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1990’s Bands…Then & Now
April 29, 2009, 8:49 am
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Formed in 1998 and signed to Bad Boy Records, their debut album It Was All a Dream came out in 2001. Dream’s first  single “He Loves U Not” reached #2 on the Hot 100 Singles chart. In 2003, they got a sexier image and a single called “Crazy,” but their second album’s release date kept being pushed back. They were eventually dropped from Bad Boy and broke up. 

Three of the original four members (Melissa Schuman, Ashley Poole and Diana Ortiz) have formed a band called Lady Phoenix and are hoping to release a new album. They’re also hoping to re-form Dream with new members. They have a YouTube featuring the new members singing covers ( I can’t find any new info on the fourth member, Holly Blake-Arnstein, other than in April 2006, she did an interview and cited Diddy pushing them in a sexier direction as the cause for the group’s break-up.

I guess they don’t like Holly?

Nobody’s Angel:

Formed in 1998 with members Ali Navarro, Stacey Harper, Amy Sue Hardy and Sarah Smith. They recorded a cover of “Let’s Get Together” for the soundtrack to The Parent Trap and guest-starred on an episode of Boy Meets World. In 2000, they released their self-titled debut album. Soon after, Stacey and Amy Sue left the group for solo careers and were replaced by Jennie Kwan and Tai-Amber Hoo. They recorded songs for the soundtracks to 102 Dalmatians and The Princess Diaries, and a second album was scheduled for 2002, but was never released. The group then broke up.

Sarah Smith (now working as Sarah Christine Smith) is acting. She was in an episode of The Suite Life of Zack and Cody in 2006 and an episode of Drake & Josh in 2007. Her IMDB says she’s in a movie called Stealing Second this year. Replacement member Jennie Kwan is still acting and singing. She was the voice of Suki in the Avatar: The Last Airbender animated show, and has done musical theater as Kim in Miss Saigon on Broadway and was Christmas Eve in the original Las Vegas production of Avenue Q. Amy Sue Hardy lives in Colorado Springs where she (apparently) still performs. I couldn’t find anything about any of the other members. Do you remember watching them on Boy Meets World and the made-for-tv Disney movie that Justin Timberlake was in on the twin models? Good times!


Five was a British boy band formed in 1997. They released their first single “Slam Dunk (Da Funk)” in November of that year and it debuted at #10 in the UK. They had their first international hit with “When the Lights Go Out” in 1998 which cracked the US top ten. They appeared in a Disney Channel concert special with girl group B*Witched (also on this list. Does anyone else completely remember watching that thing?) Their debut album 5ive reached #27 in the US and had success worldwide. Their second US single “It’s the Things You Do” had only a lukewarm reception. They went on tour with N’Sync in the US but soon pulled out due to exhaustion and returned to the UK to work on their second album. They released two other albums (Invincible in 1999, which became a worldwide hit, and Kingsize released in 2001) but after intense negotiations with their record label, they announced on September 27, 2001 that they were breaking up.

In 2003, Richard “Abs” Breen released a solo album, Abstract Theory. Sean Conlon also signed a solo deal and began working on a debut album. Jason “J” Brown became a writer/producer and came in third in the 2007 edition of I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! Ritchie Neville also attempted a solo career and has made occassional appearances as a TV guest star, presenter, actor and reality show contestant. Scott Robinson worked as a DJ for a few months in 2002 with EssexFM, starred in the UK regional theater production of Boogie Nights 2 in 2004 and 2005, and became a father for the second time in 2006. In 2006, it was announced that four of the original members (without Sean Conlon) would be reforming and releasing their fourth album. They began working on new music, but in May of 2007, only seven months after reuniting, they had failed to obtain a record deal and broke up again.


Formed in 1998, they were an Irish girl group made up of twin sisters Edele and Keavy Lynch, Sinead O’Carroll, and Linsday Aramaou. Their debut single “C’est La Vie” came out in 1998 and reached #1 on the UK charts, as did subsequent singles “Rollercoaster”, “To You I Belong”, and “Blame It On the Weatherman”. Their self-titled debut album came out in October of 1998, going platinum in the US and double platinum in the UK. Their follow-up album, Awake and Breathe, came out in 1999 and reached #5, but did not sell as well as their debut. The group broke up in September of 2002 after plans for an eighth single failed.

Lindsay joined the band Clayton in 2007, and married Lee Brennen from band 911 in January 2006. Edele found work as a songwriter, co-writing the songs “Some Kind of Miracle” for Girls Aloud and “Situations Heavy” for Sugababes. She married Michael Barrett in 2006 and had a daughter in 2007. Keavy formed a songwriting and production company with a partner and played the lead in a pantomime production of Snow White in December of 2005 in Nottingham. The sisters also still perform around the UK and Ireland under the name Ms. Lynch. Sinead managed a girl group called Minx until 2004 and as of 2008, hosted a makeover show for TV3 Ireland called Inside & Out. She married Mike Rahman in 2006 and gave birth to a daughter in 2008. In December 2008, Sinead said a reunion was not out of the question.


English group that formed in 1999 with members Mark Barry, Christian Burns and Stephen McNally. Their debut single “Back Here” originally debuted in 1999 but had limited success. When their album, Sooner or Later, was released in 2000, the single was re-released and got to #5 in the UK and #13 in the US. They had a second album in 2002 titled Into Your Head that reached #25 on the Billboard 200, but ultimately didn’t do well and the group broke up in 2003.

There isn’t a lot of recent information on them. Christian has recently collaborated with artists like Tiesto and Benny Benassi, and is currently in a band called The Bleach Works, due to release an album sometime this year. in 2007, Stephen auditioned for the ITV show The X Factor and made it to the boot camp round, and is apparently in a new band called Harper Mak. Couldn’t find any information about Mark.


M2M was a Norwegian pop duo formed in 1999 by childhood friends Marion Raven and Merit Larsen.Their first single “Don’t Say You Love Me” was released in 1999 on the soundtrack to Pokemon: The First Movie, which helped the song reach commercial success. Their debut album, Shades of Purple, was released in 2000, and later that year they toured with Hanson. Their first signle was followed up by “Mirror, Mirror”, “The Day You Went Away”, “Pretty Boy”, and “Everything You Do.” They also released several of their tracks in Mandarin, giving them a large fanbase in Asia. In 2002, they released a less pop-oriented follow-up album entitled The Big Room, with limited success worldwide, although it faired well in Norway, Asia and Australia. While on tour with Jewel in 2002, they were dropped from Atlantic Records, and broke up later that year.

They have both continued working as solo artists. Marit released her first solo album, Under the Surface, in 2006 and a follow-up, The Chase, in Norway in 2008. Marion released her debut, Here I Am, in 2005, and two follow-ups: Heads Will Roll in 2006 and Set Me Free in 2007.

Honestly, I still have all of these band’s songs still memorized. It seems like all of them had a Disney Concert that would premiere on Saturday nights that I would tape to watch over and over. Good times!


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M2M’s Pretty Boy and Mirror Mirror !
istill listen to those :]

Comment by gloriaaaa[:

everybody always forgets about them cuz of miley and demi and selena

Comment by Anonymous

AWWWWWWW, MEMORIES:) I remember all of these bands. WONDERFUL POST. Anonymous was right that so many people forget about these previous bands because of the current stars. That’s such a shame. I LOVED Dream and M2M so much. I’ve been following Marit since their departure. But awwwwww. Man, this post is too great. GRAND JOB, SV:)

Comment by [alice]

*SB not SV

Comment by [alice]

HAHA and Alice do you remember Cleopatra and the one sister that ALWAYS wore goggles? Good times : )

Comment by fliesonthewall

FOR SURE, I remember them:) Do you remember No Secrets, the girl group who did the remake of “Kids in America” before Jobros did? Aww, memories:) I love nostalgia!

Comment by [alice]

Omg I feel 8 again lol. I was a HUGE dream and bwitched fan. Aww, good times good times.

Comment by Kid

I so loved Nobody’s Angel.
I went to see them all the time in concert with Youngstown .Remember them?
That’s so wierd you couldnt find anything on Ali Navarro. She’s been working non stop in the industry she and Sarah were my favorite so I try to keep up with there careers.Ali has toured with Aida,Footloose, Chorus Line has been on
2 and 1/2 Men,she still has a part on General Hospital and she created a little kid show that my niece absolutely loves called Twinkle Time the cd is currently out. Ali married Dallas the lead singer from Youngstown. How cute! They should have there own reality show. Maybe you couldn’t find stuff on her cause she now goes by her full name Alitzah or Alitzah Wiener.
I hear Sarah is married and has a baby.
Wow how time flies. Ahhh my youth where everything was so carefree.
Great to see a page dedicated to these bands !

Comment by 90's fan 4 life

This is Stacey from Nobody’s Angel. Sarah has two kids with one on the way. She lives with her husband and is very happy.
AmySue is also married with 2 children still singing and performing.
I am married with 3 girls and now they are in the spotlight. My youngest has done print work and commmercials and will one day outshine her mom. Thanks to all those who loved and cheered Nobody’s Angel on. Sarah, Amy Sue, and I have remided friends and have loved every miniute we were in the group. My daughters sing along to the songs now and love when the BoyMeetsWorld episode comes on TV.

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