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The most successful British girl group in pop history, Bananarama formed in London in late 1981. Drawing equal inspiration for their name from the children's television program The Banana Splits and the Roxy Music song "Pyjamarama," the trio was comprised of lifelong friends Keren Woodward and Sarah Dallin along with Siobhan Fahey, whom Dallin befriended at the London College of Fashion. After getting their start singing at friends' parties and at nightclubs (where they performed accompanied by backing tapes -- none of the women played her own instrument), they came to the attention of ex-Sex Pistols drummer Paul Cook, who produced Bananarama's first single, a cover of Black Blood's "A.I.E. (A Mwana)." After the group backed Fun Boy Three on the single "It Ain't What You Do, It's the Way You Do It," the Three returned the favor for 1982's "He Was Really Sayin' Somethin'," a cover of the 1965 Velvelettes song that was the first of Bananarama's 26 U.K. chart smashes. While their initial hits, including "Shy Boy," "Na Na Hey Hey (Kiss Him Goodbye)," "Cruel Summer" (their first U.S. smash), and a cover of the Shocking Blue's "Venus," were roundly dismissed as fluffy pop fare, the success of 1984's rape-themed release "Robert DeNiro's Waiting" convinced the group to tackle more serious topics; however, the follow-up single, "Rough Justice" -- a song protesting political tensions in Northern Ireland -- bombed, and the trio's career stalled. In 1986, Bananarama's fortunes improved considerably when they joined forces with the production team of Stock, Aitken & Waterman, who produced the album Wow!; the group's most successful outing to date, it featured "Love in the First Degree" and "I Heard a Rumour," both of which were major hits. In 1987, Fahey left the group after marrying Eurythmics' Dave Stewart; she later resurfaced as one half of the duo Shakespear's Sister. Woodward and Dallin, meanwhile, enlisted pal Jacquie O'Sullivan, formerly of the Shillelagh Sisters, to fill the void. After a long layoff, the revamped group teamed with new producer Youth to issue the 1991 album Pop Life, which featured a cover of the Doobie Brothers' "Long Train Running." Shortly after the album's release, O'Sullivan too exited, and Woodward and Dallin forged on as a duo for 1992's Please Yourself and 1995's Ultra Violet. After a brief hiatus, the group returned with 2005's Euro-dance-friendly Drama and 2009's similar Viva. ~ Jason Ankeny
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Albums by
Bananarama

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    17 songs

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    Wow! [Bonus Tracks]

    15 songs

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    Drama [Enhanced]

    11 songs

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    Deep Sea Skiving

    12 songs

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    Pop Life

    11 songs

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    True Confessions

    10 songs

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    Please Yourself

    5 songs

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    Rhino Hi-Five: Bananarama

    57 songs

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    30 Years of Bananarama

    22 songs

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    The Very Best of Bananarama

    11 songs

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    Viva

    15 songs

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    Please Yourself [Bonus Tracks]

    15 songs

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    Bananarama [Bonus Tracks]

    18 songs

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    True Confessions [Bonus Tracks]

    12 songs

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    The 12" Collection

    10 songs

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    Wow!

    9 songs

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    Bananarama

    4 songs

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    I Heard a Rumour

    22 songs

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    The Greatest Hits and More More More

    16 songs

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    Deep Sea Skiving [Bonus Tracks]

    18 songs

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    Really Saying Something: The Platinum Collection

    14 songs

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    Robert De Niro's Waiting

    13 songs

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    Drama

    12 songs

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    Exotica

    13 songs

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    I Found Love

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Top Songs by
Bananarama

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    Popularity
  2.   Cruel Summer
  3.   Venus
  4.   I Heard a Rumour
  5.   Shy Boy
  6.   He Was Really Sayin' Somethin'
  7.   Love in the First Degree
  8.   Help
  9.   Cruel Summer '89
  10.   Venus/I Heard a Rumour/Love in the First Degree
  11.   A Trick of the Night
  12.   I Can't Help Myself
  13.   Nathan Jones
  14.   Aie a Mwana
  15.   Tempus Fugit Mix
  16.   I Can't Help It
  17.   Seventeen
  18.   Love Comes
  19.   Live Now
  20.   Love Bite
  21.   What a Shambles
  22.   Bananarama & Lananeeneenoonoo Help
  23.   The Wild Life
  24.   Hot Line to Heaven
  25.   Na Na Hey Hey (Kiss Him Goodbye)
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