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Bananarama are a British and Irish pop group, formed as a trio in 1980 by friends Sara Dallin, Siobhan Fahey, and Keren Woodward. Fahey left the group in 1988 and was replaced by Jacquie O'Sullivan until 1991, when the trio became a duo. Their success on both pop and dance charts saw them listed in the Guinness World Records for achieving the world's highest number of chart entries by an all-female group. Between 1982 and 2009, they had 30 singles reach the Top 50 of the UK Singles Chart.
The group's UK top-10 hits include "It Ain't What You Do..." (1982), "Really Saying Something" (1982), "Shy Boy" (1982), "Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye" (1983), "Cruel Summer" (1983), "Robert De Niro's Waiting..." (1984), "Love in the First Degree" (1987), "I Want You Back" in 1988, and charity track "Help!" in 1989. In 1986, they had a U.S. number one with another of their UK top-10 hits, a cover of "Venus". In total, they had 11 singles reach the US Billboard Hot 100 (1983–1988), including the top-10 hits "Cruel Summer" (1984) and "I Heard a Rumour" (1987). They are associated with the MTV-driven Second British Invasion of the US. The trio performed on "Do They Know It's Christmas?", a UK chart-topping collaborative charity single released in 1984. They topped the Australian ARIA albums chart in June 1988 with Wow! (1987), and earned Brit Award nominations for Best British Single for "Love in the First Degree", and Best Music Video for their cover of the Supremes single "Nathan Jones".
Fahey left the group in 1988 and formed Shakespears Sister, best known for the UK number one "Stay" (1992). She was replaced by Jacquie O'Sullivan. This line-up had UK top-five hits with "I Want You Back", (1988) and a cover of The Beatles' "Help!" (1989) recorded with comedy duo French and Saunders and comedian Kathy Burke for the charity Comic Relief. They also charted with "Love, Truth and Honesty" and "Nathan Jones".
In 1989, they embarked on their first world tour and had another hit with a new remixed version of "Cruel Summer".
In 1990 and 1991, they had top-30 hits with "Only Your Love", "Preacher Man", and "Long Train Running" and their new studio album Pop Life, which featured these singles and a fourth, "Tripping on Your Love", which was released soon after the album.
After O'Sullivan's late-1991 departure, Dallin and Woodward continued Bananarama as a duo, with further top-30 hits including "Movin' On" (1992), "More, More, More" (1993), "Move in My Direction" (2005), and "Look on the Floor (Hypnotic Tango) (2005)".
Fahey temporarily rejoined Bananarama in 2017 and they toured the UK and North America between November that year and August 2018.

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    May 19, 1986: Release of Venus by Bananarama - A Global Chart-topper

    On this day May 19, 1986, the song "Venus" by Bananarama was unleashed to the world. It was originally performed by Shocking Blue. It dominated the charts as the #1 song in America from September 6 to 12, and it also reached the top spot in Canada, Switzerland, Finland, Australia, New Zealand...
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    April 21, 1984: Bananarama's Second Album Hits the Charts with 'Cruel Summer

    On this day April 21 1984, Bananarama's second album debuted, entering the Billboard Charts at number 30. The album featured the hit song "Cruel Summer," popularized by its inclusion in the movie "The Karate Kid." Fun fact: Bananarama holds a record in The Guinness Book of World Records for...
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    True Confessions (1986)

    Title: True Confessions Artist: Bananarama Genre: Pop Released: 1986 Tracks: 1 - True Confessions - 5:20 2 - Ready or Not - 3:54 3 - A Trick of the Night - 4:41 4 - Dance With a Stranger - 4:31 5 - In a Perfect World - 6:06 6 - Venus - 3:50 7 - Do Not Disturb - 3:25 8 - A Cut Above...
  4. Bananarama - Cheers Then (Official Video)

    Bananarama - Cheers Then (Official Video)

    Taken from the album "Deep Sea Skiving" released 1983Listen to "Cheers Then" - BananaramaFacebook https://Bananara...
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    Wow! (1987)

    Title: Wow! Artist: Bananarama Genre: Pop Released: 1987 Tracks: 1 - I Can't Help It - 3:33 2 - I Heard a Rumour - 3:25 3 - Some Girls - 4:21 4 - Love in the First Degree - 3:33 5 - Once in a Lifetime - 4:04 6 - Strike It Rich - 2:19 7 - Bad for Me - 3:39 8 - Come Back - 3:40 9 -...
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    Deep Sea Skiving (1983)

    Title: Deep Sea Skiving Artist: Bananarama Genre: Pop Released: 1983 Tracks: 1 - Shy Boy - 3:16 2 - Doctor Love - 3:43 3 - What A Shambles - 3:35 4 - Really Saying Something - 2:45 5 - Cheers Then - 3:32 6 - Aie A Mwana - 3:35 7 - Young At Heart - 3:12 8 - Na Na Hey Hey (Kiss Him...