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Wednesday, February 15, 2012

The Spice Girls

The Spice Girls
-British all girl pop group formed in 1994
-Consisted of Victoria Beckham, Melanie Brown, Emma Bunton, Melanie Chisholm and Geri Halliwell
-They earned the credit of being pioneers in the breakthrough of teen pop in the late 1990s.
-Their trademarks include Geri Halliwell's Union Jack dress, representing "girl power".
-They used aliases, nicknames basically. They used Ginger, Baby, Posh and Scary
-They are considered to be part of the 'second wave' of  1990s British Invasion of the US
-In 2007, they all reformed to launch a renunion tour that played at London's O2 Theatre

-In the mid 90s, father and son management team Bob and Chris Herbert set about creating an all female group to compete with the popular boy bands in the heavily male dominated world of music.
-400 women showed up, and each was asked to dance to "Stay" by Eternal.
-Victoria Beckham sang "Mein Herr", Melanie Brown sang "Greatest Love of All", Melanie Chisholm sang "I'm So Excited", Michelle Stephenson sang "Don't Be a Stranger".

-Later on, Geri Halliwell was let in to audition and she sang "I Wanna Be a Nightclub Queen" and aftr the interviews, they were divided in to groups of 3 and asked to sing "Just A Step from Heaven" by Eternal.
-1 week later, the women had a recall and they all learned to sing "Signed, Sealed, Delivered."
-Stephenson left the group to take care of her mother whow as diagnosed with breast cancer
-On June 7, 1996, they released their debut album Wannabe.

-The success they received from releasing chart topping single after single was compared to the Beatlemania experienced back in the 1960s.
-In 7 weeks, they released 1.8 million copies in Britain alone, making them the fastest selling British act since The Beatles.
-In January 1997, they released Wannabe in to the notoriously hard to break U.S. market. They managed to make it onto the Hot 100 and it was the highest debut by a British(or non-American) act in the US, beating the record held previously by The Beatles for "I Want to Hold Your Hand".

-Later that month, The Spice Girls won 2 Brit Awards for Best Video, "Say You'll Be There", and Best Single for "Wannabe".
-They performed "Who Do You Think You Are?" to open the 1997 Brit Awards with Geri Halliwell debuting her Union Jack min dress, causing it to become one of pop history's biggest icons
-On May 31, 1998, Halliwell announced she was leaving the band

-In 1999, Victoria Adams went on to marry soccer star David Beckham and she became Victoria Beckham.
-At the 2008 Live Vodafone Music Awards, they beat acts such as rock bands Led Zeppelin and The Sex Pistols.

Fashion Trends and nicknames
-Early Spice Girls look was casual, calm and laid back, maintaining an image of everyday young British females. But as they got more famous, their look changed. Each girl had a unique look and nickname

Victoria Beckham(nee Adams)
-Posh Spice because of her upper middle class background, her choppy brunette bob and refined attitude, form fitting designer outfits, and love of high heeled shoes
Melanie Brown
-Scary Spice because of her outrageous "in your face" attitude, "loud" Leeds accent, throaty laugh, pierced tongue, style of dress(leopard skin outfits), curly hair
Emma Bunton
-Baby Spice because she was the youngest of the group, wearing her hair in long, blonde pigtails, wearing babydoll dresses, innocent smile, and a girly girl personality
Melanie Chisholm
-Sporty Spice because she usually wore tracksuits, her hair in a ponytail, and a tough girl attitude.
Gerri Halliwell
-Ginger Spice because of her "liveliness" and flaming red hair. She usually wore outrageous stuff on stage, such as her Union Jack dress. And was seen as the leader because of her conversational style and business savvy nature.

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