So the London 2012 Summer Olympic Games have come and gone, and frankly, after spending most of my day putting together a report on the closing ceremony in order to make it for tomorrow’s print deadline, there really is nothing more that I want or can think of to say about it.
I do, however, want to post this video here, because as far as I’m concerned, it was the best part of the closing ceremony:
Yes, the Spice Girls. So help me, I think I will forever and ever be a ’90s pop fan.
It has been said that the London 2012 closing ceremony was the last time the girls would perform together as a five-piece group, and as much I loved their performance, I have to say that I do hope the rumors are true. These are five women who have grown up and crossed that threshold of needing to be famous and catering to the bubblegum-pop scene of the ’90s, and to do the exact same thing now, 14 years later, is the equivalent to running around the stage wearing nothing but Going Out Of Business sandwich boards.
Especially when Victoria Beckham can still only stand and pose with one leg sticking out and still only ever have that single, glum expression on her face. And when the Melanies Brown and Chisholm are still the only ones who look like they’re making an effort to give the best performance they possibly can.
On a whole, the group still has its appeal, and last night’s performance definitely sent everyone who was born in the ’80s — myself included, as they were the very first music act since Michael Jackson that I became adolescently obsessed with — into an euphoric sense of nostalgia. But looking at how they have grown — while not really appearing to have grown at all — in their own separate ways, it really may be time to go out of business.
But for old times’ sake… Girl power!