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Testing the power of pop nostalgia

As anyone who attended a school disco in 1999 will attest, there ain’t no party like an S Club party. The group behind that song and other glistening pop hits such as ReachBring It All Back and Don’t Stop Movin’ will be hoping to prove that their much-quoted catchphrase still holds true 15 years later, as they announced on Wednesday that they’ve officially reformed for a special performance for the BBC’s Children in Need appeal – the first outing for the original lineup since 2002. 

After Paul Cattermole quit the group to devote more time to his nu-metal project, the remaining six members trudged on for one last half-hearted album campaign before bowing to the inevitable in 2003. The interim years have seen short-lived solo careersreality TV racism scandals and a faintly mortifying appearance by a pared-down S Club 3 on Australian TV. While this reunion may represent a last throw of the dice, they may have good reason to feel confident: in recent years the UK public’s appetite for pop nostalgia has been seemingly inexhaustible.


The Guardian 

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