Pop Life (Bananarama album)

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Pop Life
Studio album by Bananarama
Released May 1991
Recorded July 1989 - May 1990
Genre Hi-NRG[1]
Label London
Producer Youth
Stock Aitken Waterman
Shep Pettibone
Tony Swain, Steve Jolley
Bananarama chronology
Greatest Remixes Collection
(1990)
Pop Life
(1991)
Please Yourself
(1993)
Singles from Pop Life
  1. "Only Your Love"
    Released: June 1990
  2. "Preacher Man"
    Released: December 1990
  3. "Long Train Runnin'"
    Released: April 1991
  4. "Tripping on Your Love"
    Released: July 1991
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2/5 stars link

Pop Life is the fifth studio album released by British girl group Bananarama in 1991 and is the only album released which features Jacquie O'Sullivan, who replaced Siobhan Fahey in Bananarama upon her departure in 1988. This album marks the end of the group's association with the Stock Aitken Waterman production team (they produced only two songs) as most of Pop Life was produced by Youth (real name Martin Glover). UK singer Zoë provided backing vocals on "Long Train Running". This would be the last album by Bananarama as a trio.

Upon its release Pop Life earned positive reviews from critics but was a commercial failure, peaking at number forty-two in the UK. Four mid-charting singles were issued from the album, and following the release of "Tripping on Your Love", O'Sullivan left the group, leaving members Sara Dallin and Keren Woodward to continue as a duo.

The album was a departure from their previous albums as it incorporates a much more diverse range of musical genres, including flamenco guitar (a cover of the Doobie Brothers song "Long Train Running" featuring Alma de Noche, a pseudonym for the Gipsy Kings), retro-rock ("Only Your Love", "Outta Sight"), acid house ("Tripping on Your Love"), reggae ("What Colour R the Skies Where U Live?"), experimental club ("Megalomaniac"), and their hallmark Euro disco sound ("Preacher Man", "Ain't No Cure").

The track "Ain't No Cure" was covered by Stock Aitken Waterman produced girl group Delage in 1991.[2]

On 19 March 2007, Bananarama's first six studio albums were re-issued by Rhino Records. All re-issues are remastered and each includes several bonus tracks, consisting of B-sides and remixes.

Track listing[edit]

CD version

  1. "Preacher Man" – 3:15 (S. Dallin/Youth/A. Caine)
  2. "Long Train Running" – 3:31 (Tom Johnston)
  3. "Only Your Love" – 3:58 (S. Dallin/Youth/A. Caine)
  4. "What Colour R the Skies Where U Live?" – 4:27 (S. Dallin/Youth/A. Caine/K.Woodward)
  5. "Is Your Love Strong Enough" – 5:07 (S. Dallin/S. Jolley)
  6. "Tripping on Your Love" – 3:20 (S. Dallin/Youth/A. Caine/D. Schogger)
  7. "Ain't No Cure" – 3:27 (M. Stock/M. Aitken/P. Waterman/S. Dallin)
  8. "Outta Sight" – 4:31 (S. Dallin/Youth/A. Caine)
  9. "Megalomaniac" – 6:16 (S. Dallin/B. Walker/Youth/A. Caine)
  10. "I Can't Let You Go" – 6:10 (S. Dallin/Youth/A. Caine)
  11. "Heartless" – 3:22 (M. Stock/M. Aitken/P. Waterman/S. Dallin/K.Woodward)
  12. "Preacher Man" (Ramabanana Alternative Mix) – 7:31 (S. Dallin/Youth/A. Caine)

Cassette version

  1. "Preacher Man" – 3:15
  2. "Long Train Running" – 3:31
  3. "Only Your Love" – 3:58
  4. "What Colour R the Skies Where U Live?" – 4:27
  5. "Is Your Love Strong Enough" – 5:07
  6. "Tripping on Your Love" – 3:20
  7. "Ain't No Cure" – 3:27
  8. "Outta Sight" – 4:31
  9. "Megalomaniac" – 6:16
  10. "I Can't Let You Go" – 6:10
  11. "Heartless" – 3:22

2007 CD re-issue plus bonus tracks

  1. "Preacher Man" – 3:15
  2. "Long Train Running" – 3:31
  3. "Only Your Love" – 3:58
  4. "What Colour R the Skies Where U Live?" – 4:27
  5. "Is Your Love Strong Enough" – 5:07
  6. "Tripping on Your Love" – 3:20
  7. "Ain't No Cure" – 3:27
  8. "Outta Sight" – 4:31
  9. "Megalomaniac" – 6:16
  10. "I Can't Let You Go" – 6:10
  11. "Heartless" – 3:22
  12. "Only Your Love" (7-inch mix)
  13. "Preacher Man" (alternative 7-inch mix)
  14. "Megalomaniac" (edit)
  15. "Tripping on Your Love" (single mix)
  16. "What Colour R the Skies Where U Live?" (J-Jagged Mix)
  17. "Ain't No Cure" (alternative version)


2013 Deluxe Edition 2CD/DVD re-issue

Disc 1

  1. "Preacher Man" - 3.14
  2. "Long Train Running" - 3.30
  3. "Only Your Love" - 3.58
  4. "What Colour R The Skies Where U Live?" - 4.27
  5. "Is Your Love Strong Enough?" - 5.06
  6. "Tripping on Your Love" - 3.19
  7. "Ain't No Cure" - 3.27
  8. "Outta Sight" - 4.32
  9. "Megalomaniac" - 6.22
  10. "I Can't Let You Go" - 6.07
  11. "Heartless" - 3.20
  12. "I Don't Care" - 6.16
  13. "Some Boys" - 5.33
  14. "Only Your Love" [Milky Bar Mix] - 8.11
  15. "Tripping on Your Love" [Dance Floor Justice Mix] - 6.10
  16. "Preacher Man" [Original 12" Mix] - 6.08

Disc 2

  1. "Only Your Love" [Monkey Drum Mooch] - 7.33
  2. "Preacher Man" [Ramabanana Alternative Mix] - 7.31
  3. "Long Train Running" [Alma De Noche Version] - 6.39
  4. "Tripping on Your Love"[Euro Trance Mix] - 7.20
  5. "Ain't No Cure" [Alternative Version] - 4.06
  6. "What Colour R The Skies Where U Live?" [Paco's Revenge Mix] - 6.55
  7. "Tripping on Your Love" [Smoove Mix] - 7.07
  8. "I Don't Care" [Tony King Remix] - 6.10
  9. "Ain't No Cure" [Original 12" Mix] - 7.02
  10. "Tripping on Your Love" [Silky 70s Mix] - 6.26
  11. "Long Train Running" [Sparky’s Magic Button Mix] - 4.34
  12. "Tripping on Your Love" [Sweet Exorcist Remix] - 8.12

DVD

  1. "Only Your Love"
  2. "Preacher Man"
  3. "Long Train Running"
  4. "Tripping on Your Love"
  5. "Only Your Love" [On 'Wogan']
  6. "Preacher Man" [On 'Top Of The Pops']



Unreleased songs and demos

  1. "Nothing Lasts Forever"
  2. "Don't Throw It All Away"
  3. "One in a Million"
  4. "Love Generation"
  5. "Wake Up and Love Me"
  6. "Got to Be Good"
  7. "Sweet Destiny"
  8. "You Give Love a Bad Name"

Personnel[edit]

Bananarama

Musicians

Additional Personnel

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