I'm a 90s baby, so nothing makes me happier than randomly hearing "Wannabe" play in an H&M store. The 90s is often pinned as the era of girl groups -- Destiny's Child, En Vogue, SWV, TLC -- the list goes on. And of course you can't forget The Spice Girls, the superstar group who coined the term "girl power." Much of my childhood consisted of watching Spice World multiple times, and even dressing up as Posh Spice for Halloween. So when I discovered that Danish pop star MØ was just as obsessed with The Spice Girls as I am, I felt like I had found my long-lost soul sister.
If you've been living under a rock and don't know who MØ is, let me catch you up real quick. The electro-pop singer was featured on Major Lazer/DJ Snake's 2015 hit "Lean On" and Iggy Azalea's 2014 song, "Beg For It." Most recently she released a surprise EP When I Was Young and it's freakin' spectacular. She also seems like a crazy cool chick who bears some uncanny resemblances to a certain 90's girl group (hint hint).
The Spice Girls have this infectious free-spirit that makes you want to have an epic slumber party with all of your girlfriends and prank call your crushes. With her gutsy presence and exhilarating music, MØ emulates that carefreeness and spontaneity. She even dresses similarly to Sporty Spice, performing in sports bras, scrunchies, and signature 90s high ponytails. When asked by Noisey about what Spice Girls sparked within her, the singer said, "I was seven or eight when they came about so was not super into politics or anything, but I think Spice Girls and the whole thing about these five unique girls who like were individuals in their own right but good friends also. They were like 'Fuck boys, it's all about friendship.' It was very adorable and very relatable." Agreed.
But she doesn't mirror them -- she brings a punch to that timeless Spice Girls flavor, and totally holds her own. Case in point. In 2014, she released a sensational rendition of "Say You'll Be There," the iconic girl group's 1996 hit. She puts her signature synth-pop spin on it while staying true to its bygone melodic pulse.
But this wasn't the end to her Spice Girls dreams. In 2016, at a concert in London, Melanie C (aka Sporty Spice) joined her on stage to sing "Say You'll Be There." If I had been there, witnessing two of my favorite artists sing one of my favorite songs, there'd have been no chill.
MØ once sobbed uncontrollably on a school desk upon learning that Geri was leaving The Spice Girls. I hope that this moment with Sporty eased some of that post-traumatic childhood stress. I have a strong feeling that it did.
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