Bananarama are an English female pop music duo. They were formed as a trio in 1979 by friends Sara Dallin, Siobhan Fahey and Keren Woodward. Between 1982 and 2009, they had 28 singles reach the Top 50 of the UK Singles Chart. The group’s 10 UK Top 10 hits include ‘It Ain’t What You Do…’, ‘Shy Boy’ and ‘Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye’ They performed their final dates as a group in August 2018.
About Bananarama in brief
Bananarama are an English female pop music duo. They were formed as a trio in 1979 by friends Sara Dallin, Siobhan Fahey and Keren Woodward. Between 1982 and 2009, they had 28 singles reach the Top 50 of the UK Singles Chart. The group’s 10 UK Top 10 hits include \”It Ain’t What You Do… \”, \”Shy Boy\” and \”Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye. They are associated with the MTV-driven Second British Invasion of the US. Bananarama featured on the 1984 Band Aid single, \”Do They Know It’s Christmas?\”. They topped the Australian ARIA albums chart in June 1988 with Wow! and earned Brit Award nominations for Best British Single for \”Love in the First Degree\”, and Best Music Video for their 1988 hit cover of The Supremes single \”Nathan Jones\”. Fahey left the group in 1988 and formed Shakespears Sister, best known for the UK number one \”Stay\”. She was replaced by Jacquie O’Sullivan. After O’ Sullivan’s departure in 1991, the group continued as a duo, with hits including \”Movin’ On’ and ‘Move in My Direction’ They performed their final dates as a group in August 2018 and toured the UK in November 2017 and North America in February 2018. They took their name, in part, from the Roxy Music song \”Pyjamarama\”. The trio were ardent followers of the punk rock and post-punk music scenes during the late 1970s and early 1980s.
They often performed impromptu sets or backing vocals at gigs for such bands as The Monochrome Set, The Professionals, Iggy Pop, Department S, The Nipple Erectors, and The Jam. Their debut album, Deep Sea Skiving, was produced by Jolley & Swain. The band recorded their first single, “Cheers Then”, with Jolley and Swain co-writing it. Their third album, Deep Sea Skive, was recorded by ex-Specials member Terry Hall, who invited them to collaborate with his new vocal group Fun Boy Three on their album and the single “It Ain’t What you Do” The band’s first significant mainstream success came in 1982 with the song the UK Top 5 in the UK single, ‘It’s All Over Now’. Their fourth and final album was released in 1989 with several hit singles, including ‘Really Saying Something’ and ‘Shy Boys’ The band have released three albums, with their first two being produced and co-written by Jolie Swain, but very positive reviews from critics. Their last album was ‘Deep Skiving’, which was recorded and produced by Terry Hall and included a cover of ‘Cheers then’ – a version of ’Cheers’ by The Rolling Stones’ ‘I Want You Back’