Music / Bananarama

"It's a cruel, cruel summer
Leaving me here on my own
It's a cruel, cruel summer
Now you're gone"
Bananarama, "Cruel Summer"

Butt-Head: [while watching the video to "Venus"] These chicks should marry GWAR.
Beavis: Yeah, yeah, that would be cool!
Butt-Head: They would have offspring that would be the coolest people ever lived.
Beavis: Yeah! And they would rule Antarctica.
Butt-Head: They would rule the entire world.
Beavis and Butt-Head, "Beavis and Butt-Head Meet God, Part II"

Bananarama are an all-female British pop vocal group from The '80s. Their best known hits include "Cruel Summer," forever associated with The Karate Kid, and their Cover Version of the Shocking Blue's "Venus." The group started as a trio of friends Siobhan Fahey, Keren Woodward and Sarah Dallin. Many of their biggest hits were produced by Stock Aitken Waterman.

As usual, you can find the basics about their career at The Other Wiki.

Their albums include:

  • Deep Sea Skiving
  • Bananarama
  • True Confessions
  • Wow !

"It's a trope, trope summer, indexing me here on my own":

  • Artistic License Geography: The video for "Cruel Summer" is clearly set in New York City, but there is a Dukes of Hazzard-style sheriff character.
  • Boyish Short Hair: Siobhan sported a short haircut during the mid eighties.
    • Both Karen and Sara had their hair short during the late eighties and early nineties.
  • Cover Version: Several, including Steam's "Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye," The Supremes' "Nathan Jones," the Sex Pistols' "No Feelings," the Doobie Brothers' "Long Train Running," and, of course, "Venus."
  • Drugs Are Bad: "Hot Line to Heaven"
  • The '80s
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Siobhan was generally the more popular of three with most fans agreeing that the group wasn't quite as good after she left.
  • Excited Show Title!: Wow!
  • Girl Group
  • Greatest Hits Album: The Greatest Hits Collection
  • New Sound Album: 1991's Pop Life, which featured Reggae, acid house and flamenco guitar.
  • New Wave
  • Repurposed Pop Song: "Venus" has been used in several different TV commercials.
  • Rule of Cool: With fire, a woman dressed as the devil, a woman with huge bat-like wings, a woman in a beret pushing a man from one table to another, the band dancing and singing, and all those different women being worshipped by men, and a woman in a wedding dress coming out of a casket, and with none of these different elements acknowledging each other, the video for "Venus" runs on this.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Siobhan left in 1988, following her marriage to the Eurythmics' Dave Stewart, disillusionment with the band's musical direction, and feeling alienated from Keren and Sarah, since they had been friends longer than they had been with her.
  • Self-Backing Vocalist: Averted, as they regularly sang in unison.
  • Shout-Out: "Robert De Niro's Waiting"
  • Signature Song: Either "Venus" or "Cruel Summer".
  • Silly Love Songs: "I Heard A Rumor," "Love in the First Degree," etc.
  • Tomboys: This was their early image, and why they turned down Malcolm McLaren's offer to manage them and take them in a Hotter and Sexier direction.
    • Indeed in their earlier music videos the trio often wore checkered shirts, braces or dungarees.
  • Xtreme Kool Letterz: "What Colour R The Skies Where U Live?"note