Bag It Up

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This article is about the Geri Halliwell song. For the song by Oasis, see Dig Out Your Soul.
"Bag It Up"
Single by Geri Halliwell
from the album Schizophonic
B-side
Released 13 March 2000
Format
Recorded 1999
Genre
Length 3:46
Label EMI
Writer(s)
  • Geri Halliwell
  • Andy Watkins
  • Paul Wilson
Producer(s) Absolute
Geri Halliwell singles chronology
"Lift Me Up"
(1999)
"Bag It Up"
(2000)
"It's Raining Men"
(2001)
Music video
"Bag It Up" on YouTube

"Bag It Up" is a song by singer-songwriter, Geri Halliwell. It was released on 13 March 2000 as the fourth and final single from Halliwell's debut solo album Schizophonic (1999). It became Halliwell's third consecutive solo number one on the UK Singles Chart.[1] Selling over 255,516 copies, it was certified Silver by the British Phonographic Industry.[2] The backing vocals for the song were provided by Tracey Ackerman and Pepsi & Shirlie, formerly of Wham!.[citation needed]

Music video[edit]

Directed by Dawn Shadforth, the humorous and raunchy video for "Bag It Up" presents an advert promoting the male-behaviour-altering "Girl Powder". Girl Powder, administered in small doses, transforms any male into an obedient domestic servant and also a sex slave. The video starts with a domestic scene. Geri and her shirtless 'boyfriend' (played by Aiden Turner) are sitting down in a living room watching television when an advert comes on for Girl Powder, which declares that it is "Heaven in a box".

Halliwell is seen doing all the housework and cooking for her 'boyfriend'. She then goes to the kitchen to make him coffee, when really she is preparing the Girl Powder drink. Once her boyfriend drinks it, his hair becomes pink and he has been transformed into a subservient male.

The action then moves to the "Girl Powder" factory, where Geri has been transformed into a catsuit-clad superheroine boss, controlling (along with other females in white lab coats) a factory operated by many pink-haired men. The next time Geri and her boyfriend are seen, the roles have been reversed. Geri is now the one in control, with the semi-clad sex slave pandering to her every whim, even acting as a human table. We then return to the factory, where Geri eventually strips the oiled-up dancers down to hot pants, bunny ears and high-heeled ankle boots. Eventually they end up pole-dancing, acting as bunny boys and parodying Playboy Bunnygirls, this time with the male as the sex object. We then see Geri parading the bunny boys on a leash at the end of the video, exhorting female listeners to "Treat him like a lady" and declaring "Who's wearing the trousers now?".

Live performances[edit]

To promote the single, Halliwell performed the song on Top of the Pops, Pepsi Chart, CD:UK, Live & Kicking, Party in the Park and 2000 BRIT Awards. The performance at the BRIT Awards was equally raunchy and controversial performance. Halliwell emerged from a pair of giant inflatable legs, accompanied by a sexy troupe of pink-haired male dancers. During the song, the dancers stripped down to pink hotpants, with Halliwell unbuttoning her shirt before walking over the kneeling dancers.

Formats and track listings[edit]

These are the formats and track listings of major single releases of "Bag It Up".

UK & Europe CD1 (Released 13 March 2000)

  1. "Bag It Up" – 3:46
  2. "These Boots Are Made for Walking" – 3:03
  3. "Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps" – 2:21
  4. "Bag It Up" (enhanced video)

UK & Europe CD2 (Released 13 March 2000)

  1. "Bag It Up" – 3:46
  2. "Bag It Up" (D-Bop's Chocolate Vocal Edit) – 4:26
  3. "Bag It Up" (Trouser Enthusiasts' Edit) – 6:07
  4. "Bag It Up" (Yomanda Edit) – 5:41

European 2-track CD single (Released 13 March 2000)

  1. "Bag It Up" – 3:46
  2. "These Boots Are Made for Walking" – 3:03
  3. "Bag It Up" (enhanced video)

Charts[edit]

Official versions and remixes[edit]

  • Album Version – 3:46
  • D-Bop's Chocolate Vocal* – 7:27
  • D-Bop's Chocolate Vocal Edit – 4:26
  • D-Bop's Geri @ Trade Mix* – 6:50
  • Johnson's Disco Inferno* – 6:55
  • Paul Masterson's Club Mix* – 7:03
  • The Bold And Beautiful Glamour Mix* – 7:36
  • Trouser Enthusiasts Mix* – 8:53
  • Trouser Enthusiasts Instrumental* – 8:53
  • Trouser Enthusiasts Edit – 6:07
  • Yomanda Mix (a.k.a. Yomanda 12" Genuine White Label Remix)* – 7:41
  • Yomanda Edit – 5:41
  • Yomanda Instrumental* – 7:41
  • Yomanda A cappella* – 6:31

* only appears on promotional singles

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 644. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  2. ^ "Bag It Up" Sales and Certifications Archived 11 February 2011 at WebCite
  3. ^ "Mi Chico Latino" Chart positions Archived 11 February 2011 at WebCite

External links[edit]

Preceded by
"Don't Give Up"
by Chicane featuring Bryan Adams
UK number one single
19 March 2000 - 25 March 2000
Succeeded by
"Never Be the Same Again"
by Melanie C featuring Lisa Lopes