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Sunday, April 23, 2006

Independence 


I should have known this, but I didn't. I knew that the Spice Girls were a manufactured pop group, but I didn't know that they rejected the manufacturer Emphasis mine.


If all of the invented personalities makes Spice Girls seem manufactured, that's because they are to a certain extent. Every member of the group was active in England's theatrical, film, and modeling circuit, and they all responded to an advertisement requesting five "lively girls" for a musical group in the summer of 1993. The manager who placed the ad chose all five members of Spice Girls, yet the women rejected his plans for their career and set out on their own two months after forming. For the next two years, the Girls fought to get a record contract, since most record labels insisted that the band pick one member as a clear leader, which is something the group refused.

Eventually, Spice Girls signed a contract to Virgin Records, but they were without a manager, which made recording a debut album nearly impossible. All five members moved into a house and went on the dole as they searched for a manager. By the end of 1995, the group had signed with Annie Lennox's manager Simon Fuller, and began writing songs with Elliot Kennedy. "Wannabe," Spice Girls' first single, was released in the summer of 1996....



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I don't think there has been an authentic, talented music group on the scene since the 1970s, and maybe early 80s. Just my opinion. Could be wrong.
 
I guess it depends upon how you define "authentic" and "group" and "scene." Some argue that Prince is not a group, and some argue that Depeche Mode isn't authentic, and some argue that talented bands never compromise their principles by getting signed (and thus joining the scene). I'd refer you to Depeche Mode's song "Everything Counts," but there's no authentic instruments in the song.
 
Damn. I love Depeche Mode.
 
I have to admit I warm up more to "Blasphemous Rumours" than I do to "John the Revelator".
 
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