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Published on Jun 21, 2011
Recorded live in the studio from Top Of The Pops 1984. Bananarama are a British female pop group which has had success on the pop and dance charts since 1982. Although there have been line-up changes during the years, the group enjoyed its most popular success as a trio, made up of lifelong friends Siobhan Fahey, Keren Woodward and Sara Dallin. Since 1988, Bananarama have been listed in the Guinness World Records as the all-female group with the most chart entries. In 1981, Bananarama's members were living above the rehearsal room which was used by former Sex Pistols members Steve Jones and Paul Cook. With their help, Bananarama recorded their first demo "Aie a Mwana" (a cover of a song by Black Blood, sung in Swahili). The demo was heard at Demon Records, who offered Bananarama their first deal. The song was an underground hit and Bananarama were signed by Decca (later London Records). They remained on this label until 1993. Bananarama's previous experience in a recording studio was as background vocalists on the Department S b-side "Solid Gold Easy Action", a T.Rex cover in early 1981.
During this early period Bananarama was approached by Malcolm McLaren, who suggested he manage the band. McLaren, manager of the Sex Pistols, Adam and the Ants and Bow Wow Wow, and notorious for generating scandal, proposed some new material that was sexually suggestive, and did not fit with what at the time was the bands tomboyish and straight-forward image. Bananarama passed on both the material and McLaren as their manager.
UK fashion magazine The Face featured an article on Bananarama after their first single, and it caught the attention of ex-Specials member Terry Hall, who invited them to collaborate with his new vocal group Fun Boy Three on the track "T'ain't What You Do (It's the Way That You Do It)". In 1982, the song hit the Top 5 in the UK and gave Bananarama their first significant mainstream success. Fun Boy Three then guested on Bananarama's song "Really Saying Something" later that year. Bananarama experienced their greatest success during the period from 1982 to 1989. Their first three albums were primarily produced and co-written with Jolley & Swain. Their debut album, Deep Sea Skiving (UK No.7, US No.63) (1983) contained several hit singles — "He Was Really Sayin' Somethin'" (UK No.5) and "Shy Boy" (UK No.4) — and included a cover version of "Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye" (UK No.5). The band recorded a version of the Sex Pistols song "No Feelings" in late 1982 for the soundtrack of the British film Party Party.
In December 1983 the trio made arguably their most famous British TV appearance on the BBC's popular entertainment magazine programme Show Business, in which they requested cult pirate radio comedian Mark Gould for Christmas.
The next album, Bananarama (UK No.16, US No.30) (1984) was a more socially conscious effort. The songs tackled heavier topics: "Hot Line to Heaven" is a stand against the drugs-are-cool culture; and "Rough Justice" dealt with social apathy. The album contained the hit singles "Robert De Niro's Waiting" and their first US top 10 hit, "Cruel Summer" (1983), which was included in the movie The Karate Kid. The trio also recorded the single "The Wild Life" for a 1984 American film of the same name. In August 2009, Bananarama performed at the 80s Rewind Festival in Henley-on-Thames alongside other 80s acts which included Rick Astley, Belinda Carlisle and Kim Wilde. The duo also performed at The Manchester Gay Pride Festival over the August Bank Holiday weekend.
Bananarama released a new single entitled Love Comes, and a new album Viva in September 2009. The album was produced entirely by Ian Masterson, and marketed through successful record label Fascination Records. A second single was released from the album in April 2010, a new remix of the song "Love Don't Live Here" backed by Ian Masterson's 2010 reworking of the 1995 single "Every Shade of Blue" and "The Runner" remixed by Buzz Junkies
In September 2010, Bananarama were back in the studio with producer Ian Masterson, and recorded a Christmas song titled 'Baby It's Christmas'. The track was written by Sara Dallin and Ian Masterson and was released on December 13 in the UK and Europe as a digital EP. The track was also included on a US Christmas compilation CD entitled 'Super Dance Christmas Party,Volume 3'. Baby it's Christmas reached the No.19 in the Uk indie single chart and No.199 in the main UK single chart. Please visit my other Channel. Keep Rockin!. http://www.youtube.com/user/squizzy10...