The e-mail has been heating up with a rumour that 2 Unlimited are about to reform. The group was one of the 90s most successful pop acts, racking up millions of sales on the back of hits such as “No Limits and “Jump for Joy” and popularising the boy-girl duo as a format. The group ended in considerable acrimony, however, so what are the chances of them actually reforming?
I played a minor role in 2U, providing lyrics to tracks such as “Desire”, “Where are you Now” and one of the last singles, “Nothing Like the Rain“. Coincidentally, I ran into one of the original producer/writers last week, Phil Wilde. I also came across singer Anita Doth’s site that lists her upcoming appearances until December 2009 (busy girl!). And there are indeed at least two confirmed dates billed as “A&R with 2 Unlimited Hits”.
What does this mean? First, it means Anita & Ray are on speaking terms, contrary to many rumours. But as far as I know, they can’t perform as 2 Unlimited as the name actually belongs to the producers who had started recording as such before the pair were brought in. And as far as I know, the name is part of the disagreement. These situations are always unfortunate, but not infrequent in the music biz.
So no, 2 Unlimited are not reforming. But you can still see them if you want. Check out Unlimited Ways for the show dates in Ireland, the UK, the Netherlands, Russia and Belgium.
What would be your dream set-list for a 2 Unlimited show?