Robert De Niro's Waiting...

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"Robert De Niro's Waiting..."
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Single by Bananarama
from the album Bananarama
B-side "Push!"
Released February 1984
Format 7", 12"
Recorded December 1983
Genre New wave
Length 3:43
Label London Records
Writer(s) Sara Dallin, Siobhan Fahey, Keren Woodward, Steve Jolley and Tony Swain
Producer(s) Jolley & Swain
Bananarama singles chronology
"Cruel Summer"
"Robert De Niro's Waiting..."
"Rough Justice"

"Robert De Niro's Waiting..." is a song written and recorded by English girl group Bananarama. It was the second single released from their self-titled second album in 1984.

The single is one of the group's strongest performing releases, peaking at number three in the UK singles chart (the single to date stands in a three-way tie as Bananarama's highest-charting UK hit). It made a brief appearance on the US Billboard Hot 100, peaking at number 95.

An extended version of the song was available on the 12" single. The B-side of both 7" and 12" singles was a song called "Push!" Also included on the 12" single, was an unlisted track; a different version "Link" from Bananarama.

Bananarama have re-recorded "Robert De Niro's Waiting..." twice, in 2000 for the G-A-Y compilation and the next year another new re-recording was included on their album Exotica.

Recently, original group member Siobhan Fahey admitted that the song is "about date rape" in Bananarama's 2017 reunion interview with The Guardian.[1] This echoed similar statements in the group's contemporaneous interviews.

Music video[edit]

The music video for "Robert De Niro's Waiting..." was directed by Duncan Gibbins and shows Bananarama walking around dark streets, possibly followed by mafia-style clothed men. When it gets to the bridge part of the song, Bananarama member Sara Dallin is shown running along, looking behind her as if being followed: As the video winds down, Sarah and the other two members of Bananarama, Siobhan Fahey and Keren Woodward, are back in their apartment, when the door bell rings. Keren answers the door, only to be confronted by the man who might have been chasing them, armed with a Mafia-style violin case. As she looks nervously at him, the case falls open to reveal a sign saying "Pizza Delivery", along with three pizzas. Both the man and Keren start laughing, and the video ends with Bananarama in their apartment eating the pizza and laughing.

Track listing[edit]

UK & US 7" vinyl single

UK: London Records NANA 6 / USA: London Records 820 033-7

  1. "Robert De Niro's Waiting..." – 3:27
  2. "Push!" – 4:08

+ some copies of the UK 7" came with a cut out postcard of Siobhan, Keren or Sarah + there were also 3 separate UK picture disc releases each with a photo of Siobhan, Keren or Sarah

UK & US 12" vinyl single

UK: London Records NANX 6 / USA: London Records 820 033-1

  1. "Robert De Niro's Waiting..." (extended version) – 5:43
  2. "Link" (single version) – 1:59
  3. "Push!" – 4:08 (S. Dallin/S. Fahey/S. Jolley /A. Swain/K. Woodward)

+ the UK 12" was also available in 3 different vinyl colours: pink for Keren; green for Siobhan; and blue for Sarah, each with a large picture label.

Other versions
  1. "Robert De Niro's Waiting..." (2000 version)
    Taken from the album G-A-Y.
  1. "Robert De Niro's Waiting..." (2001 version)
    Taken from the album Exotica.


Chart (1984) Peak
UK Singles Chart[2] 3
Australia (Kent Music Report)[3] 40
US Billboard Hot 100 95
Irish Singles Chart 8
Switzerland Singles Chart 8
Dutch Singles Chart 22

Cover versions[edit]

A cover version by Subterfuge appears on the compilation Punk Chartbusters, Vol. 1, released in 2000. The German Hip Hop trio Fettes Brot released a German version called "Nicolette Krebitz wartet" on their album Fettes Brot lässt Grüßen, released in 1998. The Russian group Nautilius Pompilius released a darker version of the song called "Alain Delon," or "The View From The Screen."


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  2. ^ "UK Official Charts: Bananarama". Official Charts Company. 2016. Retrieved 15 December 2016. 
  3. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992 (Illustrated ed.). Sydney: Australian Chart Book. p. 25. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.  N.B. The Kent Report chart was licensed by ARIA between 1983 and 26 June 1988.

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