When Take That abdicated as monarchs of the UK teen band scene in February 1996, there were several pretenders lining up, but few could have predicted that a female quintet would have more success in the Smash Hits -reading market than Boyzone or Peter Andre. The Spice Girls - Posh Spice (Victoria Caroline Adams, 17 April 1974, Goffs Oak, Hertfordshire, England), Mel B aka Scary Spice (b. Melanie Janine Brown, 29 May 1975, Leeds, Yorkshire, England), Baby Spice (b. Emma Lee Bunton, 21 January 1976, Barnet, London, England), Mel C aka Sporty Spice (b. Melanie Jayne Chisholm, 12 January 1974, Liverpool, Merseyside, England), and Geri/Ginger Spice (b. Geraldine Estelle Halliwell, 6 August 1972, Watford, Hertfordshire, England - this birth date is the matter of some conjecture) - met following an advertisement placed in The Stage by Bob and Chris Herbert. The girls had all variously undergone unsuccessful auditions for film and dance jobs, but their one common...
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