The Film: Spice World (1997)
The Girl(s): Emma Bunton, Victoria Beckham, Geri Halliwell, Melanie Brown and Melanie Chisholm.
The Band: Spice Girls, of course!
Plucked from obscurity in 1994 by Bob and Chris Herbert after a round of open auditions, the fivesome went on to become the most successful British group since The Beatles.
Managed by Simon Fuller, their first album, the creatively titled Spice sold 23 million copies worldwide and got their nicknames – Scary, Sporty, Baby, Ginger and Posh – from Top Of The Pops Magazine.
Halliwell left in 1998 to pursue solo work and the remaining members released a third album in 2000 before splitting to focus on their separate careers. They reformed for a brief reunion tour in 2007, which was cut short in 2008.
The Ugly: Oh, Spice World… Released on Boxing Day at the height of their popularity, the film saw the girls attempting more Beatles-style success by making a Hard Days’ Night-style blend of fiction and reality.
It’s loaded down with cameos, including Elton John and Bob Geldof(!) and despite making $75 million around the world, was slated for being utter pap.
Still, the girls won an award… er… Worst Actress at the 1998 Razzies.
Next up: Rachel Stevens