Siobhan Fahey turns 50 today. Siobhan is my favorite Bananarama girl and, for me, the group ceases to exist with her departure*. In fact, El Marveloso and I talked about how I only care about the first 3 'Nana albums. I don't even like Wow (scandalous, I know).
Some tidbits: In her bio, Siobhan says that Robert DeNiro's Waiting was originally called Al Pacino's Waiting. The girls were taken to dinner by DeNiro when he heard about the song. She also calls producer Pete Waterman "authoritarian and misogynistic." Be sure to check out the comments for this post - D'luv quotes Waterman on Siobhan.
Siobhan left Bananarama in 1987 and formed Shakespears Sister (sic), named after a Smiths song, with the amazing Marcella Detroit. Read about them here. They had several hits including Stay, and I Don't Care and the group remains a kind of indie pop classic. Be sure to check out French & Saunders take (Dickens' Daughters!) on the group, with Dawn French portraying Shuv. I should also note that current group Dresden Dolls ripped their look off of Shakespears Sister - the evidence is everywhere.
In the late 80's, Siobhan befriended video director Sophie Muller. Both Siobhan and Annie Lennox were Gwem Stefani long before Gwen! In fact, Sophie had both Siobhan and Sade running around in wedding dresses before Stefani did it.
I think Siobhan is more of a rocker at heart, both vocally and how she presents herself visually. I love how she looks in the 1996 video for I Can Drive. You have to love that she recorded a song called Opportunity Knockers for the final Sisters album, #3, which was released years late, in 2004. It sounds like Courtney Love doing pop.
Siobhan's most recent single, Bad Blood, was a bit ragged and punky and she's had an album in the works for a few years. Honestly, I'd rawwwther she reunite with Bananarama and do an album with, say, Xenomania, Stuart Price and maybe Lucky Soul, but that's beyond unlikely.
My Top Ten Plus One Bananarama Songs:
Robert DeNiro's Waiting
Trick of The Night
What A Shambles my #1 favorite
Young At Heart
T'aint What You Do, It's The Way That You Do It
...and how about one Shakespears Sister song, 16th Apology
And yes, yes, yes, Happy Birthday Joanna, who once shared a hairstyle with Siobhan! Here is XO and Joanna (post Shiv hair) at 17 and 18 respectively.
*I actually like Bananarama in its current Keren/Sarah incarnation. I'd just rather it be the full trio again.