Banderas (duo)

Banderas were an English 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.

GenresPop, dance
Years active1991
LabelsLondon Records
Associated actsJimmy Somerville
The Communards
Past membersSally Herbert
Caroline Buckley

The duo are mostly remembered for their hit single "This Is Your Life", which peaked at No. 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 No. 40 in the UK Albums Chart, and featured further singles "She Sells" (No. 41) and "May This Be Your Last Sorrow" (which did not chart).[1]

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

Post-Banderas careersEdit

Sally Herbert became a record producer and in February 2021 teamed up with Somerville to record a cover of "Everything Must Change" by Nina Simone, as a charity record for End Youth Homelessness, a network of projects which includes Centrepoint in London and a number of other homeless charity organisations around the UK[2][3]




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 c Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 42. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
  2. ^ "Jimmy Somerville Supports Plight of Youth Homelessness with Nina Simone Cover | LBBOnline".
  3. ^ "Homelessness charity launches new campaign with Jimmy Somerville". 24 February 2021.
  4. ^ Ripe at Discogs (list of releases)
  5. ^ "Official Charts Company: Banderas". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 18 April 2014.
  6. ^ "Banderas – German Chart". Retrieved 18 April 2014.
  7. ^ "Banderas – US Dance Club Songs Chart". Billboard. Retrieved 18 April 2014.