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- by Bananarama ~ Collectables Classics (4-CD Box Set) ~ $34.43 (Save 35%)
- Released: March 14, 2006
- Originally Released: 2004
- Label: Collectables Records
- Original Album: London-Sire 820165 (1984)
Description by OLDIES.com:
The self-titled second album from Bananarama spawned a number of hits for the group -- including the worldwide mega-hit, "Cruel Summer." When released in 1984, this album hit #30 on the Billboard 200 chart, and "Cruel Summer" hit #9 and "Robert DeNiro's Waiting" cracked the Hot 100 at #95. This reissue also features "The Wild Life," which was added to the U.S. release after it was used as the theme to Cameron Crowe's 1984 movie of the same name.
- 1.Cruel Summer
- 2.Rough Justice
- 3.King Of The Jungle
- 4.Dream Baby
- 5.Hot Line To Heaven
- 6.State I'm In
- 7.Robert Deniro's Waiting
- 8.Through A Child's Eyes
- 9.The Wild Life
Bananarama: Keren Woodward, Sarah Dallin, Siobhan Fahey.
Arrangers: Steve Jolley; Tony Swain.
For their second album, Bananarama underwent a telling change in persona, from the flyaway-haired, overall-clad everygirls of Deep Sea Skiving into a sleeker and glammier look. Similarly, the album has a much more polished feel than the occasionally scattershot debut, which is not always a good thing; sticking with Tony Swain and Steve Jolley to produce the whole thing (the duo had shared production duties with three others on the debut), Bananarama traded their early tropical-tinged playfulness and ironic overtones for a more commercial sound that scored well on the charts (the terrific opener "Cruel Summer" was a worldwide hit, and several other tracks were U.K. hits) but was less unique than before. What's most unusual about Bananarama is the content of the songs. Lyrically, the album is surprisingly serious, with topics ranging from sectarian violence in Ireland ("Rough Justice") to domestic violence ("King of the Jungle") to drug use ("Hot Line to Heaven"), none of which are in keeping with the trio's frothy image. Indeed, under the singalong chorus, the album's best track, "Robert de Niro's Waiting," turns out to be the traumatized musings of a teenage rape victim, set to an improbably dreamy, carefree melody. Even comparatively light songs like "State I'm In" and "Dream Baby" have an oddly paranoid tone to them. Of course, the detour into mature themes didn't last long, as the group's next album introduced the chart-bound frivolity of Stock-Aitken-Waterman into the picture, but Bananarama in an intriguing and often excellent side trip. Important discographical curiosity: original U.S. copies of Bananarama included an extended seven-minute take of "Hot Line to Heaven." After the fall 1984 release of the single "The Wild Life" (the theme to Cameron Crowe's second movie), U.S. copies of Bananarama were altered to include the new single at the start of side two, followed by the superior single edit of "Hot Line to Heaven." ~ Stewart Mason
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