The Spice Is Right For a Reunion. Also: Mark Ronson.

Mel C. has finally come around: Daily Mail and BBC both report Sporty Spice‘s stated openness to doing the Spice Girls reunion. “For the first time ever, there is some truth in the rumours… it could happen,” she told a London radio station. I knew she would eventually agree to it. She wouldn’t want to be the sole holdout.

In other Spice-related news:

  • Geri Haliwell is trying to track down the original Union Jack dress she wore as a Spice Girl.(The Sun)
  • Victoria Beckham, looking like a “before” photo in a Proactiv ad.(Daily Mail)
  • It’s “No, Sir” for David Beckham.(Daily Mail)

Moving on, I think I’ve discovered why I dislike Mark Ronson, other than that simply unacceptable Smiths re-make. In today’s Guardian, several contemporary artists are asked about the classic albums they think are waaay overrated. Some of the respondents are so not qualified to judge any kind of art – Ian Pritchard, seriously? – but they got some very well-considered replies from Scritti Politti‘s Green Gartside (who hates Arcade Fire) and Wayne Coyne of The Flaming Lips (who calls out Nirvana‘s Nevermind). Ronson savages 2Pac‘s All Eyes on Me. OK, not Pac’s best work, I’d say. However, Ronson repeats an old fallacy about a certain rapper from Detroit being the pinnacle of hip-hop. Stop him if you think that you’ve heard this one before:

Tupac wasn’t up there with Dylan – Dylan was a brilliant poet. Eminem is probably the Dylan of rap, whereas Tupac just sounded like he was whining.

Wait…Eminem, the biggest victim in all of rap – the most bankrupt, self-centered “artist” of the past decade? The one who laughs about murdering his wife? I don’t recall Mr. Mathers ever writing a socially conscious, community-building song like “Keep Ya Head Up” or “Changes.” (And no, the Green Day-approved Bush-bashing song doesn’t count.) To call Eminem “the Dylan of rap” insults both Bob Dylan and rap music. I guess this all accounts for Ronson’s lapses in taste on his most recent album; for a producer, he’s mighty tin-eared.

The Guardian‘s Music Blog has asked their readers to step into the fray: “Which classic albums leave you cold?” Lots of people have cited, surprisingly,Marvin Gaye‘s What’s Going On?.

Also, for what it’s worth, Noel Gallagher says music meant more to people in the ’60s. I’m sure Oasis played no part in that downward slide.

Kevin Wicks

Kevin Wicks founded BBCAmerica.com's Anglophenia blog back in 2005 and has been translating British culture for an American audience ever since. While not British himself - he was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri - he once received inordinate hospitality in London for sharing the name of a dead but beloved EastEnders character. His Anglophilia stems from a high school love of Morrissey, whom he calls his "gateway drug" into British culture.

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