FRESH: ‘Dance Music’ – Bananarama

Bananarama are back with “Dance Music” and their first studio album for ten years, “In Stereo”!

For the past three decades, Bananarama’s Sara Dallin and Keren Woodward have been one of pop’s most influential and revered groups. Their hit packed career happened because they were the mould-breakers. Sometimes reminders of pop genius come in the slightest of touches, the subtlest of triggers. “In Stereo“, their upcoming 11th studio album, is full of them.

The electro pulses throbbing through newly revealed track “Dance Music”; the moody echo vocal effect on the bridge of “I’m On Fire”; the boisterous Saturday night pure disco “Stuff Like That”; the Blondie-ish buzz to “Looking For Someone”; the spare, house music bassline to “Tonight”. Finishing on a ballad, as all the best Bananarama albums do, on the sad and gorgeous “On Your Own”.

“In Stereo” is Bananarama back to their pinnacle best, a ten-track total recall on their irresistible pop storytelling capacity. Bananarama have also collaborated with producer royalty Richard X on the stomper “Love In Stereo”.

“In Stereo” will released 19th April 2019, on CD, Digital and Vinyl.

BANANARAMA – IN STEREO tracklisting:
Love In Stereo
Dance Music
I’m On Fire
Looking For Someone
Stuff Like That
It’s Gonna Be Alright
Got To Get Away
On Your Own


In the spring, they’re going to take an evening with Bananarama on tour for one time only, to small, intimate venues and will incorporate Q&As with the audience. The band will perform the hits as well as material from the new album. “It feels like the right thing to do” says Sara, “to get back in touch at ground level with the fans. To have a conversation with them and then play the new material”.

Friday 26th April – Omeara, London
Saturday 27th April – Borderline, London
Sunday 28th April – Glee Club, Birmingham
Tuesday 30th April – Gorilla, Manchester
Thursday 2nd May – St Luke’s, Glasgow

All tickets VIP
Price – £75.00 (plus booking fees)

Stay in touch with Bananarama through their WEBSITE and their FACEBOOK page

Don’t forget to follow all the songs featured on our FRESH music feature on the playlist. Enjoy!


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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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