Back when the X Factor and Little Mix were merely twinkles in Simon Cowell’s eye, one girlband was dominating the charts with their unique brand of catchy pop tunes and a devil may care attitude. Known collectively as Bananarama, the trio, originally made up of Keren Woodward, Sarah Dallin and Irish girl Siobhan Fahey, even made the Guinness Book of Records back in 1988 as the first all-female group with the most chart entries in the world – and despite the success of groups such as The Spice Girls and Girls Aloud that record still stands!
Suffice to say that Bananrama were a musical tour de force. With chart hits that were supremely infectious including Robert De Niro’s Waiting, Cruel Summer, Venus, I Want You Back, I Heard a Rumour and Love in the First Degree, even the 1988 departure of Fahey, who was replaced by Jacquie O’Sullivan, couldn’t stall this juggernaut and they continued to enjoy chart success for several more years before O’Sullivan left and they became a duo.
Nowadays Woodward and Dallin perform are regulars on the festival circuit and are still releasing albums. With their music still in heavy circulation on the radio and various soundtracks, it’s hard to believe that it’s actually 30 years since they released their first ever hit single, Really Saying Something. To celebrate this fact a Best Of… CD/DVD set was released last month. Containing a mammoth amount of music, the CD is a real trip down memory lane. However the highlight is definitely the DVD where the videos remind us of the band’s evolution from Tomboys to Glamourpusses to Divas – and all in the era before stylists were on pop stars’ speed dial! The music still sounds remarkably fresh as well and I defy anyone not to dance around the living room to this! All together now, “I heard a rumooooouuuuurrrrrr….”