5 became 4 earlier this week as Baby, Scary, Sporty and Ginger announced they’d be taking to the stage once again as part of a huge UK reunion! And although Posh has said ‘goodbye’ to any hopes of joining the girls, the 90’s child in us is ecstatic nonetheless!
It’s hard to believe that during their heyday the Spices released only two albums as a five piece. Geri leaving just two years after the release of their debut song, and arguably most-renowned hit ‘Wannabe’. In such little time the girls managed to create a giant impact, so to celebrate all things Spice we have put together some of thee most iconic moments in the history of Girl Power!
The Spice Girls release Wannabe.
Where it all began. The five piece burst onto the scene in 1996 with ‘Wannabe’, each with their own distinct personality the girls spoke to a generation of youngsters who would go on to see the group become one of the most successful acts of all time. The catchy tune was a great opener for the girls, expressing their wild energy, huge confidence and defiant attitude… a sign of things to come!
The Spice Girls meet Royalty.
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Who can forget their run in with royalty! The girls broke all kinds of protocol during this meet, with Geri famously giving the Prince of Wales a cheeky pat on the bottom! Not only this, but she and fellow wild one Mel B landed a smacker on Charles’ cheek. We’re sure the Queen was pleased! William was said to have a major crush on Emma back then too, imagine! We could have had a Princess Baby Spice!
The Spice Girls at The Brits.
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The dress! Who knew a garment made of a Union Jack tea towel could cause such a stir? The image of Geri in the famous dress became synonymous with an entire decade, following their almighty Brits performance. On the same night the group won awards for British Single of the Year and British Video of the Year. However, rumour has it the other girls weren’t at all happy that it was their fellow Spice in her daring dress hogging the headlines the next day.
The Spice Girls say goodbye to Geri.
The darkest day in Spice history has to be 31st May 1998. A moment all die-hard fans still haven’t come to terms with. Weeks of speculation were finally brought to a halt when Geri released an official statement through her lawyer that would kill all of our dreams forever, and in turn would cause the unravelling of the Spice Girls. Viva Forever was the last single from Spiceworld – their last album as five. Their 2000 follow-up Forever failed to stir fans like before and so the remaining four decided to call it a day.
The Spice Girls at the London Olympics.
After their brief reunion between 2007-2008, which concluded in cancelled tour dates across the world, we never thought we’d see the day that Emma, Mel B, Mel C, Geri and Victoria would reunite on stage again. Thankfully, we were wrong! The 2012 closing ceremony of the London Olympics showcased a bold ‘Best of British’ extravaganza, and what kind of celebration would that have been without the Spice Girls involved? They took to the stage for a medley with as much gusto as ever, taking over the London stadium in traditional black cabs!