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Emma Bunton slammed for ‘karaoke’ cover of Madison Avenue’s Don’t Call Me Baby

Emma covered the song for her fourth studio album (Picture: Rex/Getty Images)

One half of the late 90’s Australian pop duo Madison Avenue has blasted Emma Bunton’s ‘karaoke’ cover of their hit single Don’t Call Me Baby.

The song was originally released as a single in 1999, topping the UK Singles Chart and reaching number two in the group’s native Australia.

And the Spice Girls singer performed her own take on it for her fourth studio album My Happy Place, which was released earlier in the year.

Now Andy Van Dorsselaer, who was the duo’s main producer, has claimed that Baby Spice’s version of the song ‘had no edge’.

‘It felt like a karaoke version,’ he told the Herald Sun. ‘It should have had some raunch to it.

‘It’s a female empowerment song about having guts and telling a guy you’ve had enough, which ironically is very now with the #MeToo movement.

‘It was a #MeToo song 20 years ago. For me, that version had no edge.’

Madison Avenue released four top 10 Australian hits and an album before splitting in 2003 (Picture: Getty Images)

Although Madison Avenue proved to be successful, releasing three further top 10 Aussie hits and their only studio album The Polyester Embassy, the group eventually split up in 2003.

Andy has revealed that he and his partner, singer Cheyne Coates, were offered many lucrative deals to record a second album, but it never came to fruition, and he claims that the two ‘couldn’t connect’ on creating a follow up record.

‘Cheyne and I just couldn’t connect, for a lot of reasons, to creatively build something that was awesome,’ he continued. ‘I couldn’t deal with an album that was just ok. We had about 15 ideas, some uncleared samples. Cheyne took one of the songs for her solo project.’

Since the group split up, Andy has continued to perform as a DJ with the group Vandalism, while Cheyne still performs in the industry, releasing a solo album in 2004.

And meanwhile, as well as riding high off the success of her fourth studio album, Emma recently concluded a highly successful comeback tour with her fellow Spice Girls bandmates.

Dubbed Spiceworld 2019, the tour spanned 13 dates across the UK and Ireland and grossed $78 million (£61 million) worldwide – despite receiving criticism from some fans over sound issues.

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