A holy trinity of old-school frontwomen are back this month with albums that remind you why you crushed on them in the first place.
1. Kim Gordon of Body/Head, Coming Apart, out September 10
The girl: That cool-ass, bass-playing chick in Sonic Youth (R.I.P.), recently divorced from ex-frontman Thurston Moore.
Reason to love her then: Her growling haute-grunge style was kind of sexy—and scary.
Reason to love her now: She's single and, at 60, the well-preserved lead singer of a noise-rock duo that channels early Sonic Youth.
2. Terri Nunn of Berlin, Animal, out September 17
The girl: Breathy balladeer behind 1986's Top Gun love theme—"Take My Breath Away."
Reason to love her then: In the span of a single year, 1982, she released the banned-by-radio single "Sex (I'm A…)" with Berlin and made an appearance on Trapper John, M.D.
Reason to love her now: The 52-year-old still rocks platinum locks and smoky eyeliner, but now her band's power ballads sound cool instead of schmaltzy.
3. Hope Sandoval of Mazzy Star, Seasons of Your Day, out September 24
The girl: Dark-tressed nineties dream-pop icon who's put out two little-heard albums since 2000.
Reason to love her then: Her swoon-inducing vocals on 1993's "Fade Into You" soundtracked many a college make-out session.
Reason to love her now: You've sampled Mazzy Star's imitators (think Beach House), but their first album in 17 years proves that no one does ethereal like Sandoval can.