Bag It Up

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"Bag It Up"
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Single by Geri Halliwell
from the album Schizophonic
B-side
Released13 March 2000
Format
Recorded1998
Genre
Length3:46
LabelEMI
Songwriter(s)
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 recorded by British singer and songwriter Geri Halliwell for her debut solo album Schizophonic (1999). It was written by Halliwell, Andy Watkins, Paul Wilson and produced by Absolute. It was released as the fourth and final single from Schizophonic on 13 March 2000, by EMI Records.

Composition[edit]

The backing vocals for the song were provided by Tracy Ackerman and Pepsi & Shirlie, formerly of Wham!.[citation needed]

Chart performance[edit]

"Bag It Up" became Halliwell's third consecutive solo number one on the UK Singles Chart.[1] It has sold over 260,000 copies and been certified Silver by the British Phonographic Industry.[1]

Music video[edit]

The music video to "Bag It Up" was filmed in January 2000 and was directed by Dawn Shadforth. The video for "Bag It Up" is based around a humorous and raunchy nature. It begins with 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?". The video ends with a white background and Geri's symbol as the TV switches off.

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 a 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.[2][3]

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)

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

Charts and certifications[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Number 1 today in 2000: Geri Halliwell beats Blink 182 to the top".
  2. ^ "20 Things You Never Expected To See At The BRIT Awards". Capital FM.
  3. ^ "The Brit awards at 30 - The best and worst performances". the Guardian.
  4. ^ https://www.americanradiohistory.com/Archive-Music-and-Media/00s/2000/MM-2000-04-01.pdf
  5. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – Geri Halliwell – Bag It Up". GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved 4 August 2017.
  6. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – Bag It Up". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved 4 July 2018.
  7. ^ "Italiancharts.com – Geri Halliwell – Bag It Up". Top Digital Download. Retrieved 4 August 2017.
  8. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Geri Halliwell – Bag It Up" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved 4 August 2017.
  9. ^ "Charts.nz – Geri Halliwell – Bag It Up". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved 4 August 2017.
  10. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 4 July 2018.
  11. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Geri Halliwell – Bag It Up". Singles Top 100. Retrieved 4 August 2017.
  12. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Geri Halliwell – Bag It Up". Swiss Singles Chart. Retrieved 4 August 2017.
  13. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 4 August 2017.
  14. ^ "Best Sellers of 2000: Singles Top 100". Music Week. London, England: United Business Media. 20 January 2001. p. 25.
  15. ^ Justin, Myers 19/04/2015. Number 1 today in 2000: Geri Halliwell beats Blink 182 to the top. Official Charts. Retrieved 5 January 2015.
  16. ^ "British single certifications – Geri Halliwell – Bah It Up". British Phonographic Industry. Select singles in the Format field. Select Silver in the Certification field. Type Bah It Up in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.

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