The Wisdom Of The Spice Girls

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Me, Halloween, 1998. My mom made me wear tights and a turtleneck under my Ginger Spice dress because it was cold. I had a red wig but it was itchy so I didn't wear it until Trick-Or-Treating. Yes, I was still Trick-Or-Treating in middle school. Yikes. Oh and yes, I'm wearing platform sneakers in this photo. Remember those?


If you want my future forget my past. – ‘Wannabe’

Jest. Go ahead. Jest it up, but there is inherent wisdom in the Spice Girls. My middle school self learned a lot from them. I learned about friendship, girl power, what the word “posh” means and safe sex (‘2 Become 1′). It’s so easy to dismiss them but I defy you to find a better example of pure exhilarating pop music. Defy.

All you need is positivity. – ‘Spice Up Your Life’

Before The Secret, the Spice Girls held the candle that illuminated our way. Be positive! What a simple, beautiful message, like “Give peace a chance.” Yeah, I went there. The Spice Girls are the Beatles but they’re all Ringo. And that’s okay! They encouraged us to embrace dancing. They encouraged us to support our fellow woman. They encouraged us to be ourselves.

There is no need to say you love me. It would be better left unsaid. – ‘Say You’ll Be There’

Yes, their skirts were short and some of them wore what can only be defined loosely as shorts but damnit, it was their choice. They weren’t dressed for men, they were dressed for themselves. Yes, they didn’t write their own music. Who cares? They’re not supposed to be a group of female Bob Dylans. They’re pure pop. There is nothing wrong with pop music. Pop music survives.

Been brokenhearted before. But that’s the last time it happens to me. – ‘Love Thing’

My favorite was Geri Halliwell, or ‘Ginger Spice’. I was secretly disappointed that she changed her name from Sexy Spice. She was sexy! And she wasn’t super thin like Victoria. She had thighs. Real thighs! And she showed them proudly. So I showed them proudly. Then my mom said, “Oh hell no, you’re not wearing that to school.” So I let Geri dress like that for me.

Set your spirit free. It’s the only way to be. – ‘2 Become 1′

But then, what happened? I’ll tell you what happened. The Spice Girls became uncool. Was it that movie that did it? I’m not sure. That’s the problem with popular culture. Popularity is fleeting. It was around this time that they released Forever. Titling your album Forever is like another way of saying This Is Pretty Much Our Last Album. Then they were gone and splintered into solo careers, with sadly the best career being a footballer’s wife. Why did they try to be cool?

I still love the Spice Girls. I just wish they loved themselves.

Slam your body down, A-zigazag-ah. Amen.

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Photo from Life’s Google Image Archive.

  • http://www.facebook.com/trovator Ruthie Trovato

    i got to the second quote and promptly stopped to make a spice girls playlist on itunes. GIRL POWER!

  • http://www.facebook.com/katie.naugle1 Katie Naugle

    I remember seeing Spiceworld because my friends and I were supposed to be seeing Titanic but it was sold out and my dad had already dropped us off at the theater and we needed something to do for two hours. Little did we know that those would be the best two hours of our young lives. :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000424656906 Jessica McKelvin

    I was helping my grandfather clean out his garage and found a whole unopened box of those Spice Girls sticker cards they had. I remember having all the photos, stickers, cards and things. He’s always been ice cream man so I had access to all the awesome extras.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=506545878 Kristie Forzese Bringhurst

    I had a wall devoted to Spice Girls when I was in 3rd grade. I was Baby Spice, obviously, and my friends were all assigned other Spice Girls and we would do choreographed dances during recess. I was like, nut job obsessed. I died a little when they performed at the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show. There will always be a place in my heart for Girl Power.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=25520959 Laura Shumaker

      Kristie, I swear it sounds like you’re talking about my 3rd grade experience except that I was always “Ginger/Sexy Spice.” My parents took me to see them in concert and I was DEVASTATED that Geri left the group right before the concert was scheduled. :(

  • http://www.facebook.com/pinkgrapefruits87 Lauren Nespoli

    I used to have platform sneakers too! And my mom always made me wear long sleeves under my Halloween costumes too, lol. I hated that, but I guess it was better than being super cold the whole time! I was in 5th grade when I started becoming a Spice Girls fan and had no idea that 2 Become 1 was about sex. I barely even knew what sex was! Now I listen to the songs and I’m like, “Mom, you let us listen to this?!” But she said since we didn’t know what it was about at the time, it wasn’t a big deal.

    I finally got to see them live at their reunion tour a few years ago and they were still awesome even though I’m much older now!

    Oh, and did you hear that apparently Posh is having a c-setion today so the birth of her daughter can coincide with their wedding anniversary!

    Great post! :)

  • http://whydoihaveablog.net Caragh Poh

    In elementary school, my four friends and sang along to “Wannabe” for the school talent show. For some reason, none of our parents or the faculty ever stopped and made sure what we were doing was appropriate.

    We didn’t even make it a full minute into the performance before the music teacher shut our CD off. Confused, we walked off stage and it wasn’t until YEARS later that I realized that they did that because there were five 9 year olds on stage, wearing skirts, singing instructions about how one should act if they want to be their “lover” to an audience full of parents and teachers.

  • http://www.facebook.com/phoebe.gao Phoebe Gao

    To this day, I still know every single word and the entire choreographed dance to “Stop”.

  • http://www.facebook.com/marykatevadala MaryKate Vadala

    aaactually, the spice girls co-wrote all the songs on their first two albums and wrote all the songs on Forever. I just double checked on the wikipedia pages for each of their albums, but I’m pretty sure I saw that info on a VH1 special or something.

  • http://www.facebook.com/megaounce Megan Younce

    my 4 girlfriends and I did a dance to Wannabe in the 6th grade talent show. We choreographed our own moves and wore matching outfits. My brother STILL makes fun of me for it

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=7958207 Stephanie Titus

    I had the platform shoes! We would choreograph dancing at afterschool and I was always Scary or Sporty because no one else would be. I still listen to them. All the time!

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