The original Sugababes are back and a lot of people are getting very excited about it. But why, when you can't step out of your front door without bumping into a band in the midst of a comeback, is the dawn of Mutya Keisha Siobhan causing such a fuss?
Mutya Buena, Keisha Buchanon and Siobhan Donaghy arrived on the scene in 2000 with their astounding debut single, 'Overload' - a smart, sassy and achingly cool pop debut. During the group's 13-year career, the term 'Sugababes' became pop code for 'shambles' as the edgy, spiky founding members were jettisoned from the group for increasingly more glossy members.
Now reunited as Mutya Keisha Siobhan, their comeback is big news. The trio gave their first interview to London hipster magazine Ponystep, and their presence has even through to NME, who cover the goings on of MKS among the regular updates on Beady Eye, Babyshambles, Arctic Monkeys and the like.
But why the interest in MKS, when the return of (for instance), Atomic Kitten during The Big Reunion barely raised so much as pair of a false eyelashes? ten good reasons why the return of Mutya, Keisha and Siobhan is such a big deal - and why we really should be very excited indeed...
1. First of all, it is astounding that they are back together at all, considering the initial break was of apocalyptic proportions
2. But more importantly, comeback single 'Flatline' is properly brilliant
3. And of course, 'Overload' still sounds amazing, 13 years on
4. With a band who date back over a decade, there is a nostalgia value to things
5. When it comes to girlgroups in the UK, we really don't have much in the way of credibility. That's Little Mix below, FYI
6. This is as close to a cheesy dance routine MKS are ever likely to get
7. Then, of course there were solo careers. Mutya's Groove Armada collaboration was an absolute work of genius
8. Siobhan Donaghy's second solo album was a masterpiece. It was also a massive flop, but that's by the by
9. The album is likely to be quite good. After all, Dev Hynes is involved and we all know what he did for Beyonce's little sister (all hail Solange etc)
Photo: Dev Hynes, Facebook
10. But most of all, it doesn't matter what they call themselves, we know who they really are