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?!?
E is for Equality
The Spice Girls have always had a loyal LGBTQ following, and even changed the lyrics to one of their biggest hits to recognise their support.
The original version of 2 Become 1, as featured on their debut album Spice, contains the lyric: “Any deal that we endeavour / Boys and girls feel good together”.
But by the time it came out as a single in December 1996, the line had been changed to: “Once again if we endeavour/Love will bring us back together”.
In an interview with Gay Times, Emma Bunton said the alteration was in recognition of their LGBTQ fans.
“We changed the lyrics in a hotel,” she recalled. “We were travelling and we were like, ‘Absolutely, it needs to be changed.’ We felt like it needed to be more inclusive.”
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