Monday, August 08, 2005

Summer Songs-Bananarama

Today in Music History:

In 1970, Janis Joplin bought a headstone for the grave of her greatest influence Bessie Smith at the Mont Lawn Cemetery in Philadelphia. Smith died in 1937 after being refused admission to a whites only hospital.
bananaramaCute girls, sugary sweet pop songs with an almost innocent feel. Even though all of us guys knew what they were selling. I didn't care care. Even so they did manage to put out a good crop good/bad girl songs. The most successful British girl-group in pop history,(better than those slutty spice girls) Bananarama formed in London in late 1981. Drawing equal inspiration for their name from the children's television program The Banana Splits and the Roxy Music song "Pyjamarama,". I was a big fan of Keren, Siobhan and Sarah. In those days I think I wanted to hose at least 2 of them, when I was lonely and well lonely. They used to sing at friends parties and nightclubs in London at the beginning. Shockingly only accompanied by backing tapes because they couldn't play a lick on any instrument. Amazingly they came to the attention of ex-Sex Pistols drummer Paul Cook, who produced Bananarama's first single, a cover of Swahili Black Blood's "Aie A Mwana."

What followed was 26 UK chart toppers and a brief but recognizable presence in the states. Their first US hit happened to be about summer, a cruel summer. But when you hear them sing about it, this summer doesn't sound that cruel. How could it be when you're on top of the world. This is not my fave Bananarama song. My fave would have to be 1984's rape-themed release "Robert DeNiro's Waiting" But that's just me. Me is also a closet Bananarama fan and watching some of the heat waves this summer it has indeed been a

Cruel Summer by Bananarama

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