Wednesday, 16 December 2015

BANANARAMA
























"The greatest hits and more"
Year:    2007
Country:    UK
City:    London
Producer:    Paul Cook and Steve Jones
Label:    Warner Bros
Formar:    CD , LP
Tracks:    21
Time:    60 min.
Genre:    electronic
Style:            Industrial             SynthPop












BANANARAMA were founded in London in 1979 by Fahey, Woodward and Dallin, the latter two having been childhood friends in Bristol since the age of four, and attending St. George's School for Girls together. The pair became a trio when Dallin met Fahey while studying fashion journalism in London. They became friends because they both dressed more radically than the other students. The trio were ardent followers of the punk rock and post-punk music scene during the late 70s and early 1980s and often performed impromptu sets or backing vocals at gigs for such bands as: Sex Pistols, Iggy Pop, The Jam,  Department S and The Nipple Erectors. At the beggining BANANARAMA performing some Sex Pistols covers, but just one of them was recorded at studio and published in different albums and compilations, "No feelings" (S.P, 1976). The band took the attention of Pau Cook (ex-drummer of Sex Pistols), who tried to create another "Sex Pistols Residuals Experiment" such as: The Professionals, Sham 69, Bow Wow Wow, etc. These projects or artificial projects dured very few time and recorded one or two albums, no more. The BANANARAMA case was radically different, and the female trio had a very successful carrer from 1981 to 1989, almost a decade. In general public and critics describe their best album the debut "Deep sea skiving" (1982), which according Discogs was a melange of synth-pop, new wave with few afro, tribal or industrial touches in the rhythmic and percussions section. The true is BANANARAMA is not frankly the most suitable nor band neither album for this blog you are now reading, but the fact is curious this female band make music not bad at all, despite it's of course completly mainstream and commercial. This compilation here below was made in 2007 only on CD format by major "Warner Bros" and is probably one of the best ways to know BANANARAMA music from its beggining until nowadays.



















Seve Jones and Paul Cook of the Sex Pistols helped BANANARAMA get their first record deal. In 1981 the members of Bananarama were living above Jones and Cook’s rehearsal room, and with their help, the group recorded their first demo “Aie a Mwana.” Further Sex Pistols connection came when Malcolm McLaren offered to manage them. McLaren’s proposal of sexually suggestive material did not fit with the group’s tomboyish image, and so BANANARAMA passed on McLaren’s management - probably a wise decision, as their later string of top ten UK hit singles would attest.
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