 1990s saw them reform in 1998 but many of their covers of Joy Division songs didn’t go down well with fans. They broke up again in 2007 and from the public slanging matches going on between the various members, it is unlikely there will be a reformation soon.
This Is Serious Mum AKA TISM soundtracked the best pisstake on the '90s ever, with albums such as Great Trucking Songs of the Renaissance and Machiavelli and the Four Seasons sound tracking many a party around Australia.
Ratcat exploded onto the indie scene in Australia in the early nineties, hitting the top of the charts with their Tingles EP and putting out the anthemic buzzsaw pop of singles ‘Don’t Go Now’ and ‘That Ain’t Bad’. We hear that a reunion next year is not entirely out of the question.
3. The Stone Roses (Now Reformed!)
The Stone Roses came to a messy end after an abortive performance at the Reading Festival in 1996 and half the band had left. Many fans were also bewildered by the hard blues rock sound of their long delayed second album Second Coming after the psychedelic indie dance pop of their perfect debut. Despite rumours of the band being offered squillions for stadium shows, guitarist John Squire appeared to knock them on the head last year by putting out a statement in one of this artworks saying 'I Have No Desire To Desecrate Stone Roses' Grave'.
Former Suede members Justine Frischmann and Justin Welch decided to form a band in 1992, and quickly benefited from their association with members of Suede, Blur and Pulp. The spiky pop punk of ‘Stutter’ and ‘Connection’ saw them soar to the top of the UK charts. Drug problems contributed to a five year delay in putting out a second album, by which time fans had moved on and they split up in 2001.
Ride sputtered to a halt after a change in sound with 1996’s Tarantula moved away from their shoegazing roots. Andy Bell went on to join Oasis and is playing with Liam Gallagher’s new band Beady Eye but a reunion by these guys, who are a massive influence on many contemporary bands, would make many a former shoegazer shed a tear.
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