Spices, please stay on the shelf

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I'll tell you what I want, what I really, really want, and that is for the Spice Girls never to reform again

I’ll tell you what I want, what I really, really want, and that is for the Spice Girls never to reform again. The showbiz rumour mill has been spinning at a rate of knots with news that the former girl band may reunite again. This time for the 20th anniversary of ‘Wannabe’, their debut hit record.
I absolutely loved them the first time round. They were a fresh and funky antidote to the boy band production line of the mid to late ‘90s, had lots of attitude and were very easy on the eye. There were some great pop songs and a few members could actually sing, especially Sporty. Although, unsurprisingly, not Victoria Beckham, who in a recent interview admitted that her mike was switched off during live concerts – an act of charity to audiences and local dogs sensitive to high-pitch screeches.
While pop music doesn’t have to be a fleeting thing, band reunions are often (but not always) dull and depressing recaps of past glories. Just as movie sequels are rarely better than the originals, comebacks often disappoint. The original fizz and crackle has gone and the dance moves are a tad slower as we are reminded how time catches up with everyone, even our once vigorous and youthful idols.
Currently, Posh (now a successful fashion designer) has said she will not join any reunion, but that may not scupper plans as some press reports stated that a replacement could be found.
Please, please ladies, to echo the title of one of your hits – stop.

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