Movie Review: ‘Spiceworld’

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In honor of the Spice Girls reuniting for a tour of the UK starting next may, I thought it would be a good idea to sit down and watch their movie “Spiceworld.” Yep, that’s right. There was a Spice Girls movie. Unlike the tour, it has all five spice: Baby, Posh, Scary, Sporty, and Ginger. You won’t be able to see any of those in your kitchen cabinets. Side note: it was a miss opportunity that no one made a spice girls spice rack.

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Released in 2007 and in the middle of their success, “Spiceworld” was directed by Bop Spiers. You probably never heard of him as this was his most high-profile film. #Hipster. The movie follows the Quintet as they plan for their major concert. That’s the major plot of the movie. There’s also a small subplot about them trying to balance their lives as Spice Girls and having a small resemblance of a normal life. The movie is full of comedic moments like dream sequences, as well as some flashbacks. The acting in the movie is okay. The Spice Girls aren’t really actors bu they do an okay job. They are just portraying their Spice personas so it’s not like it’s super hard for them since they are doing it all the time. If you are looking for an oscar worth film, then you will be highly disappointed with “Spiceworld.” This is for of a feel good movie that you would want to watch when you are down or just looking for a good time. This movie is extremely corny and not one you would want to take too seriously. If you take it seriously, then you hate this movie. Music was all the songs you would have head from them on the radio at the time. They had only released all but their last album “Forever.” Most don’t realize that the Spice Girls only have three studio albums and a greatest hits album under their belts. I didn’t. But the musical and comedic numbers are the truly highlights of the entire movie. It’s want will make you love the movie because they are iconic. “Spiceworld” is classic campy 90s movie. Like I said before, if you take this movie too seriously then you will hate it. It’s not ment to be taken seriously but just a good time. I recommend watching it at least one time if you haven’t already. It will spice up your life. Get it?
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Rating: 5 out of 5

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Intro to British Pop Music 101

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Welcome to class

I hope you are sitting down because you are about to get schooled. Welcome to Introduction to British Pop Music. During this course, I will teach you about lesser-known British pop groups that you probably have heard of but don’t know that much about. Some will be well-known. Either way, it will be a good time. It’s also be known, that some of them aren’t “fully” British but from the UK. Either way, they are important to British Pop.   Also, this isn’t a full bio on these bands or all the bands here. Let’s begin, and make sure to take notes. There will be the comprehensive final over all of this. (There’s a cheat sheet in the Power Pop Playlist).

Duran Duran

Considered one of the top British bands of the 80s, Duran Duran gave the world extremely catchy pop music. I guess you could say that they were one of the leader in the British Pop movement that would take over the 1990s. Without them, we might not have the rest of the artist in this course.

Spice Girls

Everyone knows about the power that the Spice Girls had in the late 90s. They were the British band to be. They influenced so many girl groups with their form of girl power. To put it into perspective for newer fans, they were the One Direction of their time. They even had a campy crappy movie “Spice World.” It’s a classic that everyone should see. It’s a treasure….one that makes you lose brain cells.

Westlife

Considered to one of the top boy bands in the UK, Westlife was a juggernaut. They came when the Spice Girls were starting to fizz and there wasn’t any Ginger in their life. Almost all of their single were in the top five of the charts in the UK. There only hit in the US was “Swear it Again.”

Five

This is probably one of the lesser knowns of the bands on here but you do know them. Five’s song “Slam Dunk (Da Funk)” was featured in the greatest Disney Channel Original Movie ever “Smart House.” This actually helped them because their first two albums charted here in the states. They didn’t do very well, but they charted. So “yay for them” I suppose.

S Club 7

Probably the second most popular British band from the 90s. S Club 7 was a powerhouse and came very close to being in the same league as the Spice Girls. They had a hit television show that played all the time. It also happened to be 30-minute music videos for their albums.

Steps

The second biggest band to come out in the 90s. Steps were a machine of hits that followed a formula that works still to this day. They only have one single and one album chart in the States, but they were everywhere in the UK. You know you made in the States when you are on a Radio Disney compilation album and have a small concert on Disney Channel.

BBMak

“Back Here” was the biggest hit that BBMak had in both the US and the UK. It placed higher on the US charts than on the UK charts. Actually, they were more of a hit here than in the UK.  Both albums charted her and four of their singles placed in the top 50. They probably would have been a bigger hit if they didn’t break up after two albums. Oh, They also were on Disney’s “Even Stevens.”

Sugababes

Okay, so more than likely you never heard of them but you have at least heard of their song. Sugababes was the original singer of Miranda Cosgrove’s hit single “About You Now.” I know what you are thinking, mind blown. This was one of their biggest hits in the UK. It was only one of the few songs that reached number one. They had plenty of songs that made in the top 100.

Atomic Kitten

The rebirth of catchy girl pop took form with Atomic Kitten. All three of their albums were in the top five of the charts. Most of their singles were in the top 20. Now, you’re probably wondering where you have heard them. Their cover is “The Tide is High” was heavily played throughout the early to mid-2000s. It was featured in “The Lizzie McGuire Movie.” So it seems like Disney is the breeding group for British pop.

The Wanted

While they weren’t as well-known as One Direction, The Wanted were a big hit. All three of the albums were top 10 hits in the UK. Their song “Glad You Came” was what made them a hit over here in the States. Their music was more of a hit than in their home country than in the US.

One Direction

Probably the best known out of the new wave of British Pop in the 2010s, One Direction is what every act wants. They were the top act across the world with their records killing the charts. Tours sold out venues everywhere. They were just top dogs. They spawned so many items with their faces on it, it’s really unreal. They literally created an empire. It’s rather funny when you think they all started on the UK’s version of “The X Factor” as solo artists.

Little Mix

The newest British pop sensation to arrive on the scene, Little Mix stole America’s heart with “Black Magic.” All four of their albums have charted in the top 50 in the States and they are well on their way to become the next breakout hit. Also, you don’t want to tick them off. They look like they could beat you up.

 

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Three cups of Spice Girls for this reunion

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The British pop group that brough girl power in the late 1990s is coming back but not like how it was. The Spice Girls are reuniting after months of speculation…it’s just going to miss two members of the quintet that “Spice Up Your Life” with the rebirth of the British Invasion.

The group will be made up of Mel Brown, Emma Bunton, and Geri Halliwell (Scary, Baby, and Ginger Spice respectfully). Victoria Beckham and Mel Chisholm aren’t going to be apart of this reunion due to both doing “other ventures.” This is media talk for “we too old for that ish.”  I know what you are thinking: How can it be a reunion if it’s only three spices out of five? Well this is actually a very common things. Most of the time, they get a new a name but it’s not like the Spice Girls to make sense. They will be actually looking for two new members to join them for this new tour. Not the reunion tour we would have wanted but it okay.

How did this start you may ask? Well, I’ll tell you. It started with this video that the trio posted as it was the 20th anniversary of their first single, and one of their biggest hit, “Wannabe.”

From the sounds of it, it sounds like a Spice Girls Tribute/Cover band. I don’t think this is a very good idea if they are singing the hits, which they haven’t said if it’s the band is back together full-time or it’s going to be like the last time they returned (one tour). I get that they want to give the fans what they want but the fans want all five spices. It’s like getting a half of your favorite drink. It’s still good but it’s not as enjoyable of it. I don’t see this being that great as it seems. If it was all five spices then it would be the best.

 

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Top 5ive: Spice Girls

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You told us what you want, what you really really want! So we are giving you what you want, what you really really want. You really wanted to walk down memory lane with a Top 5ive of the girl group that brought girl power—Spice Girls. Fun fact: The girls wrote the majority of their songs. Here’s the Top 5ive countdown of Spice Girls:

5. 2 become 1

It’s the Spice Girl’s sex song. It’s a song about getting laid….and using protection. I bet you didn’t realize that until now. It’s the sexiest yet cleanest song about sex ever. The music video was also pretty cool. The girls singing and moving slowly as the fast pace world moves around them. See the metaphor yet? I know, that was deep for 1996.

 

4. Goodbye

Yes, it’s a song after Ginger Spice left. And yes, it’s an amazing song. The vocals on the song are killer. It was their “goodbye” to the fellow spice. The lyrics tug on your heart-strings as they sing “no, no, no, no” beautiful as the hook. The music video is beautiful as well. “Goodbye” is the breakup anthem of the late 90s for friendships and relationships.

 

3. Spice Up Your Life

It’s the unofficial anthem of the Spice Girls. It’s just one of those feel good songs that you just get up and dance to and chant with it like you are in a cult. No one is really sure what the words mean nor what the words are, but you just can’t help but sing a lot. It’s also the unofficial theme song of their blockbuster movie “Spiceworld.”

 

2. Wannabe

The song is iconic. It’s the first single they ever released. It took the world by storm and had them wondering what does it mean to “ziga ziga ah.” According to UrbanDictionary, the term “ziga ziga ah” means things of sexual nature….let’s just pretend we never found that out. Anyways, it’s the song that everyone knows and everyone sings along to. It’s pretty much everyone’s jam.

 

1. Viva Forever

This is the song that showed a more serious side of the Spice Girls. While the music video sucked, the song is the signature song on the group. It’s so signature that they used it as the title of the musical based off of their music. It was also the last single to have Geri Halliwell, better known as Ginger Spice, before her departure in the Spring of 1998. It’s very fitting for that as well because of the song’s theme of Friendship.

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