Look At Me
In 1998, Geri Halliwell, also known as Ginger Spice, was the first member to leave the British all-girl group, The Spice Girls. Before joining them, Geri had mainly been known as a topless and nude glamour model, appearing in magazines like Playboy, and in certain tabloid newspapers. When the group was created, she was brought in to become Ginger Spice, with red hair as her distinctive feature, and habitually wearing a dress with a Union Flag design.
From 1995, until Halliwell left three years later, the five girls had an amazingly successful career, becoming one of the top-selling vocal groups of all time, with album sales in excess of 75,000,000.
In 1999, Geri’s solo album was well-received, with this single reaching the top of the charts. She went on to release more records, winning a Brit award along the way, as well as carving out a TV career as a talent-show judge, and presenter. In 2007, the Spice Girls re-formed, and Geri joined them for the tour. Despite being back together, they all still worked on their individual careers, some with more success than others.
I had not been a particular fan of the group. After all, they were very much a teen sensation, and I was 43 by the time they started out. However, I did have more time for their solo work, enjoying Emma Bunton’s single releases, and some by Melanie Chisholm too. This single was accompanied by a black and white promotional video of cinematic quality, lasting for over four minutes, and showcasing the various styles adopted by Geri. The music had a retro feel to it, like something I might have heard in the 1960s, and that drew me in too. I was hooked, and still love to hear it now.