I was recently very excited to hear that one of my favorite ’90s bands, Veruca Salt, has finally gotten back together. I started thinking about how many great ’90s bands that are back together these days: Smashing Pumpkins, No Doubt, and Soundgarten to name a few. While I’m happy to see some of my old favorite band hitting the stage and studio again, there are a few bands I would still like to see reunite.
Letters to Cleo
I was thrilled to see Letters to Cleo performing on this season’s finale of Parks and Recreation. While I personally saw them on their reunion tour in Austin in 2008, the band hasn’t officially been together since the 2000. While all of the members of Letters to Cleo have moved on to their own projects, they still have a lot of energy and cohesion at their reunion shoes. I would love to see what new material they could come up with in the studio.
There was a time in the 90s when it was hard to get away from the latest En Vogue song. This band was on top of the world for a few years, and deservedly so. After some recent legal acrimonious legal disputes, I doubt the band will be back in the studio ever again. I would love to see them bury the hatchet and make some new music.
Rage Against the Machine
When I first heart Rage Against the Machine many years ago, I was blown away. In many ways, I think their music is still as groundbreaking as it was in the 1990s, and if anything, more culturally relevant. While Rage has had some reunion tours over the years, they haven’t cut a new album since 2000. I would love to see the band reform and hear their take on the current state of global politics.
Most people don’t remember the Blake Babies, but this highly underrated indie rock band is where ’90s college radio darling Juliana Hatfield got here start. While Juliana Hatfield still continues to make music and tour occasionally, the other members of Blake Babies have moved on to non-performing careers. Having them reunite in the studio is probably too much to ask for, but I would at least like to see them reunite on stage a few times.
I am excited to hear that Tanya Donelly is reuniting with Throwing Muses this summer for a few shows, but I would really like to see her reunite with her 90s band Belly. Belly was cool, soulful, and alternative in a very early ’90s band way. Like with the Blake Babies, I think most Belly former members are too busy to record a new album. I would be content to simply see them play.