Bananarama









Bananarama

Bananarama

formed in 1982 and has had major success with their pop and New Wave songs. Instead of the usual three part harmonies, the girls sang in unison, and the background vocalists did as well.. Many times they sang at the same microphone together. This made for a unique style for them and it worked well for them because they had many top hits. The group was formed in London in 1979. Friends Siobhan Fahey, Sara Dallin, and Karen Woodward were the founders of the band. The girls were followers of punk rock and post punk music in the late 1870's and 1980's. They performed backing vocals for bands such as The Monochrome Set, Iggy Pop, The Jam, Department S, and The Nipple Erectors.

With the help of Steve Jones and Paul Cook, former Sex Pistols members, the Bananarama recorded their first demo called Aie A Mwana. Demon records heard the song and offered the girls their first record contract deal. Their song was a hit on the underground and from it came a recording contract with Decca Records and then later London Records. Bananarama was featured in the U. K. fashion magazine, The Face after their first hit. Terry Hall saw the feature and invited the girls to collaborate with his vocal group known as Fun Boy Three on their track, Tainít What You Do Itís the Way You Do It, and the song was a big hit in 1983. It hit number 5 in the U. K. And was the beginning for Bananaramaís mainstream success. Fun Boy Three later sang on Bananaramaís song with them and it was called Really Saying Something.

Bananarama had their greatest success from 1982 to 1989. They had 10 Top 10 singles on the U. K. Charts and 3 Top 10 hits in the U. S.. One of them made it to number one. Some of their biggest hits internationally were, Cruel Summer, Venus, Love In the First Degree, and I Heard A Rumour. Their debut album, Deep Sea Skiving, had several hit singles such as Really Saying Something,(number 5 in the U. K.) and Shy Boy (number 4 in the U. K.) The album also included a cover version of Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye (hit number 5 in the U. K.). After the trio released their fourth album and another single from the album, OíSullivan left the group to form her own group, Slippery feet, which was short lived. In 1993, Dallin and Woodward came back as a duo and they released a new album called Please Yourself. By 2002, Bananarama had sold over 40 million albums worldwide. That same year they released another hit album, The Very best of Bananarama. As of February, 2007, it was announced that the group was back in the studio and recording again. They have released a total of 9 albums, 43 singles, 12 compilations, and 3 music video compilations.