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

The delightfully carefree pop music of the 90s seemed to have a little bit of everything – from the saucy demeanor of the Spice Girls to the icy All Saints – there was something for everyone.

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

How about Cleopatra’s bright and airy R&B? Can you remember them ‘comin’ atcha’? What about the popular Irish group B*Witched? Remember when they blamed “it” on the weatherman?

If your memory banks are kicking and that wonderful, warm, fuzzy feeling known as nostalgia starts to amplify synapses, then you’ve come to the right place. Today we are going to take a look at some 90s girl groups that you may have forgotten.

So open up a Capri Sun – or maybe a Hooch, grab a pack of Chewitts (classic strawberry flavor if you like) – and let’s do this…







Forever in 1994

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

Who can forget that mega power ballad from 1995?

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

Sisters Easther and Valerie Bennett, Kéllé Bryan and the aforementioned Louise (then Nurding) took number one in 1997 with the highly danceable I Wanna Be The Only One and reached number 4 with Angel of Mine.

With approximately 10 million albums worldwide, their success unfortunately did not reflect their name.

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

Widely regarded as the British answer to feisty American R&B act En Vogue, our Eternal’s flickering flame was finally extinguished in 2000 – with sisters Easther and Valerie the only two remaining members.







Cleopatra – coming soon

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Cleopatra – ‘Cleopatra is coming’ atcha…

The reign of this R&B/pop girl group was nowhere near that of their namesake Egyptian queen (21 years old if you ask) – but they were burning brightly in the late ’90s nonetheless.

These Manchester sisters came together in 1998 with Cleopatra’s Theme. The snappy bit of funk-lite reached number 3 on the charts.

Their next three singles, including a rousing cover of The Jackson 5’s I Want You Back, all made it to the top 5. The parent album Comin’ Atcha! went top 20 in the UK. So far good.

But by the time second album Steppin’ Out emerged, changes at their record label Warner caused the project to stall due to a lack of promotion. The lead-off single hit number 29 and the album was never even released in the UK. Warner wanted lead singer Cleo to go solo, and the band collapsed like a poorly built pyramid.







B*Witches who talked about the old days

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B*Witched – ‘Some people say I look like myself, Dad. What! Are you serious?!’

All together now – “say you’ll do it, say you won’t do it, say you’ll do what I don’t” – we ALL love C’est la Vie from 1998 – don’t we? (not true?!)

This Irish group, consisting of twin sisters Noble and Keavy Lynch, Lindsay Armaou and Sinéad O’Carroll, had quite the charts in the late 90s.

Of course we already talked about the cheerful Irish stew of their most famous song, but there was also the poppy Rollercoaster, soul-searching To You I Belong and the captivating masterly Blame It On The Weatherman.

But as the new decade mercilessly approached, the world seemingly had had enough of the girls – and after a string of lukewarm releases, they stopped in 2002. A comeback in 2012 recaptured a bit of the magic, but of course it was the 90s when we were really captivated. 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 gotta get home soon, march on the double!’

This day-glo bubblegum pop duo had a huge hit in 1994 with the incessantly catchy/irritating (delete as appropriate) track Trouble.

London school friends Jacqui Blake and Carrie Askew’s harder pop managed to attract fans from both the mainstream and ‘alternative’ crowd.

Trouble peaked at number 11 and the following year he was even featured in the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie. Shampoo followed this up with the fantastically titled Viva La Megababes.

In 1996, the girls released a song called Girl Power, just a week before the Spice Girls came on the scene. But instead of surfing this all-girl buzz, the single stuck at number 25.

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

“Something came along and it burst our bubble” indeed.







Daphne and Celeste – “Ooh hold on!”

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Daphne and Celeste – ‘Ooh hold on, your mommy and your daddy too’

This New Jersey bubblegum pop duo closed out the 90s with some memorable lyrics, but maybe less memorable tunes.

They released three singles in the UK: the infantile but fun Ooh Stick You, the decidedly unpolitically correct UGLY (sample lyrics – “You ain’t got no alibi you ugly eh! Hey! You ugly”) and an unnecessary cover of The School by Alice Cooper is out.

Girls Celeste Cruz and Karen “Daphne” DiConcetto were infamously bottled off the stage at the Reading festival because fans weren’t kind to what was considered incongruous music.

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

Despite a television and film deal, the pair were dropped by their label in the early 1990s.

The girls had a bottle, and later reformed and released a brutally bizarre album in 2018 called Daphne & Celeste Save The World. Failed to map.







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Alisha’s Attic – ‘And I am, I feel, like I want to bite his head off’

Sisters Shelly and Karen Poole, whose father is Brian Poole of the 1960s band The Tremeloes, had a modest hit in 1996 with the infectiously catchy I Am, I Feel. This radio-friendly piece of perfect pop turned out to be a strong debut, which they gave a sequel. with Alisha the world rules.

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

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

You get the feeling that there are a lot more tunes stashed in that attic.







Lisa ‘Left Eye’ Lopes, T-Boz, center, and Chili, right, from the group TLC. In the background is P Diddy

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TLC – ‘Don’t go after waterfalls, please stick to the river and lakes you are used to’

The American group TLC was on fire in the 1990s.

Lisa ‘Left Eye’ Lopes, Tionne ‘T-Boz’ Watkins and Rozonda ‘Chilli’ Thomas put on some phenomenal soul/R&B/pop/hip hop songs – the most famous being possibly the summery, carefree number one Waterfalls in 1995 They followed this up with the smoking Diggin’ On You before knocking it out of the park with the very well-remembered sass of No Scrubs in 1999.

High-flying albums like 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.

Sadly, Lopes died in a car accident in 2002.

After a hiatus, the group continued to work on their current album, later promising to continue as a duo. The resulting 3D became a huge success in America. In 2017 they released their latest album, simply called TLC.

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