Richard X: "I was horrified by the idea of ‘Some Girls’ going to Geri Halliwell"

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poor Geru Halwel

Richard X has opened up about his refusal to allow Geri Halliwell to record his track Some Girls.

The pop genius penned the track with Hannah Robinson in the mid-’00s and it was released by Rachel Stevens as a charity single for Sport Relief.

Some Girls was written on the first day I met Hannah Robinson,” he tells Retro Pop’s August 2022 issue. “We had Girls Aloud in mind and it has some of our cheeky references, a little bit knowing.

“It’s a record about records; a song about songs. So they heard it and eventually it went to Rachel.”

However, before Rachel recorded the track it was offered up to Geri – without Richard’s knowledge.

He explains: “Me and Hannah made the track, it went to the publishers and they played it to people. They played it to Geri and I think Geri and her people thought it was great and started to plan a lot of stuff.

“There was a video director on board already, but bear in mind I didn’t know any of this until someone rang me up,” he says. “Someone thought, ‘Oh, has anyone actually checked with Richard?’ And then when they rang me up, I was just so horrified by this idea of that song going to Geri – no disrespect to Geri – but I wasn’t a great fan of ‘Geri pop’.

“I was like, ‘This is just gonna be awful.’ Also, it goes hand-in-hand with your album, and if what you’re trying to do is thought, left-field influenced pop, it was just like, ‘This is just gonna mess it up. This is not what I want.’ I just said, ‘No, no, she’s not to have that,’ and they were horrified!

While Richard insists he’d “consider it a bit more” today if a similar situation arose, he recalls: “She apparently just lost it and there’s talk of her complaining, storming out, going in the car and locking the door. I heard all this second-hand and I was like, ‘Really? I can’t believe this…’

“I had nothing to do with it apart from just saying, ‘No,’ and then all this chaos erupted over West London.

“I wasn’t thinking about the financial aspect at all, because otherwise I probably would have said, ‘Yeah’,” he maintains. “I just thought, here’s the time to be making good records. Making good records that say something about me, as well as the artist, is what I want to do at this point, and that’s probably more valuable.

“And Rachel had done Sweet Dreams, which was such an amazing sounding song – very modern – and I just wanted Rachel to do it.”

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Poor Geri, but that doesn't explain the "horrifying" and grotesque Me Plus One so I'm not really buying it.
 
Oh I'd have much preferred a fistful of GA. I'll have to read the interview later to see if he's asked about Javine because as if he'd have pulled the same stunt if a male vocalist did what she did. Unless he was friends with Alesha, in which case scrap all that.
 
Oh I'd have much preferred a fistful of GA. I'll have to read the interview later to see if he's asked about Javine because as if he'd have pulled the same stunt if a male vocalist did what she did. Unless he was friends with Alesha, in which case scrap all that.

What's the story there?
 
Actually looking at the pic I must be thinking of someone else’s beard *insert gay joke*
 
I love his work, but deleting You Used To (it may well be back up) because of Jav's lust for Harvey's javelin just reeked of sexist bullshit and he openly admitted doing it.
 
Geri would have made it sound so naff, so good call on that. It needed a faceless young person and Rachel was just the ticket.

My favourite Geri songs were “Ride It” and “Love Never Loved Me” It feels on brand that she ruined what was left of her solo prospects by not listening to others who told her “Love Never Loved Me” was great and single-worthy.

Having said all this, Emma Bunton is quite a malicious person.
 
He was right not to give it to Geri, and him taking her upset and turning it into Me Plus One was a masterstroke, but there's no need to have been such a cunt about it by revealing these facts to everyone.

She's clearly mental, Richard. Have a little sensitivity and class
 
I always assumed from Me Plus One that he had had to deal with her being a TERROR directly, and not just that he heard about it from someone else.

Doesn't seem so worthy of a diss track, even if it does FUCK. Poor Geru.
 
If he wanted a hot UK pop artist with a rising solo career in the early 2000s, he should have made a different call.

Lisa Scott Lee GIF by Steps
 
Why hasn't one of those Spice Girls Inner Circle missionaries done an AI Geru Some Geri's yet? Let's PM whomever did that Mariah Justin one.
 

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