Novelty/viral acts with no real cult following that suddenly and inexplicably returned many years later

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Thinking about this upon finding out that Group X (you know, the faux-Arab rap band that did "Mario Twins" and "Schfifty Five" back in the Newgrounds.com days) actually have a new album out, some 17 years later, despite the fact that no one's thought about them in well over a decade.

Only similar thing I can think of is Bigdumbface (solo project of Wes Borland, the Limp Bizkit guitarist with the freaky eyes), whose first album was actually kind of a success, mainly because the Bizkit were still big and the music was goofy enough to appeal to dorky teenagers like myself who had never heard of (say) Ween. For whatever reason he did a follow-up album in 2017 that just came and went with no fanfare.

Maybe that recent Bloodhound Gang album counts, not only because it sucked but because I can't imagine anyone who loved the group in the 90's still wanting to hear them today. And it took 'em 10 years!!

Any other examples of this? I swear this happens pretty often.

frogbs, Tuesday, 9 July 2019 21:52 (one week ago) link

I guess Max Tundra rehabilitating Daphne & Celeste kind of counts, although the explanation was pretty obvious - they wanted to pair the duo's energy with some great weird pop :)

imago, Tuesday, 9 July 2019 22:50 (one week ago) link

mudcrutch

mookieproof, Tuesday, 9 July 2019 22:56 (one week ago) link

Wizard Rock band Harry and the Potters on their first album in over 13 years
https://www.polygon.com/2019/6/21/18693490/wizard-rock-band-harry-and-the-potters-lumos-album

space invaders are smokin penises!!!! (Whiney G. Weingarten), Tuesday, 9 July 2019 23:21 (one week ago) link

1982: two guys have a jaunty international hit "set" in the world of a popular TV show, under the name The Firm

1987: the same two guys have a jaunty international hit "set" in the world of a popular TV show, under the name The Firm

quelle sprocket damage (sic), Tuesday, 9 July 2019 23:36 (one week ago) link

Lieutenant Pigeon recently released an album called 'Where's Brexit?'

frame casual (dog latin), Wednesday, 10 July 2019 00:20 (one week ago) link

I don't know where your threshold is for "cult following", but I can tell you that in the mid 2000s, there's no way I would have believed that the guy who made The Ultimate Showdown of Ultimate Destiny would go on to become one of the most brilliant pop artists of the subsequent decade.

ascai, Wednesday, 10 July 2019 04:33 (one week ago) link

The Cheeky Girls released a song this year.

triggercut, Wednesday, 10 July 2019 04:38 (one week ago) link

Oh wait, no they didn't, they just posted a video from 2003 this year. Still, I think about the Cheeky Girls more than is probably normal.

triggercut, Wednesday, 10 July 2019 04:40 (one week ago) link

hi lembit

A comical 'blobbumentary' programme (bizarro gazzara), Wednesday, 10 July 2019 09:28 (one week ago) link

Jimmy Nail had one hit in 1985 with a version of "Love Don't Live Here Anymore", the returned seven years later with "Ain't No Doubt".

Second time around, he'd stick around for a few more hits

The GeirBot (Geir Hongro), Wednesday, 10 July 2019 10:12 (one week ago) link

Billy Ray Cyrus?

Vape Store (crüt), Wednesday, 10 July 2019 10:14 (one week ago) link

The big one is 'I Like To Move It Move It' which is now a staple at all kids' parties thanks to Madagascar.

Also Gala's 'Freed From Desire' which everyone had forgotten about until a few years ago when it started to rival 'Seven Nation Army' as the big new terrace chant.

Matt DC, Wednesday, 10 July 2019 10:26 (one week ago) link

freed from desire also had the shooting stars boost

ogmor, Wednesday, 10 July 2019 10:28 (one week ago) link

dude has released a new album every few years without a break. so to be fair to him the fact that he's only crossed over from massive country audience to massiver pop audience a few times doesn't really make him a novelty act

why am i defending billy ray cyrus on the internet.

Hmmmmm (jamiesummerz), Wednesday, 10 July 2019 10:31 (one week ago) link

Also Gala's 'Freed From Desire' which everyone had forgotten about until a few years ago when it started to rival 'Seven Nation Army' as the big new terrace chant.


I never, ever, forgot about “Freed From Desire”.

breastcrawl, Wednesday, 10 July 2019 10:41 (one week ago) link

why am i defending billy ray cyrus on the internet.

new board descrip obv

A comical 'blobbumentary' programme (bizarro gazzara), Wednesday, 10 July 2019 10:42 (one week ago) link

I guess Max Tundra rehabilitating Daphne & Celeste kind of counts, although the explanation was pretty obvious - they wanted to pair the duo's energy with some great weird pop :)

thought of this too but I feel like it kind of inverts this trope

frogbs, Wednesday, 10 July 2019 13:43 (one week ago) link

baha men released their first single in 9 years in 2011, "go!" and iirc it had only about 1000 youtube views after a few months

ufo, Wednesday, 10 July 2019 13:46 (one week ago) link

Daphne & Celeste didn't actually need Max Tundra to rehabilitate them, they were always beloved by the 30-something internet pop crew, way more so than Max Tundra ever was. Like they definitely had a core fanbase that was delighted to see then again.

Matt DC, Wednesday, 10 July 2019 13:47 (one week ago) link

The big one is 'I Like To Move It Move It' which is now a staple at all kids' parties thanks to Madagascar.
Reel 2 Real had two other worldwide hits, and Erick Morillo is prolific house music producer, so I wouldn't really call them a "novelty act".

Tuomas, Wednesday, 10 July 2019 14:34 (one week ago) link

Jimmy Nail had one hit in 1985 with a version of "Love Don't Live Here Anymore", the returned seven years later with "Ain't No Doubt".

Second time around, he'd stick around for a few more hits

a) Not a novelty/viral act
b) Stuck around the first time to release an album the following year, and singles from it
c) Had a strong mainstream following from his day job starring in, creating and writing popular prime-time television

quelle sprocket damage (sic), Wednesday, 10 July 2019 19:02 (one week ago) link


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