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Bananarama

The most successful British girl group in pop history, Bananarama formed in London in late 1981. Drawing equal inspiration for their name from the children's television program The Banana Splits and the Roxy Music song "Pyjamarama," the trio was comprised of lifelong friends Keren Woodward and Sarah Dallin along with Siobhan Fahey, whom Dallin befriended at the London College of Fashion. After getting their start singing at friends' parties and at nightclubs (where they performed accompanied by backing tapes -- none of the women played her own instrument), they came to the attention of ex-Sex Pistols drummer Paul Cook, who produced Bananarama's first single, a cover of Black Blood's "A.I.E. (A Mwana)." After the group backed Fun Boy Three on the single "It Ain't What You Do, It's the Way You Do It," the Three returned the favor for 1982's "He Was Really Sayin' Somethin'," a cover of the 1965 Velvelettes song that was the first of Bananarama's 26 U.K. chart smashes.

While their initial hits, including "Shy Boy," "Na Na Hey Hey (Kiss Him Goodbye)," "Cruel Summer" (their first U.S. smash), and a cover of the Shocking Blue's "Venus," were roundly dismissed as fluffy pop fare, the success of 1984's rape-themed release "Robert DeNiro's Waiting" convinced the group to tackle more serious topics; however, the follow-up single, "Rough Justice" -- a song protesting political tensions in Northern Ireland -- bombed, and the trio's career stalled. In 1986, Bananarama's fortunes improved considerably when they joined forces with the production team of Stock, Aitken & Waterman, who produced the album Wow!; the group's most successful outing to date, it featured "Love in the First Degree" and "I Heard a Rumour," both of which were major hits.

In 1987, Fahey left the group after marrying Eurythmics' Dave Stewart; she later resurfaced as one half of the duo Shakespear's Sister. Woodward and Dallin, meanwhile, enlisted pal Jacquie O'Sullivan, formerly of the Shillelagh Sisters, to fill the void. After a long layoff, the revamped group teamed with new producer Youth to issue the 1991 album Pop Life, which featured a cover of the Doobie Brothers' "Long Train Running." Shortly after the album's release, O'Sullivan too exited, and Woodward and Dallin forged on as a duo for 1992's Please Yourself and 1995's Ultra Violet. After a brief hiatus, the group returned with 2005's Euro-dance-friendly Drama and 2009's similar Viva. ~ Jason Ankeny, Rovi
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Yeah baby she's got it!
My girls...luv them!!!-MTB
I always think of Karate Kid when I hear this song.
you like bananarama, you should check out my all-girl group called chicks with dicks
Don't read this because it actually works.You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of you life.Tomorro w will be the best day of your life.However if you don't post this you will die in 2 days.Now you've started reading it so dont stop.This is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in 143 minutes.When done press f6 and your lover's name will come on the screen in big letters.This is so scary because it actually works
Too much of cruel summer right here
scoshewolf7
;)
Miss the 80s and being in high school la habra high
NICE SONG
I really miss the 80's although i was just a kid in the 80'sand i was a teenager in the 90's i still remember all the cool songs and music videos that aired on mtv before they aired real world and then all the other crappy reality shows that air now..mtv is no longer mtv without music videos...its a shame that the kids and teenagers today cant enjoy the music videos we enjoyed and looke forward to seeing the new video by a favorite band!
give me a thumbs up if you miss the 80's.
Uh, smoking hot, oh and they can sing too.
With this Climatic Change perpectual summer! Hahaha I crack myself up.
vic_dlg
Love the 80s
On the soundtrack of movie "Romy and Michelles High School Reunion" great movie!
Would like to step into a time machine and go back to the 80's just for the music. Happier and better always.
vic_dlg
Love banarama
michaelmelli n g e r
Aye... Daniel Son.. .Every time I hear this song I think about Karate Kid (the O.G. one) or Blue Crush.
Bananarama.. . Lotta syllables.
nycgurl77xo1
Yeah I got it !!
Omg ....the Karate kid
johangela0
Karen is with Andrew Ridgely from Wham...I think they are married
Reminds me of Laruso's s**tty dance moves. lol
I love that movie, I forgot about it till now. THX
I will always relate this song with the movie The Karate Kid.
Really brings me back in the nicest way
middlesexnj
cbcito is correct about the bio being out of order. I also think it's inaccurate. Bananarama was taken more seriously by critics and music afficianados in its early days. With Stock, Aitken & Waterman and Venus they were considered have to become dance club fluff.
yeti30312
i lusted after these girls for years...musi c is twee but they are hot so i can deal with it from time to time.
cruel summer always reminds me of the karate kid
This bio is a little out of order. Venus came out in 1986, and that was when they started working with Stock, Aitken & Waterman. (They wanted another You Spin Me Round). True Confessions was the album. Wow! came out a year later. Siobhan didn't leave until the Greatest Hits.
A teenage boys wet dream.
Always felt their songs and albums got better with time. They don't get enough credit for the 1990s and new millenium output! Thier 2010 single Baby It's Christmas was a very pleasant surprise too!
Great studio production and harmonies. Used to crush on these babes collectively .
Greate Music!!!
cjmorales03
Just good stuff!! ;)
GOOD SOUND--- HOT
erintotosz
WOW! dchockeyguy has amassed an impressive amount of Bananarama trivia. How does one do that? J/K - I think it's pretty cool!!
professor aaron- you look pretty silly giving unsolicited "information " as to the correct and proper meaning of a "backwards R"- it's a fun profile name with other fun symbols- not some formal doc. lighten up- life's too short, my man! : )
Sublime Guяl:

Na Na Na Hey Hey (Kiss Him Goodbye) was a cover of the 1969(?) recording by Steam.

By the way, "Я" is not an R...both its name and its pronounciati o n are "ya"... which makes your name Sublime Guyal... and makes you look pretty silly.
dchockeyguy
Whoever wrote this history really needs to do better research. Venus was released in 1986, which was a HUGE hit for them, and "Robert DeNiro's Waiting" and "Rough Justice" were both released in 1984. Additionally , "True Confessions, " not "Wow" as the first album with Stock, Aitken & Waterman.
what is wrong with lite and airy
I had no idea they did "Na Na Hey hey (Kiss Him Goodbye) song.. I love that song
massbachridg e
they're okay but not my favorite. they're so-so,not bad but not great
Love these girls!
One blonde, one brunette, and one redhead.
jayscaramelk i t t e n
no bananarama have had more hits than the spice girls. And better songs and vocals. I love their songs.
galarza.hele n
I believe that blurb is outdated. The most successful british pop girl group of all time is The Spice Girls.
Two or Three good songs is about all they had. But i love them anyway
Bananarama was and is the 80's very good songs so good that I hear one and memories of my teen years come flashing by.

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