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Bananarama Featuring Fun Boy Three – Really Sayin’ Somethin’ (US 12″)

Posted by DjPaulT on November 30th, 2011

BURNING THE GROUND EXCLUSIVE 1982

“He Was Really Sayin’ Somethin’ is a soul song written by Motown Records songwriters Norman Whitfield, William “Mickey” Stevenson, and Edward Holland, Jr. in 1964. The song is notable in both a 1964 version by American Motown girl group the Velvelettes, and a 1982 hit version (with the title altered to “Really Saying Something”) by British girl group Bananarama.

In 1982, the British girl group Bananarama recorded a cover version of the song and released it as the first single from their debut album Deep Sea Skiving. Providing background vocals is Fun Boy Three, a male vocal trio who had a hit with Bananarama earlier in the year with another cover, “T’ain’t What You Do (It’s the Way That You Do It)”

The 1982 single became the second consecutive top-five hit for both Bananarama and Fun Boy Three, peaking at number five in the UK singles chart. It also received heavy play on the then-young MTV network in America. “Really Saying Something” was both groups’ second chart entry in Australia, peaking at number seventy-four.

In the US the 12″ contained “Aie A Mwana” as the b-side.

“Aie A Mwana” was the first single released by Bananarama. Group members originally recorded the track as a demo and ultimately it was the demo version that was pressed onto the record. Originally released as a stand-alone single, “Aie A Mwana” was eventually added to the group’s debut album Deep Sea Skiving two years later.

Bananarama’s previous experience in a recording studio was as background vocalists on the Department S b-side “Solid Gold Easy Action”, a T. Rex cover. Prompted by friend and early supporter Paul Cook (of Sex Pistols), Bananarama decided to release their own single. As they had been including several cover versions in their repertoire (including later hit “Venus”), they decided on the song which had been recorded by Black Blood, sung in Swahili, which they had heard in a French disco. Group members Sara Dallin, Siobhan Fahey and Keren Woodward had to learn to sing the song phonetically. The “tropical” nature of the single inspired the group’s name: banana coming from the vibe of “Aie A Mwana” and -rama added to the end as a nod to an early Roxy Music song called “Pyjamarama”.

Issued by independent label Demon Records, “Aie A Mwana” reached number ninety-two in the UK singles chart. Write-ups in the English music and fashion press (NME, The Face) caught the attention of Terry Hall, who invited Bananarama to sing on his new vocal group Fun Boy Three’s next single.

SIDE A:
He Was Really Sayin’ Somethin’ 7:54
Producer – Dave Jordan, Fun Boy Three
Written-By – E. Holland*, N. Whitfield*, W. Stevenson*
Performed ByBananarama And Fun Boy Three

SIDE B:
Aie A Mwana 6:45
Producer – ohn Martin (2), Paul Cook
Written-By – Daniel Vanguard*, Jean Kluger
Perfomed ByBananarama

Aie A Mwana (Dub Mix) 4:38
Producer – ohn Martin (2), Paul Cook
Written-By – Daniel Vanguard*, Jean Kluger
Perfomed ByBananarama

VINYL GRADE:
Vinyl: Near Mint
Sleeve: Near Mint

CHARTS:

Year Single Chart Position
1981 Aie A Mwana U.S. Billboard Hot Dance/Club Play #66
1982 He Was Really Sayin’ Somethin’ U.S. Billboard Hot Dance/Club Play #16

 

RELEASE INFORMATION:
Label: London Records – 6400 661
Format: Vinyl, 12″, Single, 33 RPM
Country: US
Released: 1982
Genre: Electronic
Style: New Wave
Credits: Design [Cover] – Nick Egan, Pete Barrett*
Performer [Bananarama] – Keren*, Sarah*, Siobhan*
Performer [Fun Boy Three] – Lynval*, Neville*, Terry*
Remix – John Luongo

NOTES:
Fun Boy Three appears through the courtesy of Chrysalis Records.

Find The 12″ On DISCOGS

EQUIPMENT USED:
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

SOFTWARE USED:
Adobe Audition 3.0 (Recording)
Adobe Photoshop CS5
ClickRepair
dBpoweramp
Playlist Creator

RESTORATION NOTES:
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

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27 Responses to “Bananarama Featuring Fun Boy Three – Really Sayin’ Somethin’ (US 12″)”

  1. Matracas Says:

    Quick Question: Did these girls ever smile on their covers? Even the cartoons of them on the post a few days ago have them in very straight faces…

    BTW Thanks so much for this one. I first heard it on their 1988 Greatest Hits collection and; although not one of their best tunes, it somehow “crawls” on you. I have come to like it over the years.

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Maybe not smiling is part of the New Wave thing alot of those artists had straight faces on their covers. I like this song but I like the disco-ish Aie A Mwana better.

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    ric Reply:

    And I remember the girls saying that they don’t want to be one of those typical manufactured pop (girl) groups. What you see is what you get. So no forced smiles, cutesy dresses etc. they just want to have a drink and have a laff!
    That is partly the reason why Siobhan left the trio during their Stock Aitken Waterman collaboration. She felt that the original spirit of the group is no more, as they have become too polished and manufactured.
    the other big reason is the huge conflict/tension between Siobhan and Pete Waterman over Dave Stewart.

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    I agree with Siobhan they were becoming very polished.

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  2. Steve Says:

    Brilliant! You’re spoiling us Bananarama fans this week. Thanks. 🙂

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome 🙂

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  3. jbird Says:

    Paul! I want to bear your children!

    😉

    Thanks much!

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Umm I don’t really have a reply for that one 🙂

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    ric Reply:

    LOL!

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  4. jbird Says:

    🙂

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  5. VanceMan Says:

    Thanks so much for this one. “Aie a Mwana” and “No Feelings” (on the “Party Party” soundtrack) were my two favorite Bananarama moments from their early period.

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    VanceMan you’re welcome! Two of my favorites as well 🙂

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  6. ric Says:

    Paul, thank you so much for another peeling of the ‘nana’s!
    What more, it’s the US 12″!
    This has the longer and better 12″ version of Really Saying Something as compared to the original UK one.
    And there’s the 12″ mixes for Aie A Mwana to add!
    As some Brits would say, Bloody Brilliant!
    Anymore bananas left in the comb? Or are we moving on to other nutrition next?

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Howdy Ric I do have a few more bananas to peel. I am just doing the early stuff for now and will share the SAW material at another time I don’t usually do back to back posts of one artist let alone an entire week (lol) I like to mix things up so that boredom doesn’t set in.

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    ric Reply:

    Hi Paul, I ain’t complaining for sure.
    One can never get enough of Bananarama!
    A lot of their early remixes are not included on digital, so your rips are “MOST WANTED”!

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Thank you Ric I appreciate you 🙂 Well it’s bedtime now good night all.

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  7. MusicMan3 Says:

    Thanks Paul. I agree, this one is MOST WANTED.

    Love the U.S. 12″ version of this song! THANK YOU for posting! 🙂

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    MusicMan3 you are very welcome!

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  8. omar Says:

    Thanks Paul. Aie A Mwana (Ext.)… Loved it. Bananarama were really great. Do you have Do Not Disturb And Trick Of The Night 12″ mixes ?

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Hi Omar pretty sure I have “Trick Of The Night” I will have to check on “Do Not Disturb”. I will be posting some of their later material later down the road at some point.

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  9. Jermajesty Says:

    Loving all these early Nanas.

    Regarding the smiling, you’ve gotta remember all this came up out of Punk (Paul Cook from Sex Pistols was their muse and producer at this point). They couldn’t have formed without punk having happened in the preceding years. Let’s face it, they were hardly The Supremes.

    Venus was the death of them for me. I’m with Siobhan.

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Jermajesty I totally agree if you look many bands during this time period did not smile on their covers. I like the SAW period but I do feel that they were sold out to the corporate record labels and were no longer free to be themselves as artists.

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    Jermajesty Reply:

    Happened all over again for Fuzzbox three or four years later (dunno if they made it big stateside? If they did, any chance of their International Rescue 12″ :)) ).

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  10. feanor Says:

    wow a veritable plethora of bananarama! one of my favorite 80s bands – and your rips usually sound better than my scratchy old vinyl! thanks, again, again!!!

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  11. Bellenger1981 Says:

    Can’t wait to hear this one in 96/24! 🙂 Thank you!!!

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  12. gooba Says:

    I try to download but the multiupload link failed. Any chance for reup ?

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Links are fixed 🙂

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