The sexism spilled over into their TV appearances, and the band shudder as they recall a traumatic Top of the Pops taping.The BBC being the BBC have asked the BBC for a quote:
"They were filming images of us to use as a backdrop," says Shaznay, "and they wanted us to take our tops off."
The producers, they explain, wanted to shoot the band from the shoulders up, giving the impression they were performing in the nude.
"The vision was that we looked naked and we didn't want that vision," adds Natalie. "But because it was such a huge show, we were told 'if you don't do it, you don't get to go on the show,'" says Melanie.
"The girl that worked with us was in tears because she was trying to fight our corner," Natalie continues. "We ended up having to compromise with the producers. We dropped our tops to here [indicating her armpits] so it would look like we were topless."
"We did it but we were stroppy about it," says Nicole. "Again, we got labelled as being difficult."
A BBC spokesman said: "We're not able to comment on something that is alleged to have happened nearly 20 years ago, but today we seek to ensure that everyone working at the BBC does so in an environment in which they are comfortable."Quite right. Here's the clip:
I'd forgotten Melanie used to wear glasses. You can see what All Saints mean, a few straps but for some reason, yes, bare shoulders all.