Mel C, more commonly known to those of us who grew up in the 90s as "Sporty Spice," is upset by designer Danny Boyle's decision to exclude the Spice Girls from his Olympic opening ceremony playlist. Since the rumored playlist has not yet been confirmed, Sporty hopes it might not be quite right. She told The Mirror:
I'd be really upset if the Spice Girls weren't included in the Olympics, whether it be the opening or closing ceremonies or any other playlists, because I think we absolutely represented Britain in the 1990s.
We literally flew the flag—and Geri even wore it—around the globe.
Although the 90s girl-power-pop group is not listed on the playlist, the 86-track lineup, which features a solid mix of traditional and contemporary British music, does include everything from classics like The Beatles' "She Loves You," to the theme from James Bond. Even some controversial selections from the British punk era such as the Sex Pistols' "God Save The Queen" made the list, despite lyrics suggesting the Queen "ain't no human being." (Her Majesty will be in attendance, by the way.) Much more detestable, however, is the decision to include not one, but two Oasis songs. I've heard one too many sloppy, booze-fueled renditions of "Wonderwall." If I ever hear that song again, I will vomit on someone. I'm sure the Queen would agree. Also weird: progressive rocker Mike Oldfield's only two hits "Tubular Bells" and the Christmas song, "In Dulci Jubilo," made the cut. Don't fret. There was still room for "Chariots of Fire."
And still the Spice Girls—"the most widely recognised group of individuals since John, Paul, George, and Ringo," according to Rolling Stone writer David Sinclair—were overlooked, it seems, for the other British girl pop group, the Sugababes, whose song "Push the Button" once reached the top five. Also surprisingly absent are rock-gods Genesis, disco's Bee Gees, and Sir Elton John. But, you know, with all the cow and sheep action happening on Boyle's grandiose English countryside/"Isle of Wonder," setup, who will even notice?