The cover is just OK. Not a good choice to put the photos in black and white. Bananarama are fun group. We need lots of color. I make some Siobhan fans mad by saying this, but I don't think she should have got a solo shot. Sure she was a founding member, but she hasn't been a member of the group since early 1988.
In March of 1987, Keren and Sara took part in another charity single called "Let It Be" by Ferry Aid. Bananarama's style changed again around this time. Their look was more sleek and sexy. The music came with a big change too, as the group kept working with SAW.
Two remixes were commissioned to help promote the greatest hits and world tour in 1989: "Cruel Summer '89" and "Megarama '89". The compilation videos were not included on the DVD.
And at the end of 1989, there was a remake of "Do They Know It's Christmas?" by Band Aid 2. Bananarama was the only returning artists, although this time with Jacquie.
Keren and Sara continued on as a duo. Their first album as a duo was the very ABBA-sounding "Please Yourself." Some sort of saw this as a step backwards musically for the group. As they returned to SAW, who know were also a duo (SW). There was just something missing about the music ... the "WOW!" factor.
The album had three lovely singles … "Movin' On", "Last Thing On My Mind" and "More, More, More."
The album was called "Ultra Violet" in most regions, and "I Found Love" in Japan. In fact, the Japanese were the only ones to get the single "I Found Love." Unfortunately, that video is not on the DVD. The other two singles from the album were "Every Shade Of Blue" and "Take Me To Your Heart." Both of the later singles were big club hits in America.
In February of 2002, Bananarama had a 20th Anniversary Show at G-A-Y in the historic Astoria theatre in London. I saved all my money and went to the show. It was great meeting fans from around the world. And after the show, I got to go back stage and show and meet not only Keren and Sara, but Siobhan as well. As Siobhan joined them on stage for the encore.
Things looked up in 2002 as the group recorded the theme song for a UK TV Show called "Is Harry on the Boat?" The song was called "Love, Leave, Forget" and it was amazing, despite the awkward sax solo. But sadly, it wasn't released a single or even a promo.
In 2006, the Angel City Remix of "Look On The Floor (Hypnotic Tango)" went to #2 in the US Dance Charts. That summer, they also came to the US to promote "Drama." My hubby, Arturo, and I met up with them in Long Beach and the next day in Los Angeles.
That leads us to 2012! I can't explain why they are my favourite group. A lot of it is the music that is the soundtrack of my life. I also love that they aren't the most amazing singers. And they have a fun, carefree attitude that I love.
We have some upcoming NEWS about Bananarama. Stay tuned to POPtastic Confessions!
30 Years of Bananarama CD/DVD is available for purchase on Amazon.
Go buy it now!
And check out their official website: www.bananarama.co.uk