Apparently today it is 25 years since Britpop girlband the Spice Girls launched their first ever single – Wannabe. Which is exactly what they were. But all we cared about was Geri Halliwell’s big boobs.
Released 25 years ago, on 8 July 1996, Wannabe spent seven weeks at number one in the UK and four in the US. In the process, it made five previously unknown girls – Victoria Adams (Posh), Melanie Brown (Scary), Emma Bunton (Baby), Melanie Chisholm (Sporty) and Geraldine ‘Geri’ Halliwell (Ginger) – into global superstars for a time.
I remember the seeing the video for the first time and the first thing that caught my eyes was Melanie Brown’s pokies. Not because I thought she was attractive, no. Because they were so obvious.
Really. And that was it. Other than that, in my eyes, it was typical pop pap, gone in five minutes.
Only they went on to become global superstars and had a movie to boot. It was bloody awful.
However, one of them caught my eye. That would be Ginger Spice, aka Geri Halliwell.
Now I know what you’re thinking – what about Posh Spice, or even Baby Spice? Not for me, thanks. It’s all about the boobs.
Time moves on and some of them got married and had babies. Victoria Adams became Victoria Beckham (Posh and Becks), Melanie Brown had her fling with Eddie Murphy, and my beloved Geri went and married Christian Horner, the team boss at the Red Bull F1 team. Lucky bastard.
Now Posh Spice looks like Plastic Spice, Baby Spice looks like Old Spice, Sporty Spice looks decidedly unsporty, and Ginger Spice is no longer ginger but still as sexy as anything.
Oh, and in the photo gallery below you will see evidence that – if you weren’t already aware (!) – that Ginger Spice does not have matching collars and cuffs!
Spice up your lives! Enjoy!