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Algernon Monquee...
post Aug 2 2019, 09:47 PM
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It's a little unfair, as we only have the demo/ live demo of W.O.M.A.N, but someone did post a video of them dancing to the plodding, lifeless, vampire-victim Darkchild version of the song too? However, I've seen aroond the youtube people saying W.O.M.A.N would have been an even better lead than Spice Up Your Life, and would have been a better song.

You know what? I agree! Have you heard the vocal stems of SUYL? Geri says UH flat as anything, Emma pronounces chicas as chickens, and the lyrics are like from the scary door - "You are entering the vicinity of an area adjacent to a location. The kind of place where there might be a monster, or some kind of weird mirror. These are just examples; it could also be something much better. Prepare to enter: The Scary Door." - and compare that to, "California, me and you, kung-fu fighting, dancing queen, tribal spaceman and all that's in between."

The lyrics of SUYL are bad, and the vocals are horrendous and flat. The beat is cheesy and a copy of Latin songs, whereas WOMAN has a dance-pop sound and sounds more spicey than anything they've done since the first album! So, I agree. I think W.O.M.A.N was a missed legacy track, would have gazumped Destiny's Child on the same, and would have been far better than SUYL.
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post Aug 3 2019, 07:54 PM
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The studio version of WOMAN is horrid tbh :vomit:
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post Aug 3 2019, 08:21 PM
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QUOTE(tommie @ Aug 3 2019, 08:54 PM) *
The studio version of WOMAN is horrid tbh :vomit:


Do you have it?? Or are you talking about the lifeless darkchild rnb vampire version?
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post Aug 3 2019, 09:10 PM
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The Spice Up Your life lyrics are awful, yes but the production and vocals make up for it, I find it best to ignore the lyrics apart from the chorus and buildup to it and the bit about positivity. It is a pop song with so much energy to it, almost like the 90s equivalent of Frankie Goes To Hollywood's Two Tribes in this respect I think. W.O.M.A.N. I have never heard before, sounds quite good from that clip, but I have to vote for Spice up Your Life.
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post Aug 3 2019, 09:58 PM
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The lyrics arenít awful, theyíre uplifting & fun! Iíll concede that the second verse is a bit random... but overall, itís pop at its finest.

QUOTE(Algernon Monqueef @ Aug 3 2019, 09:21 PM) *
Do you have it?? Or are you talking about the lifeless darkchild rnb vampire version?

Darkchild were never associated with Woman...
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post Aug 3 2019, 10:02 PM
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QUOTE(Jay ☆ @ Aug 3 2019, 10:58 PM) *
The lyrics arenít awful, theyíre uplifting & fun! Iíll concede that the second verse is a bit random... but overall, itís pop at its finest.
Darkchild were never associated with Woman...


Wrong tongue.gif There was a video floating around on here of them rehearsing to Darkchild's rnb version of Woman. Man alive, it was lifeless!
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post Aug 3 2019, 10:44 PM
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LOL Nope

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post Aug 4 2019, 01:21 AM
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QUOTE(Algernon Monqueef @ Aug 3 2019, 11:02 PM) *
Wrong tongue.gif There was a video floating around on here of them rehearsing to Darkchild's rnb version of Woman. Man alive, it was lifeless!

That was produced by Biffco, lol
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post Aug 4 2019, 10:55 AM
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Spice up your life is classic Spice Girls. Iíve only heard the Earls Court performance of WOMAN and itís catchy enough but not a patch on Spice up your life!
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post Aug 5 2019, 01:37 AM
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QUOTE(Algernon Monqueef @ Aug 3 2019, 05:02 PM) *
Wrong tongue.gif There was a video floating around on here of them rehearsing to Darkchild's rnb version of Woman. Man alive, it was lifeless!


The version they're rehearsing in that video is the Stannard/Rowe demo of the song. The rehearsals are for their 1999 Christmas tour. They were still planning to use both the pop and r'n'b tracks at that point...which is why they performed the pop version of Right Back at Ya at the concerts.

I can't verify this...but there were people who claimed to be in the know on the old DenDen forum who said the Darkchild team (specifically Fred Jerkins) tried to redo W.O.M.A.N. in mid-2000. The belief was that the song just couldn't be adapted to the Darkchild style...so they scrapped it and had to record Wasting My Time to complete the album at the last minute.
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post Aug 5 2019, 01:49 AM
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I can't really compare W.O.M.A.N. and Spice Up Your Life...having only heard a snippet of a demo and a live version of the former.

Would it have made a better lead single than Spice Up Your Life? Probably not. As album lead singles go, Wannabe and Spice Up Your Life demand your attention. Holler was the arrival of a whole new sound. Love em or hate em, all three were designed to get people talking. I don't think W.O.M.A.N. competes with all of that. It might be a great studio recording. It may have even been single worthy. But ultimately, it was another fun disco track. Nothing wrong with that. They were great at that. But it wouldn't have been striking into new territory for them in the way their actual lead singles did.


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post Aug 7 2019, 12:20 PM
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I thibk it does demand attention though, as a massive, spicy song WITHOUT Geri, which they don't have!
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post Aug 7 2019, 12:29 PM
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Spice Up Your Life is a mission statement and I alwats figured coming with the movie it was meant to be a bit tongue in cheek.

WOMAN I think is a bit forgettable and from the demo sounds like an early 90s production, Stock Aitken Waterman, not the kind of production the biggest girlgroup in the world should have been able to command at their peak.

To me its no contest even while Spice Up is far from the girls' best
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post Aug 8 2019, 02:37 PM
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Look what the youtube algorithm suggested biggrin.gif



That studio version sounds LIT! And that's the rnb version, not even the lop one ohmy.gif

Lmao at the TEA about Forever that dancer says: "if anyone was expecting juice, it's more like a drink this time" rotf.gif Too right!!
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Spice Up Your Life is the best song by The Spice Girls in their whole catalogue.
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No comparison at all SUYL is miles better.
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post Aug 8 2019, 05:42 PM
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QUOTE(Algernon Monqueef @ Aug 8 2019, 03:37 PM) *
That studio version sounds LIT! And that's the rnb version, not even the lop one ohmy.gif

Meeeeekel, stahp!

Itís produced by Stannard and Rowe! Itís pop, not R&B
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QUOTE(Jay ☆ @ Aug 8 2019, 06:42 PM) *
Meeeeekel, stahp!

Itís produced by Stannard and Rowe! Itís pop, not R&B


Oh so that's the pop one?

There absolutely IS an rnb one for the darkchild shite album!! It was shared on here! They were dancing to a lifeless version of it.
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