Spice Girls review – nostalgia, branding and bad British values
Croke Park, Dublin
The Poshless group give the fans what they want, but union jacks and product placement can’t cover a lack of material
Of all the things that might have derailed the Spice Girls’ reunion, a lack of interest wasn’t one – there are 80,000 people in Croke Park as their sold-out stadium tour commences. Nor was Victoria Beckham’s non-participation. The bombshell came this spring when Mel B revealed that she and Geri Horner had once slept together. Horner denied it, ruing that this came out “on Mother’s Day, of all days”, lesbian revelations perhaps being best saved for a monetisable Pride team-up.
Amid a rumoured rift, it takes a while for the pair to go near each other, though eventually they join Emma Bunton and Melanie Chisholm in holding hands and exchanging knowing glances. The matter almost sneaks out: Mel C uses her powerful strength to pick up Mel B, who screams. Bunton declares, “She loves a good – cuddle. I was about to say something else!” The sense of a boundary almost being broken around a once-anarchic brand, now guarded with a rictus grin, is as nostalgic as the hits themselves.Continue reading...