The 90s is making a mini-comeback this week. A few of artists from, you know, back in the day, dropped brand new singles. Let's start with the band who silenced everyone with their massive 90s hit "Don't Speak."
1. No Doubt – “Settle Down”
Gwen and her gang are officially back, and it only took them, what, 11 years? Last Monday, social media sites buzzed with thoughts and opinions on the group's new single. If the video is any indication, Gwen hasn’t aged since then. She's still rocking that lanky, almost boyish figure. “Settle Down” is the first single off their upcoming album Push And Shove, to be released on September 24.
What took them so long? Aside from the solo career, you mean? Gwen says “"Marriages, babies and, for me, two records and two clothing lines” are the reasons for the long lay-off, in an interview with Rolling Stone.
Bits and pieces: The album is produced by Diplo, the same dude who did Usher’s newest record, Looking 4 Myself.
2. Blur – “Under The Westway”
These former Britpop band actually came out with a single two years ago called “Fool’s Day.” It was a cause of celebration for hardcore fans, but one single is rarely enough material to make us go woohoo. What will? A full album might.
So where’s the new album? The increasingly unpredictable vocalist Damon Albarn has put the album on indefinite hold. The new record, which would have been the first in nine years, was first announced in February 2012, and then, as per Damon’s machinations, “postponed” later in May.
Bits and Pieces: A huge consolation prize in the form of this retrospective box set comes out on July 30, which includes all seven of their albums and lots of unreleased stuff.
3. Green Day – “Oh Love”
Green Day is never away for too long. Despite looking like a volatile bunch of guys who are prone to sudden disbands and reformations, they have remained fairly strong and steady through the years. Their last album, 2009’s 21st Century Breakdown was an ambitious 18-track collection that had Rolling Stone asking this question: “What's more bizarre: The fact that they sound so ambitious and audacious on their eighth album, or the fact that they even made an eighth album?”
Prepare for G-Day: Now, they’re about to shock not just Rolling Stone, but the rest of us, casual music lovers. The band will be releasing not one, not two, but three albums: iUno!, iDos!, and iTres! The first two comes out this year, in September and November, while the last one comes out in January 2012. What a riot! “Oh Love” is merely the start.
WORDS BY GELO GONZALES