Christmas came a couple days late for Spice Girls fans in the form of news that everyone’s favorite ’90s girl group will reunite to dominate the stage yet again.
We’ve been hearing rumors of a Backstreet Boys/Spice Girls tour for a couple years now, and while an official announcement of said tour has yet to be made, Mel B — otherwise known as Scary Spice — is certainly fanning the flames of excitement.
“To be serious, it is our twentieth anniversary this year and it would be rude not to celebrate,” she said during a recent appearance on Alan Carr’s New Year Specstacular when asked if a reunion could ever be a reality, according to E! News. “So hopefully something will be happening pretty soon… I can’t tell you what it is yet.”
Spice Girls fans, of course, are already celebrating.
Possible Spice Girls reunion? Excuse my inner 90s self as I have a fangirl moment.
— abby (@abbywhite91) December 30, 2015
A Spice Girls reunion tour??? 2016 already killin' it 👏🏼💃🏼 @mea0604
— Leonora Fleming (@leonoradee) December 30, 2015
Let’s keep the party going by spicing up our lives and digging up some little known facts about the Spice Girls, shall we?
1. They are pretty much the female version of The Beatles
While their songs may not be as critically acclaimed, the Spice Girls’ 80 million album sales make them the best-selling female group of all time and, judging by their merchandise sales, album sales and endorsements, they are the biggest thing to come out of Britain since Beatlemania, according to the BBC.
2. Everything started with a trade magazine ad
Remember back in the ’90s, when you had to look for a job in magazines and newspapers instead of LinkedIn? Yeah, neither do we, but Mel B, Mel C, Geri Halliwell, Victoria Beckham and Emma Bunton definitely do. The ladies all auditioned for the group after seeing an ad in The Stage magazine that read, “WANTED: R.U. 18–23 with the ability to sing/dance? R.U. streetwise, outgoing, ambitious, and dedicated? Heart Management Ltd. are a widely successful music industry management consortium currently forming a choreographed, singing/dancing, all-female pop act for a recording deal. Open audition,” according to thespicegirls.com.
3. Halliwell almost missed the boat because she didn’t apply her SPF
Ginger Spice saw the ad in The Stage, but missed the audition because she had been skiing and got a nasty sunburn on her face. She called Heart Management several weeks later to follow up and wiggled her way into an audition. The rest, as they say, was history.
4. They had fans in high places
“These are my heroes,” Nelson Mandela announced after meeting the Spice Girls in South Africa in 1997, according to the BBC.
The girls also visited with Prince Charles during the same meeting. “It is the second greatest moment in my life,” the Prince said. “The greatest was the first time that I met them.”
Incidentally, the first time he met them, Halliwell caught a ton of flack for pinching Prince Charles’ butt.
5. They’ve already been made into a musical
— VIVA FOREVER! (@vivaforever) June 19, 2013
VIVA FOREVER! was a 2012 musical comedy based on the songs of the Spice Girls, written by Jennifer Saunders and brought to life on the stage of London’s Piccadilly Theater, according to the play’s official website. The show closed in summer 2013.
6. They inspired a Jack in the Box commercial
The Spice Girls meets Jack’s Spicy Chicken Sandwich. It really is a match made in heaven. The fast food giant cashed in on the Spice Girls craze back in the day and influenced TV viewers with this extremely Spice Girls-esque advertisement.
7. Halliwell and Mel B met before the formation of the group
Legend has it that the two met on an audition for the 1995 film Tank Girl, starring Lori Petty.
8. They have their place secured in Olympic history
The Spice Girls became the most tweeted about moment of the 2012 Summer Olympics because of their closing ceremony performance. According to hlntv.com, the group inspired 116,000 tweets per minute while they were on stage.
9. “Wannabe” was filmed in one take
No small feat, considering how much dancing and running is in the iconic video.
10. They fired 2 managers
The Spice Girls ditched Heart Management in 1995, after allegedly stealing some of their work out of the management office. Shortly after, they signed with Simon Fuller of 19 Entertainment, with whom they broke things off in 1997, with plans to run things on their own. Many fans and critics speculate that the firing of Fuller was what led to the ultimate demise of the group.