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'Hot'
9th October 2000

1. Feels So Good
2. Tell Me
3. Hell No
4. Lullaby
5. Hotter
6. Step Inside
7. ABC 123
8. I Believe
9. I Want You Back (feat. Missy Elliott)
10. Pack Your Shit
11. Feel Me Now
+ Word Up [Japanese Bonus Track]


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A discussion thread focusing on Mel B's first solo album 'Hot', released 9th October 2000!

The album was preceded by her debut single I Want You Back, which came out 2 years earlier and reached #1, with Tell Me serving as the launch single in September 2000 and peaking at #4. Hot could only attain a position of #28 in the UK chart. Follow up single Feels So Good granted Mel with her final Top 5 single, at #5, and Lullaby reached #13 in June 2001, signalling the end of the era. Total album sales are below 60,000 copies in the UK, but it is certified Silver for over 60,000 shipments.

What are your thoughts and opinions on this album? Which tracks do you like, love, hate? What's your favourite? Were the singles the correct choices? Rate the tracks in order of favourite to least favourite.


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What do you all think of Word Up?

I totally dismissed it at the time but now appreciate it.

The song completely suits Melís voice. We all know this is considered a flop because it missed the top 10?
Why do you think this didnít do well?

It was attached to a massive film, it had two very good music videos and came off the back of a number 1 solo hit !!
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I really like the song and think that the animated music video is fantastic (the other one is terrible lol). However I think it was too out there for the Spice Girls fandom of the time, a bit to abstract sounding and the video was too dark and not appropriate for her audience age... even if it was fantastic. Itís also not a very catchy song for radio to get the casual listener hooked onto the song it takes a bit of time to appreciate it. The song deserved a lot more than what it achieved.
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ALRIGHT LETíS JUST GO FOR IT

Itís a completely cheesy and unnecessary cover and I love it
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I love it. It was an amazing, perfect single that maybe it was too out there for the media and the fandom at the time. The video is ICONIC and super creative, I love it. And Mel's voice really suits this song so well...

It is a shame it was a flop. I think the above and also the fact that the live performances were BAD (she spent them sat on a sofa and miming lol) kind of made it lose any chances of success tbh. Because it had everything it could ask for to achieve success: it's great, from a Spice Girl who had just had a #1 single AND also was part of a multi-million franchise (Austin Powers)...

But people just didnt get it AND the promo was terrible lol

Personally, I love it and I'm really thankful it was released, as I tihnk it is fantastic!
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I liked it at the time, i dont think it has aged well but i still enjoy it, lullaby is still her best single though.
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How bizarre. It came on randomly twice on my iPhone today. I think it aged well... I quite like it. Maybe because back in the day I didnít know it was a cover.
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I love it. Always have. It suits her.

But then, I always liked the original too. I think the song is divisive and her young audience of the time weren't interested in an 80s throwback. The video was not what any fans wanted from her either. A bit too grown up and surreal.

I suspect the live performances were low energy because Mel had only recently given birth. So didn't get to showcase her impressive dance ability.

But on reflection, I don't think she should consider it a flop. Despite all that stuff, it still charted quite well. And now her fans are older, they can appreciate where she was going with it. She should be proud.
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It cannot be considered a flop also because it was not an album single but only a film soundtrack and therefore a top 20 is not bad
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She didnít put it on her album because it didnít do well.
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Itís liked on here more than I thought !

Little Mix version is terrible !!
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QUOTE(gabry @ Apr 10 2020, 09:18 AM) *
It cannot be considered a flop also because it was not an album single but only a film soundtrack and therefore a top 20 is not bad


At the time it was considered a flop unfortunately. Mel B's previous single was also a song from a soundtrack and that was #1. Plus she was a Spice Girl and pretty much one of the most famous singers in the world who had never seen *anything* she put her name on to reach any lower than #2... So unfortunately it was - and is - considered a flop still today... a shame...
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It was most certainly a flop for 1999, just consider the other girls 1999 chart positions

Geri (#2 and two #1s)
Mel C (two #4s)
Emma (#2)

A #13 was unheard off for a Spice Girl.


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I remember she said that she did not like the song because Jimmy Gulzar was involved in the creative process of the video.
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#13 is still an achievement. No shame in it.
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QUOTE(Babyboy @ Apr 10 2020, 05:46 PM) *
I remember she said that she did not like the song because Jimmy Gulzar was involved in the creative process of the video.


That makes a lot of sense actually. And didnt she also say in her first book that Jimmy was the person who suggested she recorded the song in the first place?
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Yes. Should be correct what you said. Something like.. To help him to get involved in a project.

Also Timbaland that produced the song was not a well know producer at the time.
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I actually loved this song at the time and I still love it now. I think itís one of her best along with ĎFeels So Goodí. I loved the production and the song really suited Melanieís voice. I donít know why it doesnít get much love compared to her other stuff.
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I really like Word Up now, but I didnít care for it back in 1999. Like others have mentioned, the overall package of this single and video seemed too adult for me, I felt alienated by it. As I got older, I grew to appreciate it more!

Back in 99 it was revealed as being a #14 entry, in a chart that was aired with errors. OCC eventually published the correct chart a few years ago, showing that it was genuinely a #13 instead. Nowadays a peak like that seems absolutely fine, but at the time it was the first Spice related release to miss the top 10, performing worse than How Does It Feel to Be on Top of the World (#9 in 1998). So I can understand that Virgin & Mel B would have been underwhelmed by this outcome at the time.

I definitely prefer the vibe of Melís cover to Little Mixís rather frantic sounding version of it. Itís cool that she worked with Timbaland before he really became famous.
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It's utter crap
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