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

by Christopher Smith

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.

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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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