One of the greatest failures of the public in the world was reflected in how the Spice Girls, with their slogan “Girl Power” became such an overwhelming success. If enough people had applied skepticism to the matter, they would have rejected the pop group en masse and they would have had only minor hits, if any at all.
Here’s a live performance of them in Istanbul, 1997. Their dancing and singing was only minimal.
The Spice Girls were a British pop girl group formed in 1994. They consisted of Victoria Beckham (née Adams), Melanie Brown, Emma Bunton, Melanie Chisholm and Geri Halliwell. They were signed to Virgin Records and released their debut single, “Wannabe“, in 1996. The song hit number-one in 31 countries and helped establish the group as a “global phenomenon”. Credited for being the pioneers that paved the way for the commercial breakthrough of teen pop in the 1990s, their first album, Spice, sold more than 23 million copies worldwide, becoming the best-selling album by a female group in music history. They have sold over 75 million records worldwide with only four albums and twelve singles, making them the most successful British band since The Beatles and the best selling girl group of all time. Measures of their success include international record sales, a 2007–08 reunion tour, merchandising, record breaking achievements, iconic symbolism such as the Union Flag dress, “Girl Power“, a box office hit movie Spiceworld and their nicknames.
They never deserved their success, for several reasons:
- They were put together by male managers.
- They never played instruments on stage.
- They never wrote their songs on their own, but were assisted by various professional songwriters and producers (all male).
- When they began to believe their own hype, and fired their manager, Simon Fuller, they started to have trouble.
- One of them, Geri Halliwell, quit the group before their first world tour (in 1998) was even completed. She then went into hiding for some months.
There have been girl groups and female performers who were far more credible, including:
B*witched, an Irish girl group who actually had more talent:
Pat Benatar. Gee, even her name sounds like “guitar”. Very rock and roll!
The Go-Go’s. Unlike the Spice Girls and the others we see so far, they actually played their own instruments rather than just singing and dancing.
And what about Joan Jett?
Now those are real examples of “girl power”! Yet the Spice Girls outsold them all.
And after they were gone, we ended up with…..Britney Spears, who I would call “American Spice”!
Mothers, PLEASE teach your daughters not to be so shallow! We need real female talent, not bogus postering. As long as girls continue to fall for what is inferior, they are being taught that they need not have that much girl power to be successful. And that limits all of us. We must always strive for the absolute best and never settle for what merely looks cute. Because cuteness never lasts!