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Jay ☆
Two of the solo B Sides have backing vocals from another Spice Girl. Emma's 'Hey You (Free Up Your Mind)' features backing vocals from Melanie C, while Mel B's 'Sophisticated Lady' has Emma on backing vocal duty!


Which song do you prefer? biggrin.gif






Previous Polls:

We're Not Gonna Sleep Tonight or Crickets Sing for Anamaria? [Last singles from Emma's first two albums that missed Top 10]
Who Do You Think You Are or Holler [Uptempo songs from Double A Side singles]
Mama or Let Love Lead the Way [Ballads from Double A Side singles]
Outer Space Girls or Walk of Life [Too Much B Sides]
Downtown or Headlines (Friendship Never Ends) [Children in Need Charity Singles]
Never Be the Same Again or I Turn to You [Melanie C UK #1 Singles]
Mr.X
Sophisticated Lady is pretty ace actualy! It would have been a really nice addition to Hot in my opinion. Better than some of the songs in there, for sure. x
dachiki
Sophisticated Lady
Blond 2.0
Sophisticated Lady
Jay ☆
I chose Sophisticated Lady too (even though I dislike how she sounds singing "GO DEXTER, GO DEXTER DEXTER"!)

It's definitely the most British sounding song she created throughout her first era. Maybe she made a mistake going in an Americanised direction on Hot?
SouthernStar88
Oh gosh...I love them both! I've voted for Hey You (Free Up Your Mind).
Feel_The_Fever
Sophisticated lady.
Michael Andrew
I like the vocal melodies and instrumentation of 'Sophisticated Lady'. But the sparse lyrics are about sex rather than being a sophisticated lady. To me it seems very hastily thrown together.

'Hey You (Free Up Your Mind)' feels like it was a day's work away from being a single contender. Just needs a little more tempo. So I voted for that one.
pippa
Sophisticated Lady.
Piers
QUOTE(Michael Andrew @ Oct 4 2019, 03:26 AM) *
'Hey You (Free Up Your Mind)' feels like it was a day's work away from being a single contender. Just needs a little more tempo. So I voted for that one.


I think this too. Free Up Your Mind is a strong song...that needed more oomph in the production. It's a little wimpy as it is. If Rhett Lawrence gave this track the same love he clearly gave Never Be the Same Again, it could have been a hit...and a highlight of Emma's solo career.

So. As it's a more substantial song...I vote Free Up Your Mind...but I actually really like Sophisticated Lady too. I love those early releases from Mel B's solo career. I Want You Back, Word Up and Sophisticated Lady all share a certain dark vibe (the recently leaked I Got My Eye on You has it too). It sounded like we were getting a really cool Scary Spice album. I realize Sophisticated Lady being so lovey about Jimmy meant it would never end up on Hot. But. I like it quite a bit better than more than half the album. Too much of Hot sounds anonymous. Sophisticated Lady sounds like Mel B through and through. I just wish there were something more to the song.

Side note. Besides Emma, why were the guest vocalists during Mel's Hot recordings so obscure? She had the biggest producers in the world working with her...and she was singing with people no one's heard of...

Michael Andrew
QUOTE(Piers @ Nov 2 2019, 08:44 PM) *
Side note. Besides Emma, why were the guest vocalists during Mel's Hot recordings so obscure? She had the biggest producers in the world working with her...and she was singing with people no one's heard of...


Actually still quite enjoy 'Pack Your Shit'. For some reason I remembered that as a duet with Sisqo. I must've been wrong there.

I reckon, with a clean language version it could've been a single. 'Pack your Filth' maybe? laugh.gif
Piers
QUOTE(Michael Andrew @ Nov 3 2019, 07:45 AM) *
Actually still quite enjoy 'Pack Your Shit'. For some reason I remembered that as a duet with Sisqo. I must've been wrong there.

I reckon, with a clean language version it could've been a single. 'Pack your Filth' maybe? laugh.gif


If memory serves correctly, it was Hell No and Hotter that Sisqo was involved with...but the relationship soured and he had his name removed when Mel made changes to the production.

I don't especially like the three Teddy Riley songs. Mel said they didn't get along. Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis have said another producer on Hot told Mel she couldn't sing...and it really seems like it's Riley. He's a brilliant producer, but I think he saddled Mel with leftover tracks. ABC123 is way too boring for Mel B...and I Believe is about twice as long as it should be and certainly qualifies as the most redundant thing a Spice has done. Pack Your Shit's the best of them...but in the context of the rest of Hot...I always thought it was trying too hard to be edgy or something. Though...I do like how she sings "...come round here no MAHHHH..."

This may be a rare opinion...but to me, the forgotten gem of Hot is Step Inside. I think it's catchy and interesting beginning to end. I even think it's better than what most consider to be the big missed opportunity for a single (Hotter) and it certainly towers over Lullaby. Paired with a dark, weird video in the vein of I Want You Back, I think it could have been a cool project.
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