Wannabe-Spice Girls

Aside from one of them marrying David Beckham, here’s what I know about The Spice Girls. But the song Wannabe “always grabbed my attention as a truly fun song.  Now twenty years later, I have the same reaction to it. And it seems as if I’m not the only one. We play this at every wedding, and it seems every woman in the room knows every lyric, as if it were a contemporary hit.
The Spice Girls  were formed in 1994. Their first album sold a whopping 30 million copies. They (or a really smart publicist) invented the term “Girl Power” which became a worldwide phenomenon. By the time they broke up they had sold over 80 million albums, more than any other “girl group” in history.

But this song always just struck me as really fun. It’s fun to play as well as it’s fun to see people dancing to it, singing along with the ladies. Like so many other “purely pop” songs this one makes no attempt at making sense. It’s sole purpose is to get people dancing, which is why I love it.

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Here is the chorus and one verse, so you can get some idea of the depths of the lyrics.
Keep in mind I don’t think the lyricist was using this as his Pulitzer Prize entry. Even the spelling of the title is written “touch-in-cheek.”

Yo, I’ll tell you what I want, what I really, really want
So tell me what you want, what you really, really want
I’ll tell you what I want, what I really, really want
So tell me what you want, what you really, really want
I wanna, (ha) I wanna, (ha) I wanna, (ha) I wanna, (ha)
I wanna really, really, really wanna zigazig ah
If you want my future, forget my past
If you wanna get with me, better make it fast
Now don’t go wasting my precious time
Get your act together we could be just fine
I’m not sure of the significance of “really wanna zigazig ah” is, but it really is a great dance to.
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