The Spice Girls at 25: Here’s the story from A to Z
Released 25 years ago, on 8 July 1996, Wannabe spent seven weeks at number one in the UK and four in the US. In the process, it made five unknown girls – Victoria Caroline Adams, Melanie Janine Brown, Emma Lee Bunton, Melanie Jayne Chisholm and Geraldine Estelle Halliwell – global superstars.
So here’s a story from A to Z of how the band started, rose to fame, fell apart and put themselves back together again. Because which member of our LGBT+ Community does not love the Spice Girls?!?
S is for Surprise, Surprise
In the beginning, UK radio stations refused to play the Spice Girls’ music – but TV loved them.
Their first appearance came on an episode of Cilla Black’s Surprise Surprise, a booking they secured by “cornering the show’s producer in a toilet and zapping her with an a capella version of Wannabe,” Victoria later recalled.
They were folded into a segment where a teenage girl called Sally had won the opportunity to present a show on Manchester radio station, Key 103, and interview a famous band.
She managed to hide her disappointment that it wasn’t Boyzone.
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