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Deep Sea Skiving (Bonus DVD) CD+DVD, Deluxe Edition, Box set
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Quintessential British girl group Bananarama’s first single “Aie A Mwana” was produced ex-Sex Pistol Paul Cook and released on Demon Records in 1981, but the trio only came to the pop world’s attention when they guested on the Fun Boy Three’s second hit “It Ain’t What You Do…” in February 1982. They signed to Decca and hit the Top 5 immediately with “Really Saying Something” (on which the Fun Boy Three guested). Two more Top 5 singles followed in “Shy Boy” and “Na Na Hey Hey (Kiss Him Goodbye)” along with the self-penned “Cheers Then”. The ensuing album including writing and production contributions from Paul Weller, Jolley & Swain (hired because of their recent work on Imagination’s hits), and hit producer/ writer Barry Blue. The album also featured the first recording of “Young At Heart”, a year before The Bluebells’ hit version. Remastered from the original studio tapes, this Deluxe 2 CD + DVD casebound book edition, expertly compiled and annotated by acknowledged expert Tom Parker, features twenty-five bonus tracks! Aside from the non-album B-sides, and amongst the many mixes, are versions only released in released in Canada, Spain and Japan. Also included are two versions of the Sex Pistols’ “No Feelings” (one previously unreleased), originally exclusive to the “Party Party” soundtrack. The DVD features all four promo videos (two of them directed by Midge Ure), as well as four BBC TV appearances, all on DVD for the first time ever. The 28-page book contains photos and memorabilia, lyrics and brand new sleeve notes.
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Now to the music. Bananarama are generally known for their more dancefloor oriented music, but this debut album shows them being a wonderful addition to the colorful character of the New Wave genre. The songs are often catchy or downright infectious. All of the singles from the album ('Shy Boy', 'Cheers Then', 'Really Saying Something', Aie A Mwana', 'Na Na Hey Hey') are still enjoyable 30 years later, while 'Young At Heart' has to be one of the catchiest songs ever written, and is my favorite on the album. The B sides expand the enjoyment with the equally catchy 'Girl About Town' and 'Tell Tale Signs'. The cover of the Sex Pistols' 'No Feelings' is hilariously bouncy.Read more ›
Mind you, I do have my reservations about that cover photo. You'd never guess that these girls were fans of punk rock, would you? It says an awful lot about the fabulous Siobhan that she can still look alluring, even while suspended in mid-air and modelling a Gandalf hat. Poor old Keren looks as though she has used so much hairspray that her entire head is now unable to move and, as for Sara - she wears the sort of relentlessly cheerful expression that is usually the preserve of presenters on QVC. She's obviously got a job-lot of plastic lobsters that need shifting. I missed out on the original 'Deep Sea Skiving' album in 1983, on account of the fact that I had yet to be seized by the hormones. That is to say, I had not yet come to appreciate the unique talents of Sara, Keren and (most especially) Siobhan. Well, not their musical talents anyway. So I was very keen indeed to get my hands on this Deluxe Edition.
It is, literally, an embarrassment of riches. But, unfortunately in my case, they are not the sort of riches that can really grab my attention. As far as these very earliest Bananarama songs are concerned, the ones that are really worthy of note all escaped from their master-tape years ago and have been available as the central component of, much cheaper, Greatest Hits compilations for yonks.Read more ›
it a great showcase of early 80s pop! i love it because its what bananarama where all about..great pop tunes that stood the test of time..although vocally not amazing the harmonies are outstanding! it was raw and fresh at the time and not formulated like the albums they did with stock aitken waterman.
the big hits are here "shy boy" "really saying something" "na na na (kiss him goodbye) as well as "cheers then" which flopped - due to being a slow chrstmas feel song and not as chirpy as the previous singles and the first release "aie-a-mwana" which isnt polished but is catchy!
"dr love" is a great pop number which i knew from tracie! - paul youngs pop starlet at the time "young at heart" a cover of the bluebells no.1 hit but which sounds totally different!
although you never venture into celine dion seriousness as any time..every track is perfect pop..its young..its fun and the girls can show girls aloud ect how to do it..and they write a lot of their own songs!
a perfect summer album no matter how old or young you are!
The album kicks off with the incredibly catchy and sexy Shy Boy, a gorgeous song full off "Shoop-shoop-ahhs", and is the girls at their flirtatious best. Doctor Love, although initially fun, gets boring very quickly, and is a good contender for worst song on the album, and I'm not sure whether its position as 2nd track on the album was a good idea. What a Shambles is lyrically my favourite track on the album, whats not to love in a song that's chorus revolves around "Washing all your Laundry, and Riding on a Bus" . Next up is the Fun Boy Three collaboration Really Saying Something, this is the 'rams at their dirtiest and grubbiest, there's not much I can say about this song, as its one of their big iconic tracks, unfortunately, the 'rams other FB3 collaboration - It Aint What You Do doesn't make an appearance here, very dissapointingly even the remastered release fails to include it as a bonus track. Cheers Then is the most melancholy track on the album, but it is also one of the stronger tracks, as the girls lament on a relationship that has come to an end. We are then presented with Aie-a-Mwana, quite simply put, an insane Swahili dance number! Its a great, fun, track, but sticks out on the album like a sore thumb. Especially odd as the aforementioned omition of It Aint What You Do, which would have been much more at home on the album. Keeping the tone firmly upbeat, the 'rams then sing about being Young at Heart, a feel good song that bounces along, and would later see widespread success when The Bluebells covered it.Read more ›
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love it!!!a masterpiece for every fan of the group!!!excellent booklet,fantastic video and lost tv appereaance!!
every fan in love with bananarama owns this,i'm shore!!
Packaging is a nightmare!Purchased all 6 deluxe editions,and was prepared for scratches ,its done in CD pockets,but I wasn't prepared for melted glue and paper on the... Read morePublished on 17 Jun. 2014 by Trewthe
The ultimate re-issue of the first album. Recommended for all Nanas devoted fans. Everything is here. Read morePublished on 29 Jan. 2014 by george e.
They may dismiss this album as naive or rushed or we didn't know what we were doing and the lyrics are like nursery rhymes but Deep Sea Skiving is a classic 80's album from start... Read morePublished on 29 Nov. 2013 by Big_A
I'm glad Rhino UK has remastered this album along with the Nana's other releases. But the pricing here on Amazon is ridiculous! So please don't pay tons for this album. Read morePublished on 8 Jan. 2013 by ChicagoBoyRN
This was Bananaramas long awaited debut album released in early 1983 after the trio of Sarah Dallin,Keren Woodward and Siobhan Fahey had been a pressence on the UK music scene and... Read morePublished on 7 Mar. 2011 by Ali83
Madonna confessed she used to dance to this in her Ballet class, as an aspiring dancer she would put on Bananarama and funk it up, later requesting them in the clubs where she... Read morePublished on 5 Sept. 2009 by Mad Fan