the Spice Ghoul
Up Comeback From Grave
Kill: With long extensions to her famous ginger hair, Geri unveils
a dramatic new look for her return to the pop scene
By JAMES SCOTT
Girl Geri Halliwell is back to rock the pop world with a hairy,
scary experience for fans.
Her ghoulish debut-single video is set in a graveyard and features
nuns and a priest.
Geri, 26, has taken on a dramatic new look. She wears long ginger
extensions to her own famous locks and is dressed in a flowing
white outfit with red shoes.
The £250,000 video starts with a Victorian funeral procession
winding through Highgate cemetery in London. In another part
of the action, Geri leads a group of nuns around tombstones.
An insider on the production, which was also shot in Prague,
said: "Geri looks like a cross between Kate Bush and Madonna.
"It's definitely a change of direction for her. The video
will shock a lot of people. Geri wanted to get away from the
niceness of the Spice Girls.
She wanted to try something more challenging and appeal to an
older audience. "I am sure that some of the scenes will
cause a lot of controversy. But that sort of thing never hurt
Madonna's career. I think Geri knows exactly what she's doing.
She's very shrewd."
Geri had to sit for hours in rollers while experts worked on
her hairdo and make-up artists applied finishing touches.
And between takes, the star was spotted smoking a few cigarettes
to pass the time. Millionaire Geri got the idea for the video
after she moved into a former monastery near Slough, Berks, next
door to an order of nuns. The video was made for the song Look
At Me, the first single from her solo album due out early this
summer. Songwriter Paul Wilson said: "This single will surprise
many people. Geri wanted
to do something completely different, but still keep her pop
edge. This track has definitely achieved that."
Look At Me will be released on May 10, almost a year after Ginger
Spice Geri walked out on the other Girls. A pal of the singer
said: "Many people criticised her for taking so long out
of the pop arena. They said that she had lost the moment and
would be forgotten.
"But after all the madness surrounding the Spice Girls she
decided to take a well deserved break. She pursued other interests
and she's ready to come back with a bang."
for the three small pics in order they apear:
ON: Before the video shoot,
hours of hair-styling.
A DRAG: Another lull, but a
cigarette breaks the wait
GO: Action - Geri leads nuns
around the tombstones