Video Hangover: Spice Girls – “Wannabe”

Every week, we dig in the archives for videos that we find noteworthy, memorable, or just unbelievably stupid. And then, Jon McMillan breaks ‘em down for you. Why Video Hangover? Because when you watch as many videos as we do, you’re going to feel it afterwards.

“Wannabe”
The Spice Girls, 1996

Zig a zig ahh, forget it.


If only they would tell us what they really, really want
Remember Girl Power? Spice Girl’s thong-based feminism might not have won over the academics, but it inspired a generation of young women to be both sexy and, like, totally empowered. The stuck-up aristocrats at the Midland Grand Hotel don’t stand a chance! One question, though: If the point of Girl Power is equality, then why does the video begin with the girls taunting a homeless person on the street? Is it a homeless Earl, or are the obnoxiously rich and the tragically poor equally un-fun? Not to be overly political, but this strikes me as a mixed message.

How well do you know Posh Spice?
These days, Posh Spice is looking a lot like the Heineken robot lady. If Victoria Beckham’s chest were to open up tomorrow, which objects would most likely be revealed?
a) Two mini-kegs filled with saline
b) A Britney Spears Kuato
c) The half-digested remains of three personal assistants
d) Her deformed soul
e) Spice rack

Sporty van Halen?
This video is ridiculous, but it’s also quite a technical achievement. First of all, it appears to be one take (supposedly there are two edits, but if that’s the case they’re awfully smooth). Then you have Ginger Spice walking backward in 8-inch heels, and Posh Spice — well, Posh doesn’t really do much of anything here, does she? But how about Mel C’s backflip on the banquet table? No stuntwoman required, thank you very much. That’s the most athletic move I’ve seen since Sammy Hagar’s immortal “Backflip of Justice” in 1984.

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