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Monday, September 27, 1999 Published at 15:25 GMT 16:25 UK


The BBC's millennium Spice

Millennium hit: Spice Girls join stars on BBC charity record

The Spice Girls have recorded their contribution to the BBC single It's Only Rock 'n' Roll - the official song of the BBC's millennium celebrations.

They have performed a line of the 1974 Rolling Stones hit, It's Only Rock 'n' Roll, which will also feature Annie Lennox, Jon Bon Jovi and James Brown.

[ image: Annie Lennox: Another star contributor]
Annie Lennox: Another star contributor
It follows the success of the star-studded BBC Children In Need record Perfect Day - a cover of Lou Reed's track - which was released in 1997 and shot to number one.

A BBC spokeswoman said: "It's going to have the same sort of atmosphere as the Perfect Day video but the essence of it will be these artists shaking their thing."

It's Only Rock 'n' Roll only reached number 10 when it was released by the Stones in 1974, but has been a staple of the band's concerts ever since.

However, the suitability of the song has been questioned.

A glam rock parody, the lyrics refer to sticking a knife in a heart, suicide and teenage lust. Some critics also believe a song marking the 2000th anniversary of the birth of Christ should be more spiritual.

Millennium organisers hope the single will sell more than three million copies and raise some £12m.

[ image: Mick Jagger: First No 1 of the millennium?]
Mick Jagger: First No 1 of the millennium?
The money will go the the Children's Promise project, set up to persuade everyone to give the value of their final hour's earnings of this millennium to benefit children in the next.

The Fun Lovin' Criminals and Chrissie Hynde have also recorded their sections for the song, while Stevie Wonder, BB King and members of the Womack family are believed to have been approached for the project.

The Spice Girls have notched up Christmas chart-toppers for the past three years, but in recent interviews have cast doubt about whether they will release a seasonal single this December.

The group could make up for losing out on a record-breaking fourth festive chart-topper by featuring on the first number one of the new millennium.

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