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post Jun 12 2020, 03:27 PM
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'Scream If You Wanna Go Faster'
14th May 2001

1. Scream If You Wanna Go Faster
2. Shake Your Bootie Cutie
3. Calling
4. Feels Like Sex
5. Circles Round the Moon
6. Love Is the Only Light
7. Strength of a Woman
8. Don't Call Me Baby
9. Lovey Dovey Stuff
10. It's Raining Men
11. Heaven and Hell (Being Geri Halliwell)
12. I Was Made That Way
+ Brave New World [Japanese Bonus Track]


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A thread dedicated to discussion about Geri Halliwell's second solo album 'Scream If You Wanna Go Faster'!

This sophomore release followed the smash hit #1 single 'It's Raining Men', a cover of The Weather Girls' 80s hit. Geri's version was a huge hit in many countries and is arguably her most well known single. Two more singles followed, both original songs - the title track, and Calling. UK sales exceeded 140,000, and it's certified Gold.

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


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post Jun 12 2020, 04:00 PM
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The album cover is... something x

I listened to this last night! It was better than I expected - not as good as Schizophonic, and the run of singles isn't the strongest, but there was plenty to enjoy! Heaven and Hell was a ride x
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post Jun 12 2020, 04:42 PM
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I remember waiting so bad for this album and the excitement of seeing it on the shop shelf.

Vocally you can tell she really put a lot more work in on this album than Schizophonic though it's no where near as good an album unfortunately.

I think the three singles were all fantastic choices with Circles Round the Moon as the 4th that never happened. I'm glad Feels Like Sex wasn't the original single as planned as I dont think that would have worked at all.

I think the ballads on this album are actually its strength (Calling, Love is the Only Light and I Was Made That Way) all three are stellar moments.

Not so keen on Shake Your Bootie Cutie, Feels Like Sex and Lovey Dovey Stuff at all.

The B sides should've replaced those tracks imo
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post Jun 12 2020, 04:49 PM
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I pretty much agree with every word Schizo said. The ballads are all stunning, Calling is a low key stan song for me, it was my favourite Geri track for a long time. I think Scream as a single was a mis-step though, it's catchy as an album opener but I never felt it worked much as a single, strength of a woman would have made a good second single in my opinion. Shame Circles never got a release as that is probably the best track on the album, the Harry Potter magic theme video sounds really interesting too, it would have been an easy top 10 in my opinion.

The only songs I don't like on the album are Feels like sex (thank Christ that wasn't a single) and shake your bootie cutie! Otherwise it's a good effort.


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Going to listen to the album again later and put my track rating as it's been years since I've listened to it.
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post Jun 13 2020, 10:42 AM
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Circles Round The Moon, Strength Of A Woman and Breaking Glass are amongst my all-time favourite Geri songs, so this album (or better say era, as Breaking Glass was only a b-side) holds a special place in my hard. I've always loved the album cover as well, it is so ott and so Geri.

Calling, however, is probably my least favourite Geri single. It's a bit too bland for my liking.
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I enjoyed the hell out of this album and I still do



1. Scream If You Wanna Go Faster 10
2. Shake Your Bootie Cutie 5
3. Calling 9
4. Feels Like Sex 7
5. Circles Round the Moon 10
6. Love Is the Only Light 10
7. Strength of a Woman 9
8. Don't Call Me Baby 8
9. Lovey Dovey Stuff 7
10. It's Raining Men 10
11. Heaven and Hell (Being Geri Halliwell) 10
12. I Was Made That Way 10
+ Brave New World [Japanese Bonus Track] 9

Breaking Glass 10
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post Jun 13 2020, 04:44 PM
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Scream if You Wanna Go Faster is her best album. Scream (single) is a great song and probably my favourite of hers - as well as the video. Some nice enough tracks too.
The ballads are awful here though...

Some of them like Calling might not be too bad and I think if that song was sang by someone else, it might have actually been bareable. But Geri ruins them, in my opinion.

Feels Like Sex should have been the first single. It was obviously clever for them to release It's Raining Men as that was on teh back of the film, but it's pretty obvious that it didnt do much for the album's fortunes. Not that I think that FLS was going to smash, but at least it would have been better demonstration of what is on the album.

I guess after Schizophonic, the almos 500,000 who bought that album didnt think it was good enough to warrant a purchase of the new album. I cant understand and sympathise with that to be honest.


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I have to agree with Mr.X completely.

I love Geri's song writing. She's can be an intelligent, deeply sincere lyricist. And other times she's very tongue-in-cheek and witty.

At the time I enjoyed the album because I loved Geri.

But, with my more mature ears, her vocals couldn't carry a ballad, imo. Calling is a stunning song though.

I think the era stalled because Spice fever had finally faded tbh. Geri's personality wasn't enough. She was being held to a higher standard.
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post Jun 14 2020, 04:59 PM
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I always thought "Feels Like Sex" should have been given a chance.

It's a pleasant album, it just lacks a "stand-out" track or two.
I never understood how come she had such high expectations for top chart positions with these tracks.
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I've always kinda gone to bat for this album.

To my ears, Scream If You Wanna Go Faster, Calling, Circles Round the Moon, Love is the Only Light, Strength of a Woman, and I Was Made That Way are all excellent. Scream and Calling, I thought, were worthy successors to her Schizophonic singles. 'Gimme some, gimme some gasoline' always sounded like a classic pop hook to me. Calling...I still think is gorgeous.

Don't Call Me Baby and Lovey Dovey Stuff are 'fine' album fillers.

Shake Your Bootie Cutie, Feels Like Sex, and Heaven and Hell...are kinda...spectacularly weird. Which...y'know...I kinda appreciate. No other pop star of her stature would have recorded a song as defiantly strange as Heaven and Hell. Those songs are her. And she didn't care what was cool. In a time when A LOT of pop acts had interchangeable songs...you can't claim Geri didn't have major control over her music.

It's Raining Men is kinda a case on its own. I tend to prefer her originals, but her cover of this song is honestly better than anyone would have reason to believe it would be. Her vocal ability is not in the same stratosphere as The Weather Girls. And yet...it works because her version is just pure adrenaline. She honestly does transform the song into something new. And I think the single campaign was excellent. The video and the performances have such an infectious energy about them. I think it was the most confident we ever saw Geri in her solo career.

Anyway. This album doesn't seem as personal as Schizophonic, but I do think it's the best her voice ever sounded. I think her collaborators figured out the best ways to use her abilities. Passion and her unreleased work have more vocal range...but I like how unmistakable her voice still sounds during the Scream era.

Last thought. I can't *believe* Robbie Williams wanted Geri to listen to Led Zeppelin for influence. Granted, I really like Scream If You Wanna Go Faster (which was inspired by that suggestion). But. Robbie HAD to be joking...

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