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Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Spice Girls – Spiceworld.

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Writing his autobiography wasn’t nearly enough to keep Stephen Fry busy in 1997. He also found the time to star in two hit films. In one he bowed to the inevitable and played the literary, witty, gay, polymath and all round smarty-pants Oscar Wilde. In the other he bowed to the regrettable and appeared in Spiceworld – The Movie. On the upside he did have the only amusing line in the film: “Send in Hootie and the Blowfish”. There you go, I’ve ruined it for you now.

I suppose you’re wondering why I didn’t post last week. You probably think I spent the week lazing around the woodshed, sipping drambuie and licking tiramisu off assorted comely wenches. You’d be wrong. I spent the whole of last week devising an argument as to why, contrary to appearances, The Spice Girls were not a bunch of talent-less, pan-faced bints. Unfortunately, no amount of clever circumlocution can get around the fact they were a bunch of talent-less pan-faced bints.

Luckily, the end of 1997 saw the beginning of the downturn for The Spices. But before the downturn you have to hit a pinnacle and that pinnacle was the 1997 Brit Awards. That night they became icons, largely thanks to the Union Jack dress worn by Geri (rechristened Ginger despite previous glamour photos providing ample evidence to the contrary). It didn’t hurt that while collecting their awards Geri’s boob fell out and Sporty offered Liam Gallagher out for a fight.

Shortly before the release of Spiceworld (on Boxing Day) they decided to fire their svengali manager Simon Fuller and, temporarily at least, take on managerial duties themselves. Many people point to this as the beginning of the end for The Spice Girls. Their next release, Stop in February 1998, was the first not to top the UK chart. 1998 also saw Halliwell leave the group and become a goodwill ambassador to the United Nations Population Fund in the same year (I’m still not sure that actually happened).

Do you really want me to upload a Spice Girls song? Really?

Buy Spiceworld – The Movie

12 Comments:

At 9:45 PM, Blogger Jerimee Bloemeke said...

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At 9:48 PM, Blogger Jerimee Bloemeke said...

Um, nevermind. I was mistaken....

Good stuff, though. This took some guts....

Ha ha ha.

 
At 9:48 PM, Blogger Hannah said...

Wrong on two counts since:

1) Technically speaking, a song wasn't posted. :P

and

2) I'm sure there have been loads. There are two of my friends who are prime candidates to have done so some time in the last two years. :D

 
At 9:49 PM, Blogger Hannah said...

Oooh, sneaky, deleting comments, eh? :P

 
At 6:35 AM, Blogger Woodshed said...

What the hell happened here? I'm confused.

 
At 9:19 AM, Blogger Hannah said...

Drumman deleted a post saying:

'Ha ha ha ha ha.

I'm going to go out on a limb and assume this is the first Spice Girls song ever posted on a blog.'

I get an alert whenever a comment's posted - do you, Woodshed?

 
At 3:29 PM, Blogger Woodshed said...

No, I don't.

Is that all it was? I thought he must have insulted me or something. I think there's probably a better claim to be the first person to post Dario G, Sherwood Consort or Rebecca Pan.

I have to say I don't really regard what I do as MP3 blogging. I never post anything new, rarely post much that's obscure and often stuff that's just bad.

 
At 3:42 PM, Blogger Woodshed said...

Just been on Google. This is what I found:

Modified music beat me on Rebecca Pan by a month.

EC Brown's MP3 Links Archive has the Sherwood Consort - not really a blog though.

WL97 is a googlewhack for - Jewel jumper-bumps. My Mum is so proud.

Good luck with the GCSEs, Hannah.

 
At 4:39 PM, Blogger Hannah said...

Ha, noo, he wouldn't insult you.

You're a pioneer of mp3 blogging, I reckon. You're doing a much better job with my idea than I could do, anyway!

Technically it's not a googlewhack unless they're both words on dictionary.com, or something like that. How did you find that one out, anyway?

And thanks. 9:15 tomorrow - argh!

 
At 5:52 PM, Blogger Woodshed said...

How did I find that out? Sometimes a man gets lonely.

It's only a matter of time before jumper-bumps makes it into the dictionary. You mark my word.

 
At 7:33 PM, Blogger Jerimee Bloemeke said...

Yeah, I realized I made a mistake, so I deleted the comment (you can't edit them - Blogger should fix that I reckon). Then I realized that the owner of the blog gets an e-mail of all the comments, thus my "nevermind" in my second comment.

There has to be more "credible" music that came out in 1997, though, right?

Fugazi's "End Hits" album is from '97. I'll do a post on it, if you'd like. So did Elliot Smith's "Either/Or." Don't know if you did that one yet....

You could find a loophole and post stuff before or after 1997, I think. Like, how about a "Music From the Year After 1997" post? Or "30 Years Before 1997 Was 1967, And It Was Awesome."

I dunno, I'm bored.

Take care.

 
At 2:15 PM, Blogger Woodshed said...

'Total piles of shit' were promised in the first post so I feel the need to deliver occasionally. I must have posted something credible at some point. Besides it's just much more fun to write about stuff that's terrible.

I'd love it if you did a few posts. Email Hannah and she'll let you in. I was going to do Either/Or at some point but you take it by all means.

 

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