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10 early-noughties pop bands you may have totally forgotten about

10 early-noughties pop bands you may have totally forgotten about
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Eighteen years after they made Ooh Stick You the ultimate playground insult anthem, scored three UK Top 20 hits and, most famously, were pelted with bottles of urine at the Reading Festival, pop’s most fearless duo Daphne And Celeste are making an unlikely return to the music scene later this month.

Yes, they’re coming back with a brand-new studio album on March 30.

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So, here’s a look at ten other pop acts who emerged at the same time as the cheeky American duo.

And disappeared back into obscurity just as quickly.

Sister2Sister

Siblings Christine and Sharon Muscat reached No.18 in the UK with their debut single, Sister, before opening for Britney Spears on the US leg of her Oops… I Did It Again tour.

The duo have since provided backing vocals for Delta Goodrem, appeared as VJs on MTV’s Australian Top 30 and opened their own School Of Singing in their Sydney hometown.

M2M

Norwegian duo Marit Larsen and Marion Raven enjoyed success all over the world, with their contribution to the Pokemon: The First Movie soundtrack, Don’t Say You Love Me, reaching the Top 30 on both sides of the Atlantic.

The pair disbanded after two albums in 2002, with both going on to forge successful solo careers.

Larsen has scored two No. 1 LPs in her homeland, while Raven has recorded with Meat Loaf, written hits for Pixie Lott and provided the Norwegian voice-over for the lead in Tangled.

Mero

One of Simon Cowell’s lesser-known projects, Mero reached No.33 in the UK with their Motown-esque debut single, It Must Be Love, but were ruthlessly dropped shortly after.

One of its members, Derek McDonald, briefly returned to the Top 40 two years later when solo single, The World She Knows, reached the exact same position.

Buffalo G

Following in the footsteps of brother Shane and sisters Edele and Keavy, Naomi Lynch attempted a pop career in 2000 by teaming up with Olive Tucker to form Buffalo G.

Unlike the chart-topping success of Boyzone and B*witched, their hotly tipped cover of Bananarama’s We’re Really Saying Something could only peak at No.17 and they were never heard of again.

Naomi has since reinvented herself as a fire dancer, while Olive now works as a hair colourist.

Spin City

Sharing a name with the Michael J Fox sitcom screened at the time, Spin City were tipped to be the next big boy band.

But their career soon fizzled out when their one and only single, Landslide, failed to chart any higher than No.30.

Vanessa Amorosi

Vanessa Amorosi may have disappeared from the UK radar since her showboating pop anthem Absolutely Everybody peaked at No.7 in 2000, but she enjoyed far more success in her native Australia.

The 34-year-old reached No. 1 there in 2009 with the single, This Is Who I Am, has scored nearly a dozen other Top 40 hits and picked up 12 nominations at Australia’s answer to the BRITs, the ARIAs.

Made In London

Anglo-Norwegian trio Made In London looked set to give All Saints a run for their money in the ultra-cool girl band stakes with their brilliant debut single, Dirty Water, which deserved much better than its No.15 peak.

But when second single Shut Your Mouth flopped hard, the band’s well-reviewed debut album was swiftly cancelled and the group sadly called it a day shortly after.

Madasun

Another girl band trio who deserved better, Madasun scored three UK Top 30 hits in 2000, one of which (Don’t You Worry) appeared to set the blueprint for The xx’s entire career.

Unlike the other British artists on this list, Madasun did get to release an album, but they were still sent to the pop dumper when The Way It Is failed to crack the Top 75.

Point Break

Featuring two former Byker Grovers and a future EastEnder, boy band Point Break also got to release an album, Apocadelic, which peaked at a respectable No.21 in the UK.

Their guitar-heavy Five-esque sound also produced five Top 40 singles, including the rather good Freaky Time, but the trio never got to make a follow-up, splitting in 2001.

Frontman David Oliver went on to score a further three Top 40 hits with punk-pop outfit Freefaller, while Declan took the leading role in Broadway hit Once and is perhaps best-known for playing Dot Cotton’s grandson Charlie.

Fe-M@il

Two years after roller-skating boy band E-Male, along came another ridiculous pop act named after the then-relatively new form of communication.

Based on an old playground rhyme. Flee Fly Flo crashed and burned at a lowly No.46 but still somehow made it on to one of the year’s biggest-selling records, Now 46.

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