When the Cod was launched, I had no idea that I'd so soon be reducted to defending the Spice Girls, but fuck, this is Geldofonkulous. Thanks to Mr. Gum, we learn that the Spice Girls will not be permitted to reunite for the Live 8 megaconcert.
A BBC spokesman said: 'Many of the biggest rock stars in the world have agreed to take part, and the Spice Girls just don't fit.
"It's a political rally to put pressure on world leaders and their kind of pop act didn't seem right for this kind of event.'"
Fair enough, or actually "fair enough + but of Dawkinsian proportions." If this concert featured all, like, cerebral political types, I can see not letting Posh et al into the treehouse, but the lineup reveals the following: Snoop Dogg & Robbie Williams @ London; Axl Rose & Jamiroquai @ Eiffel Tower; A-Ha @ Brandenburg Gate; Duran Duran @ Circus Maximus; Maroon 5 in Philly, among others. Not quite sure how you define a degree of political engagement that puts the Spice Girls on one side of a line, and Jamiroquai and A-Ha on the other.