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MARIAH.
post Sep 23 2017, 09:18 AM
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Thank you to the 51 members who contributed! wub.gif

Any predictions for the winner / Top 5 / last place?

Wannabe
Say You'll Be There
2 Become 1
Mama
Who Do You Think You Are
Spice Up Your Life
Too Much
Stop
Viva Forever
Goodbye
Holler
Let Love Lead The Way
Headlines (Friendship Never Ends)
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post Sep 23 2017, 09:36 AM
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On a normal forum 'Viva Forever' would win, but this is Buzzjack, so I'm thinking 'Say You'll Be There' or '2 Become 1' will win.
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post Sep 23 2017, 02:03 PM
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I think Say You Will Be There will win and I want it too as well!
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post Sep 23 2017, 05:02 PM
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Can I still vote?
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MARIAH.
post Sep 23 2017, 07:24 PM
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Yes ok! I won’t be starting the results until tomorrow after all.
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MARIAH.
post Sep 24 2017, 10:55 PM
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13th Headlines (Friendship Never Ends) (5.60)

Highest Scores: 9 (schizo_spice) | 8 (cripesdude, Fenrik, Jamesy, Jay, JosephGutierrez, liamk97, Michael Andrew & Quven)
Lowest Scores: 2 (Euphorique, Hide&Seek, THEO. & White Mustang) | 3 (mutucan, Narrator, Scene & SuperCell)




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.

I remember feeling deflated after my first listen of it, because I'd been hankering after a triumphant uptempo return rather than a pleasant ballad. Of course, being a Spice Girls loon I played it loads, so I allowed it to grow on me. tongue.gif A decade on and I still don't think it's anywhere near as strong as their 90s classics, so I find its last place here justified, in what I'd regard as being a very strong list of songs! I still like it a lot though, evident from the score of 8 I gave it.

Let's not discuss that music video. x
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post Sep 25 2017, 11:58 AM
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Not a surprising last place...It was just...Not very Spice Girls.
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post Sep 25 2017, 04:32 PM
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I still think it's a great song with a really beautiful instrumental.

It came alive on tour even initial hater Mel C admitted that later on.

It did kind if feel like it should've been follow up to a strong upbeat single though however I still appreciate Headlines.
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post Sep 25 2017, 08:53 PM
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Mel C's middle 8 saves that song!
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post Sep 25 2017, 09:29 PM
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Not a suprising last place at all laugh.gif (although should be let love lead the way)
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post Sep 25 2017, 09:46 PM
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12th Let Love Lead The Way (6.41)

Highest Scores: 10 (Fenrik, lewistgreen & Lukuzz) | 9 (Euphorique, Jamesy & Maurice)
Lowest Scores: 2 (iTsound) | 2.5 (Scene)




'Let Love Lead The Way' is half of a Double A Side single with 'Holler'. It was released in October 2000 - their first release in 2 years - so it was a very anticipated release! The fact that they came back with a Double A Side was perhaps indicative of a little under-confidence from the group/their label to go with just one song. 'Holler' was a brand new sound for the girls - American produced R'n'B, while 'Let Love Lead The Way' was a little closer to the familiarity of their ballad hits... so I reckon the inclusion of 'Let Love Lead The Way' was them hedging their bets.

It seemed that pushing two songs was a good idea, because the single flew straight into the UK charts at #1! It thus became the Spice Girls' 9th #1 single in 10 releases - business as usual after a long time away from the charts, and surely the start of a successful era? Unfortunately, this would ultimately end up being the last hurrah of their heyday, before things turned sour within Camp Spice.... and barely 2 months after this hit #1, the girls quietly parted ways. I'll write more about this in the Holler commentary!

The music video for this, like Holler, has each girl portraying an element. Melanie C represents water, Mel B - air, Emma - earth & Victoria - fire.

The song wasn't performed on a Spice Girls tour until the 2007/8 The Return of the Spice Girls world tour. Its performed by the 4 piece line-up, and as the final seconds of the song play-out, Geri rises from beneath the stage floor & joins the other girls again (the narrative being that she's reunited with them, after letting love lead the way. A nice touch!)
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post Sep 26 2017, 12:14 AM
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I find LLLTW to be quite under appreciated tbh. It's stunning. Dated. But stunning.
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post Sep 27 2017, 12:32 AM
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Two utterly shit songs out of the way biggrin.gif "Holler" next then a top 10 full of *.*
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post Sep 27 2017, 04:54 AM
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I adore Let Love Lead The Way. So underrated. One of my all time faves of theirs!
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QUOTE(Jonjo @ Sep 26 2017, 01:14 AM) *
I find LLLTW to be quite under appreciated tbh. It's stunning. Dated. But stunning.


Yeah it is stunning and the vocals are perfect. The only thing I find a bit irky about it is the somewhat underwelming lyrics in the chorus, otherwise it would be right up there with their best, I think...

Lyrically FOREVER was one of their best albums (on par with SPICE) but I could never quite get my head around the lyrics in the LLTW chorus dry.gif
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post Sep 27 2017, 01:02 PM
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Headlines & Let Love Lead The Way - I can hum along and sing along to bits of both when they're playing. Still don't know all the words to either track.
Right now as I type , they're not playing ....and so I cannot hum even a few seconds worth, 'cause they're that bland and forgettable.

I gave a lower score to Headlines for being such a disappointing comeback single. The title had me expecting something in your face.....until the brackets appeared with Friendship Never Ends which was I felt was a naff touch.
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post Sep 27 2017, 01:04 PM
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Correct bottom two. Goodbye should be next, but it'll be the far superior Hollier i'm assuming.
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post Sep 27 2017, 01:09 PM
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I think it will be Holler out next which will be a shame because it is one of my favourites of theirs.
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post Sep 27 2017, 06:31 PM
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LLLTW is stunning, definitely deserved to be higher than some of their other hits
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post Sep 27 2017, 06:50 PM
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It definitely should be 'Holler' out next. Whether it will be though, I don't know. It seems to have a LOT of lovers and I feel like it doesn't have many scores below a 5... but we'll see.
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