It’s been a while since we’ve heard music from any member of the Spice Girls, but on Tuesday night the internet was given a special treat: a leaked version of the Spice Girls reunion group’s single, Song For Her.
The group, called GEM (not to be confused with Jem, the short for the first names of its members Geri Halliwell, Emma Bunton and Melanie Brown), features three of the original Spice Girls. Only Victoria Beckham and Melanie Chisholm aren’t part of the ensemble.
Last summer, fans of ’90s pop lost their minds when Halliwell, Bunton and Brown announced they would be reuniting to make new music and potentially go on tour. Then… radio silence.
Fast-forward to Tuesday night, and Spice Girls fans rushed online to listen to the GEM single. According to the court of Twitter opinion, many weren’t as impressed with the song as they thought they’d be.
— James (@jamesmcgrath09) November 23, 2016
That leaked Spice Girls GEM track is bloody awful. I can see why Mel C and Victoria steered clear of that!
— Jack White (@Jack5326) November 23, 2016
Just heard the new GEM Spice Girls song pic.twitter.com/iXUdHL2rB3
— Simon Holloway (@SimonHollo) November 23, 2016
Well, the Spice Girls GEM song is terrible and yet no doubt I'll still add it to my playlist because it's Spice Girls.
— Lucas (@LucasUpton) November 23, 2016
Others thought it was great, a true throwback to the original Spice Girls.
I'm not sorry that I would probably listen to the Spice Girls / GEM song a fair few times and not hate it. It sounds like a total basic bop.
— Ryan Love (@RyanJL) November 22, 2016
Well I like the Spice Girls GEM tune. Even though 5 Become 3 it's still giving me everything I need for now.
— David 🎂 🍰 (@SpecialDewi) November 23, 2016
As of July 2016, it has been 20 years since the Spice Girls released their first record-breaking single, Wannabe. The single hit No. 1 in 37 countries, and their debut album Spice sold 31 million copies around the world.
“It’s funny, because back in the day people thought we had everything written for us but we’ve always written all our own songs,” said Brown to media. “That’s why we’ve won awards and all sorts. Everything always comes from us, and to do something for our 20-year anniversary is the ultimate dream. If we do anything, we will be writing everything from scratch. We are all group texting and speak a lot.”
The rumoured tour has not been confirmed yet, nor are any specific dates or cities.