"It's a cruel, cruel summer
Leaving me here on my own
It's a cruel, cruel summer
Now you're gone"
, "Cruel Summer
(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."
: "They would rule the entire world."
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:
"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.
- 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
- 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"
- 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.
- Xtreme Kool Letterz: "What Colour R The Skies Where U Live?"note