Thursday, July 07, 2005

Bananarama - Love, Leave, Forget

Bananarama hardly need an introduction. As one of the biggest British girl-groups ever, they have been recording for almost 25 years. Their biography alone could take up pages and pages, but here is a brief summary of their career.

Originally consisting of friends Siobhan Fahey, Sarah Dallin and Keren Woodward, they first burst onto the charts with the Fun Boy Three with "It Ain't What You Do It's The Way That You Do It" in 1982 and over the years the girls have provided us with classics such as "Cruel Summer", "Robert De Niro's Waiting" and the Stock/Aitken/Waterman classics of "Venus" (a US #1) and "Love In The First Degree" to name a few. Siobhan left the band in 1988 to be replaced for a short while by Jacqui O'Sullivan, who left the band herself in 1991, leaving Bananarama as a duo of Keren and Sarah.

The girls last release in the UK was in 1993 with the album "Please Yourself" which contained the original version of the Steps hit "Last Thing On My Mind", but the album didn't sell too well, and the girls parted ways with London Records. Despite losing their record deal, the girls released 2 further albums "Ultra Violet" (1995) and "Exotica" (2001) in Europe and Japan, to some success.

Now it's 2005 and the girls are finally releasing material in their homeland, with the single "Move In My Direction", a fine piece of pop, released later this month in the UK. Time will tell if the girls, both now in their early 40s, can capture any of the success they enjoyed back in the 80s. They're still looking rather good for their age!

"Love, Leave, Forget" was the theme tune to Sky One's holiday rep drama "Is Harry On The Boat" back in 2002. Credited to Multitude starring Bananarama, the track was written and produced by Ian Masterton, who has worked with Dannii Minogue amongst others, with the track appeared on the compilation album for the show.


Anonymous Philip said...

Welcome back! We missed you and the cool tunes you posted. Love the Bananarama track and can't wait till their new album.
Don't leave it so long next time! Take care..... x

07 July, 2005 21:34  

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