When it comes to high-profile band reunions, 2007 was one heck of a year. There were the unexpected returns of rock giants like Rage Against the Machine, Led Zeppelin, the Police, Van Halen, the Sex Pistols, Genesis, and the Jesus and Mary Chain. For pop fans, there was, er, the Spice Girls. And metal fans rejoiced at the announcements of Carcass’ and At the Gates’ respective reunions. But there were a number of quieter reunions that happened in ’07 that probably had at least a couple of fans, somewhere, smiling.
10. Squirrel Nut Zippers
The swing band responsible for “Hell,” that infectious little number from 1996’s Hot, announced early this year through their MySpace blog that they’d tour, with several of the band’s founding members returning to the fold. The group performed gigs throughout the U.S. and Canada during the spring and summer, and the Zippers plan to record a new album for release in 2008.
The emo rockers broke up in 2006, claiming their “individual priorities lie in different places,” but re-formed in 2007 for a couple of West Coast gigs. They’re also booked for the 2008 Bamboozle festival, along with Chiodos and Mindless Self Indulgence.
8. The Mighty Mighty Bosstones
They’ve been on hiatus since 2003, but in 2007, the kings of ska-core returned, announcing that they’d be performing together for the first time in four years at the 10th annual Hometown Throwdown at Cambridge, Massachusetts’ famed Middle East club on December 26-30. While the band hasn’t elaborated on its future plans, it has tracked three new songs that will be released on a forthcoming rarities and B-sides collection called Medium Rare.
Those Danish-Norwegian dance-poppers, responsible for 1997’s “Barbie Girl,” announced in October that they had reunited for a 25-concert tour, set to commence in summer 2008. They’ve even threatened to release a “best-of” collection sometime late next year.
6. Crazy Town
The dudes who rocked 2001’s “Butterfly” mended fences in 2007 and will release a new album in 2008. Frontman Seth Binzer also revealed that he’s working on another album, Crazy Town Is Back, which will include the cuts “Hit That Switch” and “Hard to Get.”
5. White Lion
Heavy-metal dinosaurs White Lion re-formed, again, in 2007, for a spate of reunion gigs in New York. The band is said to be crafting a new album, called Return of the Pride, and was one of the major draws for this year’s Rocklahoma in Pryor, Oklahoma, alongside Poison, Ratt, Quiet Riot, Slaughter, Y&T, Dirty Penny, Greg Leon Invasion and Zendozer.
4. Eve 6
Following a three-year break, Eve 6 got back together and started writing material for a new album. No word yet on when it will be available, but the band did perform October 20 at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Virginia. A handful of other shows have also been scheduled.
The British dance-rock combo, best known for their hit song “Unbelievable,” got back together in 2007, giving EMF fans, er, “what [they’ve] been waiting for,” according to a statement. The guys are set to perform in London on December 18 — whether they’ve got another album up their sleeves remains to be seen.
The New England rockers responsible for the massive (in 1991, anyway) acoustic ballad “More Than Words” recently announced that they’ll head out for a world trek in the spring, and that there’s an album — produced by guitarist Nuno Bettencourt — in the works. It’s unknown at this point whether the LP will see the light of day in 2008.
1. Kris Kross
That backward-clothes-wearin’ teeny-bopper hip-hop duo from the 1990s are all grown up and back together to make us all “Jump” again. Chris “Mac Daddy” Kelly, now 29, and Chris “Daddy Mac” Smith, 28, have reached out to Jermaine Dupri to produce their comeback opus, according to rumors.