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post May 22 2021, 09:04 AM
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So after Jay's (excellent) first and lead singles thread it got me wondering what would I release as the singles were it my choice? So I ask you guys, what singles would you have released from the albums? B-sides can be included too but they have to be from that era.

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post May 22 2021, 09:12 AM
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Spice
I wouldn't change anything about this era the single choices were perfect! I would potentially have pushed for a 5th single and released Love Thing / Step to me as a double a-side before the release of Spiceworld. This would have been another surefire #1 hit for them I am sure (and bumped up the Greatest hits tracklisting!)

Spiceworld
Again I wouldn't change a thing in terms of the choices their run was utterly flawless. I would have added Never give up on the good times to Viva forever though just because it deserved a moment to shine too and would potentially have pushed the sales of that single even further. A tour montage video would have been very easy to do as they had the clips already.

Forever
Well obviously I'd release a few more singles! I would probably have done a few double a-side singles for this release to really push for higher chart positions.

1. Holler / Right back at ya (pop mix) - they could keep the RnB mix on the album if they wanted to
2. Get down with me / Let love lead the way - again a mix of styles
3. If you wanna have some fun / Pain proof - again a mix of styles plus one is a new track to help push the sales.

The Greatest Hits tracklisting would look great then:
1. Wannabe
2. Say you'll be there
3. 2 become 1
4. Who do you think you are
5. Mama
6. Love thing
7. Step to me
8. Spice up your life
9. Too much
10. Stop
11. Viva forever
12. Never give up on the good times
13. Goodbye
14. Holler
15. Right back at ya
16. Get down with me
18. Let love lead the way
19. If you wanna have some fun
20. Pain proof
21. Headlines (or some other amazing new track)
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post May 22 2021, 09:31 AM
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Northern Star
This was a great run to be honest. While Going Down wasn't a massive hit it did it's job in showing the range of styles o the album... I would possible have swapped it out for Go as that is a similar rocky style but more catchy. If that were me get's a lot of slack but it did it's job in keeping albums sales running... I would have probably chosen Closer or Feel the sun maybe with as a double a-side. Suddenly Monday and Be the one would also have made a nice b-side too. A dance Feel the sun remix would also have been quite cool?

1. Go
2. Northern star
3. Never be the same again
4. I turn to you
5. Closer / Feel the sun (remix)

Reason
Oh Mel, Mel, Mel! I know HICA isn't very popular outside the fan base, I personally love it however I feel it needed to be a double a-side to show a different vibe too. The B-sides obviously are all strong too and some are worthy single candidates:

1. Here it comes again / Yeh, yeh, yeh
2. I love you without trying
3. Love to you / On the horizon

I don't think anything else would have been a hit, I mean if On the horizon wasn't I'm not totally sure what else she could have done?

Beautiful Intentions
Mel, Mel, Mel!!! The singles run for this was so annoying, the way she kept persevering with Better Alone and it kept flopping everywhere (apart from Portugal). I feel like BI got a raw deal as it never really got a chance to showcase it's original album tracks and vibe after NBS. First day of my life of course saved the era so that still has to be released:

1. Next best superstar
2. First day of my life
3. Last night on earth
4. You will see / You'll get yours

This Time
This album is a weird one as the singles don't really reflect the album. I hope Mel got a nice payout for I want candy because it is the worst thing she has ever done! The moment you believe I personally think is gorgeous but it doesn't really fit the album it's kind of a stand alone single. Ironically both went on to have good chart positions across Europe though TMYB was #1 in a few countries and IWC was top 10 in a few too... rolleyes.gif

My choice would have been:
1. The moment you believe - stand alone single (linked to film or TV show maybe - was it??) - not on album

1. Understand - First single release for album and first single release in UK
2. Carolyna
3. Already gone

The Sea
I love the single releases from this album! I know Weak isn't massively popular but I think it's stunning and it certainly got the radio play! A shame she didn't or couldn't continue to release more singles for this era:

1. Think about it (a proper bloody release before the album etc!)
2. Weak
3. Stupid game
4. Burn

This would have been the best single run of all her albums!

Stages
Yeah it was the right single to release, this era is a bit meh tbh. Wouldn't change anything (except for the tracklist on the album itself)

Version of me
Again some great songs in this era, I was a bit gutted for Mel that Numb didn't get much attention as I thought it was very different and very fresh. Dear life shouldn't have happened, it works as an album opener but I hated it as a single:

1. Anymore
2. Numb (feat Sons of Sonix)
3. Loving you better
4. Room for love

Melanie C
A pretty Flawless run to be honest I love them all. This is her best singles run for me. I would perhaps have swapped out Flawless for Good enough as a proper campaign but then I love both so not fussed either way. I feel she missed a beat not releasing the album after Blame it on me though then having In and out of love keep the sales running potentially.

1. Who I am
2. Blame it on me (release album after this)
3. In and out of love
4. Good enough or Flawless
5. Into you (release deluxe to streaming etc)
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post May 22 2021, 09:32 AM
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I'll come back and do the rest later this is taking me longer than anticipated laugh.gif

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post May 22 2021, 12:07 PM
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Here's my choices

Spice
Perfect as it was, wouldn't change a single thing.

Spiceworld
The only thing I would change is like spiceboy said by having 'Never Give Up On The Good Times' added onto 'Viva Forever' as a double a-side.

Forever
There should have been a few more singles from this era, but I would keep 'Holler/Let Love Lead The Way' as the lead single as they were pretty good representations of the album.

1. Holler/Let Love Lead The Way
2. If U Wanna Have Some Fun
3. Tell Me Why (Radio Edit)
4. Oxygen/W.O.M.A.N.

'IUWHSF' in the early months of 2001, could have easily been a top 5 hit, 'TMW' a few months later in around April '01 with a radio edit & maybe a slight remix, also could have helped interest for the album going. Then end the era with the beautiful ballad 'Oxygen' & have a new track 'W.O.M.A.N.' as a double a-side to end the era.

The Greatest Hits: Tracklist
1. Wannabe
2. Say You'll Be There
3. 2 Become 1
4. Mama
5. Who Do You Think You Are
6. Spice Up Your Life
7. Too Much
8. Stop
9. Never Give Up The Good Times
10. Viva Forever
11. Let Love Lead The Way
12. Holler
13. If U Wanna Have Some Fun
14. Tell Me Why
15. Oxygen
16. W.O.M.A.N.
17. Headlines (Friendship Never Ends)*
18. Pain Proof*
19. Voodoo*
20. Goodbye
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post May 22 2021, 01:54 PM
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Spice: would keep everything the same

Spiceworld:
Spice Up Your Life
Too Much
Stop
Viva Forever/Never Give Up On The Good Times

Forever:
Holler (October 2000)
Let Love Lead The Way (December 2000 Christmas single)
If You Wanna Have Some Fun (February 2001)
Tell Me Why (April/May 2001)

Greatest Hits:
Wannabe
Say You’ll Be There
2 Become 1
Who Do You Think You Are
Mama
Step To Me
Move Over (live)
Spice Up Your Life
Stop
Too Much
Viva Forever
Never Give Up On The Good Times
Goodbye
Holler
Let Love Lead The Way
If You Wanna Have Some Fun
Tell Me Why
Headlines
Extra Tracks:
We’re Gonna Make It Happen
Wannabe (movie/demo version)
Can’t Stay Tonight
Right Back At Ya (pop version)
We Are Family (live version taken from Birmingham recording)
Spice Is Back
Angels
Voodoo


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post May 22 2021, 02:21 PM
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SPICE
I would have finished the era with a remix of If You Can't Dance which would also launch a delux version of the album, for Summer 1997

SPICEWORLD
I would have definitely released Never Give Up On The Good Times in September 1998 to celebrate the end of the tour, with a tour montage video. A perfect opportunity which would have also signalled that they had no intention to stop after Geri had left and were instead focusing on the future of the band with a positive attitude.

FOREVER

So, here I am going to attempt two tactics. The first one is what I would have done if I was in charge of the campaign from the album's conception. The second is what could have happened had they continued to release (and tour....) after the release of teh album as it was in 2000.

I would have done:

1. Right Back At Ya (pop version) in March/Spring 2000
2. WOMAN in July
3. Holler in October to launch the album with
4. If You Wanna Have Some Fun (single mix)/Oxygen in late January/early Feb 2001
5. Let Love Lead The Way to close the era in April 2001

Also the Forever album would have included at least a few pop tracks to balance the album out, and make it a 12-track album with a more colourful cover

What could have been done

1. Holler/Let Love Lead The Way in October 2000
2. Tell Me Why in February 2001
3. If You Wanna Have Some Fun (single mix, a bit more juiced up) in May 2001
4. Get Down With Me in September 2001
5. Oxygen (Christmas mix) in December 2001 - get that 4th Xmas #1 bitches!!

Then release a DELUX version of Forever including the single mixes and a couple of extra tracks, for Christmas and close the era with a STADIUM tour throughout Summer-Autumn 2001. DONE!

A GIRL LIKE ME
I would have released A World Without You for Christmas 2001 and then Better Be Careful in like Feb/March 2002. No WNGST....

FREE ME
Defintely would have released No Sign of Life and Breathing as a double-A side

LIFE IN MONO
I would have released All That You'll Be, Take Me To Another Town and Not Crying Over Yesterdays in this order:

1. All That You'll Be (for Christmas 2006)
2. Take Me To Another Town (Feb/March 2007)
3. Not Crying Over Yesterdays dance remix (June 2007)
4. All I Need to Know (October to close the era with a gorgeous Autum track)

Downtown would have still be released as a CIN single, or whatever, but be relegated to a 'bonus' single lol instead of the one to launch the album with...

HOT
Im not sure many of the tracks screamed SINGLE but surely a remix of Hotter would have been better than Lullaby!

VB

No Not Such an Innocent Girl or A Mind of Its Own!!! WTF were they all thinking??!

1. Like That
2. I Wish (solo)
3. No Trix, No Games / That Kind of Girl
4. Midnight Fantasy

NORTHERN STAR
Definitely not release Going Down or If That Were Me.

1. Go!
2. Northern Star
3. Never Be The Same Again
4. I Turn To You
5. Feel The Sun (remix)

REASON

1. Yeh Yeh Yeh (but with a different name....)
2. Reason (single edit, shorter and punchier)
3. Positively Somewhere
4. Let's Love
5. Melt

BEAUTIFUL INTENTIONS
AGAIN, wrong singles!!!

1. Beautiful Intentions
2. Never Say Never
3. Good Girl (mix) / Next Best Superstar
4. Last Night On Earth (though I wouldnt love it, I think it would be single worth it)

I'm not sure I know or care enough about the rest of the releases to do more, but I will have a rest and then try again later lol


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post May 23 2021, 02:32 AM
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Some of my personal choices for the solo Spice's


Hot [Mel B]
I'd keep the first 3 singles as they were, as they did well enough, making the top 5. But for the 4th single Mel should have went with 'Hotter' instead of 'Lullaby' as that proved to be a massive mis-fire & caused her to be dropped. Don't think 'Hotter' would have been massive, but could have at least been another top 10 hit for her. Then if that did well, then have 'Step Inside' as the final single, with its sultry sound & great vocals, it could have showed a different side to the album & may have went top 20 & could have been a nice little closer to the era.

I Want You Back
Tell Me
Feels So Good
Hotter*
Step Inside*

Northern Star [Melanie C]
For the final release, why not have a double a-side instead of 'If That Were Me' as that was a very odd choice coming after 2 #1's. 'SM' has a nice bouncy piano & bass-lines with a nice happy feel to it & 'FTS' is a fantastic number with soaring strings & rich vocals, either one of these on their own, would have been great, but together with a slight remix for the latter, this could have easily been a top 5 or top 10 smash hit.

Goin' Down
Northern Star
Never Be The Same Again
I Turn To You
Suddenly Monday/Feel The Sun*



A Girl Like Me [Emma Bunton]
For the 3rd single instead of the lack lustre 'We're Not Gonna Sleep Tonight', I'd have 'A World Without You' which is not only beautiful, but far more suitable for the December '01 time, instead of the other track, which had more of a summer time vibe to it & which is probably why it stalled at #20 in the charts. Then in the early months of '02 have the R&B pop number 'Been There Done That', a defiant seductive track that could have showed a different side to her & surprise everyone with a type of sound we haven't heard from her before.

What I Am
What Took You So Long
Take My Breath Away
A World Without You*
Been There Done That*

Free Me [Emma Bunton]
Not that much of a change as the 4 singles we got were great, but I'd push 'CSFAM' down to fifth for a summer release & for the 4th single I'd go with 'Amazing' as that would have been something a little different with Luis Fonsi on it, a nice gentle little track with great vocals by both artists with an element of 'Somethin' Stupid' to it. This could have been a nice showcase for Luis Fonsi.

Free Me
Maybe
I'll Be There
Amazing (ft Luis Fonsi)*
Crickets Sing For Anamaria

Victoria Beckham
For a start she should have included 'Out Of Your Mind' on the album, as not only was it a huge hit, but could've easily fitted on here without sounding out of place. For the 2nd single she should have went with something upbeat & 'Like That' could have fitted that bill & its a stronger track that the lead single (or original 2nd single) with richer vocals & production, this could have easily been another hit (may have outperformed 'NSAIG') & gained more interest for the album. For single #3 have the catchy pop number 'Midnight Fantasy' which could have also done well, then for the final single have the beautiful & light 'A Mind of It's Own' which has a nice summery feel to it.

Not Such An Innocent Girl
Like That*
Midnight Fantasy*
A Mind of It's Own

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post May 23 2021, 05:06 AM
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Love this thread and reading through all your fantasy eras! I'll write about Spice Girls first and think about the solo eras at another time.

Spice
In the words of Kylie Minogue... I wouldn't change a thing! While I do think they could easily have pushed it as far as 5 singles if they'd wanted to, I think they were probably wise to leave a bit of a gap between the first two album eras.

Spiceworld
The obvious one here is Never Give Up on the Good Times... it would have made such a great Double A Side with Viva Forever.

Forever
This era could be totally rewritten, from the musical direction to the release dates of different choices of singles... but I'll be simpler and go along with what happened i.e. Holler/Let Love Lead the Way is the first single and Forever was released right after it. If they'd continued the era into 2001 I think the best choices would have been Tell Me Why in spring followed by If You Wanna Have Some Fun in the summer (Radio Edits for both). For Tell Me Why, I think it would have been cool if they'd done two music videos for it - one for the radio edit of the album version, and one for a club remix. I can never decide if I prefer Thunderpuss or Jonathan Peters.
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post May 23 2021, 12:03 PM
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QUOTE(Jay❄ @ May 23 2021, 05:06 AM) *
Love this thread and reading through all your fantasy eras! I'll write about Spice Girls first and think about the solo eras at another time.

Forever
This era could be totally rewritten, from the musical direction to the release dates of different choices of singles... but I'll be simpler and go along with what happened i.e. Holler/Let Love Lead the Way is the first single and Forever was released right after it. If they'd continued the era into 2001 I think the best choices would have been Tell Me Why in spring followed by If You Wanna Have Some Fun in the summer (Radio Edits for both). For Tell Me Why, I think it would have been cool if they'd done two music videos for it - one for the radio edit of the album version, and one for a club remix. I can never decide if I prefer Thunderpuss or Jonathan Peters.



OK You've inspired me to do a version of the Forever singles releases that could build on what actually happened:

1. Holler/Let Love Lead The Way in October 2000
2. Tell Me Why in February 2001
3. If You Wanna Have Some Fun (single mix, a bit more juiced up) in May 2001
4. Get Down With Me in September 2001
5. Oxygen (Christmas mix) in December 2001 - get that 4th Xmas #1 bitches!!

Then release a DELUX version of Forever including the single mixes and a couple of extra tracks, for Christmas and close the era with a STADIUM tour throughout Summer-Autumn 2001. DONE!

This made me realise that actually, I would really like Get Down With Me as a single. It could totally have been one. The only thing I would see it stopping being a single would be its similarity with Holler but it's a much more funky vibe!

A summer mix for IYWHSF would have been amazing and actually Oxygen could have been a beautiful Christmas single if it was mixed for it!

I also almost put Weekend Love in there too which surprised me. It's the most 'radio friendly' of the songs, I think!
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