Sunday, January 4, 2009

Bananarama: Cruel Summer (1983)

They were the prototype for the often-imitated girl band that would proliferate like wildfire in the 1990s and the early 21st century.

The trio of Siobhan Fahey, Keren Woodward and Sara Dallin made up the 80s superband Bananarama, and Cruel Summer from their self-titled album remains one of their most successful singles, and one that has enjoyed a great deal of longevity, sampling and remixing.

The song also has the distinction of appearing on the soundtrack for the '80s classic film The Karate Kid.

Cruel Summer was also covered and released as a single by Ace of Base, with the track also serving as the album title.

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