The Easy V

I was out at a trivia night recently for a friend’s birthday, and there was a fun component where they played certain songs and left certain words blank and you had to fill in the missing words. The three young men on stage were charming and delightful to watch, and it, along with their “name that tune” segment earlier, were the highlights of the night.

I was humbled at one point, because one of the clues was “Wannabe” by the Spice Girls, and I am (or should I was WAS) proud of the fact that about 10 years ago I was able to sing this song at a karaoke night WITHOUT LOOKING AT THE SCREEN to the admiration and dismay of my friends. I have told this story on occasion over the years and enjoy seeing people’s reactions to it. In fact, I think there may even be a picture on SOCIAL MEDIA that captures my triumphal moment. Let’s see if I can find it…bear with…….


“If you want my future, forget my past
If you wanna get with me, better make it fast
Now don’t go wasting my precious time
Get your act together we could be just fine.”

I love the astonishment (I think that’s the expression) on my friends faces and this remains a happy memory for me.

So you can imagine my embarrassment at trivia night when ONE OF THE VERY SONGS we needed to fill the lyrics in for was “Wannabe”. My friends looked at me expectantly and handed over the booklet and pen.

All they gave us was:

“So, here’s a story from A to Z
You wanna get with me, you gotta listen carefully
We got Em in the place who likes it in your face…”

I tried to sing the song in my head over and over and see if anything came back to me. I knew there was some mention of an “MC” in there but could I string the correct words together in order? I could not. I have been having memory issues ever since the spring, and I don’t know if it is because of the medication I’m on, the trauma I went through, or a combination of both, but at a recent doctor’s visit my psychiatrist was a little worried that I wasn’t back to my “baseline” yet. I mean, our memories fade with age anyway, so how much of this is just natural and how much is illness induced? It makes me think of a funny line from one of my favourite writers, Bill Bryson. He says that he’s reached the age where he can no longer be diagnosed with “early onset” anything, and that anything he gets here on in will be right on time. Such as life.

Ah well. If you are at all curious about the next lyrics and can’t be bothered to google them, here the whole phrase for you:

“So, here’s a story from A to Z
You wanna get with me, you gotta listen carefully
We got Em in the place who likes it in your face
You got G like MC who likes it on a
Easy V doesn’t come for free, she’s a real lady
And as for me, ha you’ll see”

Now, to be fair this words don’t make a whole lot of sense so I can possibly be forgiven for not remembering them 10 years on. I’m actually kind of surprised that I knew them then, to be honest.

I think Scary Spice (aka Mel B) is singing here, and it’s her way of introducing the Spice Girls to the world. “Em” is in reference to Emma Bunton (aka Baby Spice) who is “in the place” (i.e. is present) and likes it in YOUR face. I always thought this was “likes it in HER face” and either way it’s a little rude. “G” is clearly in reference to Gerri Halliwell, known as either GINGER SPICE or SEXY SPICE depending on your sexual orientation and is by far the heart, soul, guts, brains and lungs of the Spice Girls, in this blogger’s opinion. Scary Spice is letting us know that “G” along with “MC” which is Mel C, aka “Sporty Spice” both like it on an “easy”. I don’t know what this means at all. Or does the “easy” go with the next line, as a descriptor for “V” aka Victoria Beckham aka Posh Spice. I’m not sure I’ve ever heard her referred to as “Easy V” and I implore you to not visit the urban dictionary for this one, trust me. It IS true that Victoria Beckham is a real lady, so I think Scary Spice is being truthful here. She ends it by saying, “And as for me, ha! You’ll see.” which doesn’t really tell us anything about her. A bit of research shows that the music magazine, Top of the Pops was responsible for giving the band their nicknames. Why was “Scary Spice” called “Scary”? What is scary about her? Is it because she is BLACK? That’s a bit racist, isn’t it TOTP?

Well, this has gone on far too long. All’s well that ends well when it comes to Trivia Night, and because of the strength of my teammates (and maybe some generous scoring) our team took first place! (Cue Applause). We won some craft beers and a copy of disease themed game Pandemic.

But the biggest takeaway for me was being reminded of how awesome the video for “Wannabe” actually is. What impressed me then and still impresses me now is that is appears to be filmed in one take. I’m a sucker for one take steadicam shots in movies, tv and music videos, whether they are real or simulated and this one is pretty fun. It doesn’t make a whole lot of sense. The spice girls bust their way into a hotel where a mediocre orgy is underway, as well as a fancy dress supper upstairs and a couple of old men, one of whom is dressed as a vicar, only to have the spice girls exit the hotel at the end and get on a bus. I guess we are not to give it much thought.


(Next post: some of my favourite steadicam shots in pop culture)


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  1. They did pick the nonsense-iest lyric for that quiz. Fun video! #MelCisthebest

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