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Deep Sea Skiving? I thought it was a typo at first, but no, that does appear to be the genuine album title! This was one of the earlier Bananarama albums, when the group still had Siobhan Fahey as a member; the other two being the mainstays Sara and Keren.
There are sixteen songs on this album and we're off to a promising start with the slinky 'Shy Boy.' This is one of those Bananarama songs that you're likely to gloss over and forget. The song came out in 1982 yet still sounds contemporary. The rhythm calls to mind sounds of Phil Spector's sixties sound and has some beautiful harmonies and some truly splendid shoop shoop vocals.
'Doctor Love' has a disco beat which echoes Shannon's 'Let The Music Play.' Alert vocals and vibrant trumpet noises compete against dubious chord changes. There is enough energy in this one to drive it, though it does not stand up to repeated listens. Much better is 'Really Saying Something' which is playful, sassy and sounds like the girls are teasing us with chewing gum in the side of their mouths.
'Cheers Then' drops by as track number five. Not widely discussed and it is easy to see why. The melody is not particularly strong and the vocals seem to disappear into the ether of the song. It is quite wispy on the verses and the chorus lacks any conviction.
'Na Na Na Hey Hey' is one of the highlights, thanks to a buzzy melody and lyrics that you can easily latch onto. It is the kind of track you can imagine a group of teenage girls singing together at the back of a bus. Reeking of eighties nostalgia, it also sums up for the true sound of their eighties output.
My next tip is to dip into 'Boy Trouble' where almost rapped verses pin down a latino tinged rhythm. The shift into the understated chorus is effective and the song sounds like a soundtrack to an eighties teen romance flick.
If you fancy some early Bananarama then do check this out, it has dated a little, but there are some fine memories tucked away in here.
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 SHY BOY
2 DOCTOR LOVE
3 WHAT A SHAMBLES
4 REALLY SAYING SOMETHING
5 CHEERS THEN
7 YOUNG AT HEART
8 NA NA HEY HEY (KISS HIM GOODBYE)
9 HEY YOUNG LONDON
10 BOY TROUBLE
11 WISH YOU WERE HERE
12 GIVE US BACK OUR CHEAP FARES
13 GIRL ABOUT TOWN
14 HE'S GOT TACT
15 TELL TALE SIGNS
16 NO FEELINGS