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?!?
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The Spice Girls’ cartoonish personas and instantly-catchy singles attracted a broad coalition of fans, notably children, who the music industry had previously considered a small market.
In the following years, pre-teen pop became a major sub-genre of music – with acts like B*Witched, Aqua, Billie Piper and Simon Fuller’s post-Spice project S Club 7 topping the charts.
TV shows like Fireman Sam and Teletubbies suddenly found themselves in the top 10 too. And by 2006, Disney had cashed in on the trend with High School Musical – which essentially means the Spice Girls are responsible for Olivia Rodrigo.
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