Lots Of Your Fave 90s Musicians Have New Albums This Year

This spring promises the return of some of our favourite queens of ’90s counterculture. Here, a who’s who, what’s new, gossip-packed nostalgia primer.
By Courtney Shea
A photo of Gwen Stefani in the 90s. (Photo: Getty Images)

This spring promises the return of some of our favourite queens of ’90s counterculture. Here, a who’s who, what’s new, gossip-packed nostalgia primer.

A photo of Liz Phair in the 90s (Photo: CP Images)

Liz Phair

Then: A slip-dress-sporting guitarist, whose Exile in Guyville (a rebuttal to the Rolling Stones’ Exile on Main St.) was the era’s musical ballbuster. Now: The release of Soberish—her first album in a decade came out June 4—includes a summer tour alongside Alanis Morissette and Garbage. And it might even happen. Notable side project: Her 2019 memoir, Horror Stories, talks about love, sex and surviving life’s “small indignities” with signature Phair frankness. ’90s gossip nostalgia: Phair cold-called Matador Records and told them to put out her first album. They did.

A photo of Juliana Hatfield (Photo: Getty Images)

Juliana Hatfield

Then: An indie-scene staple, as part of bands like the Lemonheads, Blake Babies and Some Girls. Her contribution to the era-defining Reality Bites soundtrack probably convinced you to spend fiiiiiiiiiiiive minutes in the closet with someone gross. Now: Her new album, Blood, came out in mid-May. It's a reaction to all of the pain and suffering of the Trump era. But also—according to Hatfield—fun. Notable side project: A 2018 album of Olivia Newton-John covers. ’90s gossip nostalgia: When the whole world was creepily obsessed with her 23-year-old virgin status.

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k.d. lang

Then: Okay, not technically a grunge goddess, but the first out lesbian to crack the mainstream was a riot grrrl in her own ways. Her 1992 breakout, Ingénue, left us in a state of constant craving. Now: Makeover, which came out at the end of May, features unearthed ’90s dance-mix versions of her hits. Notable side project: Going croon-for-croon with Tony Bennett on a Grammy-winning album of American standards. ’90s gossip nostalgia: Her sizzling Vanity Fair cover, on which a butch, suit-wearing lang gets shaved by Cindy Crawford. It sent the Bible belt into hysterics.

A photo of Gwen Stefani. (Photo: CP Images)

Gwen Stefani

Then: Whether she was belting out anthems—“Don’t Speak,” “Just a Girl” or “Spiderwebs”—or inventing athleisurewear (and, some might say, cultural appropriation), No Doubt’s fiery front woman was bringing the grunge scene to the gossip rags. Now: The exact drop date for her new album is still TBD. If the first single, “Slow Clap,” is any indication, expect a return to her rock-steady roots. Notable side project: Judging on The Voice, alongside her fiancé, country star Blake Shelton. ’90s gossip nostalgia: Gwen and Gavin (RIP).


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