Andreas wrote:Yes, they definitely looked their best from 1996 to April/may 1997. The summer of '97 was when they suddenly morphed into extreme, caricature versions of their characters (scary, baby, posh, sporty, ginger).
I love how they started to really embrace their nicknames and built on these caricatures though. It was one of its kind. And definitely helped form the legacy it is today and made them icons of their time. It is a pitty though, that by March 1998 their image as a whole started to fade and became boring that by the time Forever was released in 2000 they didn't look like the same band anymore and their popularity started to fade along with their brand.
I actually think they looked better from January/February 1998 onwards until Goodbye, than they did at any given moment between June and December of 1997.
It was completely inevitable that that would happen. Their characters and style had been completely exaggerated, maximised, over-done, forced, concentrated and drained. It completely imploded on them because by the end of '97 there was no personal characteristics left in them. They were their own live version of their barbie dolls. Almost clown-like. They were growing older, and they were recognised wherever they went anyway, they didn't need to wear a circus to draw attention to themselves. They looked amazing for the Stop-video, and the demure style they sported onwards.
Definitely did it help them become famous and the icons they are, but at the time it came with a price. They were ridiculed because of it, and even now they are not taken seriously.
I think the only time between June and December 1997 where I truly enjoyed the way they looked was at the Pepsi Live show in Istanbul and the SpiceWorld album launch in Granada.