Did you know that Virgin Records didn’t want “Wannabe” as the first single? Instead they wanted “Love Thing,” a song that ultimately remained an album track, but still a fan favorite. Reportedly, it was the Girls who demanded that “Wannabe” had to be the first single or they would walk. Here’s a video of the Spice Girls performing it at their first live concerts in Istanbul in October of 1997. After the jump, you can see them performing it nearly a year later without Geri, but with a very pregnant Mel B and Victoria at the final show of the Spiceworld Tour at Wembley Stadium.