SPICE GIRLS OWNED THE WORLD
HIT SINGLES (AND TOWERING PLATFORMS) TOOK POSH, BABY, SCARY, GINGER, AND SPORTY TO NEW HEIGHTS
BY CHRIS NASHAWATY
SO TELL ME WHAT YOU WANT, what you really, really want. … Well, in 1997, it turns out what we really, really wanted was the Spice Girls—a British quintet as fizzy as a freshly popped bottle of Moët. Armed with pitch-perfect harmonies, caffeinated dance moves and nicknames that made them come across like superheroes, which, if you were a teenage girl (or the still-cool mother of one) in the summer of ’97, they kinda were, Melanie Brown (Scary Spice), Melanie Chisholm (Sporty Spice), Emma Bunton (Baby Spice), Geri Halliwell (Ginger Spice) and Victoria Adams—not yet Beckham—(Posh Spice) were a silly, sassy antidote to the fading era of flannel and grunge.