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THE 1990'S ARE BACK - OFFICIAL!!

We loved the 1990's and wish we could go back. Who wants to come with us? We want to watch Rude Dog and The Dweebs again and genuinely believe that it is at the cutting edge of all things animated. We want to watch Noel's House Party and Don't Forget Your Toothbrush and think that it is as good as television is ever going to get. We want to collect Mattel Football stickers - 'got, got, got, got, need, got, got, got...'

 
WE WANT THE 90'S BACK. 
 
Looking back on the era of our adolescence, we don't feel that people truly appreciated just how spoilt for choice we were in the 1990's. There was something for everyone; shellsuits in every colour under the sun, Polly Pocket for the girls and Micro Machines for the boys, it truly was a wondrous decade. Whether you were a ten year old practising Spice Girls routines or screaming hysterically at the sight of Take That or Boyzone on the television, or a Brit-Pop superfan who marvelled at the likes of Blur and Oasis knocking-out iconic anthem after iconic anthem. If rap music was your bag then life was especially good; most of the world's greatest ever rappers were still alive and jabbering about guns, money and hoes. How great was that?
 
These happenings helped define a generation.
 
One musical genre that profited from a staggering peak of success during the nineties was R'n'B. Such was the volume of acts that came to prominence during the era, several sub-genres were created in an attempt to stomach the influx, notably 'New Jack Swing' and 'Neo Soul'. The New Jack Swing era was an absolute riot; the fashion sense was monumental, the aforementioned dayglo-shell-suits reigned supreme, high-top fades, Adidas shell-toes and the occasional item of spandex thrown in for good measure. It wasn't all about the gnarly dress-up though, ludicrously outlandish dance moves were a must. Never has an era seen more instances of grown men and women (mostly men) gyrating in unison to filthy, jumped-up backing tracks, and let us not forget the crotch-pumping, hip-grinding slow jams; songs written for one reason and one reason only, to accompany filthy goings on in the deepest parts of night.
 
As nineties lynchpin R Kelly proclaimed in his recent comeback track...
 
"O.M.G.
Every boy, every girl,
Every child, around the world,
From the 90s up until today
Was made off me."
 
Such brilliance poses one question; where did the droves of beloved 90's R'n'B superstars disappear to? All we have seen of them (except for big Kellz) since the turn of the millennium have been their not-so-private-indiscretions becoming public knowledge. Bobby Brown's crack habit springs to mind, Whitney Houston's crack habit also springs to mind, do you see a trend developing? Most significantly is the painful demise of R'n'B' superpimp D'angelo. Did you see the video for 'Untitled' (How Does It Feel) back in the day? After having the world of nineties R'n'B at his feet, we hate to say it but even D'Angelo turned to the crack (and the Burger King). It's like the Y2K Bug spared the world of technology and focussed on causing a cataclysmic meltdown of a generation of R'n'B superstars. A new generation of music fans chortled as the news stories continued to roll in...
 
Cue the wilderness. We thought they might all be dead, but in an utterly fantastic turn up for the books the champions of the nineties slow jams are beginning to re-surface in 2012. Like well-dressed Gollums popping out of caves and ravines, London is being peppered with posters advertising 'COMEBACK GIGS' featuring the finest of nineties R'n'B royalty. Outside Livemusic HQ alone we have stumbled across a fine selection of ludicrously oversized posters advertising forthcoming comeback shows from Boyz II Men, Joe, SWV, Ginuwine, Silk and Dru Hill, to name but a handful.
 
It is fascinating to witness an entire scene desperately clambering to the surface for another pop at the limelight. We can see them peaking just out of the quagmire, short of breath in faded velour tracksuits, nursing swollen and crusty vocal chords with just about enough money to print 5000 posters to stick up around the capital. Will we see more of them than just one money making showcase? Are any new albums on the cards? Can they still cut it with the Chris Brown's and Frank Ocean's of this planet? Only the hands of time will tell...
 
What we do know is that we are overjoyed that they are having a go.
 
All eyes were on D'Angelo as he made his first appearance on any sort of platform that wasn't in a police station since the late nineties. We are talking a ten year hiatus since his classic sophomore album 'Voodoo'.
 
People had no idea what to expect when he took to the stage in Paris last week. Don't forget that the last time we had seen anything of him was a terrible, bloated, hairy abomination of a man. D'Angelo's police mugshot taken after he was busted trying to pick up prostitutes in Manhattan was utterly shocking. He looked like a broken man; a forgotten legend who would never again feel the warm glow of limelight on his beautiful, beautiful face.
 
Did D'Angelo's comeback deliver? Watch the video below and decide for yourselves.
 
In February alone, London welcomes Boyz II Men, Joe, D'angelo, SWV, Ginuwine, Dru Hill and Silk. The purveyors of some of the finest R'n'B of the past 20 years. All tickets available through Livemusic.
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