The Spice Girls live on stage. You won't find live Spice performances here, except when they cover other people's songs.
Last updated: 12/02/99
('Christmas Wrapping' added and sites list updated)
OK, there are already dozens of Spice Girls sites out there, so why do another one, especially with so many other Gusworld tasks as yet unfinished?
The answer is simple and stupid. Like several million other people around the world, I own both Spice Girls albums (the imaginatively titled Spice and Spiceworld). I'm not necessarily a big enough fan to buy all the singles (although I'm getting closer), but I am enough of a music obsessive to want to know what the B-sides, cover versions and other bits of Spice detritus sound like. I did some hunting around the Web, and here are the results.
Note that I'm not offering links to tracks from the albums (either in their original or live versions), remixes, or interview audio. This is simply "tracks the Spice Girls have recorded/performed which ain't on either of their albums", briefly reviewed and linked to. Clarity of purpose is a wonderful thing, isn't it?
All tracks are full versions unless otherwise noted.
Studio tracks that didn't make the final cut and wound up on singles. Most Spice singles are also boosted with remixes, which I find far too tedious to enumerate.
Bumper To Bumper (RA)
A fairly standard funk/pop offering that could easily have sat on the first album. B-side to 'Wannabe'.
Take Me Home (RA)
Promising 80s style string-laden opening that subsequently becomes a bit repetitive. Good atmosphere; needs a better tune. B-side to 'Say You'll Be There'.
One Of These Girls (RA)
The lyrics sound like that song they used to play on Sesame Street, but this is probably the pic of the B-side tracks, and a very typical Spice number. B-side to '2 Become 1'.
Sleigh Ride (RA)
Yes, it's that cheesy old Christmas chestnut, livened up with a little Spice Girl chat. B-side to '2 Become 1'.
Baby Come Round (RA)
A vaguely upbeat ballad with some smoochy sax. OK, but not exceptional. Mel C prominent. B-side to 'Mama/Who Do You Think You Are?'.
Spice Invaders (RA)
Less a song than a spoken-word sequence over a fairly basic musical loop -- a pattern the girls appear to be increasingly embracing for their flip tracks. B-side to 'Spice Up Your Life'.
Outer Space Girls (RA)
Totally stupid but actually rather appealing excursion into outer space themes (presumably 'Outer Spice Girls' sounded a bit naff0. A tad Janet Jackson in sound. B-side to 'Too Much'.
Walk Of Life (RA)
Reggae man! Well, reggae Spice style. Oddly anonymous. B-side to 'Too Much'.
Christmas Wrapping (RA)
A funky cover of the Waitresses' seasonal classic. Well effective. B-side to 'Goodbye'.
Although the Spice Girls have so far resisted the common teen band urge to release a cover version as a single, they have shown a fondness for covers in their live appearances. (See also 'Sleigh Ride' and 'Christmas Wrapping' in the B-Sides section.)
Don't Go Breaking My Heart (live with Elton John) (WAV)
An acceptable if unadventurous cover of the John/Kiki Dee classic. Would doubtless be more fun with visuals (This is from the An Audience With Elton John special).
Leader Of The Gang (RA)
As featured in Spiceworld: The Movie, this was scheduled to feature original artist Gary Glitter, but he was cut out in the wake of the whole child porn scandal. Surprisingly effective (although the sound quality of this recording is pretty poor).
Where Did Our Love Go? (live) (RA)
Baby Spice's big live moment (complete with much punning over the song's 'Baby, baby . . .' intro), and a reminder that the Spice Girls still have to catch up with the Supremes in terms of all-female bands. Couldn't they have done something more interesting with the backing?
Sisters (live) (RA)
More precisely, the Eurythmics/Aretha Franklin classic 'Sisters Are Doin' It For Themselves', here reinterpreted by Mel B and Mel C (after a long intro by the others). The sound quality's a bit dodgy, and the backing track is just dire, but this could turn out OK with a studio treatment. (It's a rumoured inclusion on the third Spice Girls album.)
We Are Family (live) (RA)
When in doubt, close your live show with a Sister Sledge disco classic. Or perhaps not.
Ain't No Stoppin' Us Now? (live) (RA)
A duet with Luther Vandross from the An Audience With The Spice Girls special, and in fact the V-ster dominates proceedings. Nice but unadventurous. B-side to 'Stop'.
Doing solo recordings has always been part of the Spice plan, but the exit of Geri and a sudden rash of pregnancies no doubt assisted matters. We can expect lots more additions to these pages over the next few months.
I Want You Back (RA) -- Mel B featuring Missy Elliot
Less poppy than the usual Girls' fare, this track (from the soundtrack of the Frankie Lymon biopic Why Do Fools Fall In Love?) is a tad monotonous at first, but grows on you with repeated listens.
When You're Gone (RA) -- Bryan Adams featuring Melanie C
Technically, Mel C's only a backing vocalist, but since she sings throughout the song she definitely deserves the credit. An absolutely typical Bryan Adams track, and therefore catchy in its own way; again, this shows how Mel C could work outside the conventional Spice context (which bodes well for her rumoured solo work with Madonna).
Spice Girl-boosted commercials tend to either feature no music or one of their well-known tracks (cue Pepsi, Impulse and so forth). But there are exceptions . . .
Power Of Five (RA)
A bright and poppy theme for the launch of Britain's Channel 5, based on the old theme for 'Ready Steady Go', I believe. Now Geri's left, maybe they could re-record it and sell it to Channel 4?
Step To Me (WAV)
OK, not strictly speaking an ad, but the only way to get this song was by buying lots of Pepsi. More guitar-oriented than most Spice work, but kinda ephemeral. Music Week commented that the actual ad theme song, 'Generation Next' (featured on Spiceworld) was the better track; I'd agree.
On Top Of The World (RA)
Well, if a football song isn't an ad, then what is? The Spicies join a lineup of other UK stars to sing the praises of the English soccer team. Not much good it did 'em . . .
Stuff I couldn't dump under the other categories.
Sound Off (RA)
The 'marching song' featured in Spiceworld: The Movie.
One Of These Girls (acapella) (WAV)
I've broken my remix rule to include this brief acapella version of 'One Of These Girls' see above, which is offered off the Virgin Records US site, presumably in order to silence any 'these girls can't sing' rumours. Which it kinda does.