MUSIC: NEW GIRLS ON THE BLOCK

AFTER CONQUERING BRITAIN AND JAPAN, A PEPPY LONDON VOCAL GROUP IS READY TO STORM AMERICA

Imagine that the chirpy pop singers New Kids on the Block (now defunct) were all pretty, young British women. Hold that rather perverted idea and you've got the Spice Girls, an all-female pop-vocal quintet out of London. Their debut CD, Spice, has topped the charts in Britain and captured audiences in France, Italy, Japan, Australia and almost every other country where there are young girls and young boys who like looking at young girls.

Now the group has its sights set on America. Spice will be released in the States on Feb. 4, and a shamelessly bouncy first single, Wannabe, has...

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