Spice Girls Discuss Being Number One

They said it couldn't be done -- some said it shouldn't be done -- but the Spice Girls, those mega-perky pop oddities, have done it. On Monday, the English group will start its second week at the top of the "Billboard" album chart. So, now that they're so big and all, does the all-diva quintet have any skeletons in its creative closet it hopes don't go public? We asked. They answered.

KURT LODER: When you were first brought together, by a producer, who will remain nameless...

MEL B: There were four of us.

LODER: Were you all working as session singers at the time?

VICTORIA: Mm-hmm.

MEL C: I had done quite a lot of session work, but we were also dancing and acting, and you (to Geri) did a lot of presenting and stuff. So, we were doing all kinds of stuff.

LODER: Were you doing anything that we can remember fondly now?

MEL B: We wouldn't tell you, even if we were.

GERI: If you want our future, forget our past.

EMMA:

They're secrets.

MEL B: You're gonna find out, anyway.

GERI: There you go. It'll all come out in the end, anyway.

Actually, we came across a little vintage embarrassment along these lines in a Broadway record store, recently. It's a collection of purported vintage barrel scrapings, rehearsal tapes, interviews, and pre-Spice Girls recordings called "Old Spice," and it's every bit as high quality as you might expect.

One final news morsel: the Spice Girls will next embark on making a pert and quirky movie, said to be modeled on the Beatles' breakthrough 1963 film, "A Hard Day's Night" -- though without the original's brilliant director, Richard Lester -- and, of course, without the Beatles, either.

Meanwhile, in New York on Tuesday, the National Academy Of Recording Arts & Sciences announced the addition of two most appropriate new Grammy categories for next year: one for dance singles, the other for Remixer Of The Year.