80s Song of the Day: Cruel Summer by Bananarama

The city is crowded
My friends are away
And I’m on my own

cruel summer

Cruel Summer by Bananarama was released in the United Kingdom on June 27, 1983, with Cairo as the B side. It was a single from the album Bananarama.

The song reached No. 8 in the United Kingdom. Its inclusion in the 1984 film The Karate Kid ignited the song’s international success (the group did not, however, allow the song to appear on the film’s soundtrack). Cruel Summer reached No. 9 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1984, becoming Bananarama’s first Top 10 hit in the States.

Watch the music video for the song, which was shot in New York City in the summer of 1983.

80s Song of the Day: Venus by Bananarama

Goddess on the mountain top
Burning like a silver flame
The summit of beauty and love
And Venus was her name

venus 2Venus by Bananarama was released on May 30, 1986, with White Train as the B side. A remake of the 1969 song by Shocking Blue, Venus was a single from the band’s third album, True Confessions.

Venus was a worldwide hit for Bananarama. It was a No. 1 hit in the United States, Australia, and a handful of other countries. In the United Kingdom, it reached No. 8 on the UK Singles Chart.

Watch the official music video for the song.