Thursday, 15 December 2011
Bananarama - Venus - 12" Extended Mix (HQ)
Venus was released in May 1986 and charted at #1 in the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, as well as in mumerous other countries. The song reached #8 in the UK. Produced by Stock/Aitken/Waterman, this cover was originally performed by Shocking Blue who also topped the charts in the U.S. and in five European countries in 1970. This 12" version is available on 'The Twelve Inches of Bananarama'.
The song nearly never made it onto the True Confessions album, and the three members of Bananarama (Sara Dallin, Siobhan Fahey and Keren Woodward) had to persuade S/A/W to turn it into a dance tune. The trio also experienced resistance from their previous producers Jolley and Swain, and the idea of turning Venus into a dance track took years of persuasion from the girls.
Due to the success of the singles from the True Confessions album (Bizarrely, the album only reached #46 in the UK, although it made Platinum status in canada and Gold in the U.S) the trio asked S/A/W to also produce their next album, Wow! which produced four more Top 20 singles. However, the album itself only reached #26 in the UK and achieved only moderate success, although it made Gold in both Canada and the U.S. In general, Bananarama achieved more success with their single releases than their albums, and managed to release 10 top ten hits in the UK during the 80s. Worldwide, Venus was their most successful song.
Check out the original 7" video of Venus at Simply Eighties