Top Scoops

Book Reviews | Gordon Campbell | Scoop News | Wellington Scoop | Community Scoop | Search


Lyndon Hood: Bananarama Outstays Welcome

Scoop Review: Bananarama - I Heard A Rumour

Satire by Lyndon Hood


For the Fijian media: If you're suffering from a sudden lack of material, perhaps you might fill the space with retro music reviews…

Friends! Fijians! Countrymen! Lend Bananarama your ears!

If you thought Rough Justice was a coup, Bananarama's latest will really get your attention!

Coming hard on the heels of A Cruel Summer, I Heard A Rumour is a song about someone who, unable to learn about something officially, hears about it anyway, but from a less reliable source.

So if you're a fan of people telling other people about stuff that's happened, it could be the beats for you!

Just between us, I'm not sure about this one. I admit, Bananarama's releases sound good – but I look in vain for signs of sincerity.

The people worldwide who've been following Bananarama's recent tracks may not recieve this one well. For example, don't expect any support for the sweet, sugary production. And Bananarama doesn't seem to have the constitution for anything else.

I'm aware Bananarama have built up a lot of goodwill with their previous efforts and I'm told their recent work still has some popularity. Yet if I'm any judge – obviously, I'm not – they've lost all the appeal they previously had.

Even for fans, you'd think Bananarama's latest would be one too many. The rest of the world will stay away in droves.

So let's not declare a Bananarama republic just yet.

Since their sudden rise to prominence, Bananarama have claimed to be planning great things. In the end they will be judged by their record, if and when they produce one. All I'm saying is, I've seen nothing from them to inspire confidence. All they've done so far is remaster everything, and make entirely the wrong noises.

To be frank, Bananarama have failed to deliver on their initial promise.

I could be wrong. The great thing is, the people will decide, when they vote with their wallets (and I notice it's already on sale for half price overseas). That's how we test if something is good or not, at least in the music business.

Let's be clear: I can't say anything bad about Bananarama's latest effort.

At the same time — I wouldn't buy it.


Fiji Daily Post:
Paint Dry
Man Goes Out
Clean Teeth
Breakfast As Usual
Man Gets On Bus


Got feedback? Leave a comment on Lyndon's blog

© Scoop Media

Top Scoops Headlines


Scoop HiveMind: Making Housing Affordable – Let’s Crack It

Welcome to our second interactive HiveMind exploration on the topic of housing affordability. This is an opportunity for you to think about and share your perspectives on this issue and what, if anything, needs to be done... More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The EU’s Beef With Google

There’s every indication that Google would be on a losing wicket if it chooses to fight the European Union competition watchdogs, who have just levied a $3.3 billion fine on the firm – with the prospect of worse to come if Google doesn’t quickly change the anti-competitive practices at the heart of a court battle that’s been seven years in the making. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The Limits Of Political Loyalty

In the wake of the Comey testimony, one of Donald Trump’s White House defenders has claimed in her boss’s defence: “The President is not a liar.” There’s a sense in which the White House is right. Trump isn’t a liar so much. He’s really a bullshitter. More>>

Adam Fishwick: Organising Against The Gig Economy

Workers in the so-called ‘gig economy’ face heightening conditions of precarity and exploitation... To combat this, innovative new strategies of organisation and mobilisation have been developed. More>>