I suppose it was inevitable, given all the love for the 80s in the last 5-10 years. 90s comebacks appear to be all the rage these days, with a long lineup of once-famous acts making their way back into the headlines… or at least “Where Are They Now?” pieces.
Keeping an eye on the old-timers might give bands a clue as to what new waves are stirring…
Finding Musical Inspiration In 90s Acts Suddenly Coming Back
1 – Marilyn Manson
Manson can’t really lay claim to being the first shock-rocker, but he certainly carved out a place in 90s lore with his pop-industrial sound, social satire, and love of Willy Wonka. However, he recently burst back into relevance with “The Pale Emperor,” which has gone on to be one of his best-reviewed albums, as well as selling well despite being streamable.
Our take? His outrage at the world is being embraced by a new generation.
2 – The Black-Eyed Peas
They just made a big splash at Coachella, reuniting in a surprise appearance… with a new song… and the promise of a new album this year.
Given that Fergie’s attempts at a solo career haven’t gone all that well, this really suggests they’re just going back to what they were known for. And people will keep buying it.
3 – Sleater-Kinney
After a near decade-long hiatus, legendary grrrrrrrrrrl-punk band Sleater-Kinney reunited to release “No Cities To Love” in January, It was released to overwhelming critical acclaim, and a lot of buzz as well. Again, going along with the whole “anger” thing, it doesn’t seem surprising that music fans are embracing great punk.
4 – Faith No More
Another ground-breaker has re-emerged! Faith No More took musical inspiration from a huge range of genres, and turned heads during the late 80s and into the 90s. This May will see the first album they’ve produced since 1997, and a lot of folks are very curious to see what they’re up to.
Do you have your eye on any ‘classic’ acts? Who’s going to comeback next?