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Bananarama – I Can’t Help It (Remix) (UK 12″)

Posted by DjPaulT on June 20th, 2011



“I Can’t Help It” is a song written and recorded by English girl group Bananarama. It is included on their fourth studio album Wow! and was released as its third single except in the U.S., where it was the album’s second single (following “I Heard a Rumour”) and Australia, where it was the album’s fourth single (after “I Want You Back”). The track was co-written and produced by the Stock Aitken Waterman (SAW) trio.

The song is a disco-influenced pop tune similar to many hits produced by SAW during this time period

The single peaked at number twenty in the UK singles chart, #27 on the Australian ARIA chart (where it was released in August 1988 after I Want You Back), and just missed the top-forty on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100. A hit in nightclubs, “I Can’t Help It” climbed to number seven on the U.S. Hot Dance Club Play chart.

This is the final Bananarama single to feature Siobhan Fahey, who announced her departure shortly after its release.

The photos on the record sleeve were taken by famous American photographer Herb Ritts. The record sleeves for “I Can’t Help It” and “Love in the First Degree” were switched with each other for the UK and North American markets.

The song’s suggestive lyrics and music video further perpetuated Bananarama’s sensual visual image that the group began to incorporate with their previous album True Confessions.

The “I Can’t Help It” video featured muscle men dancing, colourful backdrops, and Sara Dallin and Keren Woodward in a milk bath filled with fruit and naked men. Siobhan Fahey, heavily pregnant at the time, also appears but was only shown on camera from the shoulders up. Music video directed by Andy Morahan.

I Can’t Help It (The “Hammond” Version Excursion) 6:32

Esctacy (Wild Style) 5:35

Vinyl: Near Mint
Sleeve: Near Mint


Year Single Chart Position
1988 I Can’t Help It U.S. Billboard Hot 100 #47
1988 I Can’t Help It U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Music\Club Play #7


Label: London Records
Catalog#: NANXR 15
Format: Vinyl, 12″
Country: UK
Released: 1988
Genre: Electronic
Style: Synth-pop
Credits: Design [Sleeve Designed – Assisted] – Andrew Biscomb
Design [Sleeve Designed] – Peter Barrett (3)
Producer – Stock/Aitken/Waterman*
Remix – Pete Hammond

Special versions from the LP “WOW”

Find The 12″ On DISCOGS

Turntable: Pro-Ject Debut III
Cartridge: Ortofon Super
Stylus: Ortofon OM Stylus 20
Bellari VP130 Tube Phono Preamp
Soundcard: ESI Juli@
VPI HW 16.5 Record Cleaning Machine
Brother MFC-6490CW Professional Series Scanner

Adobe Audition 3.0 (Recording)
Adobe Photoshop CS5
Playlist Creator

All vinyl rips are recorded @ 32bit/float
Downsampled to 24bit/96kHz and16bit /44kHz using iZotope RX Advanced 2
FLAC (Level Eight)
MP3 (320kbps)
Artwork scanned at 600dpi

PW: burningtheground

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13 Responses to “Bananarama – I Can’t Help It (Remix) (UK 12″)”

  1. Chris Says:

    One of my fave B’rama songs. Thank you!!


  2. omar Says:

    Thanks Paul. This is their best single and the rarest mix available. More Bananarama please !


  3. Steve Says:

    Loving all the Bananarama tracks. Thanks again. 🙂


  4. ric Says:

    Paul, thanks for another vinyl-only treat!
    I think the Aussies got it right in the order of the singles released from Wow!.
    I love this single, but the other three are even stronger singles.
    Siobhan was really unhappy during this period, and wasn’t up for the more glamourous sexy image. I personally have no complaints watsoever about those muscle men in their videos and record sleeves though…


    DjPaulT Reply:

    (lol) no complaints here either 🙂 They used this formula in several videos and it seemed to work.


  5. MusicMan3 Says:

    Thanks for this post! Loving the Nana 12″s! 🙂


  6. DjPaulT Says:

    You all are so very welcome THANK YOU for leaving comments because I love knowing what my readers are thinking, so please keep the comments coming and I hope more readers will gat involved.


  7. Johan Says:

    Thank you!


  8. Jean-Louis Says:

    Thanks a million. Your posts are la crème de la crème!


  9. Gilbert Says:

    Thanks for this rare gem, Paul. The Excursion Version was on the top of my want list since it has never surfaced on digital format.

    Thanks for making a lot of people like me happy!!! More Power!!!


  10. Paul Says:

    Thanks so much for this. I had the 12″ & this Remix when it came out and played it to death. I have never heard it so clear. Thanks for the artwork too which I LOVE!


  11. Jean-Michel Says:

    Thanks… for the Hi_Quality files you’re share…
    it’s almost a DUB vrs!!
    this one doesn’t exist on CD-single, only the “club mix” exists CD-Single (the very 1st Bananarama’s CD-Single) 12-1987


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