5 '90s Girl Band Reunions We'd Die to See

Wild Flag might be gone, but Sleater-Kinney might still live on. In a recent interview with Stereogum, Portlandia co-creator and former Sleater-Kinney/Wild Flag member Carrie Brownstein hinted at a possible Sleater-Kinney reunion, saying "I would be curious to know what the rest of the story is with that band."

But Sleater-Kinney isn't the only important female rock band from the '90s. From the Riot Grrrl movement to the co-opting of that "girl power" attitude by the Spice Girls, the '90s had some incredible women making incredible movement. Sure, not all of these women chose to associate themselves with Riot Grrrl, especially after the controversial (and often offensive and patronizing) coverage the movement received in the press. And hey, band reunions aren't always is good in reality as they are in theory (even the Spice Girls weren't immune). But here's some of the women who rocked the '90s that we'd wouldn't mind seeing again.

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by Caroline Pate

Bikini Kill

The most obvious choice for any lover of hard-hitting, female-positive bands, especially with the recent release of The Punk Singer documentary about lead singer Kathleen Hanna. While it’d be great to pogo to “Suck My Left One” live in the 21st century, it’s probably for the best. Hanna has moved on from her Bikini Kill days with bands like Le Tigre and The Julie Ruin (with Bikini Kill bassist Kathi Wilcox).

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Although not as active as Hanna in recent years, Bratmobile were equally important to the Riot Grrrl movement. With a snotty attitude and minimalistic guitars, Bratmobile set a tone that many bands have tried to imitate since. Although there have been a couple releases in the early 2000’s, chances of a reunion look slim, but would be no less exciting.

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Huggy Bear

Polarizing, experimental, and unabashedly queer, Huggy Bear were fierce revolutionaries back in the ’90s, rebelling against Britain’s major labels — it’d be even more exciting to see how they’ve changed and what they still want to change today.

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Babes in Toyland

Heavy and hard-hitting, Babes in Toyland achieved some popularity back in the ’90s, but flamed out back in the early 2000’s. Popular, female-fronted heavy rock bands are few and far between these days, so there’s a lot a Babes in Toyland could offer in today’s musical landscape.

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Veruca Salt

A little more pop-punk and tuneful, Veruca Salt may not have been as iconic as Bikini Kill, but “Seether” remains an essential ’90s song that’s aged well. And so has the band: they announced a reunion last year, and have said they’ll be releasing an album this year.

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