We've got to hand it to our bank; their fraud department's on the ball. Earlier today, they gave us a call after detecting some 'suspicious' activity on our card. Did we really mean to spend that much in one transaction? What could possibly be worth such a sum of money?
It wasn't until we told them the Spice Girls have just released a 25th anniversary edition of their debut album Spice, complete with previously unreleased remixes and demos, across approximately 90 formats that they apologised for the misunderstanding and congratulated us on our impeccable taste.
Yep - TWENTY FIVE BLOOMIN' YEARS after its initial release Geri Horner, Emma Bunton, Melanie C, Mel B and Victoria Beckham are set to re-release the album that defined a generation with a special 2-disc set (!), individual cassettes (!!) and five WELL FANCY collectors' vinyls with Ginger, Baby, Sporty, Scary and Posh covers (!!!). And you'd better believe we've just spent the contents of our lockdown piggy bank on the lot. Hashtag no regrets.
After the girls' Wannabe25 celebrations went down a storm earlier this summer, they're set to mark the anniversary of their debut album with the new version featuring b-sides, banging remixes and buried-away demos.
Hell, they've even released the 7" Radio Mix of Say You'll Be There on streaming services today to celebrate.
Chatting about the release, Victoria said, "We couldn't let 25 years pass without thanking the fans for their incredible support. There are so many people who have played a part in the success of the Spice Girls throughout the years, you know who you are and we thank you."
Mel B added, "All I ever wanted was to be accepted and to make everyone around me – gay, straight, brown, black, shy or loud like me – to feel they can celebrate who they are and to be free to be themselves.
"All I hope – 25 years on – is that message has been heard loud and clear. It’s true that in the end love IS all you need so I thank everyone who has ever bought a Spice Girls record or stood in the rain to greet us or got dressed up in pink, in a tracksuit, a ginger wig, a leopard print catsuit or put on Vic’s iconic pout!"
Details of all the formats available to pre-order (there's a LOT) ahead of its October 29th 2021 release are available on the Spice Girls' official store.
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The full original album has also been recreated in snazzy Dolby Atmos/Apple Spatial Audio for Apple Music users.
Those buying the 2CD version with its A5 hardback booklet, images and brand new messages from the band, can look forward to the original 1996 album plus these rarities:
Say You’ll Be There (03:56)
2 Become 1 (Single Version) (04:05)
Love Thing (03:39)
Last Time Lover (04:11)
Who Do You Think You Are (04:01)
Something Kinda Funny (04:05)
If U Can’t Dance (03:49)
Wannabe (Dave Way Alternative Mix) (03:25)
Say You’ll Be There (7-inch Radio Mix) (04:09)
2 Become 1 (Orchestral Version) (04:05)
Mama (Biffco Mix) (05:49)
Love Thing (12-inch Unlimited Groove Mix) (06:25)
Take Me Home (04:07)
Last Time Lover (Demo) (04:05)
Feed Your Love (04:36)
If U Can’t Dance (Demo) (03:36)
Who Do You Think You Are (Demo) (03:49)
One of These Girls (03:33)
‘Shall We Say Goodbye Then?’ (00:53)
Fancy some '90s nostalgia? Here's a bit of Wannabe25 for your eyes and ears
Spice25 is available to pre-order now and released on October 29th 2021.