Music: Spice Girls out of tune

The Spice Girls may have had the number one single over Christmas and the biggest movie opening weekend of the year but they have been voted the worst band of 1997 in a Melody Maker readers' poll.

Ginger Spice, Geri Halliwell, suffered a further blow when she was branded Least Sexy Female, while Liam Gallagher was voted Least Sexy Man and Fool of the Year. Oasis managed second place as worst band to add to their nomination as 1997 "arts bore of the year" by Private Eye last week.

Instead, the indie group Radiohead was voted best band, while The Verve's "Bitter Sweet Symphony" came out on top in the best-single category. And it was not just newcomers who swept the board: diminutive Australian singer Kylie Minogue came out on top as sexiest woman. Mark Sutherland, editor of Melody Maker, said: "... Oasis and the Spice Girls will be trembling in their boots".