Still Spicy After All These Years
Remember the late '90s when the Spice Girls dominated the charts? Girl power and whatnot? Me either. I was too busy getting into Rage Against the Machine and the Foo Fighters second album and generally dissing overproduced pop of the Spice variety. If pressed, though, I guess I can't deny that their prototypical single "Wannabe" was a global mega-hit and the gimmicky success of their formulaic nicknamed (Sporty, Scary, etc.) image. And I definitely have to hand it to the Girls (or their management) for well-done self-parody in 1997's "Spice World."
So, like many former hit-making gimmicky bands before them (The Monkees, The Police) wth the prospect of making a few more bucks before totally hitting the wall, the five Spices reunited today in London to announce plans for a world tour set to launch in L.A. in December.
In the decade since Geri Halliwell's departure led to the band's disintegration, the solo spices have had varying levels of success. Victoria Adams (Posh) is a confirmed member of the star set. She and husband David Beckham wear couture and hang out with TomKat. Melanie Brown (Scary) had a busy year that recently culminated with a DNA test confirming Eddie Murphy as her baby's daddy. Emma Bunton (Baby) is expecting her own baby sometime soon. Halliwell (Ginger) gave birth to her first child, Bluebell Madonna, last year. And Melanie Chisolm (Sporty) has been a regular on the British music charts with her solo singles.
I'm curious -- anyone out there planning to attend? If not, what cheesy pop band would you rather see reunite? My vote goes to Wham. I could totally get into some live "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go."
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