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22 Things You Didn't Know About Spice Girls' Debut Song "Wannabe"

It was released 20 years ago TODAY.

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2. It was nearly an R&B song.

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Geri described the R&B version as "bloody awful" in her second autobiography.


12. Music bosses hated the video and wanted to totally redo it for numerous reasons.

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These reportedly included it being too gloomy and that there were too many old people in it to appeal to a young audience.

13. It was pretty damn cold in the hotel, resulting in Mel B's, um, nipples showing (another reason execs wanted to retake it). As a result the video was banned in several Asian countries.


16. Johan Camitz, a little-known Swedish director who had worked on commercials, took charge of the video and it was shot two months before the single was released.

17. Their first TV appearance performing the song was pretty average to say the least. They appeared on Surprise Surprise and lip-synched along to it in an underground car park.

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18. It went on to beat a record set by the Beatles.


"Wannabe" entered the US Hot 100 at No. 11 in 1997 and remains the highest debut on the chart by a brand-new British act. The Beatles previously held the record by debuting at No. 12 in 1964 with their iconic track "I Want to Hold Your Hand".


19. The song has appeared in The Simpsons, among other shows.

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Other TV programmes its appeared on include Glee, Melrose Place, and Small Soldiers.

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