When did most of you discover or when did your love for Bananarama start?
For me, my love of the girls started when they released ‘Move in my Direction’ followed by the superb electro stomping album, ‘Drama’.
The first thing that grabbed me was that iconic, moody album cover. The photograph was so on point - two beautiful (older) women at their prime, looking fierce, sassy and so commanding. I was hooked. Delving into the album, I was coming from the passion of Dannii’s ‘Neon Nights’, Holly’s ‘State of Mind’ and various Girls Aloud tracks, and it just sounded so beautiful. ‘Frequency’, ‘Love Bite’ and ‘Don’t Step on my Groove’ kept pulling me back and I knew that this was album I would hold in such high regard. Fun fact, I managed to snag a copy of this on Vinyl, brand new, last year! Plays perfectly.
From then, I have been hooked. ‘Viva’, ‘In Stereo’ and ‘Masquerade’ have only cemented my love for the girls and now make me actively seek them out to see live, pull together playlists and consume these girls consistently throughout the year.
Strangely, it has not made me want to dig into their back catalogue, with me only going back as far as ‘Drama’. This may surprise some, but I think it’s because for me, this is who Bananana were from their relaunch and the sounds of the original trio just doesn’t stir any nostalgic value, if that makes sense.