Really Saying Something – Bananarama & Fun Boy Three (1982)


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An individual, limited edition, example of vinyl art made from a genuine, original, 45rpm, 7” single featuring the  single, Really Saying Something by Bananarama. The record was released in 1982, on the London record label and has been reworked into the drawn bird taken from the record sleeve and label. The bird along with the fish from the artwork became familiar images on Bananarama merchandise of the time and  have since become synonymous with the band, appearing on t-shirts, posters and even tattoos.

A great framed gift for a friend or family member who is a fan of Bananarama, 80s Pop, Girl Bands, Birds or has a special memory linked to the song.

Presented in a black wooden box frame
Limited Edition of 100, signed and numbered by myself, the artist

Title: Really Saying Something
Media Artist/s: Bananarama & Fun Boy Three
Record Label: London
Medium: Mixed media, hand cut from an original 7″ vinyl single
Era: 1980s
Genre: Pop

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Bananarama & Fun Boy Three – The Artist/s

Bananarama are an English pop girl group formed in London in 1979 by friends Sara Dallin, Siobhan Fahey and Keren Woodward. Their success on both pop and dance charts saw them listed in the Guinness World Records for achieving the world’s highest number of chart entries by an all-female group. Between 1982 and 2009, they had 28 singles reach the Top 50 of the UK Singles Chart. The group’s 10 UK Top 10 hits include “It Ain’t What You Do…” (1982), “Really Saying Something” (1982), “Shy Boy” (1982), “Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye” (1983), “Cruel Summer” (1983), “Robert De Niro’s Waiting…” (1984) and “Love in the First Degree” (1987). 

Fun Boy Three were an English new wave pop] band, active from 1981 to 1983 and formed by singers Terry Hall, Neville Staple and Lynval Golding after they left The Specials. Fun Boy Three reduced the ska sound that they and Jerry Dammers had crafted with great success with The Specials and initially took a more minimal approach with the focus on percussion and vocals.

Really Saying Something – The Song

‘Really Saying Something’ is a cover version of the soul song ‘He Was Really Sayin’ Somethin’ written by Motown songwriters Norman Whitfield, William “Mickey” Stevenson, and Edward Holland, Jr. in 1964. It was was popularised in 1964 by the American Motown girl group the Velvelettes. In 1982, the British girl group Bananarama recorded a cover version of the song and released it as the first single from their debut album Deep Sea Skiving. Fun Boy Three provided background vocals, having had a hit with Bananarama earlier in the year with another cover, “T’ain’t What You Do (It’s the Way That You Do It)”.

The Bananarama Bird  – The Shape

This record is modelled into the bird that appeared on the records picture sleeve and record label. The bird along with the fish also appeared on the album , ‘ Deep Sea Skiving’ and other subsequent singles. The creatures became synonymous with Bananarama and have appeared on numerous band merchandise including t-shirts, posters and tattoos.


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Weight 1030 g
Dimensions 25 × 4.5 × 25 cm
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