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Angies debut as Thailand's version of Spice Girls

April 5, 1997
Web posted at: 6:34 p.m. EST (2334 GMT)

BANGKOK, Thailand (CNN) -- Thailand is looking to spice up its pop culture by launching the Asian equivalent of the wildly popular British band, Spice Girls.

Courtesy AP/Polygram Records

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About 200 Thai hopefuls recently auditioned for Polygram Records to create the new pop band, called the Angies. The girls competed fiercely, their shimmering moves played out on stage, their voices bursting with enthusiasm.

When all was said and done, the finalists picked to be the hip-hop Angies strikingly resembled their British counterparts in looks and dance.

For those who haven't heard, the Spice Girls have grooved their way into the pop scene. Their debut single "Wannabe" is topping charts in three continents including Asia.


But are the Angies Spice Girl wannabes?

"I've heard a lot of people say that I look like Mel C," said Angies star, Nok, referring to a Spice Girl member. "Maybe it's the way I dress. But if you ask me, I like this sort of attire."

It remains to be seen if the Angies will be as popular as the funky Brits, but the group contends they can dance better and that their style varies enough to make it big time.

"The Angies have their distinct character and uniqueness -- I am sure," said Polygram's Jumpol Thongtan in Thailand.


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