Want You Back: 5 Broken-Up Bands We Wish Would Reunite

The 2012 Summer Olympics were filled with wish-we-were-there moments — from Michael Phelps taking home gold, to McKayla Maroney's Dougie, it was 17 days of nonstop (and often late-night) entertainment for us L.A. folks.
But, if we could relive one moment (or, in our case, re-DVR), it would be the star-studded closing ceremonies and the much-anticipated reunion of The Spice Girls. The triumphant return (with hits like "Wannabe" and "Spice of Your Life") got us pondering what other split-up acts would have us squealing with delight if they ever happened to reunite.
So, we picked five now-defunct bands that broke our hearts when they parted ways, but would definitely make us go berserk if they hit the Greek or even Staples for an encore. Take a peek, and tell us whom else you miss!
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Honestly, the combo of André 3000 and Big Boi made for the coolest hip-hop duo of the late '90s and early '00s — who didn’t B.O.B. their heads (much like the animals in the video) along to the hit "Ms. Jackson"?

The pair went on to gain super success with songs like "So Fresh, So Clean," "The Way You Move," and "Hey Ya!" — we admit, we still shake it like a Polaroid picture whenever we hear that song!

But, after going their separate ways to release individual albums, OutKast now seems like a distant memory to devoted fans. And, it looks like we might have to wait even longer to hear some more catchy tunes. Big Boi has been tweeting up a storm about his next solo album, and André is impersonating Jimi Hendrix in a new biopic.

Roses may smell like poo to OutKast, but new music from them would be far from it to us!

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LCD Soundsystem
The end of LCD Soundsystem happened so fast: The band announced on its website in February of 2011 that it was disbanding after a final concert two months later at Madison Square Garden. Then, poof — they were gone! Just as they shimmied into our hearts with their infectious dance punk, they shimmied out — seemingly never to be again.

Now, frontman James Murphy is turning his focus to film. He’ll be directing a short flick with Ron Howard as a mentor (not too shabby!). But, we still prefer Murphy in front of the camera enough to watch the band’s doc Shut Up and Play the Hits over and over again.

As sad as it seems, the only shot we have at seeing LCD Soundsystem together again will be when the DVD comes out on October 9th, but at least it will have all 3+ hours of their MSG show to relive!

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The Fugees
When the reggae-infused hip-hop group, responsible for the mega-hit cover of "Killing Me Softly," got sick of each other in the late '90s, frontwoman Lauryn Hill went on to record the super successful The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill in 1998. She went M.I.A. for most of the '00s only to recently reemerge to play some festivals.

Now, it seems like Hill might be miseducated about the importance of filing her tax returns, while Wyclef Jean found post-Fugees fame rapping about Shakira’s hips and helping his home country of Haiti. Pras Michel moved to Hollywood to produce movies and documentaries — so, we're thinking now might be the best time for The Fugees to hop up on stage once again! Who knows, maybe a reunion show could scrape up enough dough to pay off Hill’s debt to the U.S. government!

The Score by The Fugees, $7.99, available at Amazon.com.
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Destiny’s Child
They were one of the most successful girl groups of all time (second only to the aforementioned Spice Girls), but are now busy being independent women! Case and point: Beyoncé is busy raising baby Blue Ivy with Jay-Z, all while owning the pop charts, and Kelly Rowland found her own fame overseas on reality shows like The U.K.’s X Factor and Australia’s Everybody Dance Now, and has been a part of many musical collaborations with artists like David Guetta and Lil Wayne. Last, but certainly not least, Michelle Williams gained success on a different stage, making her mark on musical theater with starring roles in plays like The Color Purple and Chicago.

If you’re boo-hooing that you’ll never hear the hits like "Bills, Bills, Bills" or "Bug A Boo" live again, have faith in the fab trio. Bey’s father, and former DC manager, Matthew Knowles, told The Huffington Post in July that Sony plans to release two compilations with unreleased material, and hopes to announce a reunion show within the next five years. That's news that has us truly jumpin’ jumpin’!

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The White Stripes
It was just last year that Jack White announced that the alt-rock group he created with Meg White would stop recording and performing together — and we’re still silently pleading it isn't so! The six-time Grammy winning band captivated us with their garage-rock sound, intense live shows, and signature red, white, and black style.

These days, Jack White seems to be too occupied with his other musical endeavors to even contemplate a reunion: He's been producing albums through his Third Man Records, playing as a solo artist and in his other bands The Dead Weather and The Raconteurs, making the festival rounds, and being BFFs with Stephen Colbert. Ok, we admit, we like his new stuff, but it’s just not the same as when he’s on stage with ex-wife-slash-more-like-a-sister Meg White while she dominates on the drums.

Although, rumor had it that Meg White’s anxiety and stage fright forced an early demise of the Stripes (which might explain why she’s been under the radar since their breakup). And Jack White recently admitted to MSN U.K. that he too suffered from anxiety during the band’s heyday. So, it looks like the chances of us listening to them live again might be slim (tear!).

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