Bananarama

I missed out on these shows as I was in Portugal for work. But sounds like the ladies were on top form as always. Glad everyone seemed to enjoy the night and the new album has been so well received.

I think Alice sounds great on her ad libs on the covers of her songs but she shouldn’t be a 3rd member at this stage. Her own style is so different from the Nanas too.

As some have said the missing link now in the Bananarama live experience is some love for Pop Life. I seen on socials Ms Jacquie O has been up on stage with Simperman again for his 60th birthday bash and looking great post cancer and post lockdown. This really would be a good time for the ladies to reunite albeit temporarily for some Pop Life show!
 
I missed out on these shows as I was in Portugal for work. But sounds like the ladies were on top form as always. Glad everyone seemed to enjoy the night and the new album has been so well received.

I think Alice sounds great on her ad libs on the covers of her songs but she shouldn’t be a 3rd member at this stage. Her own style is so different from the Nanas too.

As some have said the missing link now in the Bananarama live experience is some love for Pop Life. I seen on socials Ms Jacquie O has been up on stage with Simperman again for his 60th birthday bash and looking great post cancer and post lockdown. This really would be a good time for the ladies to reunite albeit temporarily for some Pop Life show!
I couldn’t go either as I was also in Portugal for work.
 
Yeah they also said they couldn’t make it work live - they needed someone to rework it, to make it actually possible for them to sing it.

I can't sing, but I've always found Only Your Love the most difficult Bananarama song to sing along with.

Here for Alice fully joining them tbh

She kind of has for a while, doing their artwork, running social media.

Not as a 3rd member, but they could mix her vocals in a little to round out the vocals.
 
Other amusing titbits from their Q&A:
1. Andrew Ridgeley can remember far more lyrics to Bananarama songs than Wham! ones.
2. They used to go out drinking with Pete Burns after recording at Stock, Aitken and Waterman’s studios near Borough, and Burns would talk them through his latest plastic surgery procedures.
3. Last Thing On My Mind generated more royalties than Young At Heart did, and they enjoyed the money coming in while watching someone else do all the work.
 
Other amusing titbits from their Q&A:
1. Andrew Ridgeley can remember far more lyrics to Bananarama songs than Wham! ones.
2. They used to go out drinking with Pete Burns after recording at Stock, Aitken and Waterman’s studios near Borough, and Burns would talk them through his latest plastic surgery procedures.
3. Last Thing On My Mind generated more royalties than Young At Heart did, and they enjoyed the money coming in while watching someone else do all the work.
And important information to know, Sara’s favourite colour is Green and Keren’s is Blue
 
I think we are now at the point of a new Greatest Hits Collection for the Duo years and I hope this is one of the 40 year releases with a second disc of hits re-recorded with Ian Masterson.

I have created the following playlist I’m using with the structure of the 1988 collection, replacing SAW produced tracks with Ian Masterson and having newer tracks on Side A and then the ‘oldies’ on Side B


A Side

Love Comes (Radio Edit)
Love Don’t Live Here (Radio Mix)
Now Or Never
Stuff Like That (Single Mix)
Looking For Someone (Radio Mix)
Masquerade (Radio Edit)
Forever Young

B Side

Movin’ On (7-Inch)
Look On The Floor (Hypnotic Tango) (Radio Edit)
More, More, More (7-Inch Mix)
Every Shade Of Blue
I Found Love (Rozi-Mix AM3 [Edit])
Move In My Direction
Last Thing On My Mind

CD Bonus Tracks

Love, Leave, Forget
Favourite (Shanghai Surprise Remix)
Movin’ On (Bumpin’ Mix)
Look On The Floor (Solasso Remix)


Feels like Careless Whisper should be here as it was technically a single but if this collection was actually released they would clearly forget Exotica!
 
I think we are now at the point of a new Greatest Hits Collection for the Duo years and I hope this is one of the 40 year releases with a second disc of hits re-recorded with Ian Masterson.

I have created the following playlist I’m using with the structure of the 1988 collection, replacing SAW produced tracks with Ian Masterson and having newer tracks on Side A and then the ‘oldies’ on Side B


A Side

Love Comes (Radio Edit)
Love Don’t Live Here (Radio Mix)
Now Or Never
Stuff Like That (Single Mix)
Looking For Someone (Radio Mix)
Masquerade (Radio Edit)
Forever Young

B Side

Movin’ On (7-Inch)
Look On The Floor (Hypnotic Tango) (Radio Edit)
More, More, More (7-Inch Mix)
Every Shade Of Blue
I Found Love (Rozi-Mix AM3 [Edit])
Move In My Direction
Last Thing On My Mind

CD Bonus Tracks

Love, Leave, Forget
Favourite (Shanghai Surprise Remix)
Movin’ On (Bumpin’ Mix)
Look On The Floor (Solasso Remix)


Feels like Careless Whisper should be here as it was technically a single but if this collection was actually released they would clearly forget Exotica!
If should be in it.
 
There’s some signed red vinyl that have popped up on their store again, I was gutted I missed out on this the first time around so it was an instant order, but this is the 4th time I’ve bought this album now.
 
I'd be pleased with a duorama collection one day (not sure they'd have the audacity to title it 'greatest hits'?), but as a celebration of their 40 years, anything they put out should cover all of that period.

I'd like to see something like Kim gave us last year...

CD1 - hits
CD2 - more hits
CD3 - lesser known 'hits'
CD4 - b-sides
CD5 - remixes I
CD6 - remixes II
CD7 - deep cuts
DVD/Blu-Ray - promo video's, tv appearances, live performances etc

Not sure that's on the cards, but one can dream, and they're certainly deserving of a box set.
 
A Side

Love Comes (Radio Edit)
Love Don’t Live Here (Radio Mix)
Now Or Never
Stuff Like That (Single Mix)
Looking For Someone (Radio Mix)
Masquerade (Radio Edit)
Forever Young

B Side

Movin’ On (7-Inch)
Look On The Floor (Hypnotic Tango) (Radio Edit)
More, More, More (7-Inch Mix)
Every Shade Of Blue
I Found Love (Rozi-Mix AM3 [Edit])
Move In My Direction
Last Thing On My Mind

CD Bonus Tracks

Love, Leave, Forget
Favourite (Shanghai Surprise Remix)
Movin’ On (Bumpin’ Mix)
Look On The Floor (Solasso Remix)

The only thing I would change would be to include the album version of Love Don't Live Here Anymore as it is so good. Apart from that, perfect!
 
I’m not sure we need another compilation album tbh. 30 years of Bananarama covered up to and including the Viva singles (albeit ignoring a few tracks).

I think them doing more small headline shows of fan favourites (esp Pop Life era) would be preferable. Cover all 40 years and invite Siobhan and Jacquie to appear for a few tracks without the pressure/expectations of any full on reunions.
 
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