Flashback Friday! Spice Girls

Country: United Kingdom
Years Active: 1994-2000; 2007-08; 2012
Albums: Spice, Spiceworld, Forever, Greatest Hits

Group members: Emma Bunton (Baby Spice), Victoria Beckham (Posh Spice) Melanie “Mel B” Brown (Scary Spice), Melanie “Mel C” Chisholm (Sporty Spice), and Geri Halliwell (Ginger Spice).

Bio:

The group was formed in 1994. However, their career wasn’t officially launched until 1996 when the Spice Girls release their debut single Wannabe and then album Spice. This was a start a successful and phenomenal music career. The Spice Girls became most recognised group since The Beatles. They had won two Brit awards including best song for Say You’ll Be There. 1997 was also another great year for the Spice Girls with a release of a second album Spice World featuring hits like Spice Up Your Life and Too Much. The same year, the film Spice World that was an accompaniment for the album of the same name. It was a light comedy that had a humorous take on what goes on during a Spice Girls tour. In 1998, the group three awards at the 1998 American Music Awards. They also did well at the Brit Awards and Billboard awards. There was supposed a-double sided album, which got cancelled in May 1998 due to Geri Halliwell’s departure from the group.

From 1998 to 2000, the group toured without Geri Halliwell, and continued to be successful in their career. In 2000, the Spice Girls released their last album before the hiatus entitled Forever. This album was not as successful as their previous albums. In the end of the year, the group had announced they were on a hiatus and went to carry on solo careers.Reunion for the Spice Girls happened in 2007-08 for the release of their Greatest Hits album tour in the United Kingdom.

Their second reunion was in 2012 for the London Olympics Closing ceremony.Like ABBA, there is a musical for the Spice Girls play entitled Viva Forever.

On a side-note, the Union Jack became a popular phenomenon after Geri Halliwell wore the famous Union Jack dress. They also made the catchphrase “Girl Power” popular for a feel of empowerment of young girls around the world. The Spice Girls were dubbed the second of 90’s British Invasion.

Review:

I loved listening to Spice Girls when I was a kid; my favourite all-girl band of the that time. Their songs gave confidence to young girls and demonstrated the concepts of friendship and loyalty, in my opinion. Also, there was really rhythm and beat to the music. The song Wannabe is a good example of the importance of friendship. I knew all their songs by heart and enjoyed their music videos.The Spice Girls band has me thinking how I would like to see more girl bands. There probably are, and with time I hope to discover them with my blog

The song  Wannabe was release 20 years ago this week. They were the girl band that was most famous of the 90’s.

Anecdote:

In the summer of 1998, I attended their concert in Montreal. By then,Geri Halliwell had left the group prior to the tour, which disappointed me a bit. However, the concert was still incredible to watch.This was a band whose merchandise was very popular and was everywhere. I remember using the backpack quite a bit, and playing with a faux cellphone. My favourite was the Spice Girl platforms. Although, I tripped a couple of times, I still enjoyed them. Lasty, the most unforgettable moment was when the Spice Girls performed at the London 2012 Summer Olympics closing ceremony. They sang a medley of their classics including “Spice Up Your Life”.

Links

http://www.thespicegirls.com

https://www.facebook.com/SpiceGirlsNet

 

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2017 Grammys Overview

This year’s Grammy’s  were incredible. James Corden did a fantastic job hosting this year. His sense of humour was put to good use. He’s funny, as well as kind. I was especially moved by his introductory to tribute to the late George Michael and the late Prince.

Congratulations to Adele on her five Grammys! She is a very talented artist. I admired her speech to Beyonce during her speech for receiving the Grammy for Album of the Year. That’s incredible. She’s so kind and so humble. Bravo Adele!

There were so many amazing performances by the musicians. My favourite performances were Adele’s two performances: the one at the beginning when she sang Hello and her tribute to George Michael. I was surprised to see her restart her tribute. However, when I heard saying she was having technical problems with her mic and that she wanted to get it right, I understood why she wanted to redo it. Paying tribute to a music legend like the George Michael is a big a deal. I admire her courage to redo it.  She did a fantastic job. I was really moved by it. Her version of the song Fastlove was incredible and suited her musical style perfectly.  The montage of images of George Michael was well done. There were clips of some of his classics like Careless Whisper (one of which was the first clip), and I’m Your Man.

The performance by Beyonce was incredible and favoured empowerment for women. Power to her! Bravo Beyonce! 

Ed Sheeran’s performance was also amazing. His music getting better and better. I look forward to hearing more music from this British artist.

The Weeknd’s performance was spectacular. The Canadian singer rocked it! Daft Punk also did a good job. Loved it!

The tribute to Prince was also amazing. Bruno Mars gave an epic performance along with The Time. I enjoyed watching artists in the audience dancing along to the music.

The BeeGees homage segment was unexpected and super fun. My mom and I were dancing the hits of Staying Alive and Tragedy. Loved the country twist of the song How Deep is Your Love.

The In Memoriam segment was touching as always, but this time it was different. I felt even more emotional because we’d lost so many musicians last year. 2016 was a rough year with the passing of so many musicians. I still can’t believe it.

Lastly, the New Artist of the Year is my fave part. Congratulations to Chance the Rapper. His music is definitely worth listening to.

 

RIP Whitney Houston: 5 Years Since Her Passing

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It’s been five years since Whitney Houston passed away February 11, 2012.  Her big music hits include I Wanna Dance with Somebody, How Will I Know?, I Will always Love You, and Could I Have This Kiss Forever (featuring Enrique Iglesias).

Whitney Houston contributed to R&B music, as well as Pop music. Her voice was so strong and powerful, it was distinct from many artists of her time.  I admit I didn’t listen to her music extensively. I did however, have a few favourites songs I liked from the late  Whitney Houston. My favourite songs were  I’m Every Woman, How Will I Know?, I Will Always Love You, and It’s Not Right But It’s Okay.

Her songs were catchy and more importantly, memorable. There’s a remake of the song I Wanna Dance with Somebody. It’s a different style of music, but it’s still a nice homage to the singer. She also had a song with the late George Michael entitled If I Told You That, that I hadn’t heard. Two musical styles combined in an interesting way. Sadly both artists left us. Music won’t be the same without them both. What’s interesting is that her version of I Will Always Love You  be more popular than Dolly Parton’s version, which is just as amazing.

Whitney Houston had incredible music and an overall fantastic musical career. Her music lives on. She leaves behind an incredible legacy.

Rest in peace Whitney Houston.

Silverdrive 35’s Latest Single “Those Days”

Silverdrive 35 has released another single! Their latest song is entitled Those Days. It’s an incredible song! They have so much potential.

This song is about remembering a time that seemed simpler.  There’s a classic country feel to it especially when it comes to  talking about falling in love and chilling with friends. It’s got a nostalgic feel that is part of the country charm. There’s even a sense of adventure, more specifically I think of going on a road trip I imagine being outdoors by the lake, enjoying the fresh air.

Their voices are amazing! The music has great tempo, as well as amazing composition. It’s catchy and puts a smile on your face.  It’s fun hearing conversation within the song, which was done in a clever way. There’s simplicity to the song, which works very well with the theme of simpler times.

Bravo to Silverdrive 35! Keep up the work guys!

Can’t wait to hear your album. 🙂