The Spice Girls were the first pop group my friends and I really got into. They came from ordinary backgrounds, and their message was that anyone could achieve their dream. They were a girl band for girls and their influence was remarkable.
Favourite Spice Girl
Mel C. She was cool because she could do back-flips and was a bit of a tom boy. I was fickle, though, and Geri was a close contender.
Stop. The song and dance routine were a must-have for all school discos and even the boys joined in! Their energy, extrovert personalities and song lyrics captured our imaginations.
Boy bands saturated the music scene in the '90s and it took a really powerful girl band with a strong image to infiltrate the market. The Spice Girls were ambitious and determined to succeed. Girl Power was about accepting who you were and girls sticking together.
Interesting, to say the least! Platform shoes and fun outfits that matched each girl's personality. Their influence on what we wanted to wear was huge. I can still remember begging my mum to buy me a pair of platforms!
The girls are now all famous individually - so their fan bases have multiplied. People who were young fans in 1997 are now in their early 20s and can afford to go back to see their childhood idols, while a whole new generation has discovered Girl Power.
Favourite Spice Girl
Victoria Beckham. I really like her sense of humour and sense of style. The biggest surprise of the concert was that she can actually sing!
Spice Up Your Life. They started and ended the show with it and the girls put on a fantastic performance! The Lady Is A Vamp was excellent, too. It was performed with a live band in a cabaret style.
It had the potential to be watered down, now that the girls are in their 30s. But they represent girl power of a different kind - that of proud working mothers. They even brought their children on stage for Mama! However, the message is still the same: Girls on top, friendship forever.
They're far more glamorous these days in specially-designed Roberto Cavalli dresses. But Geri wore her infamous Union Jack dress and Mel C wore trousers, which kept the essence of the original act.