Shy Boy

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For the Katie Melua song, see Shy Boy (Katie Melua song). For the Secret song, see Shy Boy (Secret song). For the Secret EP, see Shy Boy (EP).
"Shy Boy"
Single by Bananarama
from the album Deep Sea Skiving
B-side Don't Call Us
Released June 1982
Format 7" single, 12" single
Recorded August 1981
Genre Pop, new wave
Length 3:16
Label London Records
Writer(s) Jolley & Swain
Producer(s) Jolley & Swain
Bananarama singles chronology
Really Saying Something
(1982)
"Shy Boy"
(1982)
"Cheers Then"
(1982)

"Shy Boy" is a song recorded by English girl group Bananarama. It appears on their 1983 debut album Deep Sea Skiving and was released as its second single. It was written and produced by the production team of Steve Jolley and Tony Swain and marked the first in a long line of studio collaborations between them and Bananarama.[1]

The song is rumoured to be a tribute to teenaged London pirate radio comedian Mark Gould whom Bananarama subsequently demanded as their Christmas present for 1983 on the Christmas edition of BBC1's Show Business programme, which was broadcast on 16 December 1983.

Released in summer 1982, "Shy Boy" became the third consecutive single by Bananarama to hit the top-five, reaching number four in the UK singles chart. It also was a success in Australia, where it reached number two, becoming their first top 40 hit in that country. Top-ten success also followed in New Zealand and Canada. "Shy Boy" charted well on the U.S. Hot Dance Club Play chart and was the first of Bananarama's singles to dent the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at number eighty-three.[2] The song was known as "Shy Boy (Don't it make you feel good)" in the USA.

The song was originally called "Big Red Motorbike", however Bananarama didn't like the lyrics and changed it to "Shy Boy".[2]

Music video[edit]

The music video was directed by Midge Ure and Chris Cross who were then members of the group Ultravox.[2] It featured the girls giving a nerdy guy a make-over, turning him into a stud. When his new look attracts the attention of a sexy secretary, the girls get revenge by dousing him with a bucket of water. The nerd-turned-stud was played Terry Sharpe, the lead vocalist of the Northern Irish rock group The Adventures, who was Sara Dallin's boyfriend at the time.[2]

Track listing[edit]

UK 7" single[3]
  1. "Shy Boy" 3:13
  2. "Don't Call Us" 3:10
Canadian 7" single[3]
  1. "Shy Boy" 3:13
  2. "Give Us Back Our Cheap Fares" 2:45
    S. Dallin/S. Fahey/K. Woodward/Cotillard
UK 12" single[3]
  1. "Shy Boy" (Extended Version) 5:49
  2. "Don't Call Us" (Extended Version) 4:10
USA 12" single[3]
  1. "Shy Boy" (Long Version) 6:58
  2. "Shy Boy" (Dub Version) 9:22

The song "Don't Call Us" appears on the album Deep Sea Skiving retitled as "Boy Trouble".

Charts[edit]

Chart (1982) Peak
position
UK Singles Chart 4
Australia ARIA singles chart 2
New Zealand singles chart 5 [4]
Canadian singles chart 7
U.S. Hot Dance Club Play 14
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 83
Dutch Singles chart 12 [4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Official Website". Bananarama. Retrieved 2014-06-05. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Official Website". Bananarama. Retrieved 2012-08-13. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Bananarama detailed discography - Shy Boy". Bananarama.co.uk. Retrieved 2012-08-13. 
  4. ^ a b Steffen Hung. "Bananarama - Shy Boy". australian-charts.com. Retrieved 2012-08-13. 

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