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Who Cares What They Say? I Like What I Like -- Spice Girls Included

Posted: 08/13/2012 12:37 am

Forget the Opening Ceremony performances, it was the Spice Girls appearance we were actually waiting for. So in celebration of the Fab Five’s return, we’ve used Spice World to inspire our favourite musician cameos. And while few can compare to when Elton met Geri, others earn gold for at least surprising us. (More than, say, seeing the Kaiser Chiefs cover The Who. Yikes.)

I turned 12 in 1997; just in time for the Spice Girls.

True, they'd been around for a year before, but because I was previously obsessed with lip-syncing to Celine Dion alone in my bedroom, it took a while for "Wannabe" to replace "Falling Into You." And then it did.

I learned the dance moves. I bought the CDs. And my best (and only) friend supported my choice to buy both Baby and Posh Spice dolls because their outfits reflected completely different states of mind.

We began scrapbooking. Saturday mornings were for spending our babysitting money on stickers, chocolate bars, candy, gum and those postcards that looked like photographs, and our afternoons were for organizing said paraphernalia accordingly because otherwise it'd have all been in vain.

I bought their live videos and their singles and on a cloudy Sunday, my mom took me and my Baby Spice-inspired pigtails to see Spice World. Afterwards, fuelled by their energy, positivity and message of empowerment, I started a fan club. Figuring the best time to get the 20 pages of "club information" in order was when my best friend was on vacation, I spent a week tirelessly combing through magazine articles to find and type facts like favourite snacks, favourite colours and quotes on girl power. When my friend came back, I gave her the binder -- but by then she was over them.

I was crushed. Not only did the Spice Girls represent something I wanted desperately to be a part of (a group of friends, to begin with), but our love of the band was something we shared. True, neither of us was popular, and our obsession with the Fab Five seemed completely insane, but we were in it together. And then all of a sudden it wasn't "cool."

Loving them wasn't the same after that. Instead of proudly displaying my Spice Girls dolls, books and posters, I felt like my commitment to "the cause" gave away my immaturity. So I moved on, replacing the Spice Girls with Aqua (it wasn't the same) and then later Titanic (but that was all Leo).

But the older I've gotten, the more I've realized how common that is. At one time or another, we all loved music so blindly that we didn't care about opinions or ratings or reviews or critics, and just loved it for how it made us feel. In my case, the Spice Girls made me feel like it was okay not to fit in because none of them seemed to, and they succeeded. (Now I know that was just good marketing, but why should I put down something that got me and countless other girls through middle school?)

In our old ages -- and particularly in the music industry -- the joy is gone. We put music down because it's too catchy, too popular, too pedestrian or just not cool enough, all while taking the joy out of it and using terms like "guilty pleasure" when turning up "Starships."

Like what you like. We chalk cynicism up to maturity, when in reality we're doing ourselves a disservice and missing out on having fun. Kids line up for One Direction and Justin Bieber because somewhere in their melodies, lyrics or sick, sick beats, there's something to latch on to -- even if it's a shared interest with their best friend. Let them have it, and in the meantime, let's stop stifling our own opinions and imposing our makeshift authority just because something's not "critically acclaimed" or for fear that we'll be told we're not cool.

Nobody's cool (especially if you once performed choreography to "Stop" out front of your house when waiting for dinner). So instead of trying to prove why we are, why don't we remember why we scream-sang Hanson once upon a time, or bought the piano music for "Barbie Girl?" For once, let's stop being all-powerful authorities, and use "kids today" to remind us that when we find joy in liking something, it's not necessarily a bad thing.

In the words of Amy Poehler, "no one looks stupid when they're having fun."

Check Out The Gallery Below For The Musical Performers At The Olympic Closing Ceremony

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    LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 12: A general view of the stadium during the Closing Ceremony on Day 16 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium on August 12, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

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    The Olympic Flame burns before the Closing Ceremony at the Olympic Stadium, on the final day of the London 2012 Olympics.

  • London Olympic Games - Day 16

    The Olympic Flame burns before the start of the Olympic Games Closing Ceremony at the Olympic Stadium, London.

  • The Closing Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games Picture by Stephen Hull

  • The Closing Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games Picture by Stephen Hull

  • LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 12: A general view of the stadium ahead of the Closing Ceremony on Day 16 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium on August 12, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Hannah Johnston/Getty Images)

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    Britain's footballer David Beckham (R) looks on ahead the Olympic stadium during the closing ceremony of the 2012 London Olympic Games in London on August 12, 2012. Rio de Janeiro will host the 2016 Olympic Games. AFP PHOTO/ JEWEL SAMAD (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/GettyImages)

  • 2012 Olympic Games - Closing Ceremony

    LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 12: A general view ahead of the Closing Ceremony on Day 16 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium on August 12, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

  • 2012 Olympic Games - Closing Ceremony

    LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 12: A general view ahead of the Closing Ceremony on Day 16 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium on August 12, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)

  • London Olympic Games - Day 16

    Performers arrive before the Closing Ceremony at the Olympic Stadium, on the final day of the London 2012 Olympics.

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    A view of the start of the London Olympic Games 2012 Closing Ceremony at the Olympic Stadium, London. RESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday August 12, 2012. See PA story Olympics . Photo credit should read: David Davies/PA Wire. EDITORIAL USE ONLY

  • London Olympic Games - Day 16

    The crowd rehearse dance routines before the Closing Ceremony at the Olympic Stadium, on the final day of the London 2012 Olympics.

  • British group Madness perform during the

    British group Madness perform during the closing ceremony of the 2012 London Olympic Games at the Olympic stadium in London on August 12, 2012. AFP PHOTO / GABRIEL BOUYS (Photo credit should read GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/GettyImages)

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    Artists perform at the Olympic stadium during the closing ceremony of the 2012 London Olympic Games in London on August 12, 2012. Rio de Janeiro will host the 2016 Olympic Games. AFP PHOTO/ JEWEL SAMAD (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/GettyImages)

  • English ska band Madness perform at the

    English ska band Madness perform at the Olympic stadium during the closing ceremony of the 2012 London Olympic Games in London on August 12, 2012. Rio de Janeiro will host the 2016 Olympic Games. AFP PHOTO/ JEWEL SAMAD (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/GettyImages)

  • Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge (L), and

    Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge (L), and Chairman of the London 2012 Organizing Committee Sebastian Coe (R) attend the closing ceremony of the 2012 London Olympic Games at the Olympic stadium in London on August 12, 2012. Rio de Janeiro will host the 2016 Olympic Games. AFP PHOTO/LEON NEAL (Photo credit should read LEON NEAL/AFP/GettyImages)

  • 2012 Olympic Games - Closing Ceremony

    LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 12: Big Ben and the London Eye are depicted during the Closing Ceremony on Day 16 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium on August 12, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

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    Aartists wave Union Jack flags as they perform during the closing ceremony of the 2012 London Olympic Games at the Olympic stadium in London on August 12, 2012. AFP PHOTO / OLIVIER MORIN (Photo credit should read OLIVIER MORIN/AFP/GettyImages)

  • Artists perform during the closing cerem

    Artists perform during the closing ceremony of the 2012 London Olympic Games at the Olympic stadium in London on August 12, 2012. AFP PHOTO / GABRIEL BOUYS (Photo credit should read GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/GettyImages)

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    An artist performs during the closing ceremony of the 2012 London Olympic Games at the Olympic stadium in London on August 12, 2012. AFP PHOTO / OLIVIER MORIN (Photo credit should read OLIVIER MORIN/AFP/GettyImages)

  • London Olympic Games - Day 16

    Drummers perform hanging from a replica of the London Eye during the London Olympic Games 2012 Closing Ceremony at the Olympic Stadium, London. RESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday August 12, 2012. See PA story Olympics . Photo credit should read: David Davies/PA Wire. EDITORIAL USE ONLY

  • British actor Timothy Spall plays Winsto

    British actor Timothy Spall plays Winston Churchill as he performs during the closing ceremony of the 2012 London Olympic Games at the Olympic stadium in London on August 12, 2012. AFP PHOTO / ADRIAN DENNIS (Photo credit should read ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/GettyImages)

  • The Pet Shop Boys perform during the clo

    The Pet Shop Boys perform during the closing ceremony of the 2012 London Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium in London on August 12, 2012. Rio de Janeiro will host the 2016 Olympic Games. AFP PHOTO / ODD ANDERSEN (Photo credit should read ODD ANDERSEN/AFP/GettyImages)

  • British artist Emeli Sande performs duri

    British artist Emeli Sande performs during the closing ceremony of the 2012 London Olympic Games at the Olympic stadium in London on August 12, 2012. Rio de Janeiro will host the 2016 Olympic Games. AFP PHOTO/LEON NEAL (Photo credit should read LEON NEAL/AFP/GettyImages)

  • 2012 Olympic Games - Closing Ceremony

    LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 12: Suggs and Madness perform during the Closing Ceremony on Day 16 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium on August 12, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

  • Guards march before the Olympic Flame du

    Guards march before the Olympic Flame during the closing ceremony of the 2012 London Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium in London on August 12, 2012. Rio de Janeiro will host the 2016 Olympic Games. AFP PHOTO / ODD ANDERSEN (Photo credit should read ODD ANDERSEN/AFP/GettyImages)

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    Timothy Spall smokes a cigar while playing Winston Churchill at the Olympic stadium during the closing ceremony of the 2012 London Olympic Games in London on August 12, 2012. Rio de Janeiro will host the 2016 Olympic Games. AFP PHOTO / ADRIAN DENNIS (Photo credit should read ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/GettyImages)

  • British artist Emeli Sande performs duri

    British artist Emeli Sande performs during the closing ceremony of the 2012 London Olympic Games at the Olympic stadium in London on August 12, 2012. Rio de Janeiro will host the 2016 Olympic Games. AFP PHOTO/LEON NEAL (Photo credit should read LEON NEAL/AFP/GettyImages)

  • 2012 Olympic Games - Closing Ceremony

    LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 12: Lee Thompson of Madness performs during the Closing Ceremony on Day 16 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium on August 12, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

  • 2012 Olympic Games - Closing Ceremony

    LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 12: A general view of the performance inside the stadium during the Closing Ceremony on Day 16 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium on August 12, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

  • Guards march past performers during the

    Guards march past performers during the closing ceremony of the 2012 London Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium in London on August 12, 2012. Rio de Janeiro will host the 2016 Olympic Games. AFP PHOTO / ODD ANDERSEN (Photo credit should read ODD ANDERSEN/AFP/GettyImages)

  • 2012 Olympic Games - Closing Ceremony

    LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 12: A general view of the performance inside the stadium during the Closing Ceremony on Day 16 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium on August 12, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

  • Lee Thompson is lifted while playing the

    Lee Thompson is lifted while playing the saxophone at the Olympic stadium during the closing ceremony of the 2012 London Olympic Games in London on August 12, 2012. Rio de Janeiro will host the 2016 Olympic Games. AFP PHOTO / ADRIAN DENNIS (Photo credit should read ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/GettyImages)

  • British actor Timothy Spall poses as lat

    British actor Timothy Spall poses as late former prime minister Winston Churchill at the top of a replica of the tower housing Big Ben during the closing ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games in the Olympic Stadium in east London on August 12, 2012. Rio de Janeiro will host the 2016 Olympic Games. AFP PHOTO / JOHANNES EISELE (Photo credit should read JOHANNES EISELE/AFP/GettyImages)

  • 2012 Olympic Games - Closing Ceremony

    LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 12: Dancers dance during the Closing Ceremony on Day 16 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium on August 12, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

  • British musician Ray Davis peforms durin

    British musician Ray Davis peforms during the closing ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games in the Olympic Stadium in east London on August 12, 2012. Rio de Janeiro will host the 2016 Olympic Games. AFP PHOTO / JOHANNES EISELE (Photo credit should read JOHANNES EISELE/AFP/GettyImages)

  • The Olympic Flame is seen before the sta

    The Olympic Flame is seen before the start of the closing ceremony of the 2012 London Olympic Games at the Olympic stadium in London on August 12, 2012. Rio de Janeiro will host the 2016 Olympic Games. AFP PHOTO/LEON NEAL (Photo credit should read LEON NEAL/AFP/GettyImages)

  • London Olympic Games - Day 16

    The Duchess of Cambridge (centre) speaks with Prime Minister David Cameron, his wife Samantha and Lord Coe at the closing ceremony of the 2012 London Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium in London.

  • London Olympic Games - Day 16

    Performers during the Olympic Games Closing Ceremony at the Olympic Stadium, London.

  • London Olympic Games - Day 16

    One Direction perform during the Olympic Games Closing Ceremony at the Olympic Stadium, London.

  • London Olympic Games - Day 16

    Performers on a replica of the London Eye during the Closing Ceremony at the Olympic Stadium, on the final day of the London 2012 Olympics.

  • London Olympic Games - Day 16

    A general view of the Closing Ceremony at the Olympic Stadium, on the final day of the London 2012 Olympics.

  • London Olympic Games - Day 16

    One Direction perform during the London Olympic Games 2012 Closing Ceremony at the Olympic Stadium, London. RESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday August 12, 2012. See PA story Olympics . Photo credit should read: David Davies/PA Wire. EDITORIAL USE ONLY

  • London Olympic Games - Day 16

    Prince Harry (right) with President of the IOC Jacques Rogge at the closing ceremony of the 2012 London Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium in London.

  • London Olympic Games - Day 16

    Performers during The London Olympic Games 2012 Closing Ceremony at the Olympic Stadium, London. RESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday August 12, 2012. See PA story Olympics . Photo credit should read: David Davies/PA Wire. EDITORIAL USE ONLY

  • London Olympic Games - Day 16

    Madness perform during the Olympic Games Closing Ceremony at the Olympic Stadium, London.

  • London Olympic Games - Day 16

    Princess Anne, her husband Timothy Laurence (centre) and President of the IOC Jacques Rogge at the closing ceremony of the 2012 London Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium in London.

  • London Olympic Games - Day 16

    British sitcom characters Rodney and Del Boy Trotter, dressed as Batman and Robin, make an appearance during the Olympic Games Closing Ceremony at the Olympic Stadium, London. <em>Clarification: Further information has been added about the identities of the characters for everyone who isn't British.</em>"

  • London Olympic Games - Day 16

    Prince Harry and the Duchess of Cambridge during the Closing Ceremony at the Olympic Stadium, on the final day of the London 2012 Olympics.

  • London Olympic Games - Day 16

    Performers during the Olympic Games Closing Ceremony at the Olympic Stadium, London.

  • London Olympic Games - Day 16

    Henry Kissinger (left) and Edson Arantes do Nascimento 'Pele' at the closing ceremony of the 2012 London Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium in London.

 

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