Song: “Wannabe” by the Spice Girls
Reached #1: February 22, 1997 (their first, 4 weeks)
They started as a response to the mid-‘90s boy-band craze in the UK.
A couple of producers put an ad in a trade magazine. They were looking for 18-23 year old women who could sing and dance, and who brought a bit of attitude. They got 400 responses.
On one level, of course, the Spice Girls succeeded – they sold millions of records, made tons of money, one of them married the most famous soccer player of our generation – but musically, what did they really accomplish?
That’s about it. There’s probably as much of a cautionary tale about taking five strangers, throwing them in a studio, and telling them “go be famous” as there is a success story here.
After all, the Spice Girls barely made it 4 years before their first breakup… two more before their second… and never fully got the act together again. Individually, they’re all famous, somewhat successful, and popular – but they never quite made the impact we thought they were destined for when “Wannabe” came out.
Sure, they did a lot. But… again… what did they accomplish?
They’re all rich. I guess that counts.
If you visit their website (linked above), you can read about their upcoming 2007-08 world tour… I suppose that says something, too…
Tomorrow, the first #1 from a band that accomplished a hell of a lot… and after having two rock legends as lead singers over the years, may be about to reinvent themselves with an American Idol up front…
Other songs that reached #1 on February 22:
1960 – “The Theme From ‘A Summer Place’” by Percy Faith & his Orchestra (their first, 9 weeks)
1975 – “Pick Up The Pieces” by AWB (Average White Band) (their first, 1 week)