Remember the 90s? Our clothes didn’t have to match, neon was hip, and Beyonce was one of the single ladies. Now it seems like boy bands are still going strong, but I think we need a return of the girl bands. So here’s an ode to the fantastic ladies who likely moved us to tears, or had us dancing in our rooms with friends.
Ok well technically these ladies Cheryl “Salt” James, Sandra “Pepa” Denton and Deidre “DJ Spinderella” Roper rose to prominence in the late 80s with “Push it.” However one of my favorite songs “Shoop” was realised on their Very Necessary album in 1993. Salt and Pepa made an appearance on Vh1’s Hip Hop Honors in 2007. Pepa had a two-year marriage with Naughty by Nature’s Treach and Salt developed her own album after the group disbanded but it was not released.
The group officially disbanded in 2002 and re-formed in 2008. Last year in July, Salt-N-Pepa opened for Public Enemy in Brooklyn.
Cheryl “Salt” James recently posted on Instagram, “just been through a storm, but I’m still standing, I am more than a conqueror.” Salt-N-Pepa certainly live by that motto and overall these chart-topping ladies (who I will forever remember for their feisty '80s style) remain amazing hip hop lionesses.
2. Destiny’s Child
Beyoncé Knowles-Carter, Kelly, Farrah, and LaTavia make up the sublime Destiny's Child. We saw them rocking out this February at the Superbowl. The group began when Knowles and Roberson were at an audition. Matthew Knowles, Beyoncé’s father, put together a group under the name GirlThyme. LeToya Luckett joined in 1993 and the group was offered a recording contract in 1997. Because they are awesome sauce they quickly went platinum.
A big WTF stardom moment came in 1999 when a stalker by the name of LaToya Langford, a fan from San Diego, began writing death threats aimed at Beyoncé if Knowles did not lick Lanford's vagina.
Nooooooo Scruuuubs. The girl band TLC smashed records with this wonderful ear-worm. Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins, Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes, and Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas made up TLC. The group produced three very successful albums and stayed active in between by appearing in movies like "House Party 3" and “Get it Up” by Prince. In 1994, Lopes burned down Atlanta Falcons football player Andre Rison’s house to the ground. This earned her five years’ probation. It’s OK though, as they made up later.
In 1999, Fani Mail had two chart-topping pop releases. Then, when working on their fourth album, Lobes tragically passed away as a result of a car accident.
4. Spice Girls
Tell me whatcha want what you really really want. NO list on 90s girl bands would be complete without the Spice Girls. I was obsessed with these ladies. The British pop group was made of five members: Melanie Brown (Scary Spice), Melanie Chisholm (Sporty Spice), Emma Bunton (Baby Spice), Geri Halliwell (Ginger Spice), and Victoria Adams (Posh Spice).
Despite the songs about friends forever and girl power, there was serious drama between Posh and Sporty. According to Perez Hilton the two women got drunk and ended up in a shouting match. Posh tried to have Drunky Spice, I mean Mel C., kicked out of the band!
And OMG do you remember the London Olympics when the Spice Girls played at the closing ceremony? After that, Posh Spice still did not want to come back to the Spice Girls because she has hung up her microphone to focus on fashion and family.