Music Memories – This Week – Wannabe

The one thing I love about music is that everyone has their own story to tell – the musician, the lyrics, the way the fans decipher them and also the way a song can also create a memory or a meaning to someone. That is what this new article is all about. Each fortnight, we will take a look at a different song and I will take you as a trip down memory lane as to what it means to me. Welcome to Music Memories.

Track: Wannabe
Artist: Spice Girls
Original Release Date: 7th July 1996

Some songs bring you right back to a really specific memory and some of those tracks have become a memory because of a certain lyric. There is one lyric that every time you hear it the childhood nostalgia really hits in and you remember the memory all over again – well today we are looking at one of those songs.

It was primary school and the Spice Girls had just come on the scene and with the brand new debut single came the words ‘zig a zig ah’. Now as I have grown up, I have obviously understood what the words mean or what they indicate even though they are made up but in school it was a whole different story.

I had a gist of what they meant and to be honest as I got older I was obviously right but back then I had two ‘friends’ who used to make it a hue thing these words. They would say that they knew the secret meaning of these words and they made me feel awful because they made me feel like they had this big secret between them that they did not want to share with me.

It was typical school yard behaviour but when you are a kid that becomes a hinge thing – not being allowed to be part of this elite club that know things you do not.

It is so silly looking back at it now but it is still a huge memory I get anytime I head Wannabe – it is silly but it is always there.

Facts About Wannabe

  • Written and composed by the group members in collaboration with Matt Rowe and Richard “Biff” Stannard during the group’s first professional songwriting session
  • The lyrics, which address the value of female friendship over heterosexual relationships, became an iconic symbol of female empowerment and the most emblematic song of the group’s Girl Power philosophy.
  • As the Spice Girls’ debut single, “Wannabe” has been credited for catapulting the band to global stardom
  • Responding to the wave of public interest in the group, Virgin released the song as the group’s debut single in the United Kingdom in July 1996, well ahead of the planned release date of the Spice album. 
  • “Wannabe” topped the UK Singles Chart for seven weeks and has received a double Platinum certification by the British Phonographic Industry

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