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?!?
C is for Charts
Although Virgin was sceptical of Wannabe’s potential, it was an instant smash, selling 73,000 copies in its first week.
Hoping it would go to number one, the band crowded around a radio on a picnic rug in Geri’s sister’s garden, champagne at the ready, as the countdown was revealed.
But their hopes were dashed: Wannabe entered the charts at number three, held at bay Gary Barlow’s Forever Love (his first solo number one) and the Fugees’ Killing Me Softly.
However, the following week it climbed to the top spot, becoming the first of six consecutive number ones for the band.
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