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Bananarama – Cheers Then (UK 12″)

Posted by DjPaulT on November 28th, 2011



“Cheers Then” is a song recorded by English girl group Bananarama. It appears on their 1983 debut album Deep Sea Skiving and was released as its third single. The song was the first Bananarama single to be written by group members Sara Dallin, Siobhan Fahey and Keren Woodward and also their first ballad release.

Coming off three consecutive top-ten hits, “Cheers Then” peaked at a disappointing number forty-five in the UK singles chart. Fahey said in a 1986 interview about this song, “We started taking our careers seriously after ‘Cheers Then’ bombed. Before then we thought all groups just brought out records and had them go to the top of the charts. It bought us down to reality a bit.”

Even with its relatively low sales, the song is regarded by critics as one of Bananarama’s best recordings . The group’s fortunes would rebound, however, with their UK follow-up single, a cover version of Steam’s “Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye”.

The B-side, “Girl About Town,” has been issued on CD for the first time on the 2007 UK reissue of Deep Sea Skiving as one of five bonus tracks. However the version used is a slightly longer version (3:31) with an additional 4 bars just before the instrumental break (roughly 1:45 – 1:59).

The music video was a recreation of the musical film The Sound of Music. Filmed in Salzburg, the girls re-enact many of the scenes from the film, including the step-jumping scene for “Do-Re-Mi” and running in the hills, and the gazebo scene. It was directed by Keef for Keefco.

Cheers Then (Extended Version) 5:19

Girl About Town (Extended Version) 5:39

Vinyl: Near Mint
Sleeve: Near Mint

Label: London Records – NANX 3
Format: Vinyl, 12″, 45 RPM, Single
Country: UK
Released: 1982
Genre: Electronic
Style: Synth-pop
Credits: Artwork By [Cover Design] – Peter Barrett
Performer – Keren*, Sarah*, Siobhan*
Photography [Faces] – Bay Hippisley
Photography [Wall] – Nobbly Neil Matthews
Producer – Barry Blue
Written-By – Bananarama

Produced for Bluey Tunes Ltd.

Find The 12″ On DISCOGS

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Cartridge: Ortofon Super
Stylus: Ortofon OM Stylus 30
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
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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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20 Responses to “Bananarama – Cheers Then (UK 12″)”

  1. Drake Says:

    Bananarama is very popular in Brazil!!
    thanks for post!


    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Drake!


  2. jbird Says:

    Thanks, Paul! MORE RARE EARLY BANANARAMA REMIXES PLEASE!!! “Aie a Mwana,” “T’ain’t What You Do (It’s the Way That You Do It),” “Really Saying Something,” “Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye.” These are all on my “most sought after / hard-to-find” list. Thanks again!


    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Jbird. I think have those singles in my storage so I will try to get to them as soon as possible =)


  3. Paul Says:

    Thanks Paul, Another amazing Bananarama post. Do you Trick of the Night 7″ with the Number 1 edit? The Single version on the re-issues doen’t have the amazing Princess sample


    DjPaulT Reply:

    Hi Paul (great name by the way) sorry I only have the 12″.


  4. Steve Says:

    Yay!!!! Love both these tracks and any Bananarama of course, especially these hard to find early singles. Thanks again, Paul. 🙂


    DjPaulT Reply:

    you’re welcome Steve!


  5. Dngruss Says:

    Hey Paul, I just finished downloading every post, only came across 2 posts I believe that couldn’t be downloaded from any source…pretty amazing collection you have there.

    I’m more into alternative rock and old school, but I spent plenty of years in the clubs so I enjoy a lot of this stuff too and it’s pretty cool that you’ve put in all the work to make it available.

    First song I ever danced to at a club was “Mony Mony” back in ’85, maybe ’86 I forget…got dragged on the dance floor by some cute girl, man I felt like a goofball, big jock with no moves..But that hoked me and I became a dancing fool.

    Nice job on the blog, hope you revisit some of the previous stuff and make 24bit available. Huge job though, heck it took me over 4 hrs to go through half the blog using flashgot and j downloader. (I had previously raked in the other half last month).

    How’s iZotope working out for ya?


    DjPaulT Reply:

    Hi Dngruss sounds like you have been busy 🙂 So far I really like iZotope still learning it.


  6. music fan Says:

    Not of of their best songs. Not that surprised it didn’t chart that highly!

    Trick of the Night is one of their best songs.


    Paul Reply:

    I agree Music fan it’s one of my personal favourites, in all it’s remixed versions too.


    Jermajesty Reply:

    Nooo way – this is one of their best!

    So honest and raw, a real downer of a song (in sentiment). This is like Bananarama doing Velvet Underground or something.



  7. ric Says:

    Not one of their best songs per say, but definitely my favourite pre-SAW era. And I like it for its simple sentiment and melodious harmony and that it’s not as novelty-ish as their preceeding three singles.
    It will always remind me of Christmas ’82 whenever I listen to it.
    So thank you Paul for this HHQ rip!


    DjPaulT Reply:

    Hi Ric it does remind me of Christmas too. Does anyone else hear “Girls On Film” when they listen to “Girl About Town” or is it just me being silly?


    ric Reply:

    No, you’re not being silly…I hear that as well…and what about Girls On Film vs Girl About Town as song titles…not exactly that different too…


  8. musc fan Says:

    Another great Bananarama song is their version of Long Train Running:


    The sound quality of the clip isn’t too good though.


  9. Jermajesty Says:

    There’s a brilliant interview with them from this release, where they’re not really listening to the questions and just laughing amongst themselves all the way through.



  10. xolondon Says:

    Amazing Paul! One of my fave Nana tracks. Thanks for all the work you do! Have a great holiday…


  11. DjPaulT Says:

    Links are fixed!


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