SONG OF THE DAY: MEL B feat. MISSY ELLIOTT – I WANT YOU BACK

At the time of writing, this song is just over 20 years old. 20 YEARS! If I knew how to insert an emoji here I would put the little face with the raised eyebrows and open mouth.

Scary had always been my favourite Spice Girl and I was truly excited at the news of solo music from her. But then to hear that Missy had not only produced the song but would feature on the track and in the video…well, 14 year old me was in music heaven. I don’t remember the first time I heard the song, but I do remember watching the video premier. There’s something about the green colouring of the video that to this day makes it so memorable and iconic. Yes I said it, ICONIC. Let’s not forget that this song went to number 1 in the UK and was a huge moment in music, especially in the UK. At this point the Spice Girls had not yet released Holler nor the R&B inspired album that housed it. The Spice Girls were known well and truly as a pop act, yet here was Mel B with not only the first solo record to be released by a Spice Girl, but doing so with a hard, edgy track that was unlike anything we had heard from her before.

It was the perfect way to make her mark as a solo artist, and whilst Mel’s debut album Hot contained a few other success worthy songs, sadly none achieved quite the level of chart success seen here. I will however be showing some love to both Feels So Good and Word Up in the future as for me they’re both great songs.


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