Well of course there are. And while some of these aren't very likely, here are five that would be very welcome.
Ride (1988 - 1996, listen on Spotify)
Ride were maybe the ultimate shoegaze band, combining equal parts volume, melody and chops. Both 1990's Nowhere and 1992's Going Blank Again are classics of the era; their live shows rivaled My Bloody Valentine's in sound and fury — in addition to the cranked guitars, drummer Loz Colbert was a beast behind the kit. After a successful transition into the Britpop era with 1994's Carnival of Light before fumbling and fizzling out before 1996's Tarantula hit the shelves. Singer/guitarist Mark Gardener formed the shortlived The Animalfarm with Colbert before going solo; singer/guitarist Andy Bell formed lame Oasis clones Hurricane #1 before joining Oasis as bassist in 1999 (which became Beady Eye last year).
Could it happen?†Andy Bell seems to be the holdout, telling the NME in 2007 that a reunion wouldn't live up to expectations. But he can't really be happy merely playing bass in Beady Eye, can he? While England might not care, a Ride reunion would be big news in America, at least†among†30-something Pitchfork readers.
We'd also welcome back:Pale Saints (with Ian Masters), Lush, The Boo Radleys, Slowdive, Curve...basically every shoegaze band of that era.
2. Elastica (1992 - 2001, listen on Spotify)
No matter how many NME and Melody Maker covers their peers got Over There, Elastica were one of few UK acts to make a dent in American in the grunge-fueled early-'90s. Everyone loves the Wire-sampling "Connection," one of the '90s greatest singles and Justine Frischmann was the epitome of cool. While Elastica's 1995 debut is filled with great songs ("Stutter," "Line Up," "Vaseline"), more than half the record was previously released singles and b-sides which perhaps foreshadowed the difficulty writing its forgettable follow-up which finally saw the light of day in 2000, by which time the band had suffered myriad line-up changes. Elastica broke up a year later.
Could it happen?: Highly unlikely. The members are scattered to the forewinds and Frischmann (who co-wrote some of MIA's first album) seems like the Don't Look Back type and is an established visual artist.
We'd also welcome back:†Sleeper, Catatonia, Kenickie, and fellow Wire homage specialists Menswe@r.
3. Velocity Girl (1989 - 1996, listen on Spotify)
Taking their name from a Primal Scream b-side and formed from remnants of Washington DC's fertile indie scene (Black Tamborine, High Back Chairs),†Velocity Girl took sugary melodies and poured layers of distortion and feedback overtop. After a few line-up changes and singles (like "My Forgotten Favorite" which found its way onto the Clueless soundtrack) on seminal indie labels Slumberland and Simple Machines, the band signed with Sub Pop which seemed crazy at the time. Pop music on grungy Sub Pop? Yet, for years 1993's Copacetic was the label's #2 Best Seller. (Bleach was #1.) Velocity Girl got decidedly less noisy for 1994's °Simpatico! but was no less appealing, with "Sorry Again" and "I Can't Stop Smiling" getting some commercial alt-rock radio play too. The band's third album Gilded Stars And Zealous Hearts came out in 1996 and the band broke up shortly thereafter.
Could it happen?: It's possible. Velocity Girl got back together in 2002 for a benefit for original vocalist (and Unrest/Air Miami bassist) Bridget Cross in 2002, so there is precedent. Singer/guitarist Archie Moore was also in Black Tambourine who are playing the chickfactor fest in May, so...
We'd also welcome back:†Air Miami, Number One Cup, Butterglory, The Dambuilders.
4. Belly (1991 - 1996, listen on Spotify)
After playing second fiddle to Kristen Hersh in Throwing Muses and Kim Deal in The Breeders, Tanya Donelly formed Belly in 1991 Tanya's contributions to Throwing Muses were always the most immediate songs on their records, but it was still a surprise just how poppy Belly's terrific 1993 debut, Star, was. "Feed the Tree" went to #1 on Billboard's Modern Rock chart and even cracked (just barely) the Hot 100. Belly's second album, King, came out in 1996. It had some great songs — "Superconnected" and "Now They'll Sleep" — but the production by big-time knob-twiddler Glyn Johns (Who's Next, Sticky Fingers erradicated Donnelly's quirkier side. She disbanded Belly shortly thereafter (there's a trend here, no?) and has released three solo albums since.
Could it happen?: While she still writes music and sings, Donelly is now a postpartum doula and lactation consultant. But as she still performs Belly songs when she does play the occasional live show (like Joe's Pub last October) this one seems within the realms of possibility.
We'd also welcome back: Madder Rose, one of NYC's most overlooked bands.
5. The Wannadies (1988 - 2003ish, listen on Spotify)
Best known for their eubeulent 1994 single "You and Me Song" which most Americans heard on the William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet soundtrack, these powerpopping Swedes should've been huge. Big hooks. Bigger choruses. Unfortunately almost none of their albums saw American release. 1994's Be A Girl and 1997's Bagsy Me, both terrific, got crunched down into one album that RCA snuck out in 1998. The label then hired Ric Ocasek to produce their next album, Yeah! (also very good) with American rock radio in mind, and then didn't release it in the States. The band's final album, Before & After, came out in 2002 via the Swede-friendly American indie Hidden Agenda and was another winner but went mostly unnoticed outside of indiepop circles. The Wannadies claimed to be making another record, but officially called it quits in 2009 after years of inactivity.
Could it happen?: Seeing how they spent most of the internet-friendly '00s not doing anything, the break-up might still be too fresh. Frontman/songwriter P‰r Wiksten is working on his solo debut when not writing songs for Amanda Jenssen, who placed second in the 2007 season of Swedish Idol.
We'd also welcome back: the just as great but even more obscure Eggstone, not to mention Komeda and Girlfriendo.