Bananarama is an English group formed in 1981 in London by Siobhan Fahey, Sara Dallin and Keren Woodward and whose particularity is that the 3 girls have known each other since the age of….4 years !
It’s Terry Hall, former "Specials" and now "Fun Boy Three", who spots them first and offers them to participate in the title "It Ain't What You Do". We are in 1981.
It was a year later, in 1982, that the real adventure began when she released the single "Really saying something" followed by a little bit of the title that would reveal them, namely the excellent "Shy boy".
In early 1983 the single "Na hey hey kiss him goodbye" was released, a new success. The tube machine is well and truly launched.
The album "Deep sea skiving" was released in stride.
Summer 1983 arrives and the single "Cruel summer" is released. Enormous single which will definitely raise them to the rank of stars and smash everything in its path.
The second album, named after the group, was released in 1984 and contains in addition to "Cruel summer" 2 other hits such as "Robert de Niro's waiting" and "Rough justice".
It took two years and the year 1986 to see the arrival of the album "Confessions" produced in part by "Tube makers", namely the essential Stock Aitken and Waterman. The sound of the group changes accordingly and becomes much more dance. Album from which the hit "Venus" will be extracted, taken from a 1970s title by The Shocking Blue. It’s a huge success across the Atlantic.
The album also contains "I heard a rumor" and "Love in the first degree" which will also have their heyday. The latest single single "I can’t help it" will have to be content with relative success.
Thanks to these sequences of hits, Bananarama will know the supreme honor of appearing in the Guinness Book of records as a female group having had the most ranked titles in history, just that !
In 1988, Siobhan Fahey left the group. Jacquie O’Sullivan (ex Shillelagh Sisters) replaced her at short notice.
The group therefore continues its adventure and releases the singles "Love, truth and honesty" and "Nathan Jones" in 1988 and a cover of the Beatles "Help" in 1989, which is a real hit.
Two years passed and in 1991 the album "Pop life" was released. Album from which the flagship single "Only your love" and "Preacher man.
But the group loses its Aura, the success is less than before.
O’Sullivan in turn leaves the group and Bananarama is just a duo when the 1993 album "Please yourself" was released.
Only the title "Movin’on" will be successful.
Other albums will be released later, but the golden age is over and the decline will be inexorable for this now legendary group. Mythical by the number of hits they will have produced, but also by the 100% feminine composition of this charming trio which will have deeply marked the spirits, especially masculine….
To discover or rediscover.
Discography (among others ...) :
• It Ain't What You Do (It's the Way That You Do It) 1981
• Really saying something 1982
• Shy boy 1982
• Na na hey hey kiss him goodbye 1983
• Cruel summer 1983
• Robert de Niro’s waiting 1984
• Rough justice 1984
• Do not disturb 1985
• Venus 1986
• A trick of the night 1987
• I heard a rumour 1987
• Love in the first degree 1987
• I can't help it 1987
• I want you back 1988
• Love, truth and honesty 1988
• Nathan Jones 1988
• Help! 1989
• Only your love 1990
• Preacher man 1990
• Movin’on 1992
• Last thing on my mind 1992
• More, more, more 1993
• Every shade of blue 1995
• Move in my direction 2005
• Look on the floor (Hypnothic tango) 2005
• Love comes 2009
• Love don't live here 2010
• Now or never 2012
• Dance music 2019
1981 ... three pretty unknown girls arrive ... Unknown girls who just play the choristers for now. But it won't last ...
1982 ... a second title in 'band'. But we already see the potential of the 3 girls. And there is potential !
1982 ... then comes THIS title. No more supporting roles. A first world class hit that literally explodes their notoriety. The whole world is literally under the spell !
1983 ... she repeats a year later. The tube machine is starting to run at full speed and it's not about to stop !
1983 ... which will undoubtedly remain one of their biggest hits. It is a planetary tidal wave which propels the 3 girls into summits hitherto inaccessible. MAS-TER-FUL !
1984 ... and what about that one. They chain back to back 2 huge mega hits. A 2nd mega-hit that definitely consecrates them as one of the best female bands of the decade !
1984 ... difficult to compete with the 2 huge previous road rollers. Anyway, the dynamic does not weaken by an Iota !
1985 ... only one small title for the year 1985. And that will not necessarily remain as their biggest success. But whatever, the main thing is to participate !
1986 ... the HUGE hit which makes them definitively enter the musical legend of the 80s. One of the biggest Dance hits of that year. All on a luxury cover of the Schocking Blue title dating from 1968
1987 ... already 6 years on top ! A constant musical quality that does not weaken from an Iota. HU-GE !
1987 ... the rocking of style. The group switches to Hi-NRG mode and the result is immediate. Return of mega hits !
1987 ... 100 % Hi-NRG, 100 % Dance, 100 % effective. A decidedly exceptional year 1987 where everything works for the 3 girls !
1987 ... the last title of the original trio. What better way to celebrate the departure of Siobhan Fahey than to end in style with this new top hit
1988 ... new casting. At least 2 out of 3 remain, allowing the group to continue operating as normal
1988 ... the change of member did nothing to destabilize the group. 1987 was an exceptional vintage. 1988 will come closer to it
1988 ... the 3rd title of the year. Admittedly, it will not be the best but many groups would be largely satisfied with it ...
1989 ... new luxury cover this time on one of the cult Beatles titles. A copy of very good quality and which brings them One Shot at the top of the Charts
1990 ... change of decade and new change of sound. We are slowly but surely switching to EuroDance
1990 ... a change of era which sees the group slowing down somewhat on the success side. Either way, successful or not, the girls are still there
1992 ... an end of the reign which only now combines with 2. The girls continue their journey quietly, but surely !
1992 ... even at 2, quality is still in order. So whether they are 12, 6, 4 or 2, whatever ...
1993 ... always also Dance. A niche that they will have exploited from start to finish. For the best. And the best !
1995 ... they will have crossed all styles of the 80s and 90s. Without ever being ridiculous or irrelevant. A feat !
2005 ... the phoenix rises from the ashes. While we thought they were definitely lost, they came back in force in this 2000 decade and managed to sign a new new mega hit. Incredible but true !
2005 ... a revisited version, to say the least original, of My Mine's 'Hypnotic tango' dating from 1983. And the most incredible is that they will hit the headlines. Like what, making new with old, it works !
2009 ... impossible to stop them ! Always in tune with the times and not very proud to be the 2 gazelles. An incredible longevity and totally stunning !
2010 ... and here they are again ! They continue to deliver perfectly trendy titles which not only keep them at a certain level of excellence but also make them the very last glories of the 80s to be still in activity
2012 ... here they are entering their 4th decade, who would have believed it ? And once again, what they deliver is quite up to par. But how do they do ...?
2019 ... with them, everything is possible, nothing is never finished ! Certainly, on this one, what they offer us is of average quality but the fact remains that they are still there ! So when is the next title ...?
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