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Few (One/Two) Hit Wonder - SPICE GIRLS (1997)
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"Wannabe" by Spice Girls - 


This was the Spice Girls first single. It was huge and immediate hit, as their message of "Girl Power" and quirky personalities went along with the catchy beat and intrigued audiences around the world. The song was written by Richard "Biff" Stannard and his musical collaborator Matt Rowe with assistance from the group members. Stannard had written the song "Steam" for a boy band called East 17, and after a chance encounter with Mel B., he was invited to write some songs for the Spice Girls, who had just formed. Over the course of 10 days, he and Rowe wrote both "Wannabe" and their eventual third single, "2 Become 1." Stannard said that pretty much every waking hour of those 10 days was spent working on the songs; he explained to Pink News: "We wrote Wannabe quite quickly, but it took ages to get it to sound right. I remember waking up on the studio floor with this post-it from Matt saying, 'Press play.' We'd finally got it. So it was luck and hard work."
 
The group was known more for their look than their sound, and the video did very well at a time when you still had to watch TV to see it. The video appeared to be one continuous shot, although there are two barely noticeable edits.
 
This is the best-selling worldwide single by an all-female group.
 
The lyrics are about the value of friendship. The five Spice Girls helped come up with the words and craft the song. Regarding their contribution, Richard Stannard said: "There were seven of us_sitting on the floor in this tiny room. Matt Rowe and I would add the backing track and start with rhythms; everyone had their role; Geri was always concentrating on the theme and all the others would chip in with melodies and lyrics."
 
Talking about how they created the mood of the song, Stannard said, "It was the madness in the room. There would be two or three things going on at once; we would have three or four mikes up and we would record everything then pick the bits we liked and play it back to them."
 
A "Wannabe" is a person who aspires to be someone else, generally a celebrity, and imitates that person. The phrase has very little to do with the song, but makes a catchy title. (thanks, Bertrand - Paris, France)
 
Besides the US and UK, this song went to #1 in 30 other countries, including Australia, Canada, Israel, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, and Switzerland.
 
In February of 1997, this song won a Brit Award for Best Song. In addition, their follow-up hit, "Say You'll Be There," won for Best Video.
 
The line "Friendship never ends" became a credo for the Spice Girls. They used the phrase in a press release when Ginger Spice left the group.
 
The Spice Girls were managed by Simon Fuller, who created American Idol. When his protégé Simon Cowell launched the TV show X Factor In 2011, he hired Richard Stannard, who wrote this song, as a writer/producer for acts on the show.
 
On April 12, 1997, the Spice Girls performed this song and "Say You'll Be There" on Saturday Night Live. (thanks, Jerro - New Alexandria, PA)
 
The big finish in the movie Grease, where John Travolta breaks out some great dance moves in a party carnival setting, was an inspiration for this song. Stannard says they were talking about that scene when they started to write the song, and they built on that vibe with Matt Rowe adding chords to a beat Stannard had on an MPC drum machine.
 
The "Zig A Zag Ahhhh" line was a big attention grabber in this song, and many listeners speculated that it was a bit dirty, as in shorthand for "suck a d--k." Stannard claims it's a nonsense phrase they had been throwing around when they wrote the song, and that it's purely innocent.

http://www.songfacts.com/detail.php?id=3314

Billboard Top 10 Songs of 1997



 
1  Elton John Candle In The Wind 1997
2  Jewel Foolish Games / You Were Meant For Me
3  Puff Daddy and Faith Evans I'll Be Missing You
4  Toni Braxton Un-Break My Heart
5  Puff Daddy Can't Nobody Hold Me Down
6  R. Kelly I Believe I Can Fly
7  En Vogue Don't Let Go (Love)
8  Mark Morrison Return Of The Mack
9  LeAnn Rimes How Do I Live
10  Spice Girls Wannabe
| Closed on 12/12/13 at 05:00PM
FanIQ Pts? No | Locker Room, Music | Multiple Choice Opinion Poll
6 Fans 
17%a. 10 (Great Song)
33%b. 7-9 (Liked this song)
17%c. 5-6 (Ok song)
17%d. Who? What? Huh?
17%e. "If you wannabe me lover, YOU'VE GOT TO NEVER SING THIS SONG"

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TOP COMMENT * * * * * * * * * * * *
#2 | 282 days ago

i still jam this s**t loud and proud.

(unless the dude next to me is superfine, then i coolly fade it out and click next on the 'pod.)
10 (Great Song)  
  
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#1 | 282 days ago

Great to look at, but were so- so vocalist IMO
#2 | 282 days ago

i still jam this s**t loud and proud.

(unless the dude next to me is superfine, then i coolly fade it out and click next on the 'pod.)
10 (Great Song)  
#3 | 280 days ago

When they came out, my daughter who was 7 at the time loved them! They had some good songs, I liked this one!...

http://youtu.be/9ro0FW9Qt-4
5-6 (Ok song)  
#4 | 280 days ago
Nick__ (+)

Was never a fan of theirs but I always had a "thing" for Scary Spice (Melanie Brown).

siiiiiiigggghhhhh……she is FIIIIIIIIIIIIII-NE!  heart





"If you wannabe me lover, YOU'VE GOT TO NEVER SING THIS SONG"  
#5 | 280 days ago

I love the change in the title cheeky

I hated this song when it first came out, because they overplayed the crap out of it. I find it a fun "roadworthy playlist" song now, though.

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