On Tuesday, April 19, the Spice Girls celebrated 20 years since filming their very first music video for their hit song “Wannabe.”
Geri Halliwell, Emma Bunton, Melanie Brown (also known as Mel B), Melanie Chisholm (also known as Mel C) and Victoria Beckham formed the group back in 1993 when Heart Management Ltd held open auditions for a record deal.
Halliwell posted a throwback picture of the group on her Instagram on Tuesday with the caption saying, “20 years ago we shot a video for #wannabe Time flies. I still remembering running around in my Mary Quant platforms, the sparkly leotard I bought from nottinghill market. Awh #younggirlsbigdreams.”
20 years is a huge milestone, seeing that the song is still one that can be heard in the background of television shows and on throwback radio playlists. Their video has over 163 million views on YouTube and the single itself has over 84 million plays on Spotify compared to the next most popular song of theirs, “Spice Up Your Life,” with only 11 million.
Although the group has not been in the spotlight together for a while, fans are still holding on to the hope of a Spice Girls reunion. Whether that means a reunion world tour or a single televised performance, there is no doubt that it would be one for the books.
Since their last album “Forever” was released and went platinum in 2000, the Spice Girls have gone on their own paths. They briefly reunited in 2007 and 2008 for a world tour and their last performance together was at the 2012 London Olympics.
Beckham, who is married to and has four kids with David Beckham, still has that “posh” reputation as a fashion designer. Mel B is well known as being a judge for multiple television competitions such as “X Factor UK” and “America’s Got Talent.” Mel C, although more unknown to American listeners, has actually released six solo albums since their split. Halliwell, who left the group in 1998 due to “differences” between her and the other girls, has a new album in the works although details are unspecified. Bunton took on the role of a radio and television host briefly and like the other girls, has turned her focus towards her family.
Halliwell and Mel B seem the most keen on some sort of reunion. On the red carpet of the Brit Awards, Halliwell said, “There was a conversation this morning with Melanie B and we were saying there has to be something. I’m not announcing anything officially, but I’d like something as much as you.”
There have been reports from TMZ that Beckham has made it clear that she does not want to take part in a reunion. While it would be disappointing not to have the whole group together for one last show to commemorate such a milestone, the world has seen many great group performances without all original members. Down a member or not, the discussion of a possible reunion is good enough to hold fans in anticipation until a proper announcement is made.