Bananarama

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Bananarama was formed in London in 1981 by childhood friends Keren Woodward and Sarah Dallin and their friend Siobhan Fahey.
After a debut single produced by former Sex Pistols member Paul Cook that shook the UK pop market to its very foundation (a #92 smash), they teamed up with ex Specials member Terry Hall's new band, Fun Boy Three. "It Ain't What You Do", released in February 1982 entered the UK charts at number 4.
International success came with their self-titled second album produced by Tony Swain and Steve Jolley and the monster hit single "Cruel Summer".

In 1986, the girls teamed up with UK dance music super-producers Stock, Aitken & Waterman and achieved number one all around the world, including the US, with their cover of the Shocking Blue's classic "Venus". In 1988, the trio were named by the Guinness Book of Records as the most successful female group in pop history, beating Supremes. They celebrated by releasing a SAW-produced version of the Supremes' "Nathan Jones". After the single's release however, Fahey decided to leave the trio to form Shakespear's Sister. She was replaced by Jacquie O'Sullivan who had appeared with the original Bananarama line-up in the Eurythmics video for "Who's That Girl", back in June 1983. O'Sullivan left in late 1991.
Sara and Keren have since continued as a duo.

Following a one-off reunion recording of ABBA's "Waterloo" with Siobhan in April 1998 for Channel 4's "Eurotrash" TV series hosted by Jean Paul Gaultier, the duo returned in 2001 with their 8th studio album, Exotica. In February 2002, Bananarama celebrated their 20th anniversary, joined on-stage by Siobhan. Their 2005 club hit "Move In My Direction" is their first UK single release since 1993.

All through their career the girls have, together or individually, married Eurythmics' male half (David A. Stewart), dated Wham!'s straight half (Andrew Ridgeley), reached the UK top 3 with French and Saunders, appeared on both the original Band Aid and Band Aid II, met Robert De Niro, shot a Japanese commercial with Peter Fonda and appeared in the movie Rules Of Attraction.

In April 2017 it was announced that Fahey would be rejoining the duo for a full UK tour and the trio discussed possibilities of a new single.
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LIB 5020 Bananarama - Deep Sea Skiving album art Bananarama Deep Sea Skiving (Album) London Records LIB 5020 New Zealand 1983 Sell This Version
LPR 54058 Bananarama - Bananarama album art Bananarama Bananarama (Album, Comp) London Records, London Records LPR 54058 Mexico 1984 Sell This Version
828 013-1 Bananarama - True Confessions album art Bananarama True Confessions (Album, Comp) London Records 828 013-1 New Zealand 1986 Sell This Version
CD 8280612, 828 061-2, CD 828 061-2 Bananarama - Wow! album art Bananarama Wow! (Album, Comp, Single) London Records, London Records CD 8280612, 828 061-2, CD 828 061-2 UK & Europe 1987 Sell This Version
none Bananarama - Hot Rocks - The Bananarama Story (Airdate: Weekend of May 20, 1988) album art Bananarama Hot Rocks - The Bananarama Story (Airdate: Weekend of May 20, 1988)(LP + LP, S/Sided + Transcription) United Stations Programming Network none US 1988 Sell This Version
828246 4 Bananarama - Pop Life album art Bananarama Pop Life (Album, Comp) London Records 828246 4 France 1991 Sell This Version
828357.4, 69497 Bananarama - Please Yourself album art Bananarama Please Yourself (Album, Comp) London Records 828357.4, 69497 Argentina 1992 Sell This Version
AVCD-11289 Bananarama - I Found Love album art Bananarama I Found Love (Album) Form Records AVCD-11289 Japan 1995 Sell This Version
ZYX 20378-2 Bananarama - Ultra Violet album art Bananarama Ultra Violet (Album) Mega Records ZYX 20378-2 Germany 1995 Sell This Version
M6I 1721.2 Bananarama - Exotica album art Bananarama Exotica (Album) M6 Interactions M6I 1721.2 France 2001 Sell This Version
CDRPM 1911 Bananarama - Drama album art Bananarama Drama (Album) A&G Productions CDRPM 1911 South Africa 2005 Sell This Version
271 776-0 Bananarama - Viva album art Bananarama Viva (Album) Fascination 271 776-0 Europe 2009 Sell This Version
LHN034DVDR Bananarama - Live At The London Eventim Hammersmith Apollo album art Bananarama Live At The London Eventim Hammersmith Apollo (Album) Live Here Now LHN034DVDR UK 2018 Sell This Version
LHN033CD Bananarama - Live At Newcastle City Hall album art Bananarama Live At Newcastle City Hall(2xCDr, Album, Ltd) Live Here Now LHN033CD UK & Europe 2018 Sell This Version
SYNK5CD Bananarama - Live In Stereo album art Bananarama Live In Stereo (Album) In Synk SYNK5CD UK 2019 Sell This Version
SYNK1V Bananarama - In Stereo album art Bananarama In Stereo (Album) In Synk SYNK1V Europe 2019 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

100 178, 100.178 Bananarama - Aie A Mwana album art Bananarama Aie A Mwana (Single, Maxi) Demon Records, Demon Records 100 178, 100.178 France 1981 Sell This Version
SO7P 1025 Bananarama - ハート・ワクワク = He's Got Tact album art Bananarama = バナナラマ* Bananarama = バナナラマ* - ハート・ワクワク = He's Got Tact London Records SO7P 1025 Japan 1982 Sell This Version
LLD 101 Bananarama - Really Sayin' Somethin' / Aie A Mwana album art Bananarama Featuring Fun Boy Three Bananarama Featuring Fun Boy Three - Really Sayin' Somethin' / Aie A Mwana (Single) London Records, London Records LLD 101 US 1982 Sell This Version
6198 543 Bananarama - Really Saying Something album art Bananarama & Fun Boy Three Bananarama & Fun Boy Three - Really Saying Something (Single, Maxi) Deram, Deram 6198 543 Belgium 1982 Sell This Version
NANA 3 Bananarama - Cheers Then album art Bananarama Cheers Then (Single) London Records NANA 3 UK 1982 Sell This Version
104 052 Bananarama - It Aint What You Do.... album art The Fun Boy Three* With Bananarama The Fun Boy Three* With Bananarama - It Aint What You Do.... (Single) Chrysalis 104 052 Netherlands 1982 Sell This Version
NANA 2 Bananarama - Shy Boy album art Bananarama Shy Boy (Single, Maxi) London Records NANA 2 Ireland 1982 Sell This Version
FB 30-JB Bananarama - Run Run Run / Really Saying Something album art Funkpolitan* / Bananarama Funkpolitan* / Bananarama - Run Run Run / Really Saying Something(7", Promo) Decca FB 30-JB Italy 1982 Sell This Version
6198 534 Bananarama - The Lunatics Have Taken Over The Asylum. / It Aint What You Do .... album art The Fun Boy Three* / The Fun Boy Three* With Bananarama The Fun Boy Three* / The Fun Boy Three* With Bananarama - The Lunatics Have Taken Over The Asylum. / It Aint What You Do ....(7", Single) Chrysalis 6198 534 Greece 1982 Sell This Version

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erasercut

erasercut

January 22, 2020
Since I was 10 or so,they've been my band-catchy,fun,relatable,a great ear for producers,and great writers of lyrics...always delivering,but getting criticised in the 80's..don't understand that-what i know is they were better than any of the PWL "made" acts,because they have the say in where the songs go...as a trio,the second trio,or as a duo---i like it all. But as a duo live or in studio,there is something to be said for how they sound...in tune and comfortable with the other,vocally and the direction they take.They are the best girl group the world will know,and that relies on classic songs after song.And maybe,one of the most distinctive groups ever.They really say it their way,and have fun doing it.I think their music doubles as an antidepressant,if you let it.When you're young,you just like it...so why dissect it too much.The best music in history is made to enjoy...so enjoy it all.Here's to ten more years!!
cyanure

cyanure

May 14, 2017
they are AMAZING!they've been the soundtrack of my life...my first 12" was really sayin' something/aie a mwana us edition...and from then on i collect everything they have done.
BEST FEMALE GROUP EVER!
djmikeyb68

djmikeyb68

April 25, 2017
And just like that they are 3 again. Welcome back Siobhan.
Spinecrawler

Spinecrawler

November 22, 2010
edited over 9 years ago
Personally i would and never really do blame bananarama for making a few weak albums in the last few years,much of the blame is on the producer(s),the song writing and that person who has no-idea in choosing proper singles,bananarama really need to find a producer who has talent and a vision,trying to sound like everyone else is not a benefit but will be their undoing,i'm starting to fear that bananarama are become much too Over-produced to the point of being boring and desperate,this latest production is basically kissing up and bowing to the Late night club kids,bananarama as i see it really need to get back with Siobhan and some very cutting edge producers who believe in the ladies and what their doing or hope to do before no one remotely cares.... Swedish production/producers might be an idea or better yet pete hammond
kuma.chan

kuma.chan

March 12, 2010
Bananarama are a mystery to me, they couldn't sing, couldn't dance, weren't pretty and had some really atrocious material to work with. Its a total mystery how they ever managed to get any success at all.

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