Trends come and go within everything; from fashion to film and even music. 90s tunes are making a big comeback at the moment, both originals and those with more modern twists on them, and The Talent have seen an incline in requests from the decade. Everything from Spice Girls tracks to Backstreet Boys are being added into our mixed bag of song requests, especially the classic hits ‘Wannabe’ and ‘Backstreets Back’.
Here at the Talent, we love every decade of music and make sure we reflect this in our song repertoire. Our Function Bands, 4-Piece Bands and Live Wedding Bands in London love to get retro with 90’s music. Even our Acoustic duos like to belt out a classic 90s tune!
Since we are seeing everyone indulging in 90s music, we thought it perfect timing to reminisce in the decade of ‘Smells like Teen Spirit’ as well as the big standoff between Blur and Oasis and the time of ultimate girl power. So how did 90s music shape the world we live in today?
The Return of the Space Cowboy…
Music in the 90s saw a continuation of teen pop and dance-pop which emerged strongly in the 90’s and 80’s. While pop music was in the centre spotlight, hip-hop also grew to conquer the decade.
In the UK, pop music and dance music, however, were at the forefront of all music through the 1990s, with pop artists such as Jamiroquai, Seal and Right Said Fred storming into our radio speakers.
European managers began to create their own boybands, and these created a male-saturated market. Groups such as Take That, East 17, Westlife and Boyzone were groups we were all fans of. However, in 1996 the market was turned upside down by the introduction of girl power. Of course, it’s the spice girls. The most well-known girl group around the entire world achieved nine number 1 singles in the UK and the US, including “Wannabe”, “2 Become 1” and “Spice up Your Life”.
While we all remember posters of Geri, Emma, Mel B, Mel C and Victoria on our walls, we can’t forget the likes of Aqua and the classic songs such as the Macarena. Where would our parties be today without Barbie Girl and the Macarena?
You’re Twisting My Melon Man…
In the late 80s and early 90s, a counterculture movement burst from the Manchester club scene. We all remember The Happy Mondays and of course The Stone Roses.
From this counter-culture movement which was called Britpop by the music press, we saw many songs erupting onto the music scene specifically about the experiences in British Youth. Heavily influenced by the 60s, 70s and 80s British rock scene, they became intensely lyrical, with bands such as Blur, Suede and Oasis regularly topping the charts.
Oasis were arguably the biggest band in the Britpop era and their second album, (What’s the Story) Morning Glory became the second highest selling album of all time in the UK.
While this time was great while it lasted, it sadly ran out of steam towards the end of the nineties and most of the successful bands faded away. However, the well-known Travis and Coldplay did manage to ascend the rubble!
The likes of Oasis and Blue have even inspired post-2000’s modern bands such as The Courteeners.
Without the 90s and it gracing us with a whole load of exciting tunes, would we really be where we are today in the music industry? 2 would have never become 1, no one would’ve been able to do a vocal run like Mariah, we would still be paying for other people’s bills, bills, bills and we’d still be chasing waterfalls. But most of all, the Talent wouldn’t have their list of 90s belters to be able to perform!
You can see our full repertoire here, and you’ll be glad to find many 90s classics in there. Everything from ‘Livin’ La Vida Loca’ to ‘Buck Rodgers’ is in there, and we would be more than happy to take you back to the decade by performing these at your event.
If you are looking for a Function Band in London, a Live Wedding Band in London, Bandeoke, a 4 Piece band or even an acoustic duo, the Talent can supply these, along with the 90s tunes! It’s certain to get the party started! Simply get in touch with us today to book or find out more.