Every once in awhile we get to feel like kids again, and yesterday I was lucky enough to have one of those moments when kenneth in the (212) reader Daryl was kind enough to extend a meet-and-greet invitation with Bananarama at the Borders he works at in Manhattan. I've been writing about the girls' comeback album, "Drama," for some time now, so I was more than happy to help spread the word of their in-store appearances this week.
My love affair with Keren Woodward, Sara Dallin and Siobhan Fahey goes back to the very beginning when they were recording with Fun Boy Three. In fact, when their eponymous sophomore album came out a couple years later it nearly cost me my best friend. You see, I managed to get my hands on the LP first on import at Tower Records and Greg was just beside himself (!). My most egregious sin, however, was that I even played it (both sides!) before calling him up to come over and listen to it with me. (And what was I doing going to Tower Records behind his back anyway?)
It's been many years since then (Bananarama has recorded as a duo since the early '90s), but their new album shows that getting better with age is the way to go. Not only is the new music great, they look like they haven't aged a day. (I assumed their new CD cover was Photoshop Central -- take a look at these photos from yesterday and you'll see they're hotter than ever!) I can't tell you how gracious they were -- signing all FIVE(!) of the old 7-inch singles and two CD booklets I brought. The girls smiled and laughed and reminisced about the really old items.
Of course I wouldn't be me without embarrassing myself in public: When we went to take the photo of the three of us together, I slipped myself into the middle and announced, "I'll be Siobhan!" (note Keren's expression -- what is wrong with me?) But then suddenly -- and for just a moment there -- surrounded by those two women I really was Shakespear's Sister ...
Get your own "Drama" from Amazon.com here!
Check out the new album on the Bananarama MySpace profile here.