Will 5ive Be the Next to Reunite?
For the children of the naughties, this sudden stream of '90s nostalgia must seem rather confusing and embarrassing. Probably for a number of '90s kids too, who would rather forget those hedgehog hairstyles and abundance of sports brand tracksuits.
But for those who remember getting down to 'Everybody Get Up' and then, confusingly, getting up to 'If Ya Gettin Down', you may soon be practising your best choreographed slides and tuning up your hairbrush microphones as 5ive head back to Australia.
After numerous attempts at a comeback throughout the past decade (including a half-baked album that never reached completion in 2007 and a mini-tour by Scott Robinson and Abs Breen in 2010) this year saw 5ive-ster Sean Conlon appear on The Voice, only to be rejected by all four judges. Somehow, this crushing blow was the catalyst that pushed Conlon to approach his old bandmates and persuade them to reunite for an international tour. Say one thing for the lad, his ego is unsinkable.
But in a true sign of 2012-style bet-hedging, they won't commit unless 5ive's Facebook tour page has at least 4,000 likes by the end of this week. Cynics would suggest they're basically blackmailing you into getting them to tour, but given that they're currently at just over half that number, it looks like there's a possibility we'll be Slam-Dunkin-Da-Funk in no time. That is, of course, if this isn't just some hoax playing on the recent epidemic of reunion tours.
Tough guy Jason 'J' Brown appears to be the only member who would prefer to leave his boy band days behind him, making it clear earlier this month on a fan site that he had "decided not to be a part of a reunion" and that he would like the fan site to be shut down, as according to him it was an "intrusion" into his private life.
The blame for this blast from the past has been pegged on promoters Big Apachee, who are also sucking S Club, NTrance, Eiffel 65, Wheatus and Big Brovas through the wormhole to the '90s and back onto Australian stages. Whether this reunion of 5ive (will they have to call themselves 4our?) is fake or not, one thing's for sure – there's a whole heap of money to be made through nostalgia.
WORDS: Alexandra Goodwin