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Posted by: Jay ☆ Sep 19 2017, 10:23 AM

19 years ago...
Monday 14th September 1998

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hx1krWk-kFI

The day after marrying her first husband Jimmy Gulzar, Mel B released her debut solo single I Want You Back, featuring Missy Elliott! The R&B/Hip-Hop flavoured track was the very first solo release to come from any of the Spice Girls. It debuted at #1 in the UK, and would prove to be Mel's only chart topper away from the group. Its entry date of Sunday 20th September 1998 was also the last date of the Spiceworld Tour, with the concluding date taking place at Wembley Stadium.


16 years ago...
Monday 17th September 2001

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dl15xG3cHd4

Victoria's first chart moment away from the Spice Girls was a collaboration with True Steppers & Dane Bowers - Out of Your Mind - in August 2000. It would be another year until she was ready to release her first completely solo single, Not Such an Innocent Girl. By 2001, all of her former band-mates had achieved at least one solo #1 each (the aforementioned Out of Your Mind had had to make do with #2). The pressure was on for Victoria to achieve the same. With an expensive-looking video and an intense promotional schedule, surely Victoria's time had come? Unfortunately for her, it wasn't to be! Despite a much-hyped chart battle between herself and Kylie Minogue (who won out, with Can't Get You Out of My Head entering at #1), she fell way short of the mark - entering and peaking at #6. Surely a great position to achieve for a lot of artists, but for Victoria it was labelled as an unmitigated flop. cry.gif


4 years ago...
Thursday 19th September 2013

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jUUO5JeT-QA

Mel B surprised her fans with the release of For Once in My Life, her first music release in over 8 years! Was she finally gearing herself up to release a third solo album? Sadly not, as another 4 years have come and gone without further music releases! For the past decade Mel has experienced major success in the television industry, and thus has prioritised presenting & judging over music. For Once in My Life was backed with one of the more memorable solo-Spice music videos - it was filmed on the set of Desperate Housewives, and sees her stripping off, cutting her own hair and even giving herself a kiss on the lips. ;o Ultimately chart success wasn't forthcoming, although it managed to make it to #30 in the UK Indie singles chart, and #2 in the US Billboard Dance Club Songs.

Posted by: Tawdry Hepburn Sep 19 2017, 10:29 AM

I like 'For Once In My Life'. It was mainly stemmed from me and my then housemate having an ironic obsession with it bit then grew to genuinely like it.

'I Want You Back' is probably one of the most forgettable and nondescript #1s ever. NSAIG is okay, but nothing to write home about at all.

Posted by: JB2o2o Sep 19 2017, 07:56 PM

wow didnt realize they all came out around the same time.

I loved both IWYB and FOIML. Missy did a great thing working with Mel on that track. I only wish she (and Timbaland) could've done more on the album.

NSAIG was cute when it came out. I rarely listen to it now, I loved the video tho.

Posted by: JosephGutierrez Sep 20 2017, 07:49 PM

For Once In My Life is such an anthem, can't believe it was 4 years ago ohmy.gif

Posted by: Jay ☆ Sep 20 2017, 07:58 PM

19 years ago...

Saturday 19th September 1998 / Sunday 20th September 1998



The Spice Girls performed the last two dates of their Spiceworld Tour at Wembley Stadium!

The tour began in February 1998 in Dublin, Ireland, and at this point the Spice Girls were still in tact as a 5 piece. However, by the end of the first European leg in May, Geri quit the group - just two weeks before they were set to embark on their North American dates. Despite fears of a backlash, their American fans proved themselves to be fine with the prospect of seeing a quartet instead. Barely any refunds were requested and every American date was successfully completed. By the time the girls returned to the UK for their stadium dates in Sheffield & London, both Mel B & Victoria were showing the signs of pregnancy. The Wembley shows were filmed, and subsequently released on VHS in November 1998 and DVD in October 2008.

Memorable elements of this tour include the If U Can't Dance intro (I love the routine / formation!), Naked (despite it seeming that only the chairs they were sat on were covering their modesty, they weren't completely naked x), 2 Become 1 (Emma's extended high note wub.gif ), Spice Up Your Life (the conga *.*) and a rousing cover of We Are Family.

Looking back, it's a great shame that the biggest show of their career wasn't with the full line-up. This is why I actually prefer their Istanbul show from 1997 - for me it represents the group at their peak & I enjoy it more (even though it's sadly lacking a performance of Viva Forever). Geri has since expressed regret at missing out on the opportunity to perform at Wembley Stadium - although she did get to perform for American & Canadian fans for the first time, thanks to the 2007/8 tour The Return of the Spice Girls.

Posted by: schizo_spice Sep 21 2017, 12:58 PM

Yeah as good as Wembley Stadium was looking at it now it just never looks or feels right as a four piece. I think it's also because there was no new four piece only music either it was just Spice and Spiceworld which again made the absence stand out more (to me)



Posted by: Jay ☆ Oct 11 2017, 01:23 AM

18 years ago...
Monday 27th September 1999

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dlq9PecSD5o

Melanie C released Goin' Down, which managed a peak of #4 in the UK. This grungy rock song was released as the lead single off her debut album Northern Star.


17 years ago...
Monday 25th September 2000

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VtW13ZtSdgw

Mel B released Tell Me, which also reached #4 in the UK and preceded the release of her debut album Hot. It includes the memorable lyric "all you loved was Mel B's money" (this song is about her ex-husband Jimmy Gulzar).


17 years ago...
Monday 9th October 2000



Mel B's debut album Hot was released. It proved to be a commercial disaster, stalling at #28 in the UK chart - making it the first Spice related release to miss the UK Top 20. Mel B sadly has the dubious honour of being the only Spice Girl not to have achieved a Top 10 solo album. Four months after release, Mel achieved another Top 5 hit single with 'Feels So Good', but interest in its parent album remained limited - only managing to climb to #95.


16 years ago...
Monday 1st October 2001



Victoria Beckham's self-titled album came out. She was the last of the Spice Girls to release a debut, following Geri's 'Schizophonic' (1999), Melanie C's 'Northern Star' (1999), Mel B's 'Hot' (2000) and Emma's 'A Girl Like Me' (2001). 'Victoria Beckham' achieved a UK peak of #10, following on from the #6 peak its lead single 'Not Such An Innocent Girl' acheived. Sadly this would prove to be Victoria's only commercially released album, although her second album sessions (from 2003/2004) were eventually leaked.


12 years ago...
Friday 30th September 2005

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W9n5AkJU-so

Melanie C released First Day of My Life (a cover of an Enrique Iglesias song). It became a #1 smash in Germany, Spain & Switzerland thanks to being the theme song from the German soap opera telenovela Wege zum Glück. The single's success lead to a re-release of her third album Beautiful Intentions, which hadn't previously included the track. Curiously she didn't release this as a single in the UK, but included it as a bonus track on the 'Carolyna' single in 2007.

Posted by: Jonjo Oct 12 2017, 09:51 AM

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Memorable elements of this tour include the If U Can't Dance intro (I love the routine / formation!), Naked (despite it seeming that only the chairs they were sat on were covering their modesty, they weren't completely naked x), 2 Become 1 (Emma's extended high note  ), Spice Up Your Life (the conga *.*) and a rousing cover of We Are Family.
BITCH.

DON'T EVEN FORGET ABOUT THE MEL'S 'VIVA FOREVER' MOMENT. I.e. the absolute best moment from the concert! wub.gif

Posted by: Jay ☆ Oct 12 2017, 11:06 AM

drama.gif I’m surprised I did!! Maybe the Viva Forever haters are influencing me. ;o

Posted by: Jay ☆ Oct 13 2017, 10:12 AM

20 years ago...
Monday 13th October 1997

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9wfpXI5PKlw

Spice Girls released Spice Up Your Life, the first single from their second album Spiceworld! http://www.buzzjack.com/forums/index.php?s=&showtopic=205301&view=findpost&p=5843362


14 years ago...
Monday 13th October 2003

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AdW9oM6ZMME

Emma Bunton released Maybe, the second single to be taken from her sophomore album Free Me! What a gem of a pop song. wub.gif It provided Emma with a #6 peak in the UK.

Posted by: »ïïïïïïïïïïïïï. Oct 13 2017, 04:56 PM

Both are great tracks that I still listen to quite frequent happy.gif

Feeling all nostalgic with this topic btw wub.gif

(And old sleep.gif ).. teresa.gif

Posted by: Jay ☆ Oct 17 2017, 07:59 AM

21 years ago...
Monday 14th October 1996

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ro0FW9Qt-4

Spice Girls released their second single Say You'll Be There! http://www.buzzjack.com/forums/index.php?s=&showtopic=205301&view=findpost&p=5843362


20 years ago...
Thursday 16th October 1997

https://twitter.com/SpiceGirlsNet/status/920017030430052352

The official launch of the Spice Girls dolls! They would go on to be the fifth best selling toy of Christmas 1997 in the UK with 300,000 sales, which was reportedly too limited to satisfy demand. 9 year old me really wanted them, but 9 year old me was also too aware of "dolls not being for boys" to dare ask cry.gif :') Does anyone here collect their dolls?

Posted by: Sonia Fowler Oct 17 2017, 08:04 AM

Omg 21 years since their best single was released!!

Posted by: Jay ☆ Oct 19 2017, 10:19 AM

18 years ago...
Monday 18th October 1999



Melanie C's debut album - Northern Star - was released 18 years ago! ohmy.gif Released three weeks after introductory single 'Goin' Down', the album started off somewhat modestly in the UK album chart - entering at #10, on sales of just under 18,000. Northern Star initially spent just three weeks inside the Top 40, but with the release of its title track as the second single, it climbed back inside, and remained within the Top 40 over Christmas 1999. This caused its sales to swell to 175,000 by the end of the year.

2000 proved to be an incredibly successful year for Melanie C. The album's third & fourth releases - Never Be The Same Again and I Turn To You - both topped the UK charts. A re-release of the album containing newer versions of these two singles saw Northern Star achieve its peak of #4. It was certified 3xPlatinum by February 2001, denoting shipments of over 900,000 copies. Its actual UK sales stood at 890,150 as of October 2016. It also achieved great longevity, registering 99 weeks inside the UK Top 200 - even re-entering the Top 75 in 2004!

The album was also a success in other countries. It reached #1 in Sweden and peaked within the Top 10 in several countries. It was certified gold in Australia, Canada and Switzerland, and platinum in Germany and Sweden. Although Northern Star only reached #108 in the US Billboard chart, it sold around 95,000 copies there in total. With an estimated 4 million sales worldwide, this makes Northern Star by far the most successful album released by a member of the Spice Girls gone solo. Go Melanie!

Despite the album receiving average reviews upon release (including a particularly scathing assessment by http://www.nme.com/reviews/album/reviews-nme-1475), its a true fan favourite - with many fans citing it as not only Melanie's best work, but as the best solo Spice Girls album. It's arguably the most genre diverse album released by a Spice Girl too, exploring pop, rock, electronic, r&b, techno and punk - with production from Rick Rubin, Rick Nowels, Craig Armstrong, Marius De Vries, Rhett Lawrence and most notably William Orbit, who was one of the producers on Madonna's much-celebrated album 'Ray of Light' (1998).

Melanie C may not be one of the UK's most celebrated female solo artists, sadly - but in my eyes Northern Star is a classic - happy 18th anniversary! *.*

Posted by: Blond 2.0 Oct 19 2017, 01:47 PM

WOW time flies I still love this album so much one of her best work ever and one of the best spice solo albums ever .

Posted by: Fulvio84 Oct 19 2017, 02:44 PM

I like Northern star but not myfav solo record.
Is funny to see how modest was in the beginning and how big became after NBTSA and I turn to you.
I always thought that if the success was keeping low until 2000 then we could have such a better Forever era, with solo attitude less strong and much more focu on the group again

Posted by: vibe Oct 20 2017, 10:43 AM

NS is a masterpiece

Posted by: Spiceboy Oct 20 2017, 10:01 PM

Northern star is my favourite Spice realease full stop! I adore it wub.gif

Posted by: Maurice Oct 23 2017, 11:00 AM

Northern Star is Melanie's best album, still love it now. Not the best solo spice album but certainly one of the best.

Posted by: Jay ☆ Oct 23 2017, 01:09 PM

17 years ago...
Monday 23rd October 2000

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gFBWbH5CeREhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RtczIm5XrNo

Spice Girls released their Holler / Let Love Lead the Way, the "Double A Side" single which launched their third studio album, Forever! The single reached #1 in the UK, becoming their 9th and final chart topper as a group.

http://www.buzzjack.com/forums/index.php?s=&showtopic=205301&view=findpost&p=5831251 + http://www.buzzjack.com/forums/index.php?s=&showtopic=205301&view=findpost&p=5830055

Posted by: Blond 2.0 Oct 23 2017, 02:12 PM

Mind the Mel C look they all were hot in the video , Holler is just perfection and still sounds awesome

Posted by: JB2o2o Oct 23 2017, 04:30 PM

^^im now feeling old with this one...sheesh

Posted by: Maurice Oct 23 2017, 05:49 PM

I was 13 17 years ago, i can imagine people feeling old tbh.

Posted by: Blond 2.0 Oct 24 2017, 03:16 PM

What about them do they feel old too LOL

Posted by: Jay ☆ Nov 3 2017, 05:51 PM

20 years ago...
Monday 3rd November 1997



It's been 20 years since the release of the Spice Girls' second album Spiceworld! ohmy.gif

Spiceworld is of course the follow up to their hugely successful debut album 'Spice'. The level of notoriety and success the Spice Girls achieved with that album was phenomenal, and lead to them filming their very own movie! This took place in the summer of 1997. As if the Spice Girls weren't busy enough learning their lines & filming scenes, there was also the small matter of recording their second album. Spiceworld was written/recorded on set during any free moments; a hectic time for the Spice Girls!

Spiceworld is a pop album, with influences of Latin (Spice Up Your Life, Viva Forever), Motown (Stop), Disco (Never Give Up on the Good Times) and even Jazz (The Lady is a Vamp). It received positive critical reviews, bettering the mixed response towards their debut.

The album was an instantaneous success, reaching the Top 10 in all major markets - including #1 in the UK, on first week sales of just under 192,000. This made it the fastest selling girl group album of all-time in the UK, a record which has still not been taken from them 20 years on... so it might come as a surprise that the media and music industry insiders deemed its sales as being "disappointing" at the time! This negativity/backlash was likely a response to the Spice Girls famously sacked their manager (Simon Fuller) just four days after the album's release. Spiceworld spent three non-consecutive weeks at #1, and had sold its millionth copy by the end of 1997. By 2009, its total sales were approaching 1.6m, while its worldwide sales are reportedly around 20m.

Four singles were released from the album - Spice Up Your Life, Too Much, Stop and Viva Forever. Stop became the group's first single to miss the top spot in the UK, having to make do with #2, but the other three singles all reached #1. Too Much was the most successful release in the US, where it peaked at #9 - the group's final US Top 10 hit.

In February 1998, the Spice Girls embarked on their first tour (the Spiceworld Tour) in support of the album. They started in Europe, and sadly by the end of this leg in May, Geri decided to leave the group. A four piece Spice Girls toured North America over the summer of 1998, and culminated with stadium dates at Don Valley and Wembley Stadium in September 1998, which marked the end of this album era.


wub.gif What an incredible pop album, one of my all time faves! Please feel free to share your memories / your favourite songs/performances!

Posted by: Maurice Nov 3 2017, 07:10 PM

Ha 20 years ago today i ran to the shop to buy this album with my dad and my sister throwing a strop in the music shop because she didn't get the Backstreet Boys album she wanted laugh.gif
I remember coming home and listening to the album the whole evening and thinking the girl sang German in Move Over for several years! (Das ist over instead of Cause its over)
This is my favorite album of the girls. It had the hits like Spice Up Your Life,Too Much, Stop and Viva Forever and brilliant songs like Saturday Night Divas,Never Give Up On The Good Times,Do It, Denying and The Lady is a Vamp. In my opinion there is no bad song on this album.
Loved the tour and went to the Arnhem date on the 28th of March 1998. Sadly we lost Geri during this era but the Wembley concert was stil amazing!

Posted by: Jay ☆ Nov 4 2017, 10:16 PM

I'll write something more substantial tomorrow perhaps, but today marks 21 years since the release of Spice in the UK!

21 & 20 years since their first two albums... help ;o

Posted by: Spiceboy Nov 5 2017, 04:51 PM

Spiceworld wub.gif Truly a pop masterpiece! This deserved to outsell their debut in my opinion. While I love Spice, Spiceworld is much more varied in it's styles touching on Motown, Latin, Disco, Jazz and even flavours of RnB, it was great evolution from the first album and it features my top 3 Spice Girls singles (Viva forever, Stop, Spice up your life) wub.gif

It has been really lovely to see a few articles from Billboard and Metro giving the album the praise it deserves, it's Spiceworld that makes me gutted that we never got that 3rd follow up to the album, these girls still had so much more to give (as evident with some of their solo pop masterpieces).

Posted by: Jay ☆ Nov 5 2017, 06:17 PM

^ It's great that it's received some attention for its anniversary! wub.gif

A few articles:

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Spice Girls: 9 reasons why Spiceworld is the greatest pop album of the 90s

There’s a tendency to discredit the Spice Girls’ actual music when it comes to discussing the colossal impact they made in the mid-90s.

Sure, the entry-level feminism, colourful DIY fashion sense, never-ending commercial tie-ins and TOTP magazine-devised nicknames all played their part in establishing Scary, Ginger, Sporty, Baby and Posh as the decade’s ultimate pop-culture icons.

But without the perfectly crafted pop of their No 1s (and a No. 2), as well as their two multi-million-selling parent albums, the quintet are unlikely to have made a ripple in their own country, let alone conquer the entire globe.

Twenty years to the day that their second studio effort, Spiceworld, hit the shelves, here’s a look at why it still stands up as the greatest pop album of the 1990s.

Read More: http://metro.co.uk/2017/11/03/spice-girls-9-reasons-why-spiceworld-is-the-greatest-pop-album-of-the-90s-7039814/


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Spice Girls' 'Spiceworld' Turns 20: Remembering Their Eclectic, Theatrical Second Album

Not to state the obvious, but the Spice Girls were one of the most famous pop groups of the ‘90s. The quintet’s 1996 debut Spice launched a worldwide girl power movement that extended beyond the pop world. But the band continued its reign even as it ventured into more experimental, theatrical territory on their sophomore effort Spiceworld.

Spiceworld featured all five-band members, Victoria “Posh” Beckham, Emma “Baby” Bunton, Geri “Ginger” Halliwell, Melanie “Scary” Brown and Melanie “Sporty” Chisholm, as they fused pop, R&B, salsa and balladry together. The record would go on to soundtrack their feature film Spice World in 1998 and would continue to build the hype surrounding the pop group.

With the Spice Girls’ sophomore record turning 20 today (Nov. 3), we're taking a look at it track by track. Perhaps 20 is the magic number for at least four of the five members to reunite for a tour. Let this post serve as encouragement.

Read More: http://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/pop/8023062/spice-girls-spiceworld-album-anniversary


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Dear Spice Girls, Thank You For Teaching A Little Boy About Girl Power
An open letter to the best-selling female group of all time on the 20th anniversary of ‘Spiceworld’

Dear Spice Girls,

Or should I say, “Dear the Spice Girls”? IDK! Anyway, today marks the 20th anniversary of Spiceworld’s U.S. release. Not many albums are worth reflecting on two decades in, but Spiceworld and your movie, Spice World (which turns 20 this December), are special. Not just to me, of course—you’re the best-selling female group of all time—but, for now, we’re going to focus on me.

Read More: https://nylon.com/articles/spice-girls-spiceworld-20th-anniversary


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TRIBUTE: Celebrating 20 Years of Spice Girls’ ‘Spiceworld’

Happy 20th Anniversary to Spice Girls’ second studio album Spiceworld, originally released November 3, 1997.

Victoria Beckham, Melanie Brown, Emma Bunton, Melanie Chisholm and Geri Horner (née Halliwell) had already conquered their native homeland England—and most of the globe — with Spice in 1996. Once their first album stepped onto American shores, simply put, it was just another territory to be taken by the quintet. And so it was. Looking back now, in the era of Blur, Björk and Bad Boy, the Spice Girls were a funky, approachable and fresh alternative. They were also well studied. Their research had encompassed the musical urbanity of their American predecessors En Vogue and TLC, as well as the DIY model of their British foremothers Bananarama. Pairing that education with their own musical and visual disposition, the Spice Girls were peerless upon arrival.

Read More: http://www.albumism.com/features/tribute-celebrating-20-years-of-spice-girls-spiceworld


Read More: http://www.albumism.com/features/tribute-celebrating-20-years-of-spice-girls-spiceworld

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Essential Albums: The Spice Girls – Spiceworld]
20 years after its initial release, Suraj Hallan tells us why the Spice Girls' multi-platinum album is still just as relevant and empowering today

After their debut album, Spice, became the best-selling album of all time by a girl-group, with sales of 31 million, the pressure was on for the Spice Girls to deliver with their follow-up. In late 1997, the group gifted pop music with their second album, Spiceworld. The album became a global success, shifting a smooth 20 million worldwide, becoming one of the best-selling albums of all time. However, despite its success in the 90s, is the message and influence of this album still relevant 20 years on? Of course it is!

Read More: http://www.redbrick.me/music/slider-music/essential-albums-spice-girls-spiceworld/


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20 Years Later: A ‘Spiceworld’ Song To Match Your Every Emotion

A little over two decades ago, the iconic Spice Girls arrived on the scene and changed both pop culture and the music industry forever.

The five British singers dropped major hit makers like “Wannabe,” “2 Become 1” and “Say You’ll Be There.” But it was their second album that debuted on November 3, 1997 from planet Spiceworld—solidifying the quintet as more than just a pop group, but rather, everlasting symbols of girl power.

n 1997, the world was in peak Spice mania and Spiceworld became an instant commercial success as it debuted at No. 1 on the UK Albums Chart and climbed to the top three in 18 other countries. While their first album Spice was just as popular, Spiceworld’s songs were catchier and honed in on Ginger, Sporty, Posh, Scary and Baby’s vocal talents while also boasting more personal lyrics.

During the time of Spiceworld’s release, the Spice Girls were involved in a lot of controversies from firing then manager Simon Fuller, misbehaving in front of the British Royal family and reports of constant arguing within the group. With that, each track on Spiceworld brings about a different emotion the girl’s were feeling at the time that resonated with listeners.

Whether you’re feeling sad, happy, angry or all of the above, Spiceworld has got you covered. In honor of it’s 20th anniversary, we recommend listening to the pop masterpiece again—no matter what you’re feeling.

Read More: https://www.much.com/20-year-anniversary-spiceworld-track-for-every-emotion/

Posted by: Jay ☆ Nov 5 2017, 07:00 PM

21 years ago...
Monday 4th November 1996



...the Spice Girls' debut album Spice went on sale in the UK!

After forming in 1994 via an audition process, the Spice Girls (or Touch as they were known back then) parted company with the original managers the following year. This was due to their frustration with the company's unwillingness to listen to their visions and ideas.

The Spice Girls already had a session booked with the songwriter and producer Eliot Kennedy, so they drove to his studio in Sheffield to see if he'd still honour the meeting, even though they were now lacking in representation. Thankfully Eliot was intrigued by the girls and decided to work with them anyway. 'Love Thing' and 'Say You'll Be There' were composed during their very first session together. From there on out their debut album took shape, with writers & producers Stannard and Rowe & Paul Wilson and Andy Watkins also coming on board. The Spice Girls eventually secured new management with Simon Fuller of 19 Entertainment, and subsequently signed to Virgin Records in September 1995. 'Spice' was ultimately ready to be released a year later.

The 10-track album is a pop record at its core, but it incorporates other styles such as r&b, soul, funk and even hip-hop!

'Spice' entered the UK albums chart at #1 on 10th November 1996, with first week sales of 114,000. From there on out its sales exploded, and by the end of 1996 'Spice' had racked up an astonishing 1,800,000 sales, peaking with 439,000 sales in a single week in the Christmas chart (while the third single, the ballad '2 Become 1', became the Christmas #1 of 1996). The album went on to spend 15 non-consecutive weeks at #1 in total, as well as a consecutive 40 week run within the Top 5. It was still Top 20 by the time the group had moved on to its second album era. It is certified 10xPlatinum for shipments exceeding 3 million copies, and was within the Top 3 best selling albums of 1996 and 1997, as well as the third best selling album of the 1990s decade. It didn't exit the chart until early 1999, having amassed 113 weeks in the Top 200.

'Spice' was released in February 1997 in the US. It initially entered the US Billboard chart at #6, which at the time was the highest debut for a UK girl group. They held this record until 2013, when Little Mix entered the US chart at #4 with their own debut album 'DNA'. Ultimately 'DNA' had a short chart life, whereas 'Spice' had tremendous tenacity. It hovered around the US Top 10 for 3 months, before it finally reached its peak of #1 (where it stayed for 5 non-consecutive weeks). 'Spice' ended up selling over 5 million copies in 1997 alone, and went on to achieve a sales total of around 7.5m.

Overall, 'Spice' is one of the most successful albums of all-time, and remains as the best selling by a girl group. It has reportedly sold as much as 31 million copies worldwide. It topped the charts in at least 17 countries, and became a platinum or multi-platinum album in more than 40 countries. It was also the best selling album worldwide in 1997. The success of 'Spice' and the singles taken from it, combined with their unique image & infectious personalities, helped the Spice Girls to become a worldwide phenomenon, not seen since Beatlemania.

One word: iconic. wub.gif

Posted by: Jade Nov 5 2017, 07:07 PM

Spice and Spiceworld are both two of my favourite albums of all-time wub.gif I really need to get the former on vinyl at some point. Funnily enough, I prefer the Spiceworld singles but the Spice album tracks so I guess they're great in different ways. My parents owned Spice when it first came out, so when I got into the girls I nabbed it off them and they still haven't got it back. kink.gif happy birthday to two iconic albums *.*

Posted by: Jay ☆ Nov 5 2017, 07:12 PM

10 years ago...
Monday 5th November 2007

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VMo6v_uFZKU

It's been a decade since the release of the Spice Girls' final ever single (presumably cry.gif ) - 'Headlines (Friendship Never Ends)'!

*Lazily copies the commentary I wrote for it in the recent rate results* heehee.gif

2007 saw the return of the Spice Girls, reuniting after 7 years apart! As well as announcing a world tour & a Greatest Hits album, they also confirmed a new single - 'Headlines (Friendship Never Ends)' - released as that year's Children in Need single. In an interview with GMTV, Geri described 'Headlines' as a "big love song" and a "Spice Girls classic".

After a rather haphazard release strategy of "download only" (5th November), inclusion on the Greatest Hits album (12th November) and finally a CD single (19th November), 'Headlines' stalled at #11 in the UK - making it their first single to miss the Top 10 (in fact they'd never previously placed lower than #2). It spent a mere 6 weeks in the Top 100, and racked up total sales of just over 50,000. Undoubtedly a huge under-performance & disappointment for a group previously accustomed to #1 platinum smashes. It also reached #90 in the US Billboard Hot 100.

Can you believe it's been 10 years? ohmy.gif What do you think about Headlines?

Posted by: Jay ☆ Nov 5 2017, 07:21 PM

QUOTE(Jade @ Nov 5 2017, 07:07 PM) *
Spice and Spiceworld are both two of my favourite albums of all-time wub.gif I really need to get the former on vinyl at some point. Funnily enough, I prefer the Spiceworld singles but the Spice album tracks so I guess they're great in different ways. My parents owned Spice when it first came out, so when I got into the girls I nabbed it off them and they still haven't got it back. kink.gif happy birthday to two iconic albums *.*

Ooh definitely get the Spice vinyl when you can, one of my favourite items in my collection. wub.gif

I think out of the two I lean towards preferring Spiceworld on the whole, but of course I love both albums! heart.gif

Posted by: Spiceboy Nov 5 2017, 09:43 PM

Headlines rolleyes.gif

I actually really like the song it's a beautiful ballad but it is just so wrong for a single, and a comeback single from a group who had a perfect run of amazing singles up until then, it's just barmy. When you look at what All Saints managed the year before with Rock Steady for their come back, and then Girls Aloud Something New for their come back a few years later, it pales in comparison. I so so so so SO wish we had got a massive upbeat stomper of a track for their comeback something in the vein of Who do you think you are, Never give up on the good times, Spice up your life, one that could not be ignored, then Headlines could have taken Voodoo's place on the GH that would have been perfect.

Arrrgh these girls wub.gif lol

Posted by: liamk97 Nov 6 2017, 12:50 PM

NME reviewed Spiceworld as part of this week's edition of Album Club:



From 17:35 onwards. Snobby at times, as is expected of NME, but it is interesting to hear a perspective of people not necessarily fans of Spice Girls.

Posted by: Blond 2.0 Nov 6 2017, 02:14 PM

I still love headlines

Posted by: Fulvio84 Nov 7 2017, 12:44 AM

Tonight I dreamed of them singing Headlines in a big Tv show similar to te Olympics 😍

Posted by: Jay ☆ Nov 7 2017, 01:33 PM

17 years ago...
Monday 6th November 2000



Forever, the third studio album by the Spice Girls, was released! A huge write-up for this one. kink.gif

This album was a long time in the making. Plans for a third Spice Girls album were in motion in 1998, with the girls suggesting that it would include solo songs and duets, as well as group songs. This unusual idea obviously didn't come to pass.

'Goodbye' was recorded in the summer of 1998 and released as a single in December. It became their third Christmas #1 and fifth best selling hit. At this point it seemed the group's popularity was untainted despite Geri's departure earlier that year - so there was huge interest in when the eventual first 4-piece album would materialise. Would it be ready in 1999?

Sadly not! Following the success of 'Goodbye', the group parted ways for a few months. Victoria & Mel B both gave birth in early 1999 and took time out - and notably Melanie C took the opportunity to record her first solo album ('Northern Star') during this downtime. It wasn't until August 1999 that the girls were ready to start work on the third album. They collaborated with their usual British producers and writers, and for the first time in their careers they worked with the American producers Rodney & Fred Jerkins, and Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis. According to Geri many years later, the other four girls had expressed an interest in making R&B music even while she was still in the group, but she felt it wasn't the right fit for her. She reckons that it was her departure that allowed the other girls to feel free to explore their desire to record R&B.

In December 1999 the girls embarked on a short UK tour, 'Christmas In Spiceworld'. They showcased three of their new songs - 'W.O.M.A.N.', 'Right Back At Ya' and 'Holler' (then known as 'Holler Holler'). The first two songs were a continuation of the pop sound they were known and loved for, while 'Holler' was their fans' first taste of the group's new sound.

In March 2000, the Spice Girls were honoured with the 'Outstanding Contribution to Music' award at the BRIT Awards - but despite this, a single and album wasn't ready for release, to benefit from this exposure. What was the cause of the delay? By this point, they had recorded more than enough tracks to compile an album. It seems the delay was for two reasons. Reason 1: The girls were distracted by their solo endeavours. That same month, Melanie C achieved her first solo #1 hit with 'Never Be The Same Again', and sales of her album skyrocketed. She followed this with another #1 smash in August, 'I Turn to You' - and both singles became successful worldwide. The other three girls also spent time separately in recording studios in 2000, each working on respective debut solo albums. Reason 2: The Spice Girls/Virgin decided to scrap almost all of the tracks from their "pop sessions", deciding to commit fully to making the album an R&B record - and thus needed more time in the studio to create new tracks. It wasn't until July that the album's final track was recorded (while the sole surviving pop track, 'Right Back At Ya', was reworked to fit the album's sound), and thus they were finally ready to get to work on choosing a single, recording videos and starting promotion.

The tracks 'Holler' and 'Let Love Lead The Way' (both written and recorded in August 1999) were chosen to be released as a Double A Side single. Both videos were filmed in July 2000, and the songs/videos premiered in September. It was also revealed that the third album finally had a name - 'Forever'.

Rather strangely, Mel B decided to release her solo material just week's before the group's releases, despite strong resistance from Virgin. This decision proved to be a misfire, with her debut album 'Hot' stalling at #28 in the UK albums chart. Despite this, it seemed like it was business as usual for the Spice Girls - their single shot straight to #1 in the UK at the end of October 2000, becoming their 9th #1. Would 'Forever' follow suit?

'Forever' was released in the same week as 'Coast To Coast', the second album from the Irish boyband Westlife. During the Spice Girls' absence from the charts, Westlife had emerged as the new chart force to be reckoned with, having achieved 7 #1 singles in a row by the time the groups went head to head in the charts. Media attention was intense - who would win? Ultimately, the Spice Girls proved to be no match for the all-conquering Westlife. While the girls reached a perfectly respectable #2, they had been outsold 3:1 - and thus were labelled as having flopped.

'Forever' performed disappointingly outside of the UK, failing to make the Top 10 in quite a few countries - partly due to poor promotion. With a downturn in success and reported in-fighting within the group, the Spice Girls quietly parted ways at the end of the year. No further singles were released, and 'Forever' ended up becoming the final Spice Girls studio album. cry.gif

With the benefit of hindsight, there were certainly things they could have done differently. They evidently spent far too long away from the charts, the complete change of direction in music genre was arguably a misstep, and they focused more on their solo careers than the group... it seemed by the time they got around to releasing 'Forever', their passion for the group had dwindled, in particular Melanie C. Also, the group's image had visibly matured, so maybe they were unwittingly alienating some of their younger fans too.

Personally, I don't think 'Forever' is a bad album! It includes some of their greatest vocal moments, and I'll always argue that 'Holler' is one of their best singles. kink.gif What are your thoughts on the album?

Final thought: That artwork will never not be terrible. kink.gif What were they thinking?

Posted by: Spiceboy Nov 7 2017, 05:54 PM

That album artwork sick2.gif Kinda sums up the whole era for me. I like Forever but that’s it I like it while I love the first two albums. While I’m glad we got Holler and some other tracks the whole era kinda makes me wish it was either completely different or not done at all. It certainly tarnished them a little at the time.

Posted by: schizo_spice Nov 7 2017, 07:06 PM

I like the 4 unreleased leaked Eliot Kennedy tracks (A Day in Your Life, Pain Proof, Give You What You Want & Right Back At Ya pop mix) more than the majority of Forever. They wasted a good pop four piece album.

Posted by: Spiceboy Nov 7 2017, 08:02 PM

I agree.

Posted by: Jay ☆ Nov 7 2017, 08:44 PM

So many anniversaries, I can't keep up!!

18 years ago...
Sunday 7th November 1999

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cVp9P1-fBy8https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EEOeClFSQ1o

It's been 18 years since Geri Halliwell and Emma Bunton went head to head in the UK singles chart! Geri released Lift Me Up as the third single from her debut album Schizophonic, while Emma teamed up with Tin Tin Out for her first solo offering What I Am (a cover of the 1988 hit by Edie Brickell & New Bohemians).

At this point in time it hadn't yet been two full years since Geri had left the Spice Girls, and things between her and Emma were still quietly acrimonious. A chart battle wasn't ideal, and not planned by the ladies themselves; Geri openly criticised record label executives at the time: "I think that we should be responsible about that because that little kid has to part with four quid and making them decide is really wicked, I think. That is like choosing between two parents".

Nevertheless, their promotional schedules were intense, ensuring that they both occupied the top two positions - but it was Geri who succeeded in achieving the #1 spot, outselling Emma by a margin of 33,000 copies (139,000 vs 106,000 copies). Geri also won in terms of total sales; as of June 2017 Lift Me Up had sold 346,000 copies, compared to What I Am's 224,000.

Posted by: Spiceboy Nov 7 2017, 10:15 PM

I wonder why neither of them changed their date by a week? I mean both were pretty much heading for the #1 spot it would have been better for both (well Emma) to have moved the singles so they didn't clash hence betting their discographies.

Posted by: Jay ☆ Nov 8 2017, 12:28 AM

03/10/1999 - 141,500 - Eiffel 65 - Blue (La Da Dee)
10/10/1999 - 172,600 - Christina Aguilera - Genie In A Bottle
17/10/1999 - 123,000 - Christina Aguilera - Genie In A Bottle
24/10/1999 - 92,000 - Westlife - Flying Without Wings
31/10/1999 - 137,000 - Five - Keep On Movin
07/11/1999 - 139,000 - Geri Halliwell - Lift Me Up
14/11/1999 - 122,600 - Robbie Williams - She's The One
21/11/1999 - 148,000 - Wamdue Project - King Of My Castle
28/11/1999 - 147,947 - Cliff Richard - Millennium Prayer
05/12/1999 - 158,328 - Cliff Richard - Millennium Prayer
12/12/1999 - 159,369 - Cliff Richard - Millennium Prayer
19/12/1999 - 213,000 - Westlife - I Have A Dream/Seasons In The Sun
26/12/1999 - 231,000 - Westlife - I Have A Dream/Seasons In The Sun

The only week near Emma's release, in which the #1 sold less than what Emma sold to be #2, is (rather surprisingly) Westlife's Flying Without Wings. Westlife 92k vs Emma 106k. The only thing is, if Emma had released a couple of weeks earlier, without the hype of a "Spice Girl vs Spice Girl battle", would she have sold significantly less than 106k, and therefore not prevented Westlife from #1 anyway?

Had Geri moved her week of release and Emma had kept it, the #3 behind Geri/Emma was Five's Keep on Movin', with sales of 87,000. So perhaps Emma would have managed to clinch #1 for herself (again, I'm assuming she'd have sold somewhat less than 106k without the battle hype).

If Geri had released a week earlier, I imagine she would have lost out to Five, and if she'd delayed by a week then she'd have been up against Robbie Williams... and I guess her label didn't feel brave enough for this scenario, even though his first week ended up being less than Geri's.

I know all of this is "moot point" territory! kink.gif It does seem that Emma's only viable chance of #1 would have been if Geri/EMI had decided to move, but it seems they were ultimately happy to stick to it - and it paid off for them!

Posted by: Jay ☆ Nov 12 2017, 06:44 PM

10 years ago...
Monday 12th November 2007



It's been a decade since the Spice Girls released their compilation album Greatest Hits!

The collection includes all 13 of their singles, including 'Headlines (Friendship Never Ends)' which was a brand new single at the time. Additionally, 'Move Over' from the Spiceworld album and another new recording, 'Voodoo', were also included.

Greatest Hits was released in support of the Spice Girls' 'The Return of the Spice Girls' tour, which took place across Europe and North America, from December 2007 to February 2008.

It was released on the same date as X Factor winner Leona Lewis' highly anticipated debut album 'Spirit'. It was a foregone conclusion that Leona would claim the #1 album that week, and she did it in style - selling a huge 375,872 in its first week on sale. The Spice Girls did manage to enter at #2 though, with 75,787 sold. Greatest Hits was certified Platinum in the UK, and had sold over 413,000 copies as of August 2012.

Posted by: Jade Nov 12 2017, 07:47 PM

The Greatest Hits compilation was the first Spice album I ever bought *.* I'm glad they released it shortly before I got into them because a GH is always a solid starting point when you want to get into a group. Their chart career may have been short but they managed to pack a lot of hits into those few years!

It is a shame that the compilation isn't on Spotify. </3

Posted by: Feel_The_Fever Nov 12 2017, 09:04 PM

I always thought the Greatest Hits would have sold more for them, i know it has done well but i expected it to sell far higher.

Posted by: missingyou Nov 13 2017, 10:21 AM

its been a very consistent seller for sure, but i also thought it would sell more, especially as Girls Alouds first GH sold over 1m, released 12 months before.


I feel like a Vinyl would have boosted sales long term, and if it was stocked in the super markets with those 3 pound CDs.


*if* the rumours of a new album next year are true, I hope its a repackage with say a bonus CD rather than a whole new greatest hits, then the sales will all count as one right

Posted by: Mr.X Nov 13 2017, 12:37 PM

The Greatest Hits was a nice collection, but it is somewhat lacking.

They did f*** all promo for it, and released it on the same week as Leona - all the press was again about the chart battle and how Leona had the upperhand - it was sad to see that actually, as maybe if they had released it in another week it would have stand a better chance.

Then the disgraceful Limited Edition Box - what a crack of shit. I bought it out of 'being a fan' but was so reluctant to do it, cos it was bad. I loved the pink, but the 'friendship bracelet' was at best childish and the content of the box super shit.

And Headlines, I think, didnt help it either. It was as a poor song, with a shit video. And I dont even want to talk about their performances of it, or even Voodoo.

So, I like the GH standard edition/two CD edition with videos. It's a great CD with all their singles plus a new track. I wish the standard edition was on Spotify as it would improve its sales over time.

Overall, a bit poorly handled, but a nice item to the collection.

Posted by: sammy01 Nov 13 2017, 03:44 PM

The total for the GH is obviously much higher than Jay's figure posted. It has charted for about 10 weeks in the top 200 after that figure.

As for the release, the cd and cd/dvd were fine, maybe adding step to me would have been good. The ugly pink box was such a disaster though.

A vinyl is crying out to be released surely.

Posted by: Buttered Muffin Nov 13 2017, 03:54 PM

JESUS CHRIST

17 YEARS SINCE OUR OF YOUR MIND AND HOLLER

I CAN'T

I STILL LISTEN TO THEM A LOT

I LITERALLY CAN'T EVEN

OMG AT 18 FOR LIFT ME UP ohmy.gif ohmy.gif

Posted by: Fulvio84 Nov 14 2017, 01:20 PM

I cant believe the reunion and the GH is already 10 years ago, seems less, actually they were absolutly perfect, I ams o happy they did and I was able to attend a concert. Many things could have been done better but still it was beautiful

Posted by: Jay ☆ Nov 23 2017, 01:26 AM

19 years ago...
Monday 23rd November 1998 - Bryan Adams feat. Melanie C - 'When You're Gone'

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_W2jONIjrM0


18 years ago...
Monday 22nd November 1999 - Melanie C - 'Northern Star' (Single)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i6OLkIF3Up4


14 years ago...
Monday 10th November 2003 - Melanie C - 'Melt' / 'Yeh Yeh Yeh'

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k0RBIkWpyd8 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rL07-WxN-c8


13 years ago...
Monday 22nd November 2004 - Geri Halliwell - 'Ride It'

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lV8ivByc6U8


11 years ago...
Monday 20th November 2006 - Emma Bunton - 'Downtown'

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NhD4rXkV0yo


6 years ago...
Sunday 6th November 2011 - Melanie C - 'Weak'

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f1bsXGc7X0U


5 years ago...
Sunday 11th November 2012 - Melanie C feat. Emma Bunton - 'I Know Him So Well'

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7eO0hhfq5RM


4 years ago...
Friday 25th October 2013 - Geri Halliwell - 'Half of Me'

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-EK2vNnS5pg


I forgot to mention a few of these anniversaries over the past few weeks! Note that today's date is exactly 19 years since 'When You're Gone', while yesterday was 13 years since 'Ride It' & 18 years since 'Northern Star'.

Can't quite believe how old some of these songs are now. 13 years since Geri's last Top 10 hit, and 11 years since Emma's last one... drama.gif cry.gif

Posted by: vibe Nov 23 2017, 06:48 AM

When You’re Gone is still so huge . Played all over radio around the world . Melanie really did help this song become a hit !!!

Posted by: Jay ☆ Nov 30 2017, 12:10 AM

17 years ago...
Monday 27th November 2000 - Melanie C - 'If That Were Me'

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-K_P6G0E7oE


16 years ago...
Monday 26th November 2001 - Geri Halliwell - Calling'

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yu4a_7k38Bc


'If That Were Me' and 'Calling' have a couple of things in common - they're both ballads, and both were released as the last singles from their respective parent albums, 'Northern Star' and 'Scream If You Wanna Go Faster'.

The proceeds of Melanie C's single went to the Kandu Arts charity, due to the song's theme about homelessness. It was poorly received by critics, and it couldn't be called a fan favourite either (although I personally like it!). It peaked at #18 in the UK charts, which at the time was the lowest peaking single a solo Spice Girl had achieved. In fairness it was the 5th release from a multi-platinum album, and unlike her previous three singles, 'If That Were Me' wasn't edited or remixed for its release. As of 2009 it had sold over 53,000 copies, which believe it or not makes it Melanie's 7th best seller.

Geri had high hopes that 'Calling' would return her to #1 in the UK charts, but it wasn't to be - entering at a respectable #7 (its eventual total sales exceeded 70,000 copies). This chart position reportedly upset her, and it abruptly marked the end of the 'Scream If You Wanna Go Faster' era. It ended up taking her 3 years to follow it up (with 'Ride It'); in the intervening period she had tried her hand at acting, presenting and most notably became a judge on Popstars: The Rivals.

Posted by: vibe Nov 30 2017, 07:15 AM

I like if that were me . But can you imagine if Closer for a single release ? It would have been a bigger hit and pushed album sales further !

Posted by: Fulvio84 Nov 30 2017, 02:17 PM

I Love calling! Still a beautiful ballad.

If that were me is one of worst solo single ever for me

Posted by: sammy01 Nov 30 2017, 03:18 PM

The scary one is half of me being 4 years old, Jesus that 4 years has gone quick.

Posted by: Spiceboy Nov 30 2017, 05:40 PM

I like IFTWM but a double a-side of closer and be the one was screaming to be released! I thought suddenly Monday would have worked as a double-side with if that were me and given it that extra push.

Posted by: SamJudd Dec 2 2017, 01:34 AM

Still to this day I never understand why 'If That Were Me' was chosen as a single, especially considering the critical panning that it had and the fact that it followed up 2 chart toppers, especially again given that there were several other tracks that were far better such as 'Suddenly Monday' or 'Feel The Sun' either of those could have stood a better chance chart wise, okay maybe not on the level of the previous hits, considering this was the 5th single from an already massive selling album, or maybe like Spiceboy said a double a-side with 'ITWM' and an uptempo track 'SM', those 2 together would have ended the era with a bang and maybe maintain her top 10 streak and maybe push the album sales to a Million copies.

Just listened to Northern Star again for the first time in years and it's still an amazing album and here's how I rated each track. 'If That Were Me' isn't bad song, it actually has a beautiful sound but that stupid line about her phone kinda ruins it, but as an album track it's decent, just not a good single choice on it's own and needed something alongside it. But still this and Emma Bunton's 'Free Me' are definitely the best Spice Girls solo albums.

Go = 8/10
Northern Star = 10/10
Goin' Down = 9/10
I Turn To You = 10/10
If That Were Me = 8/10
Never Be The Same Again = 10/10
Why = 7/10
Suddenly Monday = 10/10
Ga, Ga = 9/10
Be The One = 7/10
Closer = 9/10
Feel The Sun = 10/10

Geri Halliwell's 'Calling' is still a beautiful track and it's definitely one of the album's finest moments, although I still really liked 'Love Is The Only Light' as well and would have been happy if either one was picked for that X-Mas ballad type for the end of that year. However there was no way this was ever gonna top the charts following the pretty awful title track, which should not have been the 2nd single at all. I remember reading somewhere that 'Feels Like Sex' was gonna be the lead single until 'It's Raining Men' came along, which was probably the better choice considering that it became her 4th UK #1 hit.

So why wasn't 'FLS' considered as the 2nd single, it's a much better choice than 'SIYWGF', maybe remixed slightly for it's release, or what about 'Strength Of A Woman' which is another definite standout and again could have worked as a single, okay I doubt they'd give her a 5th chart topper, but honestly think that either one could have been a top 5 hit and therefore created more hype for 'Calling', doubt it would have charted higher, but it's #7 peak isn't terrible though.

'Circles Round The Moon' was another missed opportunity and should have been the 4th single, like it was originally planned for the following year and who knows it could have been a surprise hit and okay the album wasn't great, but there were some gems on there and if she'd released the better tracks, then maybe the album could have hung around for longer and sold a little bit more. Here's how I think this era should have went =

Lead Single = "It's Raining Men" (You either love it or hate it, but as it stands it did give her a #1 smash hit so it was a good career move)
2nd Single = "Strength Of A Woman" or "Feels Like Sex" (I'm still torn between these, probably the former would have been the better choice)
3rd Single = "Calling"
4th Single = "Circles Round The Moon" (Would have been the perfect ending to this era for early '02)



Posted by: Jay ☆ Dec 3 2017, 11:48 PM

10 years ago; 2nd December 2007 - the Spice Girls started their Return of the Spice Girls tour, in Vancouver!




Posted by: Fulvio84 Dec 4 2017, 01:24 PM

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Posted by: MARIAH. Dec 10 2017, 05:32 PM

16 years ago...
Monday 10th December 2001 - Emma Bunton - 'We're Not Gonna Sleep Tonight'

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9vhbQmOj--A


11 years ago...
Monday 3rd December 2006 - Emma Bunton - 'Life in Mono'





A couple of Emma anniversaries!

Last week marked 11 years since the release of Emma's third and (to date) final studio album Life in Mono. It was released directly after her #3 peaking Children in Need single Downtown, but unfortunately Emma didn't scale the same heights in the albums chart - entering at a mere #65. sad.gif This made it the second lowest charting solo Spice Girls album, which still remains the case 11 years on - the only album to perform worse was Mel B's L.A. State of Mind, which peaked at a shockingly low #453!

#65 was a clearly disappointing result, particularly seeing as Emma was taking part in Strictly Come Dancing that year. Its sales aren't too bad though, relatively speaking! It sold 12,307 copies in its first week, 9,926 copies in week 2 (#75) and approx 12,000 copies in week 3 (#79). This certainly highlights how strong album sales in Christmas 2006 (Christmas week saw all of the Top 15 albums sell over 100k)! By June 2009, Life in Mono has amassed 50,725 sales.

We're Not Gonna Sleep Tonight was the final single to be taken from Emma's debut album A Girl Like Me. In its original album version its a Latin-tinged summery bop, but it was given an overhaul for single release, transforming it into a more dance-pop offering. Sadly it proved to be a bit of a flop, entering the UK charts at #20 - at the time this made it the lowest charting Spice related release ever. ohmy.gif It went on to sell over 35,000 copies.

Posted by: sammy01 Dec 11 2017, 02:19 PM

I've always thought Emma gave up on music too soon. 50k of an album after a CIN cover and the most non radio friendly song released while she was pregnant. Mel C would give her left tit to flog 50k albums.

Posted by: Blond 2.0 Dec 11 2017, 03:03 PM

I love Life in Mono I know it's not everyone cup of tea but I've enjoyed so much too bad she gave up on music so soon another album like Free Me now would be Ace .


Posted by: sammy01 Dec 11 2017, 04:04 PM

I don't think it would be my thing but Emma doing a covers album now released in Nov with a couple of duets (robbie and Will Young say) could be a great seller. She could get that 50+ market coin. Her Heart connection plus her TV connections could really come in handy.

Posted by: tommie Dec 13 2017, 09:41 AM

QUOTE(sammy01 @ Dec 11 2017, 03:19 PM) *
I've always thought Emma gave up on music too soon. 50k of an album after a CIN cover and the most non radio friendly song released while she was pregnant. Mel C would give her left tit to flog 50k albums.


I actually agree.

50k isn't bad considering it sold on the back of a cover version essentially. With that said, I don't really hear any "hits" on the album itself - there's no "Free Me" or "Maybe" or even "Crickets" on there. Not even Greg Kurstin / Cathy Dennis could give her a good single, so you can understand why they put their money on launching it with "Downtown"...

Posted by: sammy01 Dec 13 2017, 10:45 PM

Take me to another town was surely crying out to be single number 2.

Posted by: Mr.X Dec 14 2017, 12:37 AM

QUOTE(sammy01 @ Dec 13 2017, 11:45 PM) *
Take me to another town was surely crying out to be single number 2.


I agree. If they had gone with that song, Undressing You and All That You'll Be, she would have had a good run, I think!

Posted by: MARIAH. Dec 15 2017, 05:21 PM

A personal anniversary: today's date is 10 years since I saw the Spice Girls for the very first time (and last time) at London O2 Arena! What a dream come true that was wub.gif

Posted by: Jay ☆ Jan 7 2018, 06:05 PM

14 years ago...
Sunday 4th January 2004 - Victoria Beckham - 'This Groove' / 'Let Your Head Go'

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NjF5RfhSG-shttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fcskhTEHAP0

14 years since Victoria's final ever single charted in the UK!

After leaving Virgin Records in 2002, Victoria went back to the drawing board for her proposed second album. She signed to the Telstar label and started to work on dance/pop flavoured material in early 2003. In the same year she was introduced to the producer Damon Dash, who guided her towards a more Hip-Hop flavoured sound. A song from each session was chosen for a Double A Side single release, possibly to test the waters and determine which sound was better received by the public - This Groove from the urban sessions, and Let Your Head Go from the pop sessions.

As always, there was pressure placed on Victoria to achieve a #1 single. Its release date of Monday 29th December 2003 was most likely purposefully chosen due to the fact that the week after Christmas was usually a low-selling week in the days of physicals. Unfortunately she still couldn't manage it, and entered at a respectable #3 on sales of 29,000 copies.

Unfortunately Telstar went bankrupt in 2004, and the media placed most of the blame on Victoria being an expensive signing for the label. Victoria lost interest in her solo music career that year, which meant that this single would ultimately be her final one. sad.gif

Sadly both songs remain unavailable to either download or stream, which means the single has stalled at a sales total of 69,000 copies, all of which are physicals! Neither music video is officially uploaded to YouTube either.

Posted by: Blond 2.0 Jan 7 2018, 11:21 PM

This Groove' / 'Let Your Head Go' Were really perfect along with the videos everything was on point I've enjoyed them so much I still do biggrin.gif



Posted by: Eduardo Jan 7 2018, 11:35 PM

God, this thread is making me depressed. wacko.gif
I just can't believe these releases are this old!

Posted by: Jade Jan 8 2018, 12:18 AM

Victoria needs to put that double A-side on Spotify pronto, 'Let Your Head Go' is just so good!

Posted by: Jay ☆ Jan 8 2018, 11:29 AM

QUOTE(Blond 2.0 @ Jan 7 2018, 11:21 PM) *
This Groove' / 'Let Your Head Go' Were really perfect along with the videos everything was on point I've enjoyed them so much I still do biggrin.gif

wub.gif I'd say that Let Your Head Go is my favourite song of hers, and the video is so funny! She was very self-aware of how she was perceived, and I love that she sent herself up like that. Such a shame that she wasn't able to keep going with that era and properly release a second album. sad.gif

QUOTE(Eduardo @ Jan 7 2018, 11:35 PM) *
God, this thread is making me depressed. wacko.gif
I just can't believe these releases are this old!

I'm feeling exactly the same. sob.gif

QUOTE(Jade @ Jan 8 2018, 12:18 AM) *
Victoria needs to put that double A-side on Spotify pronto, 'Let Your Head Go' is just so good!

Shall we all tweet her and request this, I'm sure she'll listen! *_* ( laugh.gif ). It is a shame though, and I wonder who is ultimately responsible for its lack of availability? There's plenty of formerly Telstar signed artists who have their material from that time available!

Posted by: Maz! Jan 8 2018, 04:50 PM

Its a bloody shame Let Your Head Go isnt on Spotify cause its such a banger! One of my favorite solo spice releases,

Posted by: Mr.X Jan 9 2018, 12:49 PM

A shame that Let Your Head Go and This Groove aren't online to purchase/stream.

I feel like there is a distinct lack of online presence from releases that were overseen by Simon Fuller/19 Management at the time of their releases:

Victoria's LYHG/This Groove (not available anywhere)
Emma's Free Me album (not available on iTunes)
Spice Girls Greatest Hits (not available on Spotify)

A shame, cos they are probably the best releases from each artist...

Posted by: Shia LeMuffQueef Jan 18 2018, 04:27 PM

16 years ago...
Monday 17th September 2001

WHAAAAAAAAT WHAT WHAAAT!!

AND HOW MANY YEARS SINCE HER EXCELLENT, ESPECIALLY THIS GROOVE WHICH HAS MORE THAN OVERTAKEN LYHG, WHICH I LOOOVED AS A KID FAR MORE THAN THIS GROOVE WHICH I DIDN'T LIKE, DOUBLE A-SIDE?!

Posted by: Shia LeMuffQueef Jan 18 2018, 04:29 PM

QUOTE(Jay ☆ @ Jan 8 2018, 11:29 AM) *
wub.gif I'd say that Let Your Head Go is my favourite song of hers, and the video is so funny! She was very self-aware of how she was perceived, and I love that she sent herself up like that. Such a shame that she wasn't able to keep going with that era and properly release a second album. sad.gif
I'm feeling exactly the same. sob.gif
Shall we all tweet her and request this, I'm sure she'll listen! *_* ( laugh.gif ). It is a shame though, and I wonder who is ultimately responsible for its lack of availability? There's plenty of formerly Telstar signed artists who have their material from that time available!


What a label laugh.gif

I heard the album though on youtube, and it was pretty terrible. She should have released the Damian Dash one.

Posted by: tommie Jan 22 2018, 12:57 PM

QUOTE(Mr.X @ Jan 9 2018, 01:49 PM) *
A shame that Let Your Head Go and This Groove aren't online to purchase/stream.

I feel like there is a distinct lack of online presence from releases that were overseen by Simon Fuller/19 Management at the time of their releases:

Victoria's LYHG/This Groove (not available anywhere)
Emma's Free Me album (not available on iTunes)
Spice Girls Greatest Hits (not available on Spotify)

A shame, cos they are probably the best releases from each artist...


I feel like some of those are hold back due to overshipping physical copies and them wanting to sell them out. Then they probably sort of forgot to chuck it up there.

Posted by: sammy01 Jan 23 2018, 10:47 PM

QUOTE(tommie @ Jan 22 2018, 12:57 PM) *
I feel like some of those are hold back due to overshipping physical copies and them wanting to sell them out. Then they probably sort of forgot to chuck it up there.


The GH and Emma's free me are more likely due to 19 management not bothering with music anymore and it was sold off as well.

Victoria's is the label went bust and nobody has probably brought the rights to her single so no has the power to add it.

Posted by: Shia LeMuffQueef Jan 24 2018, 02:32 AM

So couldn't she add it?

Or is it one of those things where the rights go up for auction as no one owns them?

Posted by: Jay ☆ Jan 28 2018, 04:37 PM

14 years ago...
Monday 26th January 2004 - Emma Bunton - 'I'll Be There'

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F9xImcenGrI

It's been 14 years since the release of Emma's 7th single - I'll Be There! Emma & 19/Univeral approached the release of her second album (Free Me) with caution, preceding its release with three singles. I'll Be There served to launch the album, which followed two weeks later. Both single & album peaked at #7 in the UK charts! I'll Be There managed an overall total of around 40,000 copies (an indication of how horrible sales levels were that year - it was the 153rd best seller of the year!). The music video was given a black and white treatment, and was shot in Paris.

Posted by: vibe Jan 28 2018, 05:03 PM

Great single !!!

My third fav from Emma.

Posted by: Maz! Jan 28 2018, 05:08 PM

The video is so beautiful wub.gif

Posted by: Mr.X Feb 5 2018, 01:09 PM

QUOTE(Jay ☆ @ Jan 28 2018, 04:37 PM) *
14 years ago...
Monday 26th January 2004 - Emma Bunton - 'I'll Be There'

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F9xImcenGrI

It's been 14 years since the release of Emma's 7th single - I'll Be There! Emma & 19/Univeral approached the release of her second album (Free Me) with caution, preceding its release with three singles. I'll Be There served to launch the album, which followed two weeks later. Both single & album peaked at #7 in the UK charts! I'll Be There managed an overall total of around 40,000 copies (an indication of how horrible sales levels were that year - it was the 153rd best seller of the year!). The music video was given a black and white treatment, and was shot in Paris.


ONE OF HER BEST cheer.gif

Also, it produced one of best songs of her career, the underrated b-side So Long

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qU12DCz-TVI

Posted by: Shia LeMuffQueef Feb 5 2018, 02:05 PM

Can't even remember that one laugh.gif

Posted by: Michael Andrew Feb 6 2018, 11:43 AM

The B side 'So long' is gorgeous. It just drips with class. heart.gif

Posted by: Jay ☆ Feb 11 2018, 04:30 AM

14 years ago...
Monday 9th February 2004 - Emma Bunton - 'Free Me'



Emma's second solo album, 'Free Me', was released 14 years ago this week! It includes the singles 'Free Me', 'Maybe', 'I'll Be There' and 'Crickets Sing for Anamaria'. The album is heavily influenced by music of the 1960s, with a mixture of pop, motown and bossa nova sounds running throughout its 12 tracks. It seemed Emma had really found her niche, because the album & its singles were like nothing else in the charts at that time.

'Free Me' entered the UK albums chart at #7, with first week sales exceeding 33,000 copies. This made it the second fastest selling solo Spice album, behind 'Scream If You Wanna Go Faster' (which shifted 35,000 in its opening week). As of 2009, 'Free Me' had sold 142,000 copies in total, making it Emma's best selling album in the UK. 'Free Me' received critical acclaim, which wasn't a usual outcome for a solo Spice record!

Posted by: Spiceboy Feb 11 2018, 12:11 PM

Such a shame it didn't manage to go top 5 being the second fastest selling album! Our girls have really been unfortunately with charting positions for their albums at times. Then downloads have also worked against them chart position wise.

Posted by: Mr.X Feb 11 2018, 04:51 PM

Free Me is the best Spice-related album and it really was the album that restored my interest in Emma and the group too!

Shame she stopped promoting it and went on another massive iatus before Life in Mono (which is the second-best Spice related album!).

I am so grateful this album is my life 🙏🏼

Posted by: Blond 2.0 Feb 14 2018, 02:32 PM

Free Me is a masterpiece it's on the level of Northern star perfection

Posted by: Jay ☆ Feb 20 2018, 10:11 PM

17 years ago...
Monday 19th February 2001 - Mel B - 'Feels So Good'

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vxkVAMvwoQU

It's been 17 years since the release of Feels So Good by Mel B. It became one of her biggest hit singles, reaching #5 in the UK with impressive first week sales of 55,000 copies. It went on to sell over 142,000 copies in total, and was the 85th best selling single of 2001. Despite being a hit, Feels So Good did little to revive her debut album Hot, which only managed to return to the UK Top 100 for two weeks (going no higher than #95).

Posted by: Tawdry Hepburn Feb 20 2018, 10:40 PM

Mel B doesn't exactly have much going for her solowise, but WHAT a song! wub.gif

Posted by: Michael Andrew Feb 21 2018, 02:58 PM

A strong effort from Mel B. The first three singles from the album were all great. If only she'd released 'Hotter' after this one!

Also, I so wish that artwork had been used on the album. So much more appropriate for her established fan base.

Posted by: Eduardo Feb 21 2018, 09:30 PM

I love "Feels So Good"!

By the way, was she trying to make some kind of allusion to the "Say You'll Be There" video with this artwork?

Posted by: Shia LeMuffQueef Feb 21 2018, 10:26 PM

QUOTE(Michael Andrew @ Feb 21 2018, 02:58 PM) *
A strong effort from Mel B. The first three singles from the album were all great. If only she'd released 'Hotter' after this one!

Also, I so wish that artwork had been used on the album. So much more appropriate for her established fan base.


A STRONG EFFORT??

This is EASILY among the best Spice songs!!

Unbelievably good song, unreal!

Posted by: Michael Andrew Feb 23 2018, 05:36 PM

QUOTE(Eduardo @ Feb 21 2018, 09:30 PM) *
I love "Feels So Good"!

By the way, was she trying to make some kind of allusion to the "Say You'll Be There" video with this artwork?



It is very reminiscent of 'Say You'll Be There'! Maybe that's why I like it so much.

Posted by: Shia LeMuffQueef Feb 23 2018, 08:44 PM

It's much better than SYBT laugh.gif

In fact, a LOT of their solo songs are better than the group songs (except the ballads, Hollier/ LLLTW) come to think of it - but hype = sales

Posted by: Theo. Feb 24 2018, 01:59 PM

21 year ago today, the Spice Girls won their first ever Brit Awards for British Single of the Year ("Wannabe") and Video of the Year ("Say You'll Be There"). During the acceptance speech for the former award, Mel C called out Liam Gallagher who refused to attending, stating he'd punch them backstage if he bumped into them:



They also performed the now iconic medley of "Wannabe" and "Who Do You Think You Are" which itself won a Brit for most iconic performance at the BRITs in 2010:


Posted by: Shia LeMuffQueef Feb 24 2018, 04:40 PM

The whole thing was IKONEK - the Liam call-out, the performance, the costumes

Posted by: Jay ☆ Feb 24 2018, 09:46 PM

An iconic night in their history! wub.gif I never get tired of that performance! I know a lot of the credit is aimed at Geri's look when it comes to its iconic status, but personally I think it goes beyond that. It's such an electrifying performance. heart.gif

Posted by: Blond 2.0 Feb 24 2018, 09:58 PM

It was Iconic indeed and they all looked amazing wub.gif

Posted by: Spiceboy Feb 25 2018, 12:37 AM

It's a shame in a way that Geri's dress gets so much attention because the performance itself is just WOW! The only thing that could make it better would be if it were live!

Posted by: Jay ☆ Feb 25 2018, 12:42 AM

15 years ago...
Monday 24th February 2003 - Melanie C - 'Here It Comes Again'

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hT8m63PIN7E

15 years ago, Melanie C released 'Here It Comes Again', the first single to be taken from her second album 'Reason'. The single entered the UK charts at #7, making it her sixth Top 10 hit as a soloist. Supposedly Virgin were disappointed with that position, having projected it to enter at #2 behind Christina Aguilera's 'Beautiful' - but Melanie was only the fifth highest new entry of the week! As of 2009, 'Here It Comes Again' had sold just under 40,000 copies in total - 19,000 of which had been shifted in its first week on sale.

P.S. This single was released the day after my 15th birthday, so it came out half of my life ago... drama.gif I wouldn't mind being 15 again! cry.gif :')

Posted by: vibe Feb 25 2018, 10:10 AM

Nice enough song .

Posted by: sammy01 Feb 25 2018, 07:59 PM

One of my least favourite Mel C singles. It's so boring it just plods along, for a lead single it was so bad nothing to excite people for the album.

Posted by: Shia LeMuffQueef Feb 25 2018, 09:08 PM

Can't believe she went from Northern Star to that

Very plodding song, 'nice enough', but more Forever fodder than Robbie Williams

She needed to stick to the pop bops

Posted by: Eduardo Feb 25 2018, 10:51 PM

Here It Comes Again is one of my favorites!

I remember the first time I heard it, it was in a Sunday morning and it started playing on the radio (the song had some decent airplay in Brazil).
I had no idea she had a new song out -- oh, those days with limited internet connection -- , I was just so happy when I recognized her voice. wub.gif

Posted by: Spiceboy Feb 26 2018, 12:59 AM

I loved HICA at the time however it hasn't aged as well as some of her others for me, I find it a bit too long nowerdays. At the time I adored it though, her voice is magnificent!

Posted by: Blond 2.0 Feb 26 2018, 02:14 PM

Here It Comes Again was the perfect first single but the album tracks were a mess and the b-sides were much better tracks .




Posted by: sammy01 Feb 26 2018, 03:44 PM

Here it comes again is the biggest solo Spice girls flop when you think where she was and solo Spice girls were at that time.

Posted by: Jay ☆ Mar 3 2018, 10:05 PM

3rd March -

18 years since their appearance and performance at the Brits 2000, winning Outstanding Contribution to music!

21 years since the UK release of 'Mama'/'Who Do You Think You Are'

wub.gif

Posted by: Shia LeMuffQueef Mar 3 2018, 10:29 PM

What were the singles/ B sides of Reason??

Posted by: Jay ☆ Mar 3 2018, 10:37 PM

Here It Comes Again
- Love to You
- Like That
- Living Without You

On the Horizon
- I Love You Without Trying
- Wonderland

Let's Love (Japanese release)

Melt / Yeh Yeh Yeh
- Knocked Out
- I Wish (Live from Re:Covered) [cover of Stevie Wonder]

Posted by: Shia LeMuffQueef Mar 3 2018, 10:57 PM

Yeh Yeh Yeh

That should have been first single!

Posted by: Jay ☆ Mar 13 2018, 06:45 AM

9th March -

20 years since the single release of 'Stop'!






Stop is well known for being their first single to miss out on the top spot in the UK - entering and peaking at #2 behind 'It's Like That' by Jason Nevins & Run DMC.

As of March 2017 it had sold 420,200 copies, which means it is Gold certified.

This would be the final single released while Geri was still a member of the band during their heyday, however their next single Viva Forever still counts as being a 5 piece release.

The dance routine during the chorus surely has to be their most recognised dance routines? Iconic!

Posted by: vibe Mar 13 2018, 07:03 AM

My fav spice song smile.gif

I’ve been tk that street in Dublin and took photos 😂

Posted by: Jonjo Mar 14 2018, 12:13 AM

'Stop' is phenomenal. So, SO good. I was so shocked and extremely annoyed that it was the one to break their #1 run sad.gif

Posted by: Shia LeMuffQueef Mar 14 2018, 12:36 AM

One of their worst songs, but also one of their most iconic.

Posted by: Shia LeMuffQueef Mar 14 2018, 12:40 AM

If that's the best girl band song ever, they must all be trash laugh.gif

Posted by: Mr.X Mar 14 2018, 01:33 AM

QUOTE(Shia LeMuffQueef @ Mar 14 2018, 12:40 AM) *
If that's the best girl band song ever, they must all be trash laugh.gif


You know what's trash? This type of comment rolleyes.gif

Posted by: Jay ☆ Mar 14 2018, 01:41 PM

13th March -

18 years since the single release of 'Bag It Up'!






Bag It Up was the fourth and final single to be released from Geri Halliwell's debut album Schizophonic.

As of March 2015 it had sold over 260,000 copies in the UK, and is certified Silver.

It was her third consecutive #1 hit single in the UK!

Bag It Up was the only solo Spice song to be performed at the Brit Awards, noted as being raunchy and controversial (it featured a giant pair of inflatable legs!)

Posted by: Shia LeMuffQueef Mar 14 2018, 08:12 PM

All solo Spices should have performed at the Brits.

Lol at this getting to no.1 when Loo At Me, Out Of Your Mind and Innocent Girl didn't!

This also shows that this type of pop, Spicy music was still popular. Spice Girls should have stuck with this sound + Hollier.

Posted by: Jay ☆ Mar 15 2018, 07:13 PM

Today's date is 20 years since Stop entered the UK charts at #2. https://twitter.com/bbcmusic/status/974223764438310912 I still remember listening to the chart show and being shocked/disappointed that they weren't #1! (Back then I didn't know about midweeks, and I was only 10 years old, so in my mind the #1 was their rightful position... #2 didn't compute laugh.gif ).

Posted by: Tawdry Hepburn Mar 15 2018, 07:42 PM

I love 'Bag It Up', I still hear that in gay bars a lot!

Posted by: Spiceboy Mar 16 2018, 08:59 PM

QUOTE(Shia LeMuffQueef @ Mar 14 2018, 08:12 PM) *
All solo Spices should have performed at the Brits.

Lol at this getting to no.1 when Loo At Me, Out Of Your Mind and Innocent Girl didn't!

This also shows that this type of pop, Spicy music was still popular. Spice Girls should have stuck with this sound + Hollier.



Bag it up is far superior to NSAIG... Out of your mind and Look at me I'll give you them alongside When you're gone and Northern star.

Posted by: Shia LeMuffQueef Mar 17 2018, 12:15 AM

QUOTE(Spiceboy @ Mar 16 2018, 08:59 PM) *
Bag it up is far superior to NSAIG... Out of your mind and Look at me I'll give you them alongside When you're gone and Northern star.



Posted by: Michael Andrew Mar 17 2018, 10:56 AM

QUOTE(Jay ☆ @ Mar 15 2018, 07:13 PM) *
Today's date is 20 years since Stop entered the UK charts at #2. https://twitter.com/bbcmusic/status/974223764438310912 I still remember listening to the chart show and being shocked/disappointed that they weren't #1! (Back then I didn't know about midweeks, and I was only 10 years old, so in my mind the #1 was their rightful position... #2 didn't compute laugh.gif ).



I always thought this was probably quite a contributing factor to Geri's departure. The media really jumped on it, saying the bubble had burst.

All their singles reaching the top 2 was still an incredible achievement. Hell, even top 10, is amazing.

If not for the backlash, perhaps they would've been around for a bit longer.

Posted by: Spiceboy Mar 17 2018, 03:10 PM

QUOTE(Michael Andrew @ Mar 17 2018, 10:56 AM) *
I always thought this was probably quite a contributing factor to Geri's departure. The media really jumped on it, saying the bubble had burst.

All their singles reaching the top 2 was still an incredible achievement. Hell, even top 10, is amazing.

If not for the backlash, perhaps they would've been around for a bit longer.



At the time I was convinced that this was why Geri left... I'm still sure it was a factor in her wanting to stick to the original 2 year plan. I think Geri envisioned them being a bit like Wham 2/3 years of huge success then a big finale going out on top. The other girls obviously wanted to carry on riding the wave of success, which is ironic as they took a break laugh.gif

Posted by: Michael Andrew Mar 17 2018, 05:07 PM

QUOTE(Spiceboy @ Mar 17 2018, 03:10 PM) *
At the time I was convinced that this was why Geri left... I'm still sure it was a factor in her wanting to stick to the original 2 year plan. I think Geri envisioned them being a bit like Wham 2/3 years of huge success then a big finale going out on top. The other girls obviously wanted to carry on riding the wave of success, which is ironic as they took a break laugh.gif


Yeh I think you're right. Wham! was definitely Geri's model for success.

Her ambition was her greatest asset, but also her Achilles heal. She set such painfully high standards for herself and the band.

I'd say 'Stop' is still one of their most well-known songs. Even non-fans know the dance moves.


Posted by: Blond 2.0 Mar 17 2018, 07:57 PM

Everything about Bag it up was perfection

Posted by: Spiceboy Mar 17 2018, 08:06 PM

QUOTE(Michael Andrew @ Mar 17 2018, 05:07 PM) *
Yeh I think you're right. Wham! was definitely Geri's model for success.

Her ambition was her greatest asset, but also her Achilles heal. She set such painfully high standards for herself and the band.

I'd say 'Stop' is still one of their most well-known songs. Even non-fans know the dance moves.



Easily and ironically I'd say after Wannabe it's their most popular hit despite being one of their lowest selling ones.

Posted by: sammy01 Mar 18 2018, 12:49 AM

I always think Geri left because the group was turning into a proper band. She was the weak link when it came to live concerts and singing live.

The other 4 loved that side, the only thing the 4 really did in 1999 was the mini christmas tour.

Maturing their sound, being taken more seriously and being a touring band, probably everything Geri wasnt about.

Posted by: schizo_spice Mar 18 2018, 01:02 AM

QUOTE(Blond 2.0 @ Mar 17 2018, 07:57 PM) *
Everything about Bag it up was perfection


Definitely it really is that Spice Girls hit that never was and certainly has more Spice about it than Holler ever will.

Geri owned it. If they do tour I'd love to see her perform it again.

Posted by: Shia LeMuffQueef Mar 18 2018, 01:36 AM

QUOTE(Spiceboy @ Mar 17 2018, 03:10 PM) *
At the time I was convinced that this was why Geri left... I'm still sure it was a factor in her wanting to stick to the original 2 year plan. I think Geri envisioned them being a bit like Wham 2/3 years of huge success then a big finale going out on top. The other girls obviously wanted to carry on riding the wave of success, which is ironic as they took a break laugh.gif


I've always thought that too!!

It's too much of a coincidence really. It was at that exact point she went on auto-pilot.

She took a LOT of the band's spice with her.

They could easily have recorded Chico Latino or Bag It Up as the Spice Girls. She took the spice.

Posted by: Jay ☆ Jun 9 2018, 02:05 AM

Oops at me not updating this since March! Here are release anniversaries that have occurred since I last posted (+ 'Reason' which I forgot to mention).

Albums
19 years ago - 7th June 1999 - Geri Halliwell - Schizophonic
17 years ago - 16th April 2001 - Emma Bunton - A Girl Like Me
17 years ago - 14th May 2001 - Geri Halliwell - Scream If You Wanna Go Faster
15 years ago - 10th March 2003 - Melanie C - Reason
13 years ago - 11th April 2005 - Melanie C - Beautiful Intentions
13 years ago - 6th June 2005 - Geri Halliwell - Passion
11 years ago - 2nd April 2007 - Melanie C - This Time

Singles
20 years ago - 1st June 1998 - Spice Girls (as part of "England United") - (How Does It Feel to Be) On Top of the World
19 years ago - 10th May 1999 - Geri Halliwell - Look at Me
18 years ago - 20th March 2000 - Melanie C - Never Be the Same Again
17 years ago - 2nd April 2001 - Emma Bunton - What Took You So Long?
17 years ago - 4th June 2001 - Mel B - Lullaby
15 years ago - 26th May 2003 - Emma Bunton - Free Me
15 years ago - 2nd June 2003 - Melanie C - On the Horizon
14 years ago - 31st May 2004 - Emma Bunton - Crickets Sing for Anamaria
13 years ago - 4th April 2005 - Melanie C - Next Best Superstar
13 years ago - 30th May 2005 - Geri Halliwell - Desire
11 years ago - 16th March 2007 - Melanie C - The Moment You Believe
6 years ago - 13th May 2012 - Melanie C - The Night [EP]
1 year ago - 17th March 2017 - Melanie C - Hold On

drama.gif It's all so long ago! cry.gif (Apart from Hold On kink.gif )

Posted by: vibe Jun 9 2018, 08:53 AM

QUOTE(sammy01 @ Mar 18 2018, 01:49 AM) *
I always think Geri left because the group was turning into a proper band. She was the weak link when it came to live concerts and singing live.

The other 4 loved that side, the only thing the 4 really did in 1999 was the mini christmas tour.

Maturing their sound, being taken more seriously and being a touring band, probably everything Geri wasnt about.


I completely agree she looked so uncomfortable on stage compared to the rest of them !!

Posted by: Jay ☆ Jun 23 2018, 10:17 PM

More recent anniversaries:

13 years ago - 13th June 2005 - Mel B - Today
11 years ago - 18th June 2007 - Melanie C - Carolyna

Tomorrow...

7 years ago - 24th June 2011 - Melanie C - Rock Me

Posted by: Blond 2.0 Jun 24 2018, 03:21 PM

WOW rock me 7 years holy shit time flies blink.gif

Posted by: vibe Jun 26 2018, 09:24 AM

7 years !!! Damn .

Posted by: Jay ☆ Jun 26 2018, 10:22 PM

26th June 2012 - 6 years ago: Spice Girls reunite to announce their Viva Forever! musical



ohmy.gif An exciting day (at the time it'd been a little over 4 years since they'd last been pictured together as a 5). I remember so much focus being on Victoria's perceived distance from the other girls.

Posted by: Jay ☆ Jun 28 2018, 12:33 PM

28th June 2007 - 11 years ago: Spice Girls reunite and announce Return of the Spice Girls tour!



The excitement I felt on that day was immense - I spent it all online, on DenDen / reading news articles / watching news channels. laugh.gif The press conference. wub.gif

It really seemed like it was never going to happen, with Melanie C being so adamantly against the idea of it. Thank goodness she had a (rather sudden) change of heart!

11 years on and I'm still not keen on Geri's dress. kink.gif Melanie C looked the best!

Looking back, it's weird to think that it was only six and a half years between the end of the Forever era and that reunion. It felt like such a long time, but I suppose that's because I was so young (I was 12 when they went on hiatus, and 19 when they got back together). Six years doesn't feel like much to me any more. kink.gif I mean we're not far from it being 6 years since they last performed together at the Olympics.

One more very " drama.gif " thing that occurred to me - the 2007 reunion is now the half way point between the release of Wannabe, and the present day. In fact Wannabe to reunion was a slightly shorter period of time, approx 10 years and 50 weeks.

Posted by: Blond 2.0 Jun 28 2018, 02:35 PM

Mel C looked the best that night wub.gif

Posted by: Jade Jun 28 2018, 02:42 PM

No way has it been that long already ohmy.gif I read the newspaper from a very young age so I remember those photos and the hype behind the reunion as clear as day. The annoying part is that I didn't get into the Spice Girls until 2008, aged 10, mere months after the tour ended... cry.gif so I've always hoped that they'd reunite at least one more time after missing out. My parents did go to the Return of the Spice Girls tour though so I at least have their tickets in amongst my Spice collection laugh.gif

Posted by: Jay ☆ Jul 8 2018, 10:08 AM

Wannabe was released 22 years ago today in the UK!





2 years since the disaster that was GEM :')

Posted by: vibe Jul 8 2018, 06:44 PM

Wow

Posted by: pippa Jul 9 2018, 06:28 PM

Who would have thought how their lives were going to change when it was released and how huge they would go on to become.

Posted by: Jay ☆ Jul 20 2018, 10:17 PM

‘Viva Forever’ was released as a single 20 years ago today wub.gif

Posted by: Feel_The_Fever Jul 22 2018, 01:25 AM

Great song, still love it.

Posted by: Spiceboy Jul 22 2018, 06:07 PM

Best song ever! wub.gif

Posted by: Spiceboy Jul 22 2018, 06:07 PM

Best song ever! wub.gif

Posted by: Feel_The_Fever Jul 24 2018, 12:42 AM

Their best song after the mega brill spice up your life.

Posted by: Michael Andrew Jul 24 2018, 09:35 AM

Viva Forever was such a weird moment. A beautiful, haunting song featuring the now absent Geri. And such an eerie video.

And then it takes the UK No.1 spot, after the media-branded 'disappointment' of Stop going to No.2.

It seemed like it was over. Then, for a moment, Viva Forever suggested it wasn't... Until it all went quiet and eventually fizzled.

Posted by: Spice Girls Net Aug 12 2018, 07:35 PM

Happy Olympics Day! 6 years ago today! yahoo.gif w00t.gif dance.gif cheer.gif biggrin.gif


Posted by: Jay ☆ Aug 13 2018, 04:04 AM

wub.gif What a magical performance! So exhilarating! Can't believe it's been 6 years since then.

Posted by: Spiceboy Aug 13 2018, 10:57 AM

Performance of the night... easily wub.gif

Posted by: ThePensmith Aug 13 2018, 05:22 PM

I remember watching this at my sister's when we were having a barbecue. I saw nothing else of the Olympics but this I made sure I did! They totally rocked it biggrin.gif

Posted by: Jay ☆ Sep 5 2018, 02:48 AM

Today's date (5th September) marks 7 years since the UK release of Melanie C's fifth studio album 'The Sea'! ohmy.gif


Posted by: Michael Andrew Sep 5 2018, 08:51 AM

As a fan, 'The Sea' was game changer for me.

I was over the moon when this album arrived. Melanie really committed to a strong sound and I see it as a return to form. My faith was restored.

I'm sad for her that it wasn't as successful as it deserved to be. It should've made enough money to finance a big budget follow-up straight away.

Posted by: vibe Sep 5 2018, 03:15 PM

Her second best album !!!

I may start a sea survivor to celebrate 5 years .

Posted by: Maz! Sep 5 2018, 05:38 PM

One of my least favorite spice solo albums unfortunately.

Posted by: Blond 2.0 Sep 5 2018, 11:17 PM

It's my fave after Northern Star

Posted by: Theo. Sep 6 2018, 02:20 PM

Happy 1 year anniversary to the Buzzjack Spice Girls forum cheer.gif A huge thank you to Jay and Maz! for successfully reviving the forum and making it into one of Buzzjack's finest heart.gif

Posted by: Jay ☆ Sep 6 2018, 03:54 PM

wub.gif Aww thank you Theo! That year went by very quickly drama.gif

Posted by: Mr.X Sep 6 2018, 04:52 PM

Happy Birthday to the most overrated Spice-related album cheer.gif

After all these years, it is still a bunch of pish that should have been released back in the 90s and stayed there tongue.gif

Posted by: Spice Girls Net Oct 23 2018, 07:23 PM

Happy 18th Birthday, Holler/Let Love Lead The Way!

The Girls final release before the 2007 reunion. The single was certified Silver and was the groups 9th and final UK chart topper smile.gif


Posted by: vibe Oct 23 2018, 09:55 PM

2 tubes lol

Posted by: Mr.X Oct 23 2018, 11:31 PM

Holler is their most underrated song. It's such a gem wub.gif

Posted by: Jay ☆ Oct 24 2018, 12:07 AM

Lmao I'd never noticed "2 tubes" before!

18 years! cry.gif wub.gif I was 12 when this came out. I remember how excitement I felt throughout this short lived era, more vividly than what came before... the Spice Girls were finally back! Memories of recording the radio premiere on cassette and listening to it over and over, and then taping the video premiere and watching that repeatedly! I even remember the store I bought the CDs from. It was great to see them back at #1 in the singles chart. A shame it all went pear shaped so quickly. 👀

For me, Holler has stood the test of time as being one of their greatest songs... I don't care what anyone says x cool2.gif Also one of their very best music videos too. I honestly don't think they needed to play it safe by making it a Double A Side, I believe Holler would have got to #1 by itself - although having said that I do really like Let Love Lead the Way anyway, and it helps pads out their rather short singles discography.

Posted by: Mack. Nov 2 2018, 12:23 PM

It is 15 years since 'Maybe' came out.





This was the second single from Emma Bunton's second solo album 'Free Me'. This charted at #6 in the UK.


What are your views on this now?


Posted by: Tawdry Hepburn Nov 2 2018, 01:23 PM

It remains her absolute best, what a tune!

So camp.

Posted by: Mr.X Nov 2 2018, 01:31 PM

It remains the best Solo Spice single and one of the best songs of the last 20 years in my opinion! An underrated gem x

Posted by: Spice Girls Net Nov 2 2018, 03:56 PM

I thought Maybe was released on October 13th?

Posted by: Jay ☆ Nov 2 2018, 05:54 PM

QUOTE(Spice Girls Net @ Nov 2 2018, 03:56 PM) *
I thought Maybe was released on October 13th?

It was! heart.gif

Yesterday: 19 years since the releases of Lift Me Up by Geri and What I Am by Emma! ohmy.gif

Posted by: Buttered Muffin Nov 27 2018, 06:03 PM

Hollier 18 Year Anniversary
When was this, Nov 25th?? Obviously it has two anniversaries: since it was on tv and since it was released. It has been EIGHTEEN YEARS since the most famous ever double A-side was on tv, and now I think? 18 years since its release week!!

Posted by: Mr.X Nov 28 2018, 12:34 AM

WHAT A BOP cheer.gif

Posted by: Jay ☆ Nov 28 2018, 10:42 PM

QUOTE(Buttered Muffin @ Nov 27 2018, 06:03 PM) *
Hollier 18 Year Anniversary
When was this, Nov 25th?? Obviously it has two anniversaries: since it was on tv and since it was released. It has been EIGHTEEN YEARS since the most famous ever double A-side was on tv, and now I think? 18 years since its release week!!

You're a month late haha, it was released Monday 23rd October 2000. Forever followed on 6th November.

Posted by: Buttered Muffin Nov 28 2018, 11:00 PM

QUOTE(Jay ☆ @ Nov 28 2018, 10:42 PM) *
You're a month late haha, it was released Monday 23rd October 2000. Forever followed on 6th November.


WHAAAT!!! ohmy.gif

Ooh no wait, that makes sense as they were planning on releasing If You Wanna Have Some Fun in time for Christmas.

Posted by: Jay ☆ Dec 14 2018, 08:31 PM

14th December 1998 - 20 years since the release of Goodbye ohmy.gif




Posted by: Jay ☆ Dec 15 2018, 10:11 AM

QUOTE(Jay ☆ @ Dec 14 2018, 08:31 PM) *
14th December 1998 - 20 years since the release of Goodbye ohmy.gif





And today is 21 years since the release of Too Much!




Posted by: Jay ☆ Dec 16 2018, 02:28 PM

2 Become 1’s 22nd anniversary is today!




Posted by: Jay ☆ Dec 17 2018, 09:24 PM

Not these three anniversaries being a tumbleweed moment on BuzzJack, tssk x

All of their Christmas #1 singles being 20+ years old now. cry.gif

Posted by: ThePoguesmith Dec 19 2018, 06:18 PM

I found these on my Mixcloud travels recently - the top 40 rundowns from Christmas 1996 and 1998 with Mark Goodier on Radio 1 when '2 Become 1' and 'Goodbye' were Christmas number one!

1996: https://m.mixcloud.com/1869300/uk-top-40-bbc-radio-1-mark-goodier-22nd-december-1996/

1998: https://m.mixcloud.com/1869300/uk-top-40-radio-1-mark-goodier-20th-december-1998/

Posted by: tommie Dec 20 2018, 11:35 PM

2 Become 1 is so about getting a condom on. Just listen to those lyrics.

Merry Christmas!!!!

Posted by: ThePoguesmith Dec 21 2018, 02:49 PM

QUOTE(tommie @ Dec 20 2018, 11:35 PM) *
2 Become 1 is so about getting a condom on. Just listen to those lyrics.

Merry Christmas!!!!


They said so themselves it was about safe sex laugh.gif



It still makes me think of Christmas though, even though it's not a Christmas song. The video is one of my favourites of theirs too.

Posted by: Jay ☆ Feb 2 2019, 05:02 AM

1 year ago today, the Spice Girls reunited at Geri’s house & shared pictures/Instagram story videos! Could this have been the final time we see them together as a 5 piece? Time will tell ;o

Posted by: Jay ☆ Feb 9 2019, 05:02 AM

15 years ago - 9th February 2004 - Emma released her incredible second album Free Me! heart.gif

Posted by: Mr.X Feb 10 2019, 09:25 AM

QUOTE(Jay ☆ @ Feb 9 2019, 05:02 AM) *
15 years ago - 9th February 2004 - Emma released her incredible second album Free Me! heart.gif


AND THE WORLD WAS NEVER THE SAME AGAIN wub.gif yahoo.gif


Posted by: ThePensmith Feb 12 2019, 04:21 PM

QUOTE(Jay ☆ @ Feb 9 2019, 05:02 AM) *
15 years ago - 9th February 2004 - Emma released her incredible second album Free Me! heart.gif


Hands down still the best solo Spice album for me. Only 'Life In Mono' and 'Northern Star' come close to its brilliance - even now the production and the songs have held up so well.

Posted by: Blond 2.0 Feb 16 2019, 03:33 PM

WOW time flies anyway

Free Me = Perfection


Posted by: Jay ☆ Feb 19 2019, 04:57 PM

19th February 2001 - 18 years ago - Mel B - Feels So Good was released!



It entered the UK charts at #5 with first week sales of 55,000 copies, and had sold 142,000 as of June 2017.

~

Other recent anniversaries:

11th February 2002 - 17 years ago - Victoria Beckham - A Mind of Its Own

12th February 2007 - 12 years ago - Emma Bunton - All I Need to Know

Posted by: Mr.X Feb 20 2019, 10:33 AM

Amazing. IMAGINE any of them now opening with 55k sales on the first week.... Them were the days tongue.gif

Posted by: Tawdry Hepburn Feb 20 2019, 11:54 AM

I love 'Feels So Good'. heart.gif

Free Me is indeed by far and away the best solo Spice album.

Posted by: Spiceboy Feb 20 2019, 09:45 PM

Northern Star disagrees wink.gif

Posted by: Mr.X Feb 20 2019, 10:54 PM

QUOTE(Spiceboy @ Feb 20 2019, 09:45 PM) *
Northern Star disagrees wink.gif


NOPE. Northern Star knows its place very well and Northern Star is very content with being #3 in the Solo Spice Album Rank of Best Albums of All Time cheer.gif

Posted by: Spiceboy Feb 20 2019, 11:48 PM

QUOTE(Mr.X @ Feb 20 2019, 10:54 PM) *
NOPE. Northern Star knows its place very well and Northern Star is very content with being #3 in the Solo Spice Album Rank of Best Albums of All Time cheer.gif



laugh.gif Northern Star is content with being the best solo album in sales, chart position and quality dance.gif yahoo.gif cheer.gif tongue.gif

Posted by: Mr.X Feb 21 2019, 10:49 AM

QUOTE(Spiceboy @ Feb 20 2019, 11:48 PM) *
laugh.gif Northern Star is content with being the best solo album in sales, chart position and quality dance.gif yahoo.gif cheer.gif tongue.gif


Norther Star is a good enough album to understand that even if it got to a better sales and chart position than Free Me and Life in Mono, it's quality has not aged very well in most places, so Northern Start knows and is happy with 3rd place w00t.gif Northern Star is a great album indeed heart.gif

Posted by: Spiceboy Feb 21 2019, 11:51 PM

QUOTE(Mr.X @ Feb 21 2019, 10:49 AM) *
Norther Star is a good enough album to understand that even if it got to a better sales and chart position than Free Me and Life in Mono, it's quality has not aged very well in most places, so Northern Start knows and is happy with 3rd place w00t.gif Northern Star is a great album indeed heart.gif



Nope Northern Star could be released today and still sound fresh wub.gif

To be fair, so could Free Me wub.gif

Posted by: Jay ☆ Feb 28 2019, 11:39 PM

24th February 2003 - 16 years ago - Melanie C - Here It Comes Again was released!


Posted by: Spiceboy Mar 1 2019, 12:20 AM

My gosh!! I remember absolutely adoring this when it came out, was sure it was going to be a huge hit. As time has gone by it hasn't aged as one of my favourites at all, yet if it randomly comes on I can't help but belt it out haha

Posted by: tommie Mar 1 2019, 01:40 AM

I remember not liking it at all. Too MOR.

Posted by: tommie Mar 1 2019, 01:40 AM

n/m delete

Posted by: SamJudd Mar 1 2019, 02:24 AM

Melanie C - Here It Comes Again - The beginning of her downfall (solo career wise), wasn't the strong comeback single we needed and doesn't compare to any of the 'NS' singles, and its crazy that this sold less than all of them even 'ITWM' which only managed a #18 peak, (those X-Mas sales helped with a not bad #53k for a low top 20 single). She waited way too long to release a follow-up and sadly everybody forgot about her, and to put it simply this or the follow up just didn't cut it, plus those terrible early 00's sales didn't help matters.

I always wished that 'The Sea' was released back then instead of 2011, and maybe could have continued her solo success for a couple of more years ('Think About It') could have definitely fared better back then than this (along with 'Weak' & 'Burn' as follow ups).

Maybe if 'HICA' came out in 2001 or even 2002 along with the album, then it may have done better, because it sounded more like from that time, as by 2003 it sounded out of date.

Posted by: Jay ☆ Mar 9 2019, 09:00 AM

9th March 1997 - 22 years ago - Spice Girls - Mama/Who Do You Think You Are entered at #1 in the UK!

9th March 1998 - 21 years ago - Spice Girls - Stop single was released!



Posted by: Maz! Mar 10 2019, 05:42 PM

After 21 years I still feel sad about Stop not getting to #1

Posted by: Jay ☆ Mar 10 2019, 05:48 PM

#StopToTheTop2019!

Posted by: sammy01 Mar 10 2019, 06:05 PM

Stop for platinum!

Mama to get a nice boost this Mother's day please.

Posted by: Spice Girls Net Mar 10 2019, 06:12 PM

Justice for Holler/LLLTW too biggrin.gif

Holler for Gold

Posted by: Jay ☆ Mar 10 2019, 06:17 PM

QUOTE(Spice Girls Net @ Mar 10 2019, 06:12 PM) *
Justice for Holler/LLLTW too biggrin.gif

Holler for Gold

If only! wub.gif wub.gif

Posted by: rowork Mar 10 2019, 06:29 PM

QUOTE(Spice Girls Net @ Mar 10 2019, 06:12 PM) *
Justice for Holler/LLLTW too biggrin.gif

Holler for Gold


THIS! wub.gif

Posted by: Mr.X Mar 10 2019, 08:11 PM

QUOTE(rowork @ Mar 10 2019, 06:29 PM) *
THIS! wub.gif


I wish!! It will take forever though... probably not in the next 10 years at this rate sleep.gif

Posted by: sammy01 Mar 10 2019, 08:27 PM

I guess we just have no idea how big the boost will be to their catalogue come the tour. Also what their plans are post tour.


Posted by: Jay ☆ Mar 14 2019, 08:09 PM

Melanie C - Reason, her second album, was released 16 years ago this week! (10th March 2003). It charted at #5, and to date it is the last solo album by a Spice Girl to chart in the UK Top 5.



It was for sure a huge step down from the quality of Northern Star, but in its own right I don't think it's as bad as some fans make it out to be, it's ok. My favourite album track is 'Positively Somewhere'.

The album cover is one of my least favourite Spice artworks. I've always disliked that 'Reason' isn't printed on the front cover, because it just gives the impression that it's a self-titled album to me. kink.gif I'll always dislike the strangely photoshopped stomach/waistband too. Just... not good.

Posted by: vibe Mar 14 2019, 09:03 PM

How could anyone at virgin and Melanie herself release this after NS . It is knowhere near as good , first week sales were decent but then it bombed. The material was not
Good enough . Lots of fans think releasing years after NS was the issue , this is slightly true but the album quality is poor. It is very dreary , it took me over 10 years to appreciate.

Posted by: vibe Mar 14 2019, 09:03 PM

How could anyone at virgin and Melanie herself release this after NS . It is knowhere near as good , first week sales were decent but then it bombed. The material was not
Good enough . Lots of fans think releasing years after NS was the issue , this is slightly true but the album quality is poor. It is very dreary , it took me over 10 years to appreciate.

Posted by: Spiceboy Mar 14 2019, 09:27 PM

I never ever noticed the stomach waistband thing until you just pointed that out Jay and now I'm wondering how on earth I never noticed!!

I genuinely do really like this album, it's very consistent (bar Soul boy which is a bag of crap) however it's not at all commercial and was a huge step down from Northern Star. I don't understand why she didn't collaborate with the same producers as her first one when that worked out so well.

I do think it could have sold slightly better had it been released in 2001 instead of in 2003 the wait was too long, but it was never going to sell much more it just wasn't strong enough compared to her previous material. There was no NBTSA or ITTY or NS on this record. I am slightly shocked by On the horizons poor performance though I thought it was a pretty solid single.

Posted by: Mr.X Mar 14 2019, 10:57 PM

The album that really changed it all for her. It is not a good album, but it does have some stand outs. Home is gorgeous and so was Wonderland, Reason, Positively Somewhere (although a bit off...) but the rest just kind of sits there.

Soul Boy is her worst song.

Never understood either why she didnt collaborate again with at least some of the NS producers and instead focused on really mediocre talent. Oh well..

Posted by: Spiceboy Mar 14 2019, 11:10 PM

QUOTE(Mr.X @ Mar 14 2019, 10:57 PM) *
Never understood either why she didnt collaborate again with at least some of the NS producers and instead focused on really mediocre talent. Oh well..



THIS so much THIS! I mean she worked with William Orbit why on earth didn't she work with him again? Also Rick Nowels did amazing work with her Northern star, Closer, I turn to you, Feel the sun. Then Hex Hector did an incredible remix of ITTY like get those people back already!! blink.gif wacko.gif


Posted by: Spiceboy Mar 14 2019, 11:11 PM

Also agree with you that era did produce some amazing songs. Home is stunning as is Positively somewhere, reason, wonderland and I love you without trying wub.gif I also thought that I want you back from the Northern Star era would have worked nicely on this album.

Posted by: tommie Mar 15 2019, 08:34 AM

QUOTE(Spiceboy @ Mar 15 2019, 12:10 AM) *
THIS so much THIS! I mean she worked with William Orbit why on earth didn't she work with him again? Also Rick Nowels did amazing work with her Northern star, Closer, I turn to you, Feel the sun. Then Hex Hector did an incredible remix of ITTY like get those people back already!! blink.gif wacko.gif


I can see why they didn't get Hex Hector back - his sound is VERY late 90s, early 2000s. His sound became dated and fast.

The funny thing about Soul Boy is that it appears to be a track that her record label/A&R made her record ie they probably saw it as potential single material.

Posted by: Voodoo Mar 16 2019, 02:00 PM

QUOTE(Spiceboy @ Mar 15 2019, 01:10 AM) *
THIS so much THIS! I mean she worked with William Orbit why on earth didn't she work with him again? Also Rick Nowels did amazing work with her Northern star, Closer, I turn to you, Feel the sun. Then Hex Hector did an incredible remix of ITTY like get those people back already!! blink.gif wacko.gif

Hmmm... She did work with Rick on I Love You Without Trying & On the Horizon.

Some of the B-sides, such as Love to You, were stronger than the album tracks.

Posted by: Spiceboy Mar 16 2019, 02:37 PM

QUOTE(Voodoo @ Mar 16 2019, 02:00 PM) *
Hmmm... She did work with Rick on I Love You Without Trying & On the Horizon.

Some of the B-sides, such as Love to You, were stronger than the album tracks.



Two of my favourites from that era... proved my point yahoo.gif laugh.gif

Posted by: Jay ☆ Mar 21 2019, 08:17 PM

13th March 2000 - 19 years ago - Geri Halliwell - Bag It Up

20th March 2000 - 19 years ago - Melanie C feat. Lisa 'Left Eye' Lopes - Never Be the Same Again


Both #1 hit singles in the UK!


Posted by: SouthernStar88 Mar 21 2019, 08:45 PM

QUOTE(Jay ☆ @ Mar 21 2019, 09:17 PM) *
13th March 2000 - 19 years ago - Geri Halliwell - Bag It Up

20th March 2000 - 19 years ago - Melanie C feat. Lisa 'Left Eye' Lopes - Never Be the Same Again


Both #1 hit singles in the UK!



Wow, love these singles... what a wonderful time that for their solo carreers...

Posted by: tommie Mar 22 2019, 08:59 AM

Great songs and so wildly different from each other - one is camp pop extravaganza and the other is full-on R&B with Mel C at her most lesbionic high.

I'm honestly surprised they didn't try to launch Never Be The Same Again in the US.

Posted by: Spiceboy Mar 22 2019, 10:05 AM

Not launching NBTSA in the USA was a huge mistake. It was perfect for the US market two girls from two of the biggest girls bands in the USA and the RnB that was huge over there. Melanie C didn't really get the push she deserved over there, ITTY got a bit of traction (got to #1 on the dance chart and even won a Grammy) but apparently the record company never acted on it which Mel was annoyed about. Then When you're gone was also great for the US radio with it's rockier vibe plus Bryan Adams has had quite a bit of success over there.

Real shame Northern Star could have done well in the USA if there had been a proper push with it.

Back on topic, a great time to be a solo Spice Girls fan with back to back solo #1's wub.gif and top 5's flying about everywhere wub.gif wub.gif wub.gif

Posted by: Alberto! Mar 23 2019, 01:45 PM

I always surprise myself when I go check NS credits and actually, only ONE song in it is produced by William Orbit, which is GO! (lovely but hardly an iconic moment).

Posted by: Blond 2.0 Mar 23 2019, 03:41 PM

QUOTE(Alberto! @ Mar 23 2019, 01:45 PM) *
I always surprise myself when I go check NS credits and actually, only ONE song in it is produced by William Orbit, which is GO! (lovely but hardly an iconic moment).


Go is amazing and it was the perfect opener for the album

Posted by: Alberto! Mar 24 2019, 07:30 AM

I agree. It was just a way to say that no actual single nor any other album track are produced by Orbit, which is weird just because in my head that was her 'Ray of Light'. Which still makes sense because of Marius De Vries, but for some reason I always assumed it was a Mel C x William Orbit album.

Posted by: tommie Mar 24 2019, 07:59 AM

Honestly, for the longest time I thought Northern Star and I Turn To You (album version) were produced by Orbit.

I assume it's because they made such a big deal out of her working with William Orbit at the time when he was hot property it would've made more sense if he actually produced more of the album than just the opening track.

Posted by: vibe Mar 24 2019, 08:21 AM

Rick Nowels wrote on both Ray Of light and NS.

Posted by: Feel_The_Fever Mar 25 2019, 04:09 AM

Love the song now as much as I did back then.

Posted by: Spiceboy Mar 25 2019, 10:56 AM

Never be the same again! Still my favourite solo Spice Girls single wub.gif It's just perfect wub.gif

Posted by: Euphorique Mar 25 2019, 02:43 PM

Bag It Up is easily my least fav Geri single

NBTSA is a classic, but it comes only as my third favorite single from that album, after NS and ITTY

Posted by: pippa Mar 25 2019, 03:57 PM

Never Be The Same Again and Spice Up Your Life are my 2 ultimate tracks from the entire Spice Girls catalogue both as a group and solo.

Posted by: Spiceboy Mar 25 2019, 04:22 PM

QUOTE(Euphorique @ Mar 25 2019, 02:43 PM) *
Bag It Up is easily my least fav Geri single

NBTSA is a classic, but it comes only as my third favorite single from that album, after NS and ITTY



I've always felt Northern star the single deserved so much more, I mean it sold pretty well going silver but it should have been a top 3 hit it's so beautiful wub.gif

Posted by: Piers Mar 26 2019, 05:02 AM

QUOTE(Spiceboy @ Mar 22 2019, 04:05 AM) *
Not launching NBTSA in the USA was a huge mistake. It was perfect for the US market two girls from two of the biggest girls bands in the USA and the RnB that was huge over there. Melanie C didn't really get the push she deserved over there, ITTY got a bit of traction (got to #1 on the dance chart and even won a Grammy) but apparently the record company never acted on it which Mel was annoyed about. Then When you're gone was also great for the US radio with it's rockier vibe plus Bryan Adams has had quite a bit of success over there.

Real shame Northern Star could have done well in the USA if there had been a proper push with it.


I remember a bit of conversation about this in the fan forums back in 2000. Supposedly, Never Be the Same Again was sent to US radio in 2000. Fans at the time were claiming Z100 in New York was playing it...and there were a few other claims of hearing the odd play of it across the country.

The problem was, the album had already been released months earlier without any attention being drummed up by a single...and failed to enter the top 200. Her US promo appearances were especially odd. She showed up here looking like a completely different person to who we saw the previous year. She sang Somewhere Over the Rainbow a time or two for some reason. I remember her doing Northern Star on Letterman...but she didn't release that song. So. Yeah. Her US prospects apparently looked too grim for Virgin to even try with NBTSA.

I Turn To You actually was released as a single here...but it was in 2001...months after the song landed on the dance charts. So. That too was strangely incompetent in its handling.

Posted by: Jay ☆ Apr 14 2019, 11:08 PM

How could I forget to post about Emma's 18 year anniversary for What Took You So Long? ohmy.gif Although today's date is the 18th anniversary of its 2nd week at #1 in the UK. biggrin.gif


2nd April 2001 - 18 years ago - Emma Bunton - What Took You So Long?






Also a few April anniversaries for Melanie C:

4th April 2005 - 14 years ago - Melanie C - Next Best Superstar
11th April 2005 - 14 years ago - Melanie C - Beautiful Intentions
2nd April 2007 - 12 years ago - Melanie C - This Time




I always end up feeling a bit sad.gif to see how awfully long ago their releases were.

Posted by: Jay ☆ Apr 16 2019, 05:05 PM

16th April 2001 - 18 years ago - Emma Bunton - A Girl Like Me

18 years since the release of Emma's debut solo album ohmy.gif!!


Posted by: Jay ☆ Apr 30 2019, 10:43 PM

It’s Raining Men was released 18 years ago today, 30th April 2001! ohmy.gif

UK stats:
The final Spice related #1
Two weeks at #1
Geri’s fourth #1 solo single in a row (and her 11th #1 overall, including 7 with the Spice Girls)
13th best selling single of 2001
121st best seller of the 2000s decade


Posted by: Eduardo May 1 2019, 12:42 AM


Posted by: vibe May 1 2019, 07:18 AM

I was so surprised at the time at how huge this was. I totally couldn’t hear her singing this when I heard she was covering it.

But it worked so well.

Amazing promo and video smile.gif

Posted by: Michael Andrew May 1 2019, 09:31 AM

This era started with such promise! Then the follow up singles came.

I wanted them to release 'Feels Like Sex' and 'Circles Around The Moon' after IRM.

I always imagined 'Circles' to have an animated video like the intro to Bewitched TV series.

Even 'Don't Call Me Baby' has more going for it as a single than 'Scream If You Wanna Go Faster'.

For me, it was a fairly strong album, poorly represented by the choice of singles.

Posted by: schizo_spice May 1 2019, 09:54 AM

Circles Round the Moon would've been a fantastic single choice.

Feels Like Sex wouldn't so glad that was replaced by It's Raining Men.

I still think Scream was a great single choice aswell I don't understand why it underperformed.

Posted by: Tawdry Hepburn May 1 2019, 10:08 AM

One of the WORST cover versions ever. Truly disgraceful. puke.gif

Posted by: Michael Andrew May 1 2019, 10:22 AM

QUOTE(schizo_spice @ May 1 2019, 10:54 AM) *
Circles Round the Moon would've been a fantastic single choice.

Feels Like Sex wouldn't so glad that was replaced by It's Raining Men.

I still think Scream was a great single choice aswell I don't understand why it underperformed.


I just think, after the first chorus, you've heard all SIYWGF has to offer. It's definitely a perfect album opening track though.

I wish I could connect to it more. But I don't listen and think "Yeah, I wanna go faster."

Which is weird, because I definitely wanted to "Bag It Up". And I had no idea what that one meant.

Posted by: Mr.X May 1 2019, 10:37 AM

QUOTE(Tawdry Hepburn @ May 1 2019, 11:08 AM) *
One of the WORST cover versions ever. Truly disgraceful. puke.gif


Thank you! It's so f***ing lame lol The original is so much fun and gorgeously sang and produced. Geri stripped all the fun or talent from it wacko.gif

Posted by: Jay ☆ May 1 2019, 12:21 PM

I think she did a good job with her cover! The song is not exactly a work of art imo, so I hardly consider her version as being sacrilegious to the original. Both are fun.

It’s no surprise to me that her version was a huge hit on arrival, in numerous countries.

Nowadays it’s holding up as one of the most streamed Spice related songs - 14.4m on Spotify and 11m on YouTube.

Posted by: Spiceboy May 1 2019, 01:42 PM

I thought Geri did a fantastic cover of the song, I prefer her version to The Weathergirls which I find a bit screechy tbh.

It was a great start to her second album era such a shame she followed up with SIYWGF when she had much stronger tracks to go with:

It's raining men
Circles around the moon
Strength of a woman
Calling / Don't call me baby

That's the single selections I would have gone with, I adore Calling however it wasn't really strong enough on it's own. Thank god Feels like sex wasn't released that would have flopped big time.

Posted by: Michael Andrew May 1 2019, 02:43 PM

QUOTE(Spiceboy @ May 1 2019, 02:42 PM) *
I thought Geri did a fantastic cover of the song, I prefer her version to The Weathergirls which I find a bit screechy tbh.

It was a great start to her second album era such a shame she followed up with SIYWGF when she had much stronger tracks to go with:

It's raining men
Circles around the moon
Strength of a woman
Calling / Don't call me baby

That's the single selections I would have gone with, I adore Calling however it wasn't really strong enough on it's own. Thank god Feels like sex wasn't released that would have flopped big time.


I could definitely see every gay and his mum singing to 'Strength of a Woman' in the car.

And you're probably right about 'Feels Like Sex'. It might've been quite shocking at the time. Probably should've used one of her metaphors on that one.

Posted by: Spiceboy May 1 2019, 03:21 PM

QUOTE(Michael Andrew @ May 1 2019, 03:43 PM) *
I could definitely see every gay and his mum singing to 'Strength of a Woman' in the car.

And you're probably right about 'Feels Like Sex'. It might've been quite shocking at the time. Probably should've used one of her metaphors on that one.



"Every gay and his mum" laugh.gif laugh.gif laugh.gif I cried laughing laugh.gif laugh.gif laugh.gif

Posted by: tommie May 1 2019, 04:04 PM

It's a shame EMI never did try to make a proper greatest hits from Geri really - she did have four number one singles, a further four top tens and a top 40. It could've done OK with a well thought out tracklist. Now I believe there's only that digital "Playlist" collection out, though it might have sold more than LA State of Mind.

Posted by: ___∆___ May 5 2019, 08:22 AM

Ah the whole ‘It’s Raining Men’ era was so epic for me as a Geri/SG fan and follower.

I remember the album signing at Virgin where you had to win wristbands to meet her - I ended up winning 3 times so went through 3 times laugh.gif

When she performed IRM at the National Lottery I got audience tickets and me and my friend tried to leave as soon as she performed as we had another friend waiting outside in a car to try and follow Geri - the security stopped us from leaving so I had to fake an illness to get us out laugh.gif We followed Geri’s car and when we pulled up next to her at the traffic lights we were screaming how much we loved her etc., anyway much to our amazement her driver pulled over and we spent 20-30 minutes talking and getting pictures and stuff signed, one of my best moments/memories of following the girls. Geri spoke about it a few weeks later on a blog entry on her website.

Posted by: Piers May 5 2019, 03:14 PM

I get that a singer of limited vocal range going toe to toe with the Weather Girls is a bit...eyebrow raising...but Geri's cover of It's Raining Men really does do something interesting with the song. It gives it a whole different energy...and that's more than what a whole lot of hit covers do.

It's Raining Men isn't my favorite single by Geri...it wouldn't even be in my top 5. But it's my favorite of her eras because of her willingness to just totally go for broke with the performances. There's an infectious enthusiasm to what she was doing then. She seemed to love every second of being out on stage. It was epic pretty much every time she performed it.

But it did cast a shadow on the rest of the album. I actually think Scream and Calling were great singles. But after IRM, their performances just came off as...sleepy. The marketing wasn't as thought out and clever as IRM either. Nothing was on the same level.

Posted by: Spice Girls Net May 10 2019, 01:07 PM

Geri released 'Look At Me' 20 years ago today! biggrin.gif

It reached #2 on the UK singles chart and was certified Gold for sales of 400,000

It also topped the charts in New Zealand and reached the Top 10 in Argentina, Australia, Canada, the Euro chart, Finland, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Malaysia and Spain smile.gif


Posted by: Jay ☆ May 10 2019, 02:22 PM

Certified gold for shipments, but not sales, unfortunately!

drama.gif at this being 20 years ago! Loved it at the time, still consider it to be one of her best moments. Fun video too. Such a shame it missed #1 essentially because EMI made a daft decision with formats & prices.

Posted by: schizo_spice May 10 2019, 04:32 PM

Yeah its such a shame they didn't do two formats she would've had five consecutive number 1s in a row.

Still love Look at Me as much today as I did 20 yrs ago. The perfect pop comeback.

Posted by: vibe May 10 2019, 06:33 PM

Look At me is her best song .

Still frustrates me that the record company gave away the number 1 because of no 2 cds.

Posted by: Spiceboy May 10 2019, 10:05 PM

It’s incredibly frustrating that they basically threw away the #1!

Posted by: Jay ☆ Jun 8 2019, 12:24 AM

Geri’s Schizophonic album was released 20 years ago! drama.gif!!! 7th June 1999!



As if the first solo album is 2 decades old. cry.gif

I think this is by far her strongest album, I wouldn’t consider it to have any duds. Her singles run of #2/#1/#1/#1 was incredibly impressive. What an era! wub.gif

A pity that the planned reissue a few years ago never came to fruition. Would be amazing if it was released on vinyl - could be released with both covers, one with a red vinyl and one with a white vinyl. *Dreams into existence*

Posted by: Mr.X Jun 8 2019, 11:08 AM

I have grown to like it over the past couple of years though it is not an album I regularly listen to. It's good and some excellent pop songs.

Posted by: tommie Jun 8 2019, 11:32 AM

QUOTE(Jay ☆ @ Jun 8 2019, 12:24 AM) *
A pity that the planned reissue a few years ago never came to fruition. Would be amazing if it was released on vinyl - could be released with both covers, one with a red vinyl and one with a white vinyl. *Dreams into existence*


Now now, she had a very good reason to put the kibosh on that. After all, the record buying public could've confused it with her fourth album that she released that very same year.

Posted by: Jay ☆ Jun 28 2019, 08:51 PM

12 years ago on this date, 28th June 2007... the Spice Girls reunited! The first time they'd been seen together as a 5 piece for 9 years, and almost 7 years after the Forever album.

It weirdly feels like it was yesterday but also like it was a lifetime ago at the same time...



It was overwhelmingly exciting to see them together again. wub.gif

Posted by: Spiceboy Jun 28 2019, 10:25 PM

Jesus Christ why is Geri so obsessed with wearing household items? First of all a tea-towel sewn on her black dress at the Brits, then her Nan's Curtains when they reunited... laugh.gif laugh.gif laugh.gif laugh.gif

Posted by: Blond 2.0 Jun 28 2019, 11:26 PM

They looked way better on this year reunion

Posted by: Spice Girls Net Jul 4 2019, 02:17 PM

20 years ago today two iconic moments happened

Posh and Becks married in Dublin and Geri performed at Party in the Park in front of 100,000 people in Hyde Park, London




Posted by: Jay ☆ Jul 4 2019, 05:56 PM

Happy Anniversary to both moments *.*

Posted by: Jay ☆ Jul 8 2019, 10:17 AM

23 years ago today: Wannabe released!

What is more shocking for me is the fact that it’s already been 3 years since the 20th anniversary. drama.gif The fans were strongly anticipating that milestone anniversary, hoping that it would be the perfect excuse for a reunion. As we know that ended up being a bit of a messy time in Spice history (GEM... eek). Even though it was very disappointing at the time, at least now we can say it was for the best in the long run!

The past 3 years feel like they’ve really flown by for me. It puts into perspective how everything they achieved in their heyday happened incredibly quickly. 3 years after Wannabe: Geri had already been out of the group for over a year & had released a solo single and album. Mel B & Victoria became mums & had married their partners. Melanie C and Mel B had also released solo singles.

Posted by: Mr.X Jul 8 2019, 01:16 PM

A total tune. I dont listen to it and not really my kind of track, but when listening to it with other people it is always a blast!

It deserves to be the iconic track that it is !

Posted by: Jay ☆ Aug 15 2019, 03:14 PM



12th August 2012... just over 7 years ago since this iconic performance wub.gif

Posted by: Spiceboy Aug 15 2019, 03:43 PM

QUOTE(Jay ☆ @ Aug 15 2019, 04:14 PM) *


12th August 2012... just over 7 years ago since this iconic performance wub.gif



This was EVERYTHING wub.gif Such an important part of Spice Girls history.

Posted by: Spiceboy Aug 15 2019, 03:45 PM

QUOTE(Jay ☆ @ Jun 28 2019, 09:51 PM) *
12 years ago on this date, 28th June 2007... the Spice Girls reunited! The first time they'd been seen together as a 5 piece for 9 years, and almost 7 years after the Forever album.

It weirdly feels like it was yesterday but also like it was a lifetime ago at the same time...



It was overwhelmingly exciting to see them together again. wub.gif



Looking at this with fresh eyes I think Victoria looks ridiculous laugh.gif At the time I thought she looked good but seriously the footballs laugh.gif blink.gif

Mel B looks quite rough as well, she certainly got more polished, Geri looks totally utterly ridiculous. Emma looks good, so pregnant heart.gif wub.gif . Melanie C looks amazing though, she rarely looks the best as her costumes tend to less showy than the others but she looks damn sexy here wub.gif

Posted by: Jay ☆ Aug 15 2019, 04:12 PM

Definitely agree that Melanie looked the best that day wub.gif Effortless!

I guess we'll never know what Geri was thinking when it came to that dress... kink.gif A choice :')

I don't think I was ever overly fond of Victoria's image back then, but as the years go by it looks more and more strange to me! Certainly unrecognisable from the Victoria of today. Would love to know what she thinks of her style from back then.

Agree that Mel B's look isn't the best, it doesn't seem very "her".

Emma looked lovely. wub.gif


Overall it's certainly not one of my favourite looks of the group, but with all the excitement on the day I didn't really focus too heavily on their style!

Posted by: Spiceboy Aug 15 2019, 04:17 PM

QUOTE(Jay ☆ @ Aug 15 2019, 05:12 PM) *
Definitely agree that Melanie looked the best that day wub.gif Effortless!

I guess we'll never know what Geri was thinking when it came to that dress... kink.gif A choice :')

I don't think I was ever overly fond of Victoria's image back then, but as the years go by it looks more and more strange to me! Certainly unrecognisable from the Victoria of today. Would love to know what she thinks of her style from back then.

Agree that Mel B's look isn't the best, it doesn't seem very "her".

Emma looked lovely. wub.gif
Overall it's certainly not one of my favourite looks of the group, but with all the excitement on the day I didn't really focus too heavily on their style!



I didn't really focus on the style either (apart from Geri which I'm sorry did she actually look in a flipping mirror before she left the house??) as I was like you too excited. Now though looking back it's interesting laugh.gif

With the Geri dress do you think they all agreed previously to wear black / red? I suppose Geri is wearing red... I always wondered with the reunion announcement this time when they all have a go at Geri for wearing the sparkly blue dress if that is a nod to her not following it the previous time...?

Posted by: Algernon Monqueef Aug 15 2019, 07:02 PM

I loved the first bit and the taxis, but the screeching of SPICE YP YA LIFE SPICE UP YA LIFE SPICE UP YA LIFE SPICE UP YA LIFE SPICE UP YA LIIIFE I didn't laugh.gif

Posted by: Algernon Monqueef Aug 15 2019, 07:03 PM

QUOTE(Spiceboy @ Aug 15 2019, 04:45 PM) *
Looking at this with fresh eyes I think Victoria looks ridiculous laugh.gif At the time I thought she looked good but seriously the footballs laugh.gif blink.gif

Mel B looks quite rough as well, she certainly got more polished, Geri looks totally utterly ridiculous. Emma looks good, so pregnant heart.gif wub.gif . Melanie C looks amazing though, she rarely looks the best as her costumes tend to less showy than the others but she looks damn sexy here wub.gif


Omfg I agree with ALL of this ;lol:

Posted by: ThePensmith Aug 16 2019, 04:41 PM

Geri released her second solo single 'Mi Chico Latino' on this day, 16th August 1999. A week later it entered the UK singles chart at number one, becoming her first of four solo singles to do so:





I did subscribe to the view that 'Look At Me' was her only decent solo single for a long time but with twenty years' distance I've got to give 'Chico' it's due, a great pop single with a Latin influence and she looked amazing in the video too.

Posted by: Piers Aug 17 2019, 04:17 AM

^ I kinda wonder if Geri should have launched her US solo career with Mi Chico Latino. Mind you, I personally really like Look at Me...but it was too unusual for US radio...and the general American audience was indifferent to the video's death of Ginger and rebirth. On that...I maintain my belief that Americans in the 90s were only invested in the group...and not the individual members. That only changed when Victoria and Mel B built their own brands in the US in the 2000s. Point being, I think Geri made a bold statement of "I'm back!" with Look at Me...and America flat-out didn't care.

Anyway. The single and album crashed and burned bad enough that no other attempt was made here.

But would she have had a better shot at the US market if she started with Mi Chico Latino? It was significantly more US radio-friendly. Sexy video. Great image during the promotional campaign. Also. Lift Me Up sounds like it'd fit squarely on Adult Contemporary radio of the time and may have worked as a decent follow. Would the two have set the charts on fire? Maybe not. But maybe her US prospects wouldn't have been over in a week either.


Posted by: Mr.X Aug 17 2019, 08:14 AM

I can't stand Mi Chico Latino. It's so cringe...

Posted by: Jay ☆ Aug 17 2019, 08:38 AM

Conversely it's my favourite Geri song and one of my overall favourite solo Spice songs wub.gif

I was on holiday in Guernsey with my parents (I was 11!) when Mi Chico Latino came out... I bought CD1 & 2 from Woolworths there. I got the misprinted CD2 disc - the disc had the same design as CD1 (blue and stated it had B Sides on it) but it actually did play the remixes. I'm glad I didn't take it back to the shop because I'm happy to have it in my collection! I ended up buying the correct pink disc version some years later.

I played those CDs every day on that holiday, so it always reminds me of it (which was actually a bit of a disaster, with bad weather and bad accommodation, but it's funny to remember kink.gif ). 20 years ago though drama.gif

It was a very well timed release considering that Latin Pop was having quite a moment in the summer of 99! I'm glad it was a UK #1 heart.gif

Posted by: Spiceboy Aug 17 2019, 09:01 AM

My favourite Geri single such a bop!

Posted by: Algernon Monqueef Aug 17 2019, 10:36 AM

It is a BOP and a very early 2000s defining summer ANTHEM but the Spanish is so so so soooo bad. She gave it the ooolll college try!

Posted by: Blond 2.0 Aug 18 2019, 11:35 PM

Masterpiece I still love it so much

Posted by: Jade Aug 18 2019, 11:38 PM

My favourite Geri song for sure! 'Viva Forever' is my favourite Spice Girls song too, so up with latin-pop clearly.

Posted by: ThePensmith Aug 19 2019, 10:29 PM

I love as well, having re-read "Just for the Record" this weekend (research for the fact I've written about 'Chico' for my blog's retro pop series about the charts of 1999 this week) that we have her mum's collection of slushy Spanish language romances to thank for her talky bits in Spanish on there. 'Donde ésta el hombre con fuego en la sangre?' indeed biggrin.gif

Posted by: Jay ☆ Aug 21 2019, 10:56 AM

The last anniversary I posted about was Wannabe in early July, and then ThePensmith posted about Mi Chico Latino. Here are all the anniversaries that occurred between them!


21 Years Ago: 20/07/98 - Spice Girls - Viva Forever

19 Years Ago: 07/08/00 - Melanie C - I Turn to You

19 Years Ago: 14/08/00 - Victoria Beckham - Out of Your Mind (with True Steppers & Dane Bowers)

18 Years Ago: 30/07/01 - Geri Halliwell - Scream If You Wanna Go Faster

16 Years Ago: 06/08/03 - Melanie C - Let's Love [Japanese Release]

14 Years Ago: 01/08/05 - Melanie C - Better Alone [Online Release]

11 Years Ago: 25/07/08 - Melanie C - Understand [Canadian Release]

6 Years Ago: 18/08/13 - Melanie C - Loving You (with Matt Cardle)

3 Years Ago: 29/07/16 - Melanie C - Numb (with Sons of Sonix)


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The first few in that list being that old doesn't actually phase me as much as realising that Loving You was 6 years ago already... feels more recent!

Posted by: Spiceboy Aug 21 2019, 12:49 PM

6 years since the last top 20 solo Spice single... sad.gif wacko.gif

13 years nearly since the last top 10 though omg huh.gif

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