The Spice Girls will be on tour this year in the UK (without Posh Spice), and we are going to see them in the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff. I have a lot of respect and affection for "Wannabe", plus the accompanying video, which saw them burst onto the public with a lot of energy, confidence, positivity, and sheer iconoclastic bravado. But I've never really got on with their other singles, and I don't think I have ever listened to one of their albums. So, here goes....
"Wannabe" is a breathless piece of young working class female energy - it's like 10 happy, slightly drunk hen parties rolled up into three minutes of fun. Cheeky, colourful, sexy, irresistible, and ultimately quite empty. But what a statement, what a gasp of freshness, what a brilliant moment. With that song the Spice Girls established exactly what they were - hard working girls out for a good time who weren't going to be pushed over. It established them as stars and as icons for young working class women and girls in the late Nineties. There was nothing arty, intellectual, or political about them. They had a simple everyday outlook, and were proud of their feisty independence. Including "Wannabe", there were four hit singles released from the album, and they are the best of the material. The rest is just filler. The singles were all competent dance-pop and contemporary R&B songs, softer and more pop orientated than their contemporaries such as Whitney Houston (My Love Is Your Love, The Bodyguard), Janet Jackson (Design Of A Decade, The Velvet Rope), Mariah Carey (Daydream, Butterfly), but for a time as successful, if not quite as respected. Not a great album, but it sold well.
|Greatest Hits (2007)|
Greatest Hits (2007)