‘Wannabe’ Turns 18 Today and You’ve Never Been Older

| July 8, 2014
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Photo: Vogue

Photo: Vogue

Due to the space-time continuum and physics and stuff, we will all wake up one day and something will alert us to a distressing bit of news: we are old. Maybe it’s finding that first white hair or changing your bedtime to 10pm or not being able to drink without a hangover. Or maybe it’s a post telling you that the Spice Girls’ “Wannabe” is old enough to vote.

It feels like only yesterday that we were all chomping down on those Chupa-Chups, inadvertently becoming girl power feminists, and fighting over who got to be which Spice Girl (even Aaliyah and Nicole Richie got in on this), yet here we are all elderly with a relationship to this song that is older than almost all the teens in high school right now. But no matter; all it takes is watching the music video that started it all to feel young again. Take a little time to zigazig-ah/wonder how they got away with so many nipples in this video:

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Emmanuel Hapsis studied creative writing at University of Maryland, College Park and went on to receive his MFA in the field from California College of the Arts. After a few years of odd jobs, he landed at KQED, where he worked his way up from an intern to being the lead producer of a literature podcast and then the creator and editor of KQED Pop. In his free time, he teaches yoga and sings his heart out at karaoke.

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