It’s hard to believe, but Girl Power has been with us for a quarter-century. The Spice Girls are gearing up to celebrate the 25th anniversary of their breakthrough 1996 single “Wannabe” by asking their fans to share their Spice-y stories.
“It’s official! It’s been 25 years of the Spice Girls,” the group wrote in an Instagram post on Monday morning (June 14) in an announcement of their upcoming celebration of the debut song that made them international icons. “We believe there is a Spice Girl in all of us, and we want you to join us on a trip down memory lane! We want to see you singing your heart out, showing off your best dance moves and hear how you’ve been inspired, influenced and excited by everything People Power.”
As part of the celebration, an anniversary edition of the song, “Wannabe25,” will be issued on a picture disc EP and on cassette, featuring the original song, a remix by Junior Vasquez, the previously unreleased original “Wannabe” demo recording and a demo of a previously unreleased ballad penned by “Wannabe” co-writers Richard Stannard and Matt Rowe, “Feed Your Love”; the EP will be available for streaming on July 9 and physically on July 23rd.
Fans are encouraged to share their stories via the #IAmASpiceGirl hashtag (or by sending them to firstname.lastname@example.org), with the tales to be shared on the group’s website and socials. “Wannabe” was originally released on July 8, 1996 and rose to become the seventh best-selling debut single of all time, as well as the longest-running No. 1 by a girl group.
Check out the video promoting the anniversary and some of the early fan entries below.
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