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"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"

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":

  • 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."
  • The Burlesque of Venus: The music video of the cover of "Venus", alongside the sequences of a she-devil, a French woman, a vampire, and several goddesses, comes an homage of Botticelli's The Birth of Venus surrounded by dancers.
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  • Drugs Are Bad: "Hot Line to Heaven"
  • The '80s
  • Excited Show Title!: Wow!
  • Girl Group
  • A Goddess Am I: "Venus," of course.
  • Greatest Hits Album: The Greatest Hits Collection
  • New Sound Album: 1991's Pop Life, which featured Reggae, acid house and flamenco guitar.
  • New Wave
  • Rape as Drama: Downplayed. This is the actual subject of "Robert de Niro's Waiting," but the band decided not to emphasize it to make it easier for listeners.
  • 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.
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  • 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.
  • 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 

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