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People of the world, the Spice Girls (minus Victoria Beckham) are reuniting! Emma “Baby Spice” Bunton, Geri “Ginger Spice” Halliwell Horner, Melanie “Mel C” Chisholm and Melanie “Mel B” Brown have announced their United Kingdom reunion tour on social media. The four appeared, without “Posh Spice”, in a spoof video (see Twitter post above) sharing the news of the tour.

Victoria Beckham said she would not be part of the the upcoming reunion tour

In the run up to their upcoming reunion tour, Neue has compiled an ‘A to Z’ list to refresh your mind about what the Spice Girls have achieved over the years. Enjoy!

A = Accolades

The Spice Girls have bagged 5 BRIT Awards, 3 American Music Awards, 3 MTV Europe Music Awards, 1 MTV Video Music Award and 3 World Music Awards. They also had a Number 1 single and album in the US. (Source: DailyStar)

B = Biggest Comeback 

“This is the biggest music comeback of the decade and tickets are expected to sell like hot cakes when they go on sale at the weekend,” a source was quoted as saying in a report ahead of the announcement of The Spice Girls’ 2019 tour. (Source: Cosmopolitan)

The dates as as follows:

1 June, 2019 – Manchester Etihad Stadium
3 June, 2019 – Coventry Ricoh Stadium
6 June, 2019 – Sunderland Stadium of Light
8 June, 2019 – Edinburgh BT Murrayfield Stadium
10 June, 2019 – Bristol Ashton Gate Stadium
15 June, 2019 – London Wembley Stadium

Tickets for the 2019 reunion tour will go on sale this Saturday (November 10) at 10.30am (UK time) or 6.30pm (Brunei time).

Click on photo to read Neue’s previous article: Getting to London has never been easier

C = Casting Call

Do you know how the Spice Girls were formed? There was a casting call for a girl band in a magazine that said “R.U. 18-23 with the ability to sing/dance. R.U. streetwise, outgoing, ambitious and dedicated?” (Source: HerBeauty)

D = Dominating The Charts

The Spice Girls’ back catalogue is wall-to-wall bangers, and that is an undisputed fact. Their singles covered all the bases, from the slow jam balladry of ‘2 Become 1’ to anthems like ‘Stop’ and ‘Who Do You Think You Are?’ Lyrically, the overriding themes were about having fun with your friends and embracing independence, both pretty positive messages to send out to the world.

Their music videos were also cultural milestones, from the sci-fi deliciousness of ‘Say You’ll Be There’ (shot in the Mojave Desert), to ‘Wannabe’, which is still the best example of a band just having the time of their lives on set. (Source: Betty)

E = Emma (Baby Spice)

Auditions began for the group in 1994. Mel C, Mel B, Victoria Beckham, Geri Haliwell, and Michelle Stephenson were the original picks out of about 400 women who tried out. Due to Stephenson’s lack of commitment and obligation to take care of her sick mother, she was temporarily replaced with Abigail Kis who was then finally replaced with Bunton. (Source: Interesticle)

F = First Album 

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November 4, 2018 marked 22 years since the Spice Girls’ first album, ‘Spice’, was released. Closing out 1996 with a massive dose of ‘Girl Power’, the album would go on to sell millions of copies and spawn countless imitators like B*Witched, All Saints, and later on, the Pussycat Dolls. Their hooks on songs like “Wannabe”, “Say You’ll Be There”, and “2 Become 1” proved irresistible to fans, and were the bane of the existence of everyone else.

The group created Beatle-like mania when they burst onto the scenes in the mid ’90s, shaking up what was then a male-dominated pop world and proving that girl bands sell records. Eighty five million of them, in fact. (Sources: Music Business Worldwide/HoustonPress)

G = Girl Power

Geri came up with the term “Girl Power” because she disliked the word feminism.  The characters on Mel C’s arm tattoo translate as “Woman” and “Strength”, echoing the band’s theme. (Source: Anglotopic)

H = Heroes

Nelson Mandela is a man most definitely worthy of the word hero, and it appears he believed the Spice Girls to be heroes of music, as he once said: “These are my heroes. This is one of the greatest moments in my life”. (Source: TheListLove)

I = “I’m Gonna Say Bye Now”

According to a report, Geri told the other women that she was leaving the band as they got off a private jet from Oslo. Her departing words were, “I’m gonna say bye now, girls.”

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Last year, Geri Halliwell AKA Ginger Spice tweeted in May saying she was sorry for abandoning the group in the middle of their world tour in 1998. The apology came after a fan account tweeted about the incident. “19 years ago today, it was announced that @GeriHalliwell had left the Spice Girls in the middle of their world tour,” the tweet said. (Source: CNN)

J = Japan Debut

The first country to hop onto the Spice bus wasn’t the UK but Japan. Wannabe was released there two weeks earlier, which is why the girls were in Tokyo when they gave their first Top of the Pops performance. (Source: Metro)

K = Karate

Mel C was coined Sporty Spice because of her active image, but Emma Bunton was actually the sporty one, as she had a blue belt in karate and would often teach the other girls how to kick. (Source: TheListLove)

L = Loan

At one time, the girls were so unhappy with their management that they actually had to go take out a loan to pay off their managers, just so they could shop around for one that they liked.

Their previous directors had them dressing in matching outfits and putting out an image that the girls did not feel was representative of their label.

With the money borrowed from the bank, the Spice Girls started out anew with a manager who saw their vision. The ensemble chose Simon Fuller who helped propel them into full-blown stardom. (Source: BabyGaga)

M = Movie 

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2018 marks the 20th anniversary of ‘Spice World,’ the movie featuring The Spice Girls. The group was so popular that Prince Charles and his sons, Princes William and Harry, attended the Spice World premiere. The movie, budgeted at US$25 million, grossed a robust US$100 million worldwide. (Source: MentalFloss)

N = Nicknames 

Spice Girls Concert Ticket for Wembley Stadium, London, Britain (20th September 1998)

In 1996, a writer at Top of the Pops magazine was the one to gift each girl with their nickname: Posh (Victoria), Baby (Emma), Sporty (Mel C), Ginger (Geri), and Scary (Mel B). (Source: Factinate)

O = Olympics

The Spice Girls perform during the Closing Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games in London, England

The Spice Girls reunited at the 2012 London Olympics closing ceremony, bringing back their edgy, girl power-infused fashion with a modernised twist.

Riding out on glittering London cabs, Posh, Ginger, Baby, Sporty and Scary performed a medley of “Wannabe” and “Spice Up Your Life” in costumes that spoke to each girl’s signature style. (Source: Billboard)

P = Past Name

Before becoming The Spice Girls, the group was given the name Touch. They later recorded a track called “Sugar and Spice”, the source of their final band name.

Q = Queen

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Times Newspapers/REX/Shutterstock

Britian’s biggest girl group got a chance to meet Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth! The monarch greeted the singers who promise to “Spice Up Your Life” at a 1997 Royal Variety Performance in London. (Source: People)

R = Rented House

The five girls lived in a rented house together in the Maidenhead, England early on in their career. They collaborated with producers and songwriters and rehearsed their demos and dance routines while there. (Source: Factinate)

S = Safe Sex

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Let’s be honest here. When you were a kid  (or teen) you would have probably thought that this song was about something sweet, like Emma Bunton telling her boyfriend to put his coat on because it’s raining outside, right?

You probably had no idea it was actually about safe sex and using condoms. It’s okay … you weren’t the only ones.

The lyrics of “2 Become 1″ – Be A Little Bit Wiser, Baby / Put It On, Put It On / ‘Cause Tonight Is The Night / When Two Become One” – focus on the bonding of two lovers, and also address the importance of contraception.

The music video, which features the group performing against time-lapse footage of Times Square in New York City, was completely shot against a green screen at a studio in London. The backdrop was later superimposed. (Sources: Bustle/Wikipedia)

T = Tribute From Backstreet Boys

In May 2018, the Backstreet Boys covered “Wannabe” while wearing wigs and the ’90s fashion made iconic by the girl group.

The five singers stayed true to their own media personas with their drag choices: Nick Carter as Baby Spice (Emma Bunton), AJ McLean as Scary Spice (Melanie Brown), Kevin Richardson as Posh Spice (Victoria Beckham), Howie Dorough as Ginger (Geri Halliwell), and Brian Littrell as Sporty (Melanie Chisholm).

In an Instagram post of the performance, the group wrote, “Celebrating all of the girl power that’s kept us going for 25 years.” (Source: Vulture)

U = Union Jack

It has been over 20 years since Geri Halliwell wore the now infamous Union Jack dress to perform at the Brit Awards. The dress has gone down in history as one of the most memorable fashion moments of all time.

Just one year after wearing the Union Jack dress, Halliwell sold it at a Sotheby’s auction in London. It was bought by Peter Morton for £41,300 as a piece of pop memorabilia to be displayed at the Hard Rock Café in Las Vegas and Halliwell gave all the proceeds to a children’s cancer charity. (Source: HarpersBazaar)

V = Viva Forever

Everyone was devastated when they heard this song for the first time. Why? Because it was the end of the Spice Girls as we knew them. The sad irony of Viva Forever is that Geri Halliwell was actually the master songwriter behind the tune, but actually left the group a few weeks before it was officially released as a single. And if you’ve ever sat there and wondered, this explains why it’s the only Spice Girls video not to star the girls themselves. This particular music video featured animated puppets. (Source: Standard)

W = Wannabe

‘Wannabe’ was the Spice Girls’ international breakthrough hit, topping the charts in 31 countries across the world. The track was written in just 30 minutes in a “sudden creative frenzy”, according to Mel B.

The music video for ‘Wannabe’ was originally intended to be shot in Barcelona, seeing the girls cause a riot in a hotel. However, days before the shoot, director Jhoan Camitz was told they were unable to get permission, so they relocated filming to the Midland Grand Hotel in St Pancras, London. (Source: DigitalSpy)

X = Generation X

The Spice Girls were all about inclusivity and positivity. In “Move Over,” a Generation-X anthem, they called upon all people of their generation to be educated and help move each other forward. (Source: Bustle)

Y = Young Superfan

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HA! This is how I feel right now! I AM READY ✌?

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Chart-topping singer-songwriter Adele posted on Instagram a flashback to her peak Spice Girl fan days, sharing a photo of herself in her early childhood surrounded by pictures of the band, perfectly capturing the the Girl Power mania that gripped young pop fans of the 1990s. (Source: Telegraph)

Z = Zig-A-Zig-Ah?

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Since 1996, people have speculated over the meaning of the now iconic line – I wanna zig-a-zig-ah – from the hit song ‘Wannabe’.

An anonymous co-writer had reportedly told The Sun: ‘There was this one eighties pop dude who hated us for encroaching on what he considered ‘his turf’ which was boy bands and girl bands. This guy had this nasty habit of taking a dump in the shared khazi while smoking a cigar, so we took to referring to him.”

‘Zig-a-zig-ah’ might have sounded like nonsense. But it seemed that the girls were using it as a statement against the sexist figureheads in the music industry.

Adelle, who is a fan of the Spice Girls (See: Y = Young Superfan, above), during her 2016 Car Pool Karaoke segment with James Corden, said it was “a huge moment in my life when they came out”.

“It was Girl Power … five ordinary girls who did so well, and who got out. It was a really important period of my life,” she added. (Source: MarieClaire)

We’d Love To Hear From You

Are you looking forward to the 2019 Spice Girl reunion tour? Are you disappointed that Posh Spice will not be joining? What’s your favourite Spice Girls song? Tell us in the comments section below or reach out to Neue on Facebook or Instagram.