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?!?
J is for Journalists in Jeopardy
Part of the Spice Girls’ appeal was their absolute refusal to play along with the media. Interviewing the band was like being dragged into a Top Shop dressing room by a hen party on its third day. They suffered no fools, and took no prisoners.
“They weren’t star-struck. They brought everyone around them to their level,” their PR Nicki Chapman once said.
For example: When the Spices announced their first reunion tour in 2007, one hapless journalist asked if the band were “unfit to do the dance routines” after having children.
“You don’t look very fit yourself,” shouted Mel B, before climbing off the stage and unbuttoning his shirt to check for a six-pack.
But the absolute gold standard, wheels-falling-off-and-car-crashing-into-a-ditch Spice Girls interview was conducted by Jamie Theakston in 1997.
“Come on, pretty boy,” goaded Mel B as the cameras rolled, and it only went downhill from there. Luckily, someone’s put it on YouTube.
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