BANANARAMA

REVIEW: ‘Live At The London Eventim’ – Bananarama

Bananarama have finally released the DVD of their sell out reunion tour of last year and it’s packaged in CD/LP bundles too!

Bananarama reunited for the first time in twenty nine years last year to shock, surprise and overwhelming support. The ‘girls’ have spent the past twelve months touring the UK, Australia and The United States playing to sell out audiences and packed concert halls to the delight of thousands and thousands of fans, who never thought they would see the day when the world’s most successful all girl group would perform a live set.

Bananarama’s story is one of critical and industry ridicule but one where the three singers and songwriters have had the last laugh. Thirty seven years on and more than forty million records later, Sara Dallin, Keren Woodward and Siobhan Fahey set the bar for all other girls groups to follow. Without them it’s doubtful we would ever of had The Spice Girls, All Saints, Girls Aloud, Pussycat Dolls and all the rest. They were the original ‘girl power’ group who put singles at the top of the charts the world over and have spent their whole career doing it THEIR WAY!

When Siobhan left in early 1988, it seemed to many their story was at an end, but with the help of friend Jacqui O’Sullivan, the group continued on with more and more hits and a multi million selling Greatest Hits album. They toured extensively during 1989 prior to new material and more hits in the early 1990’s. After 1993 it seemed to quieten down, with a Japan only release in 1996 coming before the dawn of the 21st century. Sara and Keren (now working as a duo) made a big return to the charts in 2005 with the single “Move In My Direction” and the album “Drama”.

Another chart return in 2009 with the single “Love Comes” and the album “Viva” preceded another greatest hits album in 2011 and regular appearances on stage at 80’s reunion concerts and playing small venues and corporate events. The original line up ‘reunited’ at the beginning of 2017, now in their late 50’s they wanted to do what they had never done before, take to the road and play their biggest hits to their many fans and take a trip down memory lane themselves. And it even took the girls but surprise when all the tickets sold out within days! So much so, another eight concerts were added in the UK and a double trip across the Atlantic and back to play to thousands of appreciative US fans (a market where Bananarama have enjoyed incredible success).

For anyone that was lucky enough to catch a show, it was a magical and unbelievable experience. The ladies were on top form and set about demonstrating just how well they are at live performing, dancing and putting on a right good ol’ show! Perhaps the most surprising aspect was allowing Siobhan to perform her 1992 No.1 with Shakespeare’s Sister “Stay”, with Sara and Keren joining in for the final chorus. And as if that wasn’t enough, Siobhan joined Sara and Keren on their 1991 hit (without Siobhan) “Preacher Man”. Of course the big ones were left till last and following their US chart topper “Venus”, we all sang “Na Na Hey (Kiss Him Goodbye)” with the emphasis on ‘goodbye’, only to be encored with their 1987 hit “Love In The First Degree”.

So if you were there and want to relive that time when all of Bananarama sang live, this is definitely for you. As for Sara and Keren, they are back in the recording studio working on new material for a release sometime in 2019. Let’s hope it isn’t long before they grace the stage once more with their very own brand of unforgettable power pop and a reminder of how to stay at the top of the music business for nearly forty years.

Tracklisting for the CD and DVD are as follows:
CD 1:
Nathan Jones
Robert De Niro’s Waiting
Rough Justice
Aie A Mwana
Cruel Summer
Trick Of The Night 2017
Shy Boy Trouble
Really Saying Something
Cheers Then
Stay

CD 2:
Preacher Man
I Heard A Rumour
More Than Physical
I Can’t Help It
I Want You Back
Venus
Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye
It Aint What You Do…
Love In The First Degree

DVD:
Nathan Jones
Robert De Niro’s Waiting
Rough Justice
Aie A Mwana
Cruel Summer
Trick Of The Night 2017
Shy Boy Trouble
Really Saying Something
Cheers Then
Stay
Preacher Man
I Heard A Rumour
More Than Physical
I Can’t Help It
I Want You Back
Venus
Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye
It Aint What You Do…
Love In The First Degree

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Written by Christopher Smith

So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!

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