The Spice Girls really, really, really wanna zig-a-zig-ah toward inclusivity. So much so that the British girl group will reportedly be tweaking the lyrics to one of their biggest hits, “Spice Up Your Life,” for their upcoming summer reunion tour. After months of speculation, the pop group officially confirmed a reunion tour in November. In the video announcement, Melanie Brown, Geri Horner, Melanie Chisholm, and Emma Bunton confirmed a six-date U.K. tour in June 2019—minus Victoria Beckham, otherwise known as Posh Spice.
Ahead of the summer tour, The Sun reports that our favorite British girl group will be tweaking lyrics due to concerns of political incorrectness. More specifically, the group will be changing lyrics from their 1997 track “Spice Up Your Life.” The lyric “yellow man in Timbuktu” will reportedly be replaced by “happy people in Timbuktu.”
In a 2007 interview with Music Week, song collaborator Richard Stannard explained the inspiration behind the track: “We were talking about Bollywood films, the colors and how the Spice Girls could present themselves. It was a matter of how do we get everything in to one song?” The original lyrics go as follows:
This isn’t the first time the Spice Girls have made lyric changes. In the late ‘90s, Geri, or Ginger Spice, campaigned to change the lyrics to “2 Become 1” so that it was more inclusive for the LGBTQ community. Geri pushed to change the lyrics “Any deal that we endeavor / boys and girls feel good together” to “Once again if we endeavor / love will bring us back together.”
If you wanna be their lover, you gotta get in line with the current cultural climate.