Where are you now Banderas? This is your life!
Sally Herbert and Caroline Buckley started out in the music business as backing musicians in the 80’s group The Communards (“Never Can Say Goodbye”, “Don’t Leave Me This Way”) but when the group disbanded they decided to go it alone.
What resulted was the group Banderas. The girls would set about working on their own material, but reeling in mates such as Johnny Marr, Bernard Sumner and of course Jimmy Somerville. Their debut single “This Is Your Life” was released in March 1991 and includes a sample of the song “Crack Attack” by Grace Jones. It reached No.16 in the UK and charted top 40 across Europe and even reached No.34 on the US dance chart!
Their debut album “Ripe” (produced by Stephen Hague) followed but this only reached No.40 in the UK. The second single “She Sells” made No.41 and a third track “May This Be Your Last Sorrow” failed to make the charts anywhere.
The pair parted ways after that. Sally Herbert has gone on to work as an arranger for many artists and groups including The Manic Street Preachers, Florence and The Machine, Radiohead, Robbie Williams and even Kylie! Caroline has kept a much lower profile since but was rumoured to of appeared in the first series of Pop Idol in a reject performance!
Sally Herbert. Caroline Buckley, this IS your life!
NB: In 2021, Sally Herbert teamed up with Jimmy Somerville for the first time in 35 years when she co-produced and arranged “Everything Must Change”, a cover of a 1974 Bernard Ighner and Quincy Jones song, in aid of the charity, End Youth Homelessness. The track is available on all digital and streaming sites.
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