No more Black Eyed Peas? Say it isn't so. Alas, the futuristic hip-pop superheroes of the music scene are hanging up their space suits---at least for the time being. While they take a temporarily-indefinite break from the world, they will leave behind a musical void. Funky co-ed groups are hard to come by. Some groups like Groove Theory do make a smooth return back to their fans. Others, like The B-52s, have been around so long it seems like they've made several comebacks. Even if The Black Eyed Peas reclaim their spot on the charts, there is still room for the reappearance of some long lost favorites.
The DeBarges are a phenomenon unto themselves. Like the Jacksons, this family had its fair share of troubles, but cranked out quite a few good songs in their day. The siblings, responsible for charmers like "All This Love" and "I Like It," eventually disbanded in 1989. A few members of the group went solo; with their individual styles and the right production, the group could show the world how it sounds to nail falsettos without Auto-tunes.
The White Stripes
Not exactly a pop group, Meg and Jack White, the duo known as The White Stripes was once a married couple. The alternative rock duo broke up, but still played together in the band---that is until they split up the band officially in February of 2011. Amazingly, with just Meg on drums and Jack on guitar and vocals, The White Stripes sounded like a band of at least five, pounding out anthems like "Seven Nation Army." For a while, Meg and Jack kept up a brother-and-sister act, until their marriage certificate was later revealed. Even though their disbanding is relatively recent, it would be a shame if they never teamed up again for another floor-thumping experience.Digable Planets
These cats really were cool, at a time when it was cool to rap about being cool. Butterfly (Ishmael Butler), Doodlebug (Craig Irving), and Ladybug (MaryAnn Vieira) presented the world with "The Rebirth of Slick" from their Reachin' album. The entire production paid homage to the original princes and kings of jazz, while keeping it real for the streets. The group actually reunited in 2005 for a reunion tour, and has even released solo projects over the years. But the world needs another Digable Planets album. A hip-hop world saturated with misogyny and sleaze would do well to see a rebirth of "slick."Everything But the Girl
Here is yet another husband/wife duo that fizzled away right before the new millennium. Everything But the Girl, comprised of Tracey Thorn and Ben Watt, was a formidable electronica/pop group notorious for their lush, progressive tracks. The moody dance duo stopped releasing original songs in 1999, but hasn't completely ruled out a musical reconciliation in the future. Everything But the Girl isn't everyone's cup of tea. But their clever covers of classic songs (like their 1982 debut "Night and Day") would be a welcomed addition to an over-computerized approach to contemporary music.
This funky trio issued the super-infectious ditty, "Groove is in the Heart" letting us know that it was all right to embrace the last remaining remnants of disco. Lady Miss Kier, DJ Dimitri, and Towa Tei put a colorful spin on the house music scene emerging in the 1990s. House music has never really made an exit. But Deee-Lite and its trendy kitsch would fit in perfectly in the new Harajuku-like atmosphere of the pop world. Could Lady Miss Kier give Lady Gaga a run for her money? Hmmm...
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- Everything But the Girl
- The White Stripes
- Digable Planets
- Lady Miss Kier
- Ben Watt
- the Jacksons
- Groove is in the Heart
- Black Eyed Peas