Sunday, 10 February 2019

Vintage Magazine Article: The Skive at Night

Check out this vintage magazine article from the 'Deep Sea Skiving' era.

As you can sea (heh), the Bananas were quite keen on having enormous hair in the early eighties.  

One can only imagine the huge amounts of hair products used during this period.  



Bananarama: Cruel Summer vs Robert de Niro's Waiting

Over on twitter, the Bananarama Singles Battle is continuing....


Both songs are often mentioned in articles celebrating the most memorable songs from the eighties.  Which will you choose?

Cruel Summer (1983/84)


  • Cruel Summer is the 8th single featuring Bananarama, if you take into account their collaboration with Fun Boy Three and the Japan only single 'He's Got Tact'.  The song was recorded in 1983 and released in the UK in June of that year.
  • The now iconic video was filmed in New York and features the girls fixing a car, hijacking a truck and being chased by the NYPD.  The video ends with a dance competition on top of a building overlooking the New York skyline.
  • Famously, the song was featured in the classic eighties film, 'The Karate Kid' but not on the soundtrack album. It was released in the USA in 1984.
  • The song was a huge success all over the world reaching the top 10 in countries such as UK, France, Ireland, South Africa and the USA.
  • The song is often regarded as one of the best singles from the eighties having been placed in both VH1 and Billboard listings, amongst others.



Robert de Niros Waiting (1984)


  • Robert de Niro's Waiting is the second single from Bananarama's second album.
  • The video features a Robert de Niro look-a-like who is armed with a violin case, which is later revealed to contain pizza.
  • The single was produced in various versions; including separate picture discs and coloured vinyl versions.
  • Robert asked to meet them after hearing about the song.  He famously telephoned Bananarama and they initially didn't believe it was him!  Robert also 'allegedly' took a shine to one of them.
  • The song rose to number 3 in the UK charts, making it one of Bananarama's best performing and selling UK singles.


Friday, 8 February 2019

10 reasons to be excited about Bananarama's new album 'In Stereo'

There are many obvious reasons to be excited about the new Bananarama album, In Stereo.  However, I've picked just 10 of them.

1. It's Bananarama's first album since 2009

It's been 10 long years since Bananarama's last album.  The follow-up to Viva has been a long time coming and fans were especially eager for new material after a particularly successful run of live shows over the last couple of years, which included the reunion tour of the decade, when Siobhan temporarily came back to the fold.

2. Richard X has produced and co-written a track

Respected songwriter and producer, Richard Philips, otherwise known as Richard X has produced and co-written one of the tracks on 'In Stereo'.  I'm sure that you know that Richard is responsible for some of pops most memorable songs in recent years, having worked with luminaries such as the 'Sugababes', 'Rachel Stevens', 'Liberty X', Annie', 'Pet Shop Boys' and 'Roisin Murphy'. Richard produced and co-wrote the first track on the album, 'Love in Stereo'.  Twitter / Website

3. Hannah Robinson has co-written a track

Like Richard X, Hannah has written for some of the best pop stars on the planet. For example, names such as 'Dannii Minogue', 'Geri Halliwell', 'Jamelia', 'Emma Bunton', 'Sophie Ellis-Bextor' and 'Kylie Minogue'. Hannah co-wrote 'Love in Stereo' with Richard X.  Twitter / Website

4. The track 'Love in Stereo' was previously a demo for MKS (ex of Sugababes)

MKS is short for Mutya Keisha Siobhan, the 3 original Sugababes. Along with other unreleased tracks, the original version of 'Love in Stereo' was leaked onto the internet and became a fan favourite.  When the 'In Stereo' track-list was announced, many fans began to speculate if it was the same song.  Amazingly, they were right.

5. Ian Masterson has worked his magic on the album

Ian has a history of creating some great material with Bananarama.  He worked on Bananarama's last 2 albums, 'Drama' and 'Viva'.  Both albums were re-released this year as expanded editions. Twitter / Website

6. The album previews on iTunes are amazing

The iTunes previews are a whole 90 seconds and you really get a good sense of each of the tracks. From the disco of 'Stuff Like That' to the atmospheric balladry of the final track 'On Your Own', there's lots to be excited about. To listen to them, click here.

7. 'Bright Light, Bright Light' has co-written a song

Singer / songwriter Rod Thomas is the genius behind 'Bright Light, Bright Light'.  Rod has co-written the album track 'Tonight' with Sara and Keren.  Last year, I saw him perform live and he was absolutely amazing... and you really must check out his back catalogue. Twitter / Website

8. Sara and Keren have possibly never sounded better

Ian Masterson's production sounds really fresh.  In my opinion, this could be their best duo album.... that's how good it is!

9. There are so many worthy singles on the album

Aside from 'Love in Stereo', I'm particularly fond of 'I'm on Fire' and 'Intoxicated' but in all honesty they're all worthy of being a single.

10. April is really not very far away

'In Stereo' is released on April 19.  You can preorder it on black vinyl from the LoveBananarama store where it's currently just £12.99 at the time of writing.  Click here.

Pet Shop Boys: Agenda e.p.


The Pet Shop Boys new e.p. is out today and it features 4 amazing new tracks.

Earlier this week, we listened to 'Give Stupidity a Chance' and 'On Social Media' and both tracks are instant classics.  It's so good to have the PSB's back.  They really don't disappoint.




You can order the e.p. on vinyl here.


Rewind 2019 (North) lineup revealed

Rewind is the hugely successful annual festival that celebrates the finest eighties pop stars.

The line-up for the north weekend has just been announced and as you can see, there are a few familiar names.  Hosted by The Doctor (from Doctor and the Medics) and Toyah, you can expect to see:

  • Gloria Gaynor
  • UB40 Feat Ali Campbell and Astro
  • Cutting Crew
  • Level 42
  • Bananarama
  • Heaven 17
  • Thin Lizzy
  • Tiffany
  • The Selecter
  • Heather Small
  • Cutting Crew
  • Hazel O'Connor
  • The Undertones
  • The Primitives
  • Neville Staple
  • Joyce Sims
  • Black Box
  • Martin Kemp (DJ set)
  • Bjorn Again
  • The Dire Straits Experience

I bet you can see some of your favourites in that list. I'm particularly excited about Joyce Sims and The Primitives.

You can find out more here.