Wednesday, May 25, 2005


Scary, Ginger, Sporty, Baby and Posh, together again in perfect harmony.

"Tell me what you want/
What you really, really want..."

The bounce. The pep. The unprecedented marketing power, Girl Power. In 1996, London presented the world with the Spice Girls, the adolescent girl's example of empowerment, a simultaneous commercial success and guilty pleasure, the arbiters of their culturally significant faux "philosophy," and most importantly, every man's X-rated fantasy (the not-so subtle context of "if you wannabe my lover/you gotta get with my friends" made you wonder how we allowed this song to become popular with 12-year-old girls"). The Spice Girls were everything to everyone. Fun for the whole family. That is, until the group imploded from within eventually leaving the Spice rack empty.

Now, with their reunion happening only four years after their break-up, have they gone away long enough to become a nostalgia act? Or does their final album "Spice Girls Forever" now sound like a threat?

**** We interupt our ridiculous attempt to intellectualize the Spice Girls with this news ****
The Spice Girls reunion was just a rumour.

Oh, well. It was fun while it lasted.

In case you were wondering, my Favorite Spice Girl Award goes to Mel B, aka Scary Spice. As the only African American in the group, I related to her minority status--sometimes I also feel like a black woman surrounded by buxom white women. Moreover, she wore glasses which made her geek-hot. And default outfit-wise, she never wore gym clothes or expensive evening wear - the occasional leopard and/or camaflouge print is really all you need.
If this is what it's like to be Scary, then get me to the haunted house.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

"As the only African American in the group, I related to her minority status."

Um, Arye-
She's British. Afro- Brit. Funny accent, bizarre fashion sense.

9:35 AM  
Blogger Arye said...

Uhhh...I knew that. Just testing you.

10:04 AM  

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