51 Weeks: 51 Songs From The Past: Week 45: Bananarama – Venus

Have you got it? Have you? What am I am talking about? No, not my nail clippers, I’m talking about the ‘power.’ Would I be talking about anything else when I’m about to introduce you to one of the most powerful, record-breaking bands in the world? Ladies and gentlemen, get ready for a return visit to 1986.

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Warning! I better warn you, before watching the video, that you may just catch a glimpse of some semi-naked men on the video. I’ve no idea where they came from or why they attracted my attention. However, there’s no need to worry about it. Just make sure nobody is looking over your shoulder because I’m hoping that my choice of song will also have you dancing around your handbag. If you don’t have a handbag (or manbag), then you can dance around my virtual handbag manbag with me.

How about that video, eh? This would have made the perfect song choice for my Halloween playlist feature a few weeks ago. And, was that Jason Donovan helping one of the band members out of her coffin? If it was, then I love the costume and make-up, Jason.

Back in 1970, Venus was a hit for the group Shocking Blue. It went to number one in nine countries.

I do like the Shocking Blue version of Venus. It was exactly right for its time. However, it’s the Bananarama version I wanted to showcase in this feature, just because it’s my favourite song performed by them. They may have only managed to get their version of the song to the number one spot in five countries, including the ever so hard to conquer Billboard Hot 100 in the U.S.A, but they went on to claim the Guinness World Record as the most successful all-female group for the most chart entries in the world. Girl-Power, wouldn’t you say?

I’ve always been a big fan of Bananarama and their music. These three ladies have what I call ‘Girl-Power.’ I won’t have it that another all-female group, who burst into our ear-drums in the 1990s, claimed the ‘girl-power’ award. However, you may disagree.

Do you have a favourite song that says ‘Girl-Power’ to you? Leave a link to that song in the comments.

Thank you to everyone who left a link to a favourite song in the comments section of last week’s post. And a big thank you to Barbara and Marie who published a blog post about a song that had a link to blogging.

Want to join me in building up your 51 favourite songs from the past? There’s not much time left, but you can still leave a link in the comments section below and showcase your next song.

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  1. Oh Banarama! Such a fun song! I also liked the Bangles (Eternal flame). I still think back to those early MTV days (when MTV was fun) and the videos were fun and fresh! thanks for the trippy walk back through the mid 80s 🙂

        1. I’ve had the ‘press this’ booklet icon on top of my toolbar for years. Any time I wish to capture a blog post or anything from the web I’d just click on the marklet and an editor box would open for me to save or publish. I got the message ‘this has been deprecated’ What a bummer!!!!!!!!!!! WP is so annoying – the only means self hosters have had was press this. Now it’s back to the old fashioned way of having to go to my dashboard, open a new post and paste whatever I’ve copied from somewhere. Time-wise, it doesn’t inspire reblogging :(<3

        2. That’s exactly what happened with the ‘Press This’ sharing button at the bottom of my posts, Debby. Then, they brought it back and it was much improved. I wonder if they are doing the same with the booklet? Give it a few days, as it may start to work again. I hope it does.

  2. I’d have a tough time picking between these two but I’m with you, I’d give bananarama the edge by a bit.
    My personal vote for best girl group of all time would be a tie between The Shirelles (Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow) and The Ronettes (Be My Baby). Two of my all time favorite songs and groups. I may be dating myself but I think all girl groups start there and work their way down. Classic stuff.

  3. I like both of those versions, Hugh. Bananarama really got the girls off the ground as far as groups go, but I would like to mention this feisty lady, the Grandmother of girl power now, I suppose! She looked tough and was right up there with the boys, something that was not usual in the 70s!

  4. Great minds, good timing. I recently posted a piece about misheard lyrics, Hugh. And in the comments, I mentioned my shame at singing the 1970 lyrics with a particular body part that was not intended by Shocking Blue. In the days before video, I was sure the lead singer was a man, singing “I’m your (rhymes with Venus). ” Thanks for this one. I laughed again at the thought.

    1. lol, I love it, Van. I did a post in this feature about songs with lyrics that were misinterpreted. I had great fun with it. I’ve been known to sing a few myself without knowing what I’m really saying. They can sometimes get some raised eyebrows. Thank goodness I don’t sing much. 😂

  5. Darn… I couldn’t find my nail clippers, and I have yet another snag heading toward the quick.
    Hugh, I *love* this song. Both versions — I really don’t think I could choose… but maybe Shocking Blue just a touch more, but then it was the first one I heard, so you know.
    Let me throw my handbag in the floor and dance before any more people get to the office. Woot! Hugh, you’re helping me have a thriving Thursday. Thrive on, my friend!

    1. lol, dance on, Teagan. I hope you had a dance on your desk as well? I did that once (before anyone arrived at the office) and it really set me up for the day. I should have done it more often. Still, I have my home desk to dance on, but it doesn’t quite feel the same with just Toby and Austin watching. 😀
      Have a fantastic day.
      Hugs to you.

      1. Ha! I’d be afraid the desk would cave in if I danced on top of it… or that I’d fall off… Or that I’d fall when it caved in. o_O I’ll stay safely on the floor… Okay so with my lack of coordination that’s not safe either… Maybe I’ll just chair dance. 😀

      1. It was my last year at Uni when that was released!!! I remember dancing around. I was likened to scary spice… the curly hair lol! And we made our own Masala Girls Indian version!!!

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