World News – GB – Bananarama explains how he inspired a nation of girl groups, including All Saints and Spice Girls


As one of the most successful girl groups of all time, Bananarama recorded 28 Top 50 hits between 1982 and 2009 Their legacy does not lie just in great rhythm pop songs sped up – their oft-maligned attitude also spawned a host of girl groups doing it for themselves

Keren Woodward and Sara Dallin, who were on White Wine Question Time, chatting with Kate Thornton about creating pathways for women in music – especially the Spice Girls

« I think Emma [Bunton] said we were the first gig she’s been to, which was really sweet, » recalls Dallin

« Mel B is always very flattering She said she saw us on TV and she was just thinking, ‘That attitude, all that stuff that, you know, I wanna do that!’

Thornton, who is good friends with All Saints, said she knew Bananarama had a huge influence on them

« I remember Nic and Nat [Appleton] kinda went, when someone was pushing them to do something they didn’t want to do to All Saints, » Damn, Bananarama wouldn’t do it ! « 

In an interview with Music News a few years ago, Natalie Appleton admitted how much of an influence Bananarama had on her and the rest of the group.

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« We were always more like boys anyway, » she said « I think emotionally, even though they weren’t at all similar musically, the closest predecessor we have had was probably Bananarama They didn’t say what other people thought either. They just laughed « 

Woodward said when the duo were promoting their album last year, she was surprised at how many women were in the high-level jobs they had inspired.

The singer recalls, “I was amazed at how many women, like editors in top jobs, said, ‘Oh, I don’t think I would do that if I didn’t. hadn’t admired because that made me think I could do that! « 

Dallin, who admired Debbie Harry as a teenager, said it’s important for young girls to have role models

“They just need someone to turn to in all kinds of industries,” the 58-year-old said, “to just think, ‘Yeah I can do that! « , because if it’s not there, you can’t aspire to it

As a trio, the group had a reputation for being snappy and « difficult. » The girls, however, believe this label arose because the takeover annoyed the men who ran the industry in the ’80s and’ 90s

“Being called difficult is so irritating,” Keren admitted “It just means people can’t take advantage of you – that’s what it really is”

« So that you can wear whatever you want and look like what you want rather than, you know, some record makers’ idea of ​​what might sell a record … They let us go on when it worked ! « 

Pete Waterman, who worked with the group for several years, admitted that they were an interesting group to work with. In a previous interview, he called them « outrageous »

“I look back 30 years ago and working with Bananarama was the best buzz because you never knew what you were going to have,” he recalls

« They would drive you to dementia or lock you up – there was nothing in between You could be scandalous when you were with Bananarama because they would be doubly scandalous »

Despite a huge streak of success and being in the Guinness Book of Records for having the most chart entries in the world by an all-female group, the two men both agree that being a model has been one of the most rewarding aspects of their careers

« It’s more satisfying to hear from other women than to get an award or whatever, to know that you might have inspired someone, » Dallin said

Listen to the full episode to hear Keren and Sarah’s memories of their time in the Sex Pistol studio and why their friendship has lasted so long Find it now on iTunes and Spotify

Bananarama, Keren Woodward, Sara Dallin

World News – GB – Bananarama explains how they inspired a nation of girl groups including All Saints and Spice Girls



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