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Studio album by Kevin Ayers
Released May 1973
Recorded Sep-Oct 1972; Abbey Road Studios, London
Length 35:48
Kevin Ayers chronology
The Confessions of Dr. Dream and Other Stories
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AllMusic 3.5/5 stars[1]

Bananamour is the fourth studio album by Kevin Ayers and it featured some of his most accessible recordings, including "Shouting in a Bucket Blues" and his whimsical tribute to Syd Barrett, "Oh! Wot A Dream".[1] After Whatevershebringswesing, Ayers assembled a new band anchored by drummer Eddie Sparrow and bassist Archie Legget and employed a more direct lyricism. The centrepiece of the album is 'Decadence', his withering portrait of Nico:[1] "Watch her out there on display / Dancing in her sleepy way / While all her visions start to play / On the icicles of our decay / And all along the desert shore / She wanders further evermore / The only thing that's left to try / She says to live I have to die." The song was later covered by the Australian psychedelic rock band The Church on their 1999 album A Box of Birds.

The album marked the end of Ayers' first Harvest Records series.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Kevin Ayers

Side 1

  1. "Don't Let It Get You Down (For Rachel)"
  2. "Shouting in a Bucket Blues"
  3. "When Your Parents Go to Sleep"
  4. "Interview"
  5. "Internotional Anthem"

Side 2

  1. "Decadence"
  2. "Oh! Wot A Dream"
  3. "Hymn"
  4. "Beware of the Dog"

Track listing (2003 CD reissue)[edit]

  1. "Don't Let It Get You Down" (4:04)
  2. "Shouting In A Bucket Blues" (3:45)
  3. "When Your Parents Go To Sleep" (5:47)
  4. "Interview" (4:43)
  5. "Internotional Anthem" (0:43)
  6. "Decadence" (8:05)
  7. "Oh! Wot A Dream" (2:48)
  8. "Hymn" (4:35)
  9. "Beware Of The Dog" (1:27)
  10. "Connie On A Rubber Band" (2:56)
  11. "Decadence (Early Mix)" (6:57)
  12. "Take Me To Tahiti" (3:37)
  13. "Caribbean Moon" (3:02)




  • Original LP sleevenotes