The Story of Pop: 1999 (Chapter 45)

Welcome to this week's edition of The Story of Pop: 1999, our weekly look back at the all the big movements in the UK charts of twenty years ago. And I suggest you strap yourselves in for this week people, because we have not one, but TWO - yes, two - songs to cover. Prepare … Continue reading The Story of Pop: 1999 (Chapter 45)

#CrazyStupidBook: Lauren Bravo (@LaurenBravo) – ‘What Would the Spice Girls Do?’

Right now, the currency for all things girl power has never been at its highest. Well, since May 1997, anyhow. And in a year which has bought us a Spice Girls comeback stadium tour they said wouldn't happen again after the last one in 2007, the generation that grew up around all things Ginger, Baby, … Continue reading #CrazyStupidBook: Lauren Bravo (@LaurenBravo) – ‘What Would the Spice Girls Do?’

#CrazyStupidAlbum: Emma Bunton (@EmmaBunton) – ‘My Happy Place’

The covers album seems to be that most frequent hot potato to bash where pop music is concerned. Somehow, years of elitist rock critics have had open season, pouring scorn on such releases for being a mark of coasting on a 'safe' or more commercial banker at the expense of being 'cooler' or more worthy … Continue reading #CrazyStupidAlbum: Emma Bunton (@EmmaBunton) – ‘My Happy Place’

Spice Up London: the 90s girl power pop exhibition that’s giving you everything

Nostalgia. It's a powerful - and underestimated - thing isn't it? How a smell, a taste, a sound or an image can bring thousands of memories flooding back. The best nostalgia trips thrive on an assault of all these senses. For whilst a few thousand people were descending on Hylands Park in my home city … Continue reading Spice Up London: the 90s girl power pop exhibition that’s giving you everything