Before Bieber, before One Direction, before Five Seconds of Bloody Summer, we had The Spice Girls. Undoubtedly one of the best pop groups in music history, studies* have revealed that 99% of Australian females in their mid-late twenties grew up on The Spice Girls, and still know all of the words to at least 5-10 of their mammoth hits.
2016 marks the 20th anniversary of their formation and the release of their very first hit single Wannabe.
The Spice Girls have had their fair of reunion rumours, with small tours and one-off performances (albeit often with at least one of the original five members missing) taking place sporadically across the past decade. The last reunion tour was in 2007, and the group’s last live performance was in 2012 at the Summer Olympics closing ceremony.
Speaking this week with talk show host Alan Carr, Mel B aka Scary Spice let off a couple clues about the group’s 20th anniversary celebrations in 2016. “I think I’m the one putting all the rumours out there. To be serious, it is our 20th anniversary this year, and it would be rude not to celebrate.”
“Hopefully something will be happening pretty soon,” she said, cryptically. “I can’t tell you what is it yet.”
The news follows an interview with Billboard last month, in which Mel B again stated that “we’re really just trying to make sure something happens [next year],” to celebrate two decades of Girl Power.
Of course, it’s not all bright news. Reports of issues between group members and management have long been a part of the Spice Girls story. The Mirror reports that Mel C aka Sporty Spice will only sign on for future tours if “all the cogs are in place” (which makes sense), while the other members – Baby, Ginger and Posh – are “bickering” over management rights. Whatever the case may be, let’s hope they work something out.
*Study has been conducted using the Howl & Echoes writing team as its data set