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Bananarama 'back' for summer 2009
Keren Woodward and Sara Dallin
Lifelong friends Keren and Sara met at school in Bristol

"We don't think of it as a comeback, we've never really stopped," says Bananarama's Keren Woodward.

Along with Sara Dallin and Siobhan Fahey, the singer/songwriter from Downend, Bristol, was once two thirds of the girl group in the 1980s.

The trio had huge chart success with songs like Cruel Summer and Venus.

Now Bananarama - a duo in the form of Keren and Sara - are signed to Fascination (Universal Records) and a new single and album are in the offing.

They are label mates with Girls Aloud and The Saturdays and are produced by Ian Masterson, who has worked with artists like Pet Shop Boys and Girls Aloud.

"Working with Ian has been a revelation," says Sara.

"We did a couple of tracks with him on the last album and he's really in tune with what we're into and with what's happening in the outside world."

So is it very different for Bananarama a quarter of a century on?

Keren Woodward, Sara Dallin and Siobahn Fahey
'We never had stylists - it was all very homemade'

"It was more do-it-yourself then," reminisces Keren. "We never had stylists - it was all very homemade.

"I still have my grandmother's sewing machine that most of our clothes were made on.

"I wouldn't rustle up a costume on it any more but it does still come out for the odd alteration."

'Dancefloor belter' Love Comes, which is released in September, is vintage Bananarama with a modern twist, which Keren thinks will go down well in the current musical climate.

"The pop scene is quite 80s at the moment. It's all electronic which all seemed quite new in the 80s so maybe it's all come round again.

"Plenty of people are turning out to see a lot of 80s shows, so hopefully it'll work for us."




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