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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