Look at Me (Geri Halliwell song)

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"Look at Me"
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Single by Geri Halliwell
from the album Schizophonic
Released 10 May 1999
Format
Recorded 1998
Genre Pop, jazz-pop
Length 4:33 (album version)
4:08 (single version)
3:17 (us radio edit)
3:42 (7" edit)
Label EMI
Songwriter(s)
  • Geri Halliwell
  • Andy Watkins
  • Paul Wilson
Producer(s) Absolute
Geri Halliwell singles chronology
"Look at Me"
(1999)
"Mi Chico Latino"
(1999)
"Look at Me"
(1999)
"Mi Chico Latino"
(1999)
Music video
"Look at Me" on YouTube

"Look at Me" is a song by British singer-songwriter Geri Halliwell, who recorded and released it after leaving Spice Girls. Written and composed in collaboration by Halliwell, Paul Wilson, and Andy Watkins, it was released on 10 May 1999 as the first single from Halliwell's debut solo album, Schizophonic. It peaked at number two at the UK Singles Chart, and at number three in both Australia and Canada. To promote the single, Halliwell performed the song on Top of the Pops, Party in the Park, Wetten Dass, Tickled Pink,[1] Tapis Rouge, Musica Si, Festival Bar 1999, The Rosie O'Donnell Show, Graine de Star, and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.

Lyrics content[edit]

The lyrics of "Look at Me" consist largely, specifically in the verses, of rhymed couplets of phrases that evoke contrasts. But two lines are repeated in both verses; these are the warning "What you see ain't what you are gettin'" and a reference to "superficial expectations". The bridge that does service in lieu of a third verse is marginally confessional in tone and content:

Sometimes I don't recognise my own face
I look inside my eyes and find disgrace
My little white lies tell a story
I see it all it has no glory
(Laughter)

The refrain follows, and an almost free-form repetition of it fades out the selection.

NME felt that the track was attempting to "create a self-reflexive conundrum, the knowingly blank canvas, the irony-chip Idoru".[2]

Critical reception[edit]

Reception for "Look at Me" was mostly positive. BBC News described the song as "undeniably catchy", comparing Halliwell's performance to Shirley Bassey as "the queen of the scene flanked by a posse of subservient men", and added that it "has shades of 'The Lady Is a Vamp", from the album Spiceworld.[3] Website AllMusic deemed the song "upbeat", "self-conscious", and "silly".[4] Lou Carlozo from the Chicago Tribune felt that "Spice Girls fans should like the single", because the song had a "bouncy pop feel, but a more polished sound than the typical Spice Girls song".[5]

"Look at Me" was selected as the one of the few post-Spice Girls song to be featured in the jukebox musical Viva Forever! in its entirety; producer Judy Craymer said of it, "It's a very diva-like song and perfect for the hard world of television and its judges who we portray as the gods on Mount Olympus".[6]

Chart performance[edit]

"Look at Me" was released in the United Kingdom on 10 May 1999. Since Halliwell had chosen "Look at Me" as the first single from Schizophonic and because she felt as though the song was going to return her to the mainstream market, it was released the same week as Boyzone's "You Needed Me." In early 1999, Boyzone was at the height of its own success with five UK number-ones, however, Halliwell was confident that "Look at Me" would reach number-one. Though more transactions were made of the "Look at Me" single, two CD singles of "You Needed Me" were released in order for fans to purchase both and ensure that Boyzone made it to the number-one position.[7]

"Look at Me" entered the UK Singles Chart at number two; it was only 700 copies behind Boyzone's "You Needed Me."[8] Halliwell was disappointed with the outcome of the chart performance for "Look at Me," since she had believed that it would reach number one. She had also feared that her career would be ruined six months after the release of the single. However, Halliwell would earn her first UK number-one single with "Mi Chico Latino." "Look at Me" went on to sell 330,812 copies in the United Kingdom alone, being certified Gold by the BPI, and over 1,5 million copies worldwide.[9]

Music video[edit]

The accompanying music video for "Look at Me" was directed by Vaughan Arnell and filmed in Prague, Czech Republic from 18-20 March 1999. The music video features four versions of Halliwell: a vamp, a bitch, a virgin, and a sister. Most of the music video is black and white, except in one scene in the middle of the video, during the funeral of Halliwell's stage persona "Ginger Spice", Halliwell was seen (as the British Union Jack was pulled off "Ginger's" coffin) with red hair, blonde highlights, and a red thorn crown--and laughing with eyes wide open.[5] In the last part, Halliwell and male dancers are dancing on a large staircase and then in front of a fountain. At the end of the video is a message saying "Geri's back!" with a picture of a nude Geri skinny dipping and ends with a double-story lower case g decorated with a halo and a arrowhead tail.

Formats and track listings[edit]

These are the formats and track listings of major single releases of "Look at Me."

Charts and certifications[edit]

Official versions and remixes[edit]

  1. Album version / Full-length version – 4:31
  2. Radio edit #1 / Single version – 4:08
  3. Radio edit #2* – 3:35
  4. Radio edit #3* – 3:19
  5. Mark!s Big Vocal Mix Surgery Edit – 7:30
  6. Mark!s Fantasy Dub* – 8:44
  7. Sharp Boys Queeny Dub – 7:21
  8. Sharp Boys Vocal Edit* – 3:57
  9. Sharp Boys Vocal Remix – 7:48
  10. Terminalhead Dub* – 5:42
  11. Terminalhead Edit* – 3:46
  12. Terminalhead Remix – 5:55

* appears only in promotional singles

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.aparchive.com/metadata/Entertainment-Geri-Halliwell-Tickled-Pink/6635d48ec07631a4d72c195bfc53da3c?query=CELEBRITY+NEWS&current=12&orderBy=Relevance&hits=24&referrer=search&search=%2Fsearch%3Fquery%3DCELEBRITY%2520NEWS%26allFilters%3DTom%2520Jones%3APeople&allFilters=Tom+Jones%3APeople&productType=IncludedProducts&page=1&b=53da3c
  2. ^ "Schizo-phonic". NME. Retrieved 8 August 2017. 
  3. ^ http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/entertainment/361064.stm
  4. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/schizophonic-mw0000667291
  5. ^ a b http://articles.chicagotribune.com/1999-06-29/features/9906290016_1_spice-girls-ginger-spice-geri-halliwell
  6. ^ https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/theatre-dance/news/viva-forever-snubs-spice-girls-solo-songs-apart-from-ginger-spices-that-is-8389764.html
  7. ^ Halliwell, Geri; London, UK (2002). Just for the Record (autobiography), pg. 122.
  8. ^ Halliwell, pg. 122–123.
  9. ^ "Look at Me" sales and certifications
  10. ^ "Australian-charts.com – Geri Halliwell – Look at Me". ARIA Top 50 Singles.
  11. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Geri Halliwell – Look at Me" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40.
  12. ^ "Ultratop.be – Geri Halliwell – Look at Me" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50.
  13. ^ "Ultratop.be – Geri Halliwell – Look at Me" (in French). Ultratop 50.
  14. ^ "Brazil" (PDF). ABPD. October 6, 2001. Retrieved April 1, 2014. 
  15. ^ "Geri Halliwell Chart History (Canadian Hot 100)" Billboard.
  16. ^ "Danishcharts.com – Geri Halliwell – Look at Me". Tracklisten.
  17. ^ "Geri Halliwell: Look at Me" (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland.
  18. ^ "Lescharts.com – Geri Halliwell – Look at Me" (in French). Les classement single.
  19. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – Geri Halliwell – Look at Me". GfK Entertainment Charts.
  20. ^ "Italiancharts.com – Geri Halliwell – Look at Me". Top Digital Download.
  21. ^ a b "Dutchcharts.nl – Geri Halliwell – Look at Me" (in Dutch). Single Top 100.
  22. ^ "Charts.org.nz – Geri Halliwell – Look at Me". Top 40 Singles.
  23. ^ "Spanishcharts.com – Geri Halliwell – Look at Me" Canciones Top 50.
  24. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Geri Halliwell – Look at Me". Singles Top 100.
  25. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Geri Halliwell – Look at Me". Swiss Singles Chart.
  26. ^ "Geri Halliwell: Artist Chart History". Official Charts Company.
  27. ^ "Geri Halliwell Chart History (Dance Club Songs)" Billboard.
  28. ^ "ARIA Charts - End of Year Charts - Top 100 Singles 1999". ARIA. Retrieved 21 December 2014. 
  29. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 1999 Singles". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved 28 September 2014. 
  30. ^ "Guld- och Platinacertifikat − År 1999" (PDF) (in Swedish). IFPI Sweden. Retrieved 28 September 2011. 
  31. ^ "British single certifications – Geri Halliwell". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 28 September 2014.  Enter Geri Halliwell in the search field and then press Enter.
  32. ^ Justin Myers (16 May 2014). "Official Charts Flashback 1999: Geri Halliwell – Look At Me". Official Charts. Retrieved 24 May 2014. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
"Tonight"
by TrueBliss
New Zealand Singles Chart
number one single

30 May 1999
Succeeded by
"I Want It That Way"
by Backstreet Boys