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I am not a music person. Now you know my shameful secret. Basically my theory is that people have a limited amount of time and energy and I have chosen to spend it on books, food and theatre and skipped out on music and movies. It’s not that I don’t enjoy music but I don’t like the way music is presented now – loud and in your face most of the time. Every Saturday morning, DJ puts on some new popular music for me to get familiar with. I am not sure if this really works since its usually ends with me asking inane questions like ‘what is she saying?’, ‘what does that mean?’ and so on to which DJ finally yells ‘it doesnt have to mean anything, just listen’. So its safe to say, I haven’t really caught onto the Taylor Swift, Drake or Cardi B generation of music. I do enjoy music that I like but that is from about a 100 years ago – the 90’s and early 2000s to be precise. Think Savage Garden, Nirvana, Dido, All Saints, U2 and of course, the Spice Girls.
My mum bought me my first Spice Girls CD. As far as I remember, this was first CD I owned myself – CDs were a big deal then. My theory is my mum got me the CD to make me slightly cool. I was a little bit of a geek and read all the time. She probably took a guess and though this is a part of the new cool culture my not so cool daughter should be acquainted with. (She denies it now and says I was plenty cool). Of course, I played the CD till everyone in the house including me was sick to death of it. I also insisted on singing along since the CD cover came with the lyrics included. I also got back from school to watch Mtv Select every afternoon and if Nikhil Chinappa played a Spice Girls song it was a succesful show. This was pre-internet guys so typing the video you want to see into Google and have it appear was not an option. We had to work for our music!
We then went on our first family holiday to Europe. I was a teenager and that was the first time I came to London. Spice Girls mania was in full swing in the UK. The Spice Girls were on their first world tour and they had just released their second album the year before – it was so manic and so exciting. There were huge double-decker buses with the five Spice Girls painted over them, there was so much Spice Girls memorabilia and souvenirs around – I remember being completely overwhelmed.
Fast forward to being adult. I can contentedly say that I have seen every concert I could possibly want to see. Dj took me to see Coldplay for one of their first concerts which was amazing. We also went and saw the huge U2 concert at the Wembley Stadium and saw the farewell tour by Swedish House Mafia in Mumbai. I even saw one of my favourite boy bands Nickelback last year and my second favourite girl band, All Saints at the Kew Gardens summer festival two years ago. The only big one left on the list was the Spice Girls. (Of course Nirvana was never an option after Kurt Cobain’s death and sadly, Savage Garden have never considered a reunion for a concert).
Till DJ managed to get me tickets to the Spice World concert in London (best husband ever!). I think I have mentioned the concert to friends about a 100 times and every time I see the tickets I get excited. I am still thinking about what to wear but who cares if I can’t find the perfect outfit – I’ll be there!
I am going to end this post with my favourite Spice Girls song – it’s not Wannabe (my theory is that no real fan’s favourite song is actually Wannabe, its too obvious).
Please give me your favourite Spice Girls song and your music nostalgia list – it would be so lovely to reminiscence! Hope you guys enjoyed the videos. I hope you are already following us on Instagram? Of course we are on Facebook, Twitter and all the rest and would love to hear from you.