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Why Bananarama are far more credible than you thought

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Iconic ’80s pop duo Bananarama (once a trio) have just announced they’ll be touring Australia in 2019 with support guests Tiffany and Amber.

Now, while it’s tempting to dismiss Bananarama as a two-bit fluffy pop act, mostly remembered for wearing denim dungarees in cheesy music videos, and injecting disco tinges to classic hits like Shocking Blue’s Venus and The Supremes’ Nathan Jones, you’d be foolish for doing so…

Surviving 35+ years in any industry – let alone the fickle music industry – is a feat in itself.

Having stuck together since forming in 1981, Sarah Dallin and Keren Woodward are far more credible a music duo than that. Indeed, surviving 35+ years in any industry – let alone the fickle music industry – is a feat in itself.

That Bananarama have had more Top 40 hits (count 32!) than the Spice Girls managed, and gained entry in the Guinness Book of Records as the biggest girl group since The Supremes, is impressive stuff.

But, as one of the Nanas’ earlier singles stipulated, “It ain’t what you do, it’s the way that you do it” – and they’ve certainly done it their way. Back in the early days of pop music making, there were no svengali operators of today’s sort. No shady Simon Fuller or Simon Cowell-like characters slapping together a batch of personality-devoid bimbettes.

The Banana bunch came together in a far more genuine manner, where three teenagers, all working the club scene in London, simply found themselves getting on very well and deciding to make a pop record.

Childhood friends Sarah and Keren worked evenings at The Marquee Club to make ends meet, and here they met fellow club addict, Siobhan Fahey, who was a door-bitch, moving from venue to venue.

“U2 were a permanent fixture at The Marquee,” Sarah has said in retrospect, “but we’d never heard of them ’cause we were too busy in the cloakroom going through other people’s pockets.”

One night, having been thrown out of the YWCA “for keeping late hours”, Sarah and Keren bumped into Sex Pistols drummer Paul Cook, who invited them to live in a dingy old loft above the Pistols’ rehearsal room. It was inevitable that with Johnny Rotten’s drawings on the walls and Sid’s old bondage trousers in the cupboards, it didn’t take long for Sarah, Keren and new pal Siobhan to form a band. One performance via John Peel was all it took to catch the attention of The Specials’ Terry Hall, who tracked the girls down and asked them to record with his outfit, Fun Boy Three.

The hit single It Ain’t What You Do was followed by a string of Bananarama’s own successful releases including Shy Boy, Rough Justice, Robert De Niro’s Waiting, and Cruel Summer, before the girls encountered dance music maestros Stock, Aitken & Waterman to deliver instant club hits Venus, Love In The First Degree, and More Than Physical.

Now you’ll get to hear many of these hits when Bananarama tour Australia in 2019. Details below.  Antonino Tati

 

BANANARAMA AUSTRALIA TOUR DATES 2019:

Sunday 17 February
Crown Theatre | Perth, WA

All Ages
ticketmaster.com.au | Ph: 136 100

 

Tuesday 19 February
Thebarton Theatre | Adelaide, SA

All Ages
ticketmaster.com.au | Ph: 136 100

 

Friday 22 February
The Forum | Melbourne, VIC

18+
ticketmaster.com.au | Ph: 136 100

 

Saturday 23 February
Canberra Theatre | Canberra, ACT

All Ages
canberraticketing.com.au | Ph: (02) 6275 2700

 

Sunday 24 February
Enmore Theatre | Sydney, NSW

All Ages
ticketek.com.au | Ph: 132 849

 

Wednesday 27 February
Eatons Hill | Brisbane, QLD 

All Ages
moshtix.com.au | Ph: 1300 438 849

 

Thursday 28 February
The Star | Gold Coast, QLD

All Ages
ticketek.com.au | Ph: 132 849

 

OTHER FACTS ABOUT BANANARAMA THAT OUGHT TO IMPRESS:

  • Bananarama stands as the most-successful female band worldwide with the most charting singles in the globe (Guinness Book of World Records).
  • Their ten albums have sold more than 40 million copies worldwide.
  • The Greatest Hits Collection is Platinum here in Australia, 3x Platinum in the UK, and Gold in the US and Canada.
  • 32 UK Top 40 hits, totalling nearly 164 weeks on the UK singles chart.
  • Wow, the band’s fourth studio album debuted at No.1 on the ARIA Album chart in 1987.

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