Rant Of The Day THIS RANT 21/01/98

Rant Of The Day is where I get to mouth off about whatever I feel like for however long I like. Theoretically, I'll update my whinge/opinion piece every weekday; in practice, maybe not so often.

Take it from me

Hello hello, it's good to be back! Yes, Gusworld has returned, rejuvenated and freshly-tanned, ready to bombard the world with triviality, pop culture and the erotic adventures of Erica for another year. On the subject of month-long holidays, we recommend them.

Of course, observant readers will have noticed that the funky new interface I promised this time last month has yet to materialise. Rest assured, I'm working on it. I'm also working on not being a workaholic, however, so it may be a few days (or weeks).

Doubtless there'll be lots of detail on my holiday hijinks in Melbourne over the next few rants, but a sensible place to start would seem to be the Spice Girls. Having already dominated every other Australian media channel during their brief visit earlier this month, it would seem churlish to resist.

Notwithstanding my earlier disdainful comments about the girls, I own both their albums, and they're infinitely preferable to Pearl Jam no matter which way you look at it. I'll also be off to see Spiceworld: The Movie just as soon as my budget recovers from all the holiday expenditure.

What I want to talk about here, however, is the band I always think of whenever the Spice Girls get mentioned: Girlfriend, the songstresses who dominated Australia's charts in 1992 before effectively disappearing in 1994. An attempt to resuscitate themselves the following year as gf4, with a sexy adult image, failed miserably.

Like the Spice Girls, Girlfriend was a group which consisted of five girls with loud tastes in fashion and a penchant for catchy-as-hell pop music. So why didn't they take off? I would offer these suggestions:

All that notwithstanding, I was quite thrilled when, during my hunt for second-hand CDs in Melbourne, I came across not one but two autographed Girlfriend singles, at the ridiculous price of $4 each. Needless to say, I bought them. I even considered doing a tribute site for them, but decided that doing both that and my still-in-the-works Collette site would be a bit much.

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