Tuesday 12 December 2017

William Langley: The Spite Girls are back .. just in case we’d forgotten how useless they were the first time around

The Spice Girls (from left to right) Melanie Brown (Mel B), Melanie Chisholm (Mel C), Geri Halliwell, Emma Bunton and Victoria Beckham
The Spice Girls (from left to right) Melanie Brown (Mel B), Melanie Chisholm (Mel C), Geri Halliwell, Emma Bunton and Victoria Beckham

HISTORY has not been kind to the Spice Girls, concluding that they distracted a generation of young women from feminism while producing some of the most horrible noises ever recorded. Seventy-five million albums sold said it all, and the 38 seconds it took to sell all the tickets for their one and only comeback tour was clear proof that nobody liked them.

The bigger problem was that the girls didn’t like each other. All their autobiographies allude to the disagreements that led to them splitting up 12 years ago. By rock standards their feuding was positively ladylike, but while other ex-bands are remembered for their achievements, the Spices continue to be blamed for all the things the music business put them up to.

Now, with the world in urgent need of cheering up, it may be time for a reassessment. Last week in London, the girls were back doing what they do best – trying unsuccessfully to be nice to each other, and making a lot of money.

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