The Olympics: No Spice Girls?
I’ll tell you what I want, what I really, really want: a Spice Girls reunion at the Olympics next month.
Unfortunately, it doesn’t look likely. The Spice Girls aren’t on the (unconfirmed!) list of 86 tracks selected for the opening ceremony, and Mel C. is concerned they’ll be ignored entirely. This is unacceptable.
Mel C. told U.K.’s Mirror, “I don’t know exactly where this list has come from, and obviously sometimes things come out that aren’t quite right. But I’d be really upset if the Spice Girls weren’t included in the Olympics, whether it be the opening or closing ceremonies or any other playlists, because I think we absolutely represented Britain in the ’90s. We literally flew the flag — and Geri even wore it — around the globe.”
Preach, sister. I wasn’t around for Beatlemania in the ’60s, but in 1996, for an American kid like me, the Spice Girls were Britain. Sure, they aren’t vocally in the same league as some of the names that have been announced for the opening ceremonies, such as The Beatles, Coldplay and David Bowie, but director Danny Boyle should seriously consider adding a Zig-a-zig–ah to the proceedings. Without Geri, Melanie C., Emma, Victoria and Melanie B., it feels like a decade of London’s pop music is being dismissed.
This isn’t the only big event this summer that is lacking girl power. The ladies were invited to perform as part of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee earlier this month, but reports say Victoria put the “Stop” on that. I certainly hope Posh isn’t standing in the way. She wasn’t above a 2007-2008 worldwide reunion tour — she better not be dragging her (high) heels now.
It’s simple, really: I’m just a girl, standing in front of Danny Boyle, asking him to put five fabulous women in the London Games opening ceremonies.
Remember what you were definitely missing (and get an early start to your weekend) by rewatching “Spice Up Your Life” below: