Remember your gay childhood where you loved the Spice Girls? Well, happy Friday: here I am to smash it!
According to a fascinating history of the Spice Girl song “Wannabe” by Metro via Glamour in 2015, the song isn’t exactly what you think. At all.
Yes, “easy V” isn’t a reference to Victoria Beckham but to ecstasy—but that’s not the weird part. What’s weird is the tea has been spilled regarding what the nineties iconic phrase “zig-a-zig-ah” means…and it’s not what you would have guessed. At all.
Gird your loins—and I am very, very, very sorry that I have to be the bearer of bad news on this one.
As to what the heck “zig-a-zig-ah” means, the co-writer said it refers to a neighbor at their gritty Shoreditch recording studio: “This guy had this nasty habit of taking a dump in the shared khazi while smoking a cigar, so we took to referring to him as ‘shit and cigars.’ During the recording, this phrase was thrown around a lot and must have worked its way into Mel B’s subconscious, who pretty much wrote all the lyrics. She may have considered ‘shits and cigars’ for a minute, but eventually settled on ‘zig-a-zig-ah’ instead.” (FYI, “khazi” is British slang for a toilet.)
As my BFF Kristen said, after relaying this story to me, this is “FAKE NEWS.” This is the fakest of news! This is the foulest of news! This is the state of media, where all you hold to be true is not.
I’m sorry, everyone. Zig-a-zig-ah no more (unless you are shitting while smoking a fag).