B*Witched, Eternal and Cleopatra: Find out how many of these 90s girl groups you remember

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The wonderful carefree pop music of the 90s seemed to have a bit of everything – from the sassy attitude of the Spice Girls to the icy coolness of the All Saints – there was something for everyone.

You’re probably very familiar with these two seismic acts of the decade, but what’s your memory of lesser-known outfits — like Shampoo? Not the hair product, but a 90s bubblegum pop duo?

How about the bright and airy R&B of Cleopatra? Can you recall them ‘comin’ atcha’? What about popular Irish band B*Witched? Do you remember they blamed “it” on the meteorologist?

If your memory banks are starting to kick in and that nice, warm fuzzy feeling known as nostalgia is starting to reinvigorate those synapses, then you’ve come to the right place. Today we’re going to take a look at some of the girl groups from the 90s that you might have forgotten about.

So open up a Capri Sun – or maybe a Hooch, grab a packet of Chewitts (classic strawberry flavor please) – and let’s go…







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Eternal – “And…I…am…blessed, every time I look into my baby’s eyes”

Who can forget this powerful mega ballad from 1995?

Perhaps best known these days as “the band that Louise Redknapp was in”, Eternal had a string of ’90s hits with their crowd-pleasing R&B-infused pop.

Sisters Easther and Valerie Bennett, Kéllé Bryan and the aforementioned Louise (then Nurding) landed No. 1 with the danceable I Wanna Be The Only One in 1997, and reached No. 4 with Angel of Mine.

Moving around 10 million albums worldwide, their success sadly doesn’t reflect their name.

Louise left to pursue a solo career before the release of the band’s second album, Power of a Woman, in 1995, Kéllé leaving three years later.

Widely seen as the UK’s answer to sassy American R&B group En Vogue, the flickering flame of our Eternal was finally extinguished in 2000 – with sisters Easther and Valerie the only two remaining members.







Cleopatra – coming atcha
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Cleopatra – ‘Cleopatra coming’ atcha… Cleopatra coming ‘atcha’

This R&B/pop girl group’s reign is a far cry from that of their namesake Egyptian queen (21 if you ask) — but they still shone bright in the late ’90s.

These Manchester sisters arrived with Cleopatra’s Theme in 1998. The sassy slice of funk-lite soared to number 3 on the charts.

Their next three singles, which included a soulful cover of The Jackson 5’s I Want You Back, all made the top 5. Parent album Comin’ Atcha! went into the top 20 in the UK. So far, so good.

But by the time the second album Steppin’ Out surfaced, changes at their Warner label caused the project to be halted due to a lack of promotion. The first single reached number 29 and the album was never even released in the UK. Warner wanted lead singer Cleo to go solo, and the band crumbled like a poorly constructed pyramid.







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B*Witched – ‘Some people say I look like my dad! Are you serious?!’

All together now – “say you will, say you won’t, say you will do what I don’t” – we ALL love 1998’s C’est la Vie – don’t we? (aren’t we?!)

This Irish band made up of twin sisters Edele and Keavy Lynch, Lindsay Armaou and Sinéad O’Carroll had a decent chart topping in the late 90s.

Of course, we’ve already mentioned the playful Irish stomp of their best-known track, but there was also the poppy Rollercoaster, the introspective To You I Belong and the masterful Blame It On The Weatherman.

But as the new decade unfolded mercilessly, the world apparently had enough of the girls – and, after a string of lukewarm releases, they called it a day in 2002. A 2012 throwback took over a bit of the magic, but of course it was the 90s where we were really under their spell. That’s life.







Album cover of Shampoo’s debut album We Are Shampoo, 1994
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Shampoo – ‘Uh-oh, we’re in trouble, we need to get home at a brisk pace!’

This day-glo bubblegum pop duo scored huge success with the endlessly catchy/irritating (remove as unneeded) song Trouble in 1994.

London classmates Jacqui Blake and Carrie Askew have pulled off the unusual feat of attracting fans from mainstream and ‘alternative’ crowds.

Trouble peaked at number 11 and the following year even featured in the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie. Shampoo followed that up with the fantastic track Viva La Megababes.

In 1996, the girls released a song called Girl Power just a week before the Spice Girls exploded onto the scene. But instead of surfing this 100% female buzz, the single stalled at number 25.

Over time, a steady stream of more successful acts eclipsed Shampoo and they called it a day in 2000.

“Something happened and it burst our bubble” indeed.







Daphne and Celeste – “Ooh stick up!”
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Daphne and Celeste – ‘Ooh stick with you, your mom too and your dad’

This bubblegum pop duo from New Jersey ended the ’90s with some memorable lyrics but perhaps some less-memorable tunes.

They released three singles in the UK – the childish but fun Ooh Stick You, the decidedly apolitically correct UGLY (sample lyrics – “You ain’t got no alibi you ugly eh! Hey! You ugly”) and a useless cover from Alice Cooper’s school is over.

Daughters Celeste Cruz and Karen “Daphne” DiConcetto were sadly bottled up at the Reading Festival as fans didn’t appreciate what was perceived as incongruous music.

To their credit, they continued to sing but chose to drop their set after their second song.

Despite a television and film deal, the pair were dropped by their record label in the early 2000s.

The girls had a bottle, then reformed and released a brazenly bizarre album in 2018 titled Daphne & Celeste Save The World. He failed to trace.







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Alisha’s Attic – “And I’m, I Feel Like I Want To Rip Her Head Off”

Sisters Shelly and Karen Poole, whose father is Brian Poole of 60s band The Tremeloes, scored a modest hit with the seductively infectious I Am, I Feel in 1996. proved to be a solid start, which they followed up with Alisha reigning over the world.

Their fully self-written, platinum-selling debut album was produced by Eurythmics legend Dave Stewart. They were nominated for a Brit Award in 1997 and also an Ivor Novello the same year.

After a string of top 40 hits, including The Incidentals and Push It All Aside, and two more widely acclaimed albums, the sisters decided to go their separate ways in 2004.

You feel like there are still a lot of other pieces locked away in that attic.







Lisa ‘Left Eye’ Lopes, T-Boz, center, and Chili, right, of the group TLC. In the background is P Diddy
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TLC – “Don’t Go Chasing Waterfalls, Please Stick To The River And Lakes You’re Used To”

The American group TLC was on fire in the 90s.

Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes, Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins and Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas wrote phenomenal soul/R&B/pop/hip-hop numbers – perhaps the most famous of which is the summery, carefree number one from Waterfalls in 1995. They followed that up with the smokin’ ‘Diggin’ On You before knocking it out of the park with the hugely memorable sass of No Scrubs in 1999.

Top-flight albums such as CrazySexyCool and FanMail showed that the girls had what it took to take on the big guns.

At the end of the decade, Lopes recorded a solo album, which was not very well received.

Unfortunately, in 2002 Lopes was killed in a car accident.

After a break, the group continued to work on their current album and later vowed to continue as a duo. The resulting 3D was hugely successful in America. They released their last album in 2017, simply titled TLC.


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