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post Apr 30 2019, 10:43 PM
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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

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post May 1 2019, 12:42 AM
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post May 1 2019, 07:18 AM
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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


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post May 1 2019, 09:31 AM
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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.


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post May 1 2019, 09:54 AM
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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.
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post May 1 2019, 10:08 AM
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One of the WORST cover versions ever. Truly disgraceful. puke.gif
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post May 1 2019, 10:22 AM
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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.
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post May 1 2019, 10:37 AM
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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
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post May 1 2019, 12:21 PM
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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.
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post May 1 2019, 01:42 PM
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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.
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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.
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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
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post May 1 2019, 04:04 PM
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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.
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post May 5 2019, 08:22 AM
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Ah the whole ĎItís Raining Mení 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 Geriís 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.
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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.
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post May 10 2019, 01:07 PM
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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



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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.
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post May 10 2019, 04:32 PM
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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.
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post May 10 2019, 06:33 PM
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Look At me is her best song .

Still frustrates me that the record company gave away the number 1 because of no 2 cds.
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Itís incredibly frustrating that they basically threw away the #1!
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