Bananarama at the Novo in Los Angeles, CA

For the first in Bananarama’s 37-year history as a group, the original three members (Sara Dallin, Keren Woodward, and Siobhan Fahey) are doing a North American tour. The first of shows started last night at the Novo in Los Angeles. In the U.K. the group had a total of 10 UK Top 10 hits and 11 singles on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100. The original lineup came together last year for several shows in the U.K. Including the three singers, there was a live band as well of guitar, bass, drums, and keyboards. The show started with a short intro and all 3 original members appeared in the back and started walking towards the crowd. For the 90 minutes Bananarama were onstage, it was a full-on dance party only an 80’s group could pull off.

The 19 song set started with a cover of the Supremes’ “Nathan Jones,” and continued with their hit “Robert De Niro’s Waiting,” by the 5th song they were playing one of their biggest U.S. hits “Cruel Summer.” The show also included the hits “Shy Boy,” “Really Saying Something,” “I Heard  A Rumour.” Near the end of the show, Bananarama played their biggest U.S. hit “Venus,” which went number one in seven countries and can be heard in numerous films, T.V. shows, and commercials, which was originally recorded by Shocking Blue. Before the encore, they performed a cover of Steam’s Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye.” After about 5 minutes Dallin, Woodward, and Fahey returned to close the show with Ella Fitzgerald’s “’Tain’t What You Do (It’s The Way You Do It), and “Love in the First Degree,” which was another one of their hits. If you’re lucky, Bananarama will be in Toronto, Canada and New York City, this is a show you won’t want to miss. There are also four more UK dates and one in Denmark scheduled at the moment.