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Ali Campbell: "The Spice Girls would never have happened without us"

Postby Red Boy » 04 Aug 2017, 18:50

Ali Campbell, who was UB40's lead singer, is claiming that the band's success financed the development of the Spice Girls in the early days:

Ali Campbell: "The Spice Girls would never have happened without us"

With so many band members was there always financial friction?

Everybody in the band got the same money even though there were only a couple of us doing the work, which was always a bone of contention. Then suddenly I started worrying about where the money was going. I was playing big gigs at venues like the Ahoy in Rotterdam and only getting five grand. That’s when I brought the Who’s manager Bill Curbishley in to find out where the black hole was. I wasn’t being given information by half of the band including my brothers Duncan and Robin.

How much was unaccounted for?

I can’t give you a figure but we grossed £60m for Virgin on our Promises and Lies tour and Virgin used that money to develop and promote the Spice Girls. They’d never have happened without us. Of that £60m I got £1.2m, so £10m in total for the whole band.


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Re: Ali Campbell: "The Spice Girls would never have happened without us"

Postby PeruvianSpice » 04 Aug 2017, 18:58

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Re: Ali Campbell: "The Spice Girls would never have happened without us"

Postby Savanna » 04 Aug 2017, 20:04

He sounds bitter
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Postby Stas » 05 Aug 2017, 00:34

Wasn't this a cover band? :grin: Who cares what they think.
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Re: Ali Campbell: "The Spice Girls would never have happened without us"

Postby schizophonic_spice » 05 Aug 2017, 01:13

The Spice Girls could say the same about groups like Atomic Kitten etc as they generated a ton of money for Virgin that opened many doors for groups and solo acts to get signed however it's a bit tacky to blow ones own trumpet.
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Re: Ali Campbell: "The Spice Girls would never have happened without us"

Postby AcidBurn » 05 Aug 2017, 16:31

The same way I'm sure Virgin used money from other endeavours on UB40 back in the day as well. It's how businesses work.
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Re: Ali Campbell: "The Spice Girls would never have happened without us"

Postby rusty_nail » 05 Aug 2017, 16:42

I mean. I've never worked in the music business...

...and I don't doubt these guys could've gotten a raw deal from Virgin...

....buuut.

I seriously doubt their tour money was taken from them and transferred directly to the Spice Girls. Pretty sure that's not how all of this works. It's not like Virgin had all of two acts signed to them at that time. My understanding is Virgin (and the other labels it controlled) had the likes of Tina Turner, The Rolling Stones, Smashing Pumpkins, Lenny Kravitz, and Janet Jackson during the 90s. Wouldn't it be more accurate to say UB40's cash was going into the Virgin coffers...and maybe they weren't properly compensated? Taking credit for the Spice Girls' success seems a little...extreme...
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Re: Ali Campbell: "The Spice Girls would never have happened without us"

Postby MisterMiamiSpice » 05 Aug 2017, 22:51

File under: "Red, Red Whine." :wave: :adam:
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Re: Ali Campbell: "The Spice Girls would never have happened without us"

Postby GZ10 » 07 Aug 2017, 13:16

What is a UB40? Is that the type of oil my car takes when it has an oil change? :Dizzy:
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Re: Ali Campbell: "The Spice Girls would never have happened without us"

Postby tommie » 14 Aug 2017, 14:04

Virgin would've just gotten the money somewhere else.
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Re: Ali Campbell: "The Spice Girls would never have happened without us"

Postby FiaSpice » 14 Aug 2017, 18:58

MisterMiamiSpice wrote:File under: "Red, Red Whine." :wave: :adam:

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Re: Ali Campbell: "The Spice Girls would never have happened without us"

Postby [Onur] » 15 Aug 2017, 08:51

I'm glad with EMI/Virgin decision, they spent the money more valuable ones.
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