Deep Sea Skiving

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Deep Sea Skiving
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Studio album by Bananarama
Released 7 March 1983
Recorded 1981-1982
Genre Pop, new wave
Length 37:59
Label London
Producer Barry Blue
Dave Jordan
Tony Swain, Steve Jolley
Little Paul Cook
Big John Martin
Sara Dallin
Bananarama chronology
Deep Sea Skiving
(1983)
Bananarama
(1984)
Singles from Deep Sea Skiving
  1. "Aie a Mwana"
    Released: September 1981
  2. "He Was Really Sayin' Somethin'"
    Released: April 1982
  3. "Shy Boy"
    Released: June 1982
  4. "Cheers Then"
    Released: November 1982
  5. "He's Got Tact"
    Released: 1982
  6. "Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye"
    Released: February 1983

Deep Sea Skiving is the debut album by the British female vocal group Bananarama, released in 1983. The album peaked at no.7 on the UK album chart[1] and was certified Silver by the BPI.[2]

The inner-sleeve of the vinyl release contained numerous photos of the group, several of them in childhood. These pictures have not been included in any CD version of the album to date.

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, remixes and cover of the Sex Pistols song "No Feelings".

Background and recording[edit]

Two of the album's tracks, "Really Saying Something" and "Aie a Mwana", were drawn from previously recorded singles. Bananarama recorded three tracks ("Shy Boy", "Na Na Hey Hey (Kiss Him Goodbye)", and "Boy Trouble") with Jolley & Swain producing, but dismissed the duo in the middle of the album's recording and recruited Barry Blue to produce the rest of the album. Siobhan Fahey explained, "[Jolley & Swain] wanted us to do their songs, not ours. They wanted a 1980's version of the old girl groups, disembodied voices. They didn't see us as voices with ideas."[3] Despite this, Jolly & Swain would be brought back as producers for Bananarama's next two albums.

Track listing[edit]

Standard edition
  1. "Shy Boy" — 3:16 (Steve Jolley, Tony Swain)
  2. "Doctor Love" — 3:42 (Paul Weller)
  3. "What a Shambles" — 3:34 (Sara Dallin, Siobhan Fahey, Keren Woodward)
  4. "Really Saying Something" — 2:45 (Norman Whitfield, William "Mickey" Stevenson, Edward Holland, Jr)
  5. "Cheers Then" — 3:31 (Sara Dallin, Siobhan Fahey, Keren Woodward, Terry Sharpe, John Martin)
  6. "Aie a Mwana" — 3:36 (Jean Kluger, Daniel Vangarde, Joseph Avion)
  7. "Young at Heart" — 3:13 (Sara Dallin, Siobhan Fahey, Keren Woodward, Robert Hodgens)
  8. "Na Na Hey Hey (Kiss Him Goodbye)" — 3:30 (Gary DeCarlo, Dale Frashuer, Paul Leka)
  9. "Hey Young London" — 3:55 (Barry Blue, Stan Shaw, Sara Dallin, Siobhan Fahey, Keren Woodward)
  10. "Boy Trouble" — 3:14 (Sara Dallin, Siobhan Fahey, Keren Woodward)
  11. "Wish You Were Here" — 3:41 (Sara Dallin, Siobhan Fahey, Keren Woodward)
Bonus track from the 2007 CD re-issue
  1. "Give Us Back Our Cheap Fares" — 4:24 (Sara Dallin, Siobhan Fahey, Keren Woodward, Vaughn Cotillard)
  2. "Girl About Town" — 3:28 (Sara Dallin, Siobhan Fahey, Keren Woodward)
  3. "He's Got Tact" — 2:57 (Sara Dallin, Siobhan Fahey, Keren Woodward)
  4. "Tell Tale Signs" — 3:08 (Sara Dallin, Siobhan Fahey, Keren Woodward)
  5. "No Feelings" — 2:33 (P. Cook/S. Jones/G. Matlock/J. Rotten)

+ The version of "Give Us Back Our Cheap Fares" used is the Extended Version.

+ The version of "Girl About Town" used is a slightly longer version with an additional 4 bars just before the instrumental break (roughly 1:45 - 1:59) than the original vinyl 7" Version (3.10).

2013 Deluxe Edition CD/DVD re-issue
Disc 1
  1. "He's Got Tact" — 2:59
  2. "Girl About Town" — 3:13
  3. "Tell Tale Signs" — 3:15
  4. "No Feelings" — 2:33
  5. "Aie a Mwana" (Extended Version) — 5:45
  6. "Really Saying Something" (Extended Version) - 5:39
  7. "Shy Boy" (12" Mix) - 5:50
  8. "Cheers Then" (Extended Version) - 5:18
  9. "Na Na Hey Hey (Kiss Him Goodbye)" (12" Version) - 4:52
Disc 2
  1. "Aie a Mwana" (7" Version) - 3:48
  2. "Really Saying Something" (U.S. 7" Mix) - 3:46
  3. "Shy Boy" (U.S. 7" Mix) - 3:35
  4. "No Feelings" (Alternative Mix) 2:35
  5. "Give Us Back Our Cheap Fares" - 2:45
  6. "Boy Trouble" (Extended Version) - 4:20
  7. "Girl About Town" (Extended Version) - 5:31
  8. "Tell Tale Signs" (Extended Version) - 4:45
  9. "Aie a Mwana" (U.S. Extended Version) - 6:45
  10. "Really Saying Something" (U.S. Extended Version) - 7:54
  11. "Shy Boy" (U.S. Extended Version) - 7:20
  12. "Give Us Back Our Cheap Fares" (Extended Version) - 4:23
  13. "Aie a Mwana" (U.S. Dub) - 4:38
  14. "Shy Boy" (U.S. Dub) - 9:23
  15. "Na Na Hey Hey (Kiss Him Goodbye) (Na Dub Hey) - 4:12
  16. "Aie a Mwana" (Dubwana) - 3:40
DVD
  1. "Really Saying Something" - Directed by Midge Ure & Chris Cross
  2. "Shy Boy" - Directed by Midge Ure & Chris Cross
  3. "Cheers Then" - Directed by Keef
  4. "Na Na Hey Hey (Kiss Him Goodbye)" - Directed by Keef
  5. "Really Saying Something" on Top of the Pops
  6. "Shy Boy" on 6.55 Special
  7. "Boy Trouble" on 6.55 Special
  8. "Na Na Hey Hey (Kiss Him Goodbye)" on Saturday Superstore

Personnel[edit]

Bananarama

Musicians

Charts[edit]

Chart (1983) Peak
position
Australia (Kent Music Report)[4] 85
UK Albums Chart[1] 7
US Billboard 200[5] 63

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Top Albums & Tapes – Week Ending April 2, 1983". chartarchive.org. Retrieved 2016-04-25. 
  2. ^ "BPI > Certified Awards > Search results for 'Bananarama' (from bpi.co.uk)". imgur.com. Retrieved 2016-04-25. 
  3. ^ Mehler, Mark (June 1983). "In Which Bananarama Asserts they Are 'Voices with Ideas'". Record. 2 (8): 6. 
  4. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992 (Illustrated ed.). Sydney: Australian Chart Book. p. 26. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.  N.B. The Kent Report chart was licensed by ARIA between mid 1983 and 19 June 1988.
  5. ^ "Billboard > Artists / Bananarama > Chart History > Billboard 200". Billboard. Retrieved 2016-04-25.