Stop right now, thank you very much!
To celebrate 25 years of the iconic music video for Stop, the Spice Girls have dropped a surprise alternate music video, which you can watch below.
The group - Mel B, Melanie C, Emma Bunton, Geri Horner, and Victoria Beckham, and producers Andy Watkins and Paul Wilson, aka Absolute, wrote Stop while filming the 1997 film, Spice World.
Last November, Spice Girls released Spiceworld 25, a celebratory release curated by the group featuring their favourite tracks and B-Sides, as well as chosen artifacts from the Virgin Records archive.
“The Spiceworld era was such a fun time for us,” the band said in a statement (per NME). “We’d just had a number one album with Spice, we were travelling all over the world and meeting our amazing fans, we released our second album AND we had our very own movie! Who would’ve thought it? It’s crazy to think that 25 years have passed.”
Last February, it was rumoured that the Spice Girls’ animated film and a 2023 world tour had been cancelled.
An anonymous source told The Sun that "it was going brilliant — but COVID killed the momentum".
“Now it’s done again. There’s nothing on the agenda, and they’re focusing on their own things," the insider said.
“The girls loved being back on stage and it reinvigorated their love for performing. But a few years of lockdown and everyone’s back has turned on the group in favour of other projects.”
In June 2019, Mel B teased a potential Australian tour when she told the audience at Wembley Stadium: “We'll see you in February in Australia" during the group's performance.
However, Mel B backtracked the comments during an interview with 2DayFM's breakfast team a few days later.
“You know me by now. I always say the Spice Girls are going to continue and continue and tour the whole world," Mel B said.
“My thing is, and I’ve got a bee in my bonnet about it, is that we need to come to Australia first out the gate. I announced it on stage, yes, without everybody else signing off 100 per cent, but I figured if I put it out there maybe it’s going to happen.”