Was it just me who shed a little tear when the Spice Girls got on stage last night?
Admittedly I fell I asleep at 9pm so watched it this morning but still-I was 16-1-6 when I first heard ‘Wannabee’ on the radio-I remember it distinctly-chaperone Papa G was driving me back from Sixth Form College and I couldn’t believe how cool the track was, it was truly empowering-these girls were singing directly to the opposite sex of what it would take to be their lover-it was like discovering boys for the first time (but wait that happened before 16, I was dating twins in primary school).
It was more than that though, it was advising me how to deal with boys, to take control. Suddenly Spicemania was taking hold everywhere and girls all over the land had strong, beautiful, kiss-ass role models to emulate. I, personally was particularly obsessed with Posh Spice.
I remember then she was deemed the prettiest, had bagged DB and still had the chicest style of all the girls. I started straightening my hair more and hitting clubs (come on, we all did at 16) in boob tube dresses (remember those), thick eyeliner and glossy lips.
Most importantly their tracks defined my teenage formulative years: boyfriends, first love, GSCE’s, A’ Levels, starting a new life in London at university and even my first job working at a film company. They were there through the best booty shakes with friends and the worst break up’s with boys. They made me appreciate my Mother more with their track ‘Mama’ and taught me how not to make a movie with Spice World. They were every girl’s group of best friends. Forever. Until Geri left…
Watching the girls perform at the Olympic ceremony was joyful-they’ve barely changed lookswise, they’ve still got the moves, the talent to put on a spectacular performance and the fan base who appreciate them.
They’re the most successful girl band of all time and they reminded us all of that last night. Yes they’ve each found respective success (to varying degrees) in other professions, the most notable Victoria Beckham with her exquisite designer line, but I love them more than ever, together, doing what they do best, simply spicing up our lives. How about you?