If English pop singer Eliza Doolittle was to become the sixth Spice Girl, she would have to be either Cheeky Spice or Flirty Spice.
Discussing her breezy, brass- laden new single Big When I Was Little, which name-drops the English girl group among other 90s phenomena, the 25-year-old asks: "Which one were you? I was always Posh Spice."
Cue a cheeky laugh down the line from her London pad: "You know when you're little and you all do the Spice Girls in the school playground and you all dress up. I'm sure you know about that, Simon - right?"
More flirty giggles: "You never dressed up as them, no?"
Doolittle, whose real surname is Caird, relents and decides to discuss other mid-90s favourites mentioned in the nostalgic Big When I Was Little, such as Nirvana, Malcolm in the Middle and Super Nintendo.
Besides the Spice Girls, she grew up on R&B and pop stars Aaliyah, Destiny's Child, Janet Jackson, Mariah Carey and - especially - Lauryn Hill and the Fugees.
Doolittle was eight in 1996 when the Spice Girls exploded with debut single Wannabe and the Fugees unveiled their Grammy Award-winning album, The Score.
"I love the Fugees," she gushes. "I saw The Score album lying around my house and I think my mum's boyfriend had it and I took it to my bedroom and put it on.
"When I got to track eight, it was Killing Me Softly, and I felt things that I'd never felt before. Saw colours that I never knew existed when I heard that voice. It was a real moment for music."
The music found on Doolittle's self-titled 2010 debut and follow-up, In Your Hands, released today, sits somewhere in the vast gulf between the Spice Girls' hyper-commercial pop and the Fugees' reggae/R&B.
Big When I Was Little is the sunniest slice of pop on In Your Hands which delves into some comparatively darker terrain.
Midway through writing the album, Doolittle ended a long- distance romance, one hinted at in the songs Walking on Water and Team Player.
"I spent a lot of time over in California and a lot of time in London writing the record and also being in a relationship, so it made sense to me to just be honest in that way," she says.
Doolittle describes In Your Hands as a "discovery" album rather than a break-up record but she still finds time for a couple of defiant digs at the silly fellow in Make Up Sex and Checkmate, both "fun, very cheeky and ones to sort the men from the boys".
Next single Let it Rain is not about her recent romantic woes but rather a rallying cry to herself to embrace the hard yards ahead. She was caught off guard by the success of her debut and the epic touring and promotional commitments that success triggered.
"Let it rain, let it pour down," Doolittle says. "I'm going to handle it and be myself and rock through it, basically."
The 25-year-old has seen the rigours of showbiz up close all her life. Both her parents, who split when she was four, tread the boards. Her dad, John Caird, is a stage director and playwright, while her mother, Frances Ruffelle, is a Tony Award-winning musical theatre actor.
"I think seeing my dad be the boss and be a director and have a vision for something, that rubbed off on me more than I know," says Doolittle, who loves to make music videos for her singles.
"Of course, seeing my mum performing made me think 'I want to be on stage, entertaining'.
"I was also obsessed with watching music videos when I was a kid," she laughs. "I used to watch (television jukebox channel) The Box and call up and pay money for my favourite video at the time."Wannabe guessing which video little Eliza would spend her pocket money on?