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Monday, December 31, 2012

#1 in my favourite songs of 2012

#1 in my favourite songs of 2012 is "Now Or Never" by Bananarama. Click on the song title to see when I first wrote about the song.

As you probably know Bananarama are my all-time favourite group. And this year was a special year for them as it was their 30th Anniversary of their first song in the charts. Yes, back in February of 1982 their song "It Ain't What You Do" with the Fun Boy Three went Top 5 in the UK charts.

In 1984, they cracked the US Top 10 with "Cruel Summer." Two years later they went all the way to #1 in the US and around the world with their remake of "Venus." Read my full history of Bananarama blog entry here.

This year was a great year for Bananarama. Earlier in the year, they released a CD/DVD combo called "30 Years Of Bananarama." It was the first time a compilation of their videos had been available on DVD.

This summer, they performed at the Olympics! They performed a halftime set for the men's beach volleyball final. Unfortunately, it wasn't televised, but a wonderful fan filmed part of it.

If that wasn't enough, Bananarama toured the US with a live band. The tour was sponsored by Hard Rock Café's Pinktober to raise money and awareness for breast cancer research. We were lucky enough to see them in Las Vegas on their last night of the tour. And I even danced with them on stage.

And they just performed live at the Wembley 02 Arena as part of a celebration of acts that have worked with Pete Waterman. It was called Hit Factory Live and Bananarama stole the show.

So this leads me back to the song "Now Or Never." It starts off as a slow song and builds and builds into a full-on dance floor filler. It's so uplifting. It's about taking a chance on love. It is magical. I might have had tears in my eyes when I first heard it. It just makes me so very happy.

Unfortunately, they didn't make a video for the song. Bananarama released the EP on their own, as are many artists these days (for example, Annikafiore & Gwenno). The years of big-budget videos for Bananarama might be gone. But fans will want even a low-budget video than none at all.

However, Bananarama-fan Yas filmed them at several shows and put the videos together and did quite a good job! Enjoy!~

"Now Or Never" is available on iTunes and Amazon.

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