- Audio CD (June 25, 1991)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Import
- Label: Polygram Int'l
- ASIN: B000001FH0
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #797,228 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
Pop Life Import
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"Pop Life" was produced primarily with Martin "Youth" Glover, a friend of Sara's who had been a member of the group Killing Joke and (later) Blue Pearl. He took over production chores from Stock Aitken Waterman, who were the architects of Bananarama's sound for the latter part of the 1980s. SAW did produce a handful of tracks which appear on this collection, and they are noted below. Though the music of "Pop Life" is still dominated by dancefloor-friendly drumbeats, the overall sound is considerably less processed than the SAW material that came before it. The rock guitar, harmonica and various percussive instruments give the album an almost organic feel, a first for a Bananarama release.
As always, the Nanas were part of the songwriting process, and with Youth's help they created a solid collection of tracks that should have continued their run of high-charting releases. Things didn't quite work out that way, though "Pop Life" did produce four memorable singles: (in chronological order) "Only Your Love" (UK #27), "Preacher Man" (UK #20), "Long Train Running" (UK #30), and "Tripping On Your Love" (UK #76).Read more ›
"Preacher Man" is a strong opening track on the title character warning a girl about the wrong kind of man sporting the bouncy bubblegum synths that coloured Wow.
The seven and a half Ramabanana Alternative Mix features the usual techno padding, airy synths, thumping drum machines, quick vocal dubs, and miscellaneous keyboards.
The cover song of this album is a likeable and bubbly take on The Doobie Brothers' "Long Train Running," complete with accompanying guitar. One of their better cover songs.
Another uptempo song is "Only Your Love" featuring an "ooh ooh" chorus reminiscent to that done in "Sympathy For The Devil." Not bad of its kind.
The Rams liltingly ask "What Colour R The Skies Where U Live" in this dub reggae jam featuring piano and industrial style drum programming. It's lower tempo but at least decent.
A strong bass beat backs the mid-tempo "Is Your Love Strong Enough" with bubblegum synths like S-A-W. The trip the Rams offer to take one on is that of life, "where the winds of change are bittersweet" and where "good intentions are hard to keep.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
All the extras and the liner notes even for a long time collector such as myself gave new insight to the groupPublished 15 months ago by nannette marsh
ONE OF THE BEST BANANARAMA ALBUM THIS ALBUM WAS AHEAD OF IT TIMEPublished 18 months ago by Gregory Humphrey
But where is Preacher Man [Shep's Club Mix] and Tripping ON Your love [Maurice's Wicked Mix]. These are essential mixes! Overall a great re-release.Published on April 22, 2014 by Theodore
I so miss Siobhan Fahey on this lp. And you can see that the hole left behind wasn't just a voice but a writer. Read morePublished on June 6, 2009 by Jeffrey S. Weatherill
Both Pop Life and Please Yourself suffer from a really lame selection of bonus tracks. In actuality, they could have released probably 3 CDs for each disc to fit all the remixes... Read morePublished on March 28, 2008 by Daniel W. Kelly
I've always been a Bananarama fan, since I first saw the videos for "Really Saying Something" and "It Ain't What You Do" on Mtv. I rabidly bought all of their stuff. Read morePublished on August 6, 2005 by Todd A. Johnson