A repeat of a Pointless episode broadcast this week explained how Bananarama are the most successful female act in pop music ever. Pleasing in a way that this group, ‘introduced’ through Fun Boy Three, that saw some hard times, and were at times reluctant about joining in with what they ended up doing, trumped that calculated and manufactured pop of Madonna et al.
And yet, I still don’t like their songs (except that drop in notes in the Nathan Jones chorus – though they sing the song lower than the tinny production of the original single).
Keren Westwood is a performer, constantly giving out mixed signals of – yeah it’s poor – ain’t it great – look at you joining in – we didn’t like this one – kung fu kicks – look at your sour face (although that one might have been aimed at me – I couldn’t join in). (Sara Dallin might have joined in more, but was distracted by a malfunctioning earpiece.)
You wonder why they do it still, cos they must have made their money, but they’re even releasing an EP soon.
The light entertainment aspect was emphasised by encouraging some from the audience to join them on stage to do the dance moves from “Venus”.
One lad was thrilled to bits to be up there, and his joy was a joy to watch, although it’s plain he didn’t know the moves.