Banderas (duo)

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Genres Pop rock
Years active 1991
Labels London Records
Associated acts Jimmy Somerville
The Communards
Past members Sally Herbert
Caroline Buckley

Banderas were a female music duo of the early 1990s who were signed to London Records. The band was an offshoot of Jimmy Somerville's band The Communards, and featured two of his female backing musicians Sally Herbert and shaven headed singer Caroline Buckley.

The duo are mostly remembered for their hit single "This Is Your Life", which peaked at #16 in the UK Singles Chart in March 1991.[1] The track was co-written with songwriter Roger Swallow and contains samples of the song "Crack Attack" by Grace Jones from her 1989 album Bulletproof Heart. The duo appeared on BBC One's Top of The Pops on 21 March 1991 to perform the song.

The duo's album, Ripe, peaked at #40 in the UK, and featured further singles "She Sells" (#41) and "May This Be Your Last Sorrow" (which did not chart).

The album features Johnny Marr (The Smiths) on guitar and Bernard Sumner (New Order) guitar/backing vocals as well as backing vocals on This is Your Life by Jimmy Somerville (Bronski Beat, Communards)



No. Title Length
1. "This Is Your Life" 4:37
2. "Comfort of Faith" 4:17
3. "May This Be Your Last Sorrow" 5:00
4. "First Hand" 5:00
5. "Why Aren't You in Love With Me?" 4:50
6. "She Sells" 4:03
7. "Too Good" 4:59
8. "Don't Let That Man" 4:17
9. "It's Written All Over My Face" 4:20
10. "Never Too Late" 5:03


Year Single Peak positions Album

1991 "This Is Your Life" 16 23 37 4 22 24 18 30 34 Ripe
"She Sells" 41
"May This Be Your Last Sorrow"
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released.


  1. ^ a b Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 42. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  2. ^ Ripe at Discogs (list of releases)
  3. ^ "Official Charts Company: Banderas". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2014-04-18. 
  4. ^ "Banderas - German Chart". Retrieved 2014-04-18. 
  5. ^ "Banderas - US Dance Club Songs Chart". Retrieved 2014-04-18.