Preacher Man

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"Preacher Man"
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Single by Bananarama
from the album Pop Life
B-side "Megalomaniac"
Released December 1990
Format 7" single, 12" single, CD single
Recorded July 1989[citation needed]
Genre Dance-pop, house
Length 3:15
3:38 (Alternative 7-inch mix)
Label London Records
Songwriter(s) Sara Dallin
Andy Caine
Producer(s) Youth
Bananarama singles chronology
"Only Your Love"
"Preacher Man"
"Long Train Running"
"Only Your Love"
"Preacher Man"
"Long Train Running"

"Preacher Man" is a song recorded by English girl group Bananarama. It appears on the group's fifth studio album Pop Life and was released as the album's second single. The track was co-written and produced by Youth with additional production and remix by Shep Pettibone.

"Tripping on Your Love" had been originally slated as the second single from the album,[citation needed] and some promotional singles of the song were sent to radios in late 1990. Around this time, however, group member Sara Dallin contracted meningitis, which delayed the release of the single some months.[citation needed] When recovered, London Records decided "Preacher Man" was a better choice for a single and so it was chosen for release in December 1990. "Tripping on Your Love" was eventually released as the album's fourth single.

The pop/dance tune became the highest-charting and biggest-selling single released from the Pop Life album, climbing to number twenty in the UK singles chart. The single was Bananarama's last appearance in the UK top twenty until "Move in My Direction" in 2005. In Australia, the single peaked at #147 on the Australian ARIA singles chart.[1] "Preacher Man" was not released in the United States.

Music video[edit]

The music video featured a man tied to a chair in the interrogation room of a prison. As he breaks down and goes crazy, the girls, as well as various other carnival-like costumed entertainers such as a midget and a girl in a winged outfit, appear as hallucinations before him. These scenes are intercut with the girls performing the song in front of candles. Harmonica player Johnny Mars appears on the video.[2]

Official versions and remixes[edit]

  1. "Preacher Man" (Album Version) - (3:15)
  2. "Preacher Man" (Ramabanana Alternative Mix) - (7:31)
    Remixed by Shep Pettibone
  3. "Preacher Man" (Shep's Club Mix) - (7:19)
    Remixed by Shep Pettibone
  4. "Preacher Man" (Shep's Dub Mix) - (4:44)
    Remixed by Shep Pettibone
  5. "Preacher Man" (Bonus Beats)
    Remixed by Shep Pettibone
  6. "Preacher Man" (Shep's Instrumental)
    Remixed by Shep Pettibone
  7. "Preacher Man" (Alternative 7" Mix) - (3:38)
    Remixed by Shep Pettibone
  8. "Preacher Man" (Original 12" Mix) - (6:07)
    Unreleased until 2013




  • Peter 'Ski' Schwartz - Keyboards


Chart (1990) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[1] 147
United Kingdom (Official Charts Company) 20


  1. ^ a b "Response from ARIA re: chart inquiry, received 2014-06-17". Retrieved 2014-11-18. 
  2. ^ Richard Skelly. "Johnny Mars". Allmusic. Retrieved October 30, 2011. 

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