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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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Bananarama - Party Party - Original Soundtrack Recording album art Various No Feelings Various - Party Party - Original Soundtrack Recording (Comp, Album) A&M Records Canada 1982 Sell This Version
150654, 150655 Bananarama - Top Of The Pops - 922 album art Various Shy Boy Various - Top Of The Pops - 922(LP, Transcription) BBC Transcription Services, BBC Transcription Services 150654, 150655 UK 1982 Sell This Version
5001 707 Bananarama - Disco Promozionale album art Various Robert De Niro's Waiting Various - Disco Promozionale(LP, Promo) PolyGram 5001 707 Italy 1983 Sell This Version
Bananarama - The Wild Life - Music From The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack album art Various Wild Life Various - The Wild Life - Music From The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (Comp, Album) MCA Records Canada 1984 Sell This Version
none Bananarama - Go West album art Various Robert De Niro's Waiting Various - Go West(Cass, Album) Not On Label none Sweden 1985 Sell This Version
Bananarama - Jumpin' Jack Flash (Music From The Motion Picture) album art Various A Trick Of The Night Various - Jumpin' Jack Flash (Music From The Motion Picture) (Comp, Album) Mercury US 1986 Sell This Version
Bananarama - It's A Live-In World album art Various Hooked On Love Various - It's A Live-In World (Album, Comp) EMI, EMI Europe 1986 Sell This Version
Bananarama - Disorderlies: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack album art Various I Heard A Rumour Various - Disorderlies: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (Album, Comp) Polydor Canada 1987 Sell This Version
Bananarama - P.I. Private Investigations album art Various True Confessions Various - P.I. Private Investigations (Comp) Mercury, Mercury Netherlands 1987 Sell This Version
Bananarama - Hot Rockin' Summer album art Various Love In The First Degree Various - Hot Rockin' Summer CBS Australia 1987 Sell This Version
Bananarama - The Secret Of My Success - Music From The Motion Picture Soundtrack album art Various Riskin' A Romance Various - The Secret Of My Success - Music From The Motion Picture Soundtrack (Comp, Album) MCA Records, MCA Records, Inc. Canada 1987 Sell This Version
SAC 063 Bananarama - The Wall Of Sound - New Music Seminar Cassette Sampler album art Various I Heard A Rumour Various - The Wall Of Sound - New Music Seminar Cassette Sampler(Cass, Promo, Smplr) Not On Label SAC 063 US 1987 Sell This Version
LP-28549 Bananarama - Star Force vol. 2 album art Various I Heard A Rumour Various - Star Force vol. 2(LP, Album) Fediscos, Casablanca LP-28549 Ecuador 1987 Sell This Version
SAMLP 5 Bananarama - The Sound Of London album art Various I Heard A Rumour Various - The Sound Of London(LP, Promo, Smplr) London Records SAMLP 5 UK 1987 Sell This Version
SAMLP 2 Bananarama - London Records Sampled album art Various Trick Of The Night Various - London Records Sampled(LP, Promo, Smplr) London Records SAMLP 2 UK 1987 Sell This Version
Bananarama - Smash Hits 88 album art Various Love In The First Degree Various - Smash Hits 88 (Comp) CBS Australia 1988 Sell This Version
ABS4 Bananarama - Ken Alan's Step Four Great Music For Step Training album art Ken Alan Preacher Man Ken Alan - Ken Alan's Step Four Great Music For Step Training(Cass, Album) Aerobic Beat Productions ABS4 US 1988 Sell This Version
SAMP 4 Bananarama - London Records Sampled album art Michelle Shocked Love Truth & Honesty Michelle Shocked - London Records Sampled(LP, Promo, Smplr) London Records, FFRR, Cooking Vinyl SAMP 4 UK 1988 Sell This Version
Bananarama - Rain Man (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) album art Various Nathan Jones Various - Rain Man (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) (Comp, Album) Capitol Records UK 1989 Sell This Version
none Bananarama - Summer Beach Party 1989 (Weekend Of June 30, 1989) album art Various Cruel Summer Various - Summer Beach Party 1989 (Weekend Of June 30, 1989)(4xLP, Transcription) United Stations Programming Network none US 1989 Sell This Version
UKCA 91-16 Various Long Train Running Various - U.K. Chart Attack #91-16(CD, Transcription) Rock Over London UKCA 91-16 UK 1991 Sell This Version
UKCA 91-03 Various Preacher Man Various - U.K. Chart Attack #91/03(CD, Transcription) Rock Over London UKCA 91-03 UK 1991 Sell This Version
515 956-2 Bananarama - 12" Dance VIII album art Various Movin' On (Bumpin' Mix) Various - 12" Dance VIII(CD) Polydor 515 956-2 Hong Kong 1992 Sell This Version
515 191-1 Bananarama - Vacanze di Natale '91 album art Various Long train running Various - Vacanze di Natale '91(LP) Philips 515 191-1 Italy 1992 Sell This Version
92001 Bananarama - Firato - Gift Of Music album art Various Cruel Summer Various - Firato - Gift Of Music(CD) Firato 92001 Netherlands 1992 Sell This Version

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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 7 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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