The Spice Girls have a boy proclaiming his love after knowing him for less than a week in the retro “Stop.”
Festive saxophones open the single, setting a celebratory tone. Mel C notices him walk into her house and grin widely. She thinks it’s a nice gesture but it’s a new relationship. They simply like each other, they are not in love. However, Mel B is taking full advantage of it while it lasts. It doesn’t matter because he will follow her around anyway. She could call him a jerk and he would still try to hump her leg.
“You just walk in, I make you smile/It’s cool but you don’t even know me/You take an inch, I run a mile/Can’t win you’re always right behind me.”
Further in the verse, Emma Bunton says that next week he could fall for another girl. He wouldn’t even care about her anymore. Victoria Beckham says liking her is something that will go away. She also mulls the possibility that he could be a pest that will be around for years.
“And we know that you could go and find some other/Take or leave it or just don’t even bother/Caught in a craze, it’s just a phase/Or will this be around forever.”
In the pre-chorus, they all say that he needs to take it down a couple notches. He’s going to make her not want to spend any time with him at all. Mel B asks him to get the hints. Mel C is bit more blunt. She tells him to that he’s moving too fast and understand her clearly. She’s not going to say it again.
“Don’t you know it’s going too fast/Racing so hard you know it won’t last/Don’t you know, what can’t you see/Slow it down, read the sign, so you know just where you are going.”
In the chorus, the Spice Girls tell him they want to be left alone. He’s too psycho for them. He’s also really girl crazy and they can’t take him seriously. Each girl he likes, he wants to have a committed relationship with right away. They advise to relax and date around for awhile.
“Stop right now, thank you very much/I need somebody with the human touch/Hey you you always on the run/Gotta slow down baby, got have some fun.”
After the pre-chorus, they give him a yearbook compliment. They say they will be best friends forever.
“Do Do Do Do Do/Do Do Do Do Do/Do Do Do Do Do/Always be together/Ba da Ba Ba/Ba da Ba Ba/Ba da Ba Ba/Stay that way forever.”
The latter half of the first verse is sung again. But Mel C adds new lyrics. She says that he knows he’s not the smoothest guy. However, he’s going to eventually feel some emotional pain after not dealing with his constant rejections. With Mel C, he said he wants to have kids with her. Mel C tells him that he’s pushing too hard and needs to learn about the steps of a relationship first.
“And we know that you could go and find some other/Take or leave it ’cause we’ve always got each other/You know who you are and yes, you’re gonna breakdown/You’ve crossed the line so you’re gonna have to turn around.”
The pre-chorus and chorus are sung again.
In the bridge, they give him tips on how to be a better person. They tell him not be obnoxious. How he acts know will affect him in his future. He may be well-off, but he lacks social skills. He has to learn to be patient and not to bug people all the time.
“Gotta keep it down honey, lay your back on the line,
‘Cause I don’t care about the money, don’t be wasting my time/You need less speed, get off my case/
You gotta slow it down baby, just get out of my face.”
The chorus is sung three times to end the single.
“Stop” is like a sitcom. It based on the premise of four women with marketable and larger than life personalities. They work at the office with a guy that likes them. He’s goofy and says all the wrong things. Hijanks then ensue! Nonetheless, they deal with him and try to get him be a fun, likable person. By the series finale, one of the woman will be his fiancee. Its predictable and transparent.
The single is a homage to 80s pop. They use the Motown-influenced R&B sound and sing in unison (as Bananarama did.) Except it lacks the charm of that era. While the arrangement is spirited, the Spice Girls are lethargic and phoning in their vocals.