Volume 92, Issue 4

Friday, June 5, 1998

george likes his chicken spicy


One less spice on the proverbial rack

Musical bliss dissipated for youth around the world as Ginger Spice (Geri Halliwell) announced she has left The Spice Girls. The announcement was speculated for a week as Ginger had been a no-show at a trio of concerts. As the tears are wiped away and platforms are cut to stepping stools, two important questions remain: can Spice-mania continue and what will happen to the career of our favourite British red-head?

First, let us take a look at the four remaining members of the Spice family – Scary, Sporty, Posh and Baby. Since day one of the Spice phenomenon, everyone expected their wave of success to break as quickly as it picked them up. However, their concerts in Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver sold out in less then 45 minutes each and a faithful following of Spice wannabes tell a different story.

It is now nearly two years later and the Spices are as hot as ever. Is it safe to assume that they will continue to thrive over the Ginger hurdle?

Apparently, one of their "messages" is that girl power stems from being a strong individual. However, they also promote girl power as a product of helping your friends. They have now pissed off one of their "friends" to the point that millions of profit isn't worth bearing the partnership. There has already been a negative reaction from their young fan base and it may get worse. Then again, their star may have already been burning out.

If you are getting sick of all the Geri Halliwell press this week, don't sweat it – you will never hear of her again. What is she thinking? She didn't have a career before the group got together (except for those few tasteful model shoots) and contrary to her fan's beliefs, she is not a talented singer, dancer or actress. Granted, from the financial standpoint, she is set on what she has already made from the pop sensation and there will be a lot more to come in future royalties.

The erosion of Spice World is not that important in the grand scheme of life but it sure makes interesting conversation around the water cooler. What will happen to the Spice Girls? Will Geri shine? Can Baby handle the pressure? Might they join together again? Will there be a new Spice Girl? Stay tuned. Only time, screaming teeny-boppers and closet fans will tell us the answers.

–Neil Malhotra

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