Posted by DjPaulT on November 28th, 2011
BURNING THE GROUND EXCLUSIVE 1982
“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
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
Turntable: Pro-Ject Debut III
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
All vinyl rips are recorded @ 32bit/float
Downsampled to 24bit/96kHz and16bit /44kHz using iZotope RX Advanced 2
FLAC (Level Eight)
Artwork scanned at 600dpi
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