51 Weeks: 51 Songs From The Past: Week 12: Geri Halliwell – Look At Me

Last week, we stopped off at my favourite year, 1986, to watch a multi award winning video. This week, I need to get back to 2017 so I can check I didn’t leave the steam iron on! But first, we’re going to make a brief stop in 1999 to meet an icon of mine.

51 weeks 51 songs from the past poster

Many know Geri Halliwell from the British pop group, The Spice Girls. Some say she was the glue that held the group together. I cried tears of joy sadness when Geri announced she was leaving The Spice Girls, but that was short lived with her first solo single. Take it away, Geri…

Here’s another version of the song, as I understand the video won’t play in some countries.

Peaking at number one in New Zealand, number two in Spain and the U.K, and at number three in Italy, Canada, and Austrailia, Geri certainly came back to the world of pop with a bang. What I loved about the video is that filmed in black and white, she was showing the world that there was still a musical career ahead of her after the huge success of belonging to one of the best known all-female pop groups in history. However, that could have been so very shortlived.

If ever there was a new diva on the pop scene (move over Shirley Bassey and Hazell Dean), then Geri Halliwell was it. However, she was very disappointed that ‘Look at Me’ failed to reach the number one spot in the U.K and almost gave up on continuing her singing career (phew! that was a close call). Failing to reach the number one spot, by a mere 700 copies in the U.K, Geri was not to be disappointed and was to bravely march on to claim the number one spot with her next single.

Geri has the looky-likey looks of a certain blogger who visits Hughs Views And News every now and again. Can you guess who?

Thank you to everyone who left a link to a favourite song in the comments section of last week’s post. And a big thank you to CollineMarie, Barbara, and Kat who all joined in with publishing a blog post of a favourite song.

Linking this post to Ritu’s #musicalmarch.

Want to join Hugh in building up your 51 favourite songs from the past? Leave a link in the comments section below and showcase your next song.

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  1. Graeme- I mean Geri Halliwell’s biography, If Only. I haven’t read anything in particular about Shirley Bassey, but I have written about her. Started a chapter off actually, but can’t remember which novel/la!

  2. This is a new song and artist for me. While I haven’t been completely hibernating under my rock and have heard of the The Spice Girls, I am not sure if I know their music. And I know I don’t know their names. The 90’s were ALL KIDS all the time so I missed a lot! 🙂 Cool song- very late 90’s!!!

    1. Yes, it just scrapped into the ’90s. I can’t believe it was all that time ago, as it only seemed like a few years ago that I first heard the song. The Spice Girls are coming up in this feature so, hopefully, you’ll remember a little more about them when you hear the song.

    1. The song did make it to number 12 on the U.S Dance club songs billboard but doesn’t seem to have made it to the U.S Billboard 100. I’m not sure it was ever released as a single in the U.S, but I could be wrong.

  3. Sorry I missed last week, Hugh – having a bit of a hectic time right now so might be sporadically dipping in and out of blogging for the next wee while – but I haven’t altogether given up joining in with my mucisal memories, I promise! 🙂

    1. No problem, Ruth. Like I have said to others, join in as and when you can. I know how busy you are with your upcoming move back to Scotland. Having moved house at least 10 times over the last 23 years, I know just how stressful it can be. Hope it all goes very smoothly.

      1. So true. Will be traveling the next couple of weeks. Might try to schedule a couple of posts but they won’t get link to your site until I get back. Have a great week.

    1. lol, somebody who has already liked this post, but not left a comment. I’m not sure I’ve seen her over on your blog so you may not be aware of her, Debby. She attended last year’s Bloggers Bash and, in Geri’s video, I immediately think it’s her in some of the scenes.

  4. New to me song which I rather liked. She was hot stuff in that first video. The second video played audio but there was no visual only a picture of her so I couldn’t see why it was banned in some countries.

    1. I agree, Melissa. Some of her later videos were even hotter and I’m sure would have caused some high blood pressure.

      I added the second video so that those that could not play the first one could at least hear the song. I’ve learned that not all videos on YouTube will play in every country. I’m not sure why, but it may have something to do with the format of the video.

      1. I doubt it matters, but simply for clarification, the sound and video played on the second one, it just showed an album cover like photo instead of a racy video. Do I sound like a perv, haha?! 😀 😀 😀

        1. Yes, that’s how the second video is supposed to show. I chose it because, in the past, I’ve found that people who can not view video clips from YouTube, can hear just the audio from other clips that have been uploaded to YouTube. It seems to have worked. 😀

  5. The first video clip worked perfectly in (BC) Canada. The second was only sound, no video….but the sound was crystal clear. Thanks for sharing this–I hadn’t heard/seen this song or video before.

    Glad to hear that you already have your My 51 weeks of songs filled up. How did you select them?

    1. That’s good to hear, Donna. The second video is just of the song so that those that can not play the first video can, at least, hear the song. It seems to be working so that everyone can now hear Geri sing her heart out. 😀

      I selected all 51 songs between Christmas and New Year after reading some old dairies of mine. They sure bought back lots of memories and I’m so pleased that I’d written down the names of many of the songs.

  6. I like Geri Halliwell, she has a lot of personality.I can’t guess which blogger she looks like though Hugh, give us a clue!
    My song is this week is by another female icon, the ever-young Cher. This is my favourite song of hers and shee has got some guts (well only figuritively speaking) wearing that outfit with a load of randy sailors nearby!

    1. When I saw that battleship in the video of the song you’ve chosen, I thought we were going to see ‘In The Navy’ by the Village People, Judy. So, I got a nice surprise when I saw Cher and all those sailors. 😀 I agree with what you say in how well she always looks. Some people seem to mature so well; as if the clock is going backwards.

      That looky-likey was at the Bloggers Bash last year. She’s already liked this post. 😀

  7. Is this blog from Hugh in incognito? It can’t be from the other….he died 🙂

    I can imagine some drag queen performing this number. Great beat…but unknown to me before.


    1. Thanks, Robbie. I do have The Spice Girls first album but never play it anymore. My 51 weeks of songs are all filled up. Will Roxette feature? You’ll have to wait and see. 😀 I know, I’m too cruel. 😈

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