Deep Sea Skiving is the debut studio album by British female vocal group Bananarama, released in 1983. The album peaked at no.7 on the UK album chart[6] and was certified Silver by the BPI.[7]

Deep Sea Skiving
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Studio album by
Released7 March 1983
Recorded1981–1982
GenrePop, new wave
Length37:59
40:16 (Japanese version)
LabelLondon
ProducerBarry Blue
Dave Jordan
Tony Swain, Steve Jolley
Little Paul Cook
Big John Martin
Sara Dallin
Bananarama chronology
Deep Sea Skiving
(1983)
Bananarama
(1984)
Singles from Deep Sea Skiving
  1. "Aie a Mwana"
    Released: September 1981
  2. "He Was Really Sayin' Somethin'"
    Released: April 1982
  3. "Shy Boy"
    Released: June 1982
  4. "Cheers Then"
    Released: November 1982
  5. "He's Got Tact (Japan only)"
    Released: 1982
  6. "Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye"
    Released: February 1983
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[1]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide2.5/5 stars[2]
Spin Alternative Record Guide8/10[3]
Dave Thompson10/10[4]
The Village VoiceB−[5]

The inner-sleeve of the vinyl release contained numerous photos of the group, several of them in childhood. These pictures were reproduced in the 2013 Deluxe Edition CD/DVD re-issue.

On 19 March 2007, Bananarama's first six studio albums (including Deep Sea Skiving) were re-issued by Rhino Records. All tracks on Deep Sea Skiving were remastered and included several bonus tracks, consisting of B-sides, remixes and cover of the Sex Pistols song "No Feelings".

Background and recordingEdit

Two of the album's tracks, "Really Saying Something" and "Aie a Mwana", were drawn from previously recorded singles. Bananarama recorded three tracks ("Shy Boy", "Na Na Hey Hey (Kiss Him Goodbye)", and "Boy Trouble") with Jolley & Swain producing, but dismissed the duo in the middle of the album's recording and recruited Barry Blue to produce the rest of the album. Siobhan Fahey explained, "[Jolley & Swain] wanted us to do their songs, not ours. They wanted a 1980s version of the old girl groups, disembodied voices. They didn't see us as voices with ideas."[8] Despite this, Jolly & Swain would be brought back as producers for Bananarama's next two albums.

Track listingEdit

Standard edition

  1. "Shy Boy" – 3:16 (Steve Jolley, Tony Swain)
  2. "Doctor Love" – 3:42 (Paul Weller)
  3. "What a Shambles" – 3:34 (Sara Dallin, Siobhan Fahey, Keren Woodward)
  4. "Really Saying Something" – 2:45 (Norman Whitfield, William "Mickey" Stevenson, Edward Holland, Jr)
  5. "Cheers Then" – 3:31 (Sara Dallin, Siobhan Fahey, Keren Woodward, Terry Sharpe, John Martin)
  6. "Aie a Mwana" – 3:36 (Jean Kluger, Daniel Vangarde, Joseph Avion)
  7. "Young at Heart" – 3:13 (Sara Dallin, Siobhan Fahey, Keren Woodward, Robert Hodgens)
  8. "Na Na Hey Hey (Kiss Him Goodbye)" – 3:30 (Gary DeCarlo, Dale Frashuer, Paul Leka)
  9. "Hey Young London" – 3:55 (Barry Blue, Stan Shaw, Sara Dallin, Siobhan Fahey, Keren Woodward)
  10. "Boy Trouble" – 3:14 (Sara Dallin, Siobhan Fahey, Keren Woodward)
  11. "Wish You Were Here" – 3:41 (Sara Dallin, Siobhan Fahey, Keren Woodward)

(Note : the original US LP omits "Aie a Mwana", and has a slightly altered running order.)

Japan Version

  1. "He's Got Tact" – 2:57 (Sara Dallin, Siobhan Fahey, Keren Woodward)

Bonus tracks from the 2007 CD re-issue

  1. "Give Us Back Our Cheap Fares" – 4:24 (Sara Dallin, Siobhan Fahey, Keren Woodward, Vaughn Cotillard)
  2. "Girl About Town" – 3:28 (Sara Dallin, Siobhan Fahey, Keren Woodward)
  3. "He's Got Tact" – 2:57 (Sara Dallin, Siobhan Fahey, Keren Woodward)
  4. "Tell Tale Signs" – 3:08 (Sara Dallin, Siobhan Fahey, Keren Woodward)
  5. "No Feelings" – 2:33 (Paul Cook, Steve Jones, Glen Matlock, Johnny Rotten)

Notes

  • The version of "Give Us Back Our Cheap Fares" used is the Extended Version.
  • The version of "Girl About Town" used is a slightly longer version with an additional 4 bars just before the instrumental break (roughly 1:45 – 1:59) than the original vinyl 7" Version (3.10).

2013 Deluxe Edition CD/DVD re-issue

Disc 1

  1. "He's Got Tact" – 2:59
  2. "Girl About Town" – 3:13
  3. "Tell Tale Signs" – 3:15
  4. "No Feelings" – 2:33
  5. "Aie a Mwana" (Extended Version) – 5:45
  6. "Really Saying Something" (Extended Version) – 5:39
  7. "Shy Boy" (12" Mix) – 5:50
  8. "Cheers Then" (Extended Version) – 5:18
  9. "Na Na Hey Hey (Kiss Him Goodbye)" (12" Version) – 4:52

Disc 2

  1. "Aie a Mwana" (7" Version) – 3:48
  2. "Really Saying Something" (U.S. 7" Mix) – 3:46
  3. "Shy Boy" (U.S. 7" Mix) – 3:35
  4. "No Feelings" (Alternative Mix) 2:35
  5. "Give Us Back Our Cheap Fares" – 2:45
  6. "Boy Trouble" (Extended Version) – 4:20
  7. "Girl About Town" (Extended Version) – 5:31
  8. "Tell Tale Signs" (Extended Version) – 4:45
  9. "Aie a Mwana" (U.S. Extended Version) – 6:45
  10. "Really Saying Something" (U.S. Extended Version) – 7:54
  11. "Shy Boy" (U.S. Extended Version) – 7:20
  12. "Give Us Back Our Cheap Fares" (Extended Version) – 4:23
  13. "Aie a Mwana" (U.S. Dub) – 4:38
  14. "Shy Boy" (U.S. Dub) – 9:23
  15. "Na Na Hey Hey (Kiss Him Goodbye) (Na Dub Hey) – 4:12
  16. "Aie a Mwana" (Dubwana) – 3:40

DVD

  1. "Really Saying Something" – Directed by Midge Ure & Chris Cross
  2. "Shy Boy" – Directed by Midge Ure & Chris Cross
  3. "Cheers Then" – Directed by Keef
  4. "Na Na Hey Hey (Kiss Him Goodbye)" – Directed by Keef
  5. "Really Saying Something" on Top of the Pops
  6. "Shy Boy" on 6.55 Special
  7. "Boy Trouble" on 6.55 Special
  8. "Na Na Hey Hey (Kiss Him Goodbye)" on Saturday Superstore

PersonnelEdit

ChartsEdit

Chart (1983) Peak
position
Australian Albums (Kent Music Report)[9] 85
Canadian Albums (RPM)[10] 48
French Albums (SNEP)[11] 22
UK Albums (OCC)[6] 7
US Billboard 200[12] 63

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Mason, Stewart. "Deep Sea Skiving – Bananarama". AllMusic. Retrieved 12 June 2018.
  2. ^ Considine, J. D. (2004). "Bananarama". In Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian (eds.). The New Rolling Stone Album Guide (4th ed.). Simon & Schuster. pp. 41–42. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8.
  3. ^ Weisbard, Eric; Marks, Craig, eds. (1995). Spin Alternative Record Guide. Vintage Books. ISBN 0-679-75574-8.
  4. ^ "Rocklist.net...Steve Parker...Dave Thompson Lists..." www.rocklistmusic.co.uk. Retrieved 4 June 2019.
  5. ^ Christgau, Robert (31 May 1983). "Christgau's Consumer Guide". The Village Voice. Retrieved 12 June 2018.
  6. ^ a b "Top Albums & Tapes – Week Ending April 2, 1983". chartarchive.org. Retrieved 2016-04-25.
  7. ^ "BPI > Certified Awards > Search results for 'Bananarama' (from bpi.co.uk)". imgur.com. Retrieved 2016-04-25.
  8. ^ Mehler, Mark (June 1983). "In Which Bananarama Asserts they Are 'Voices with Ideas'". Record. 2 (8): 6.
  9. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992 (Illustrated ed.). Sydney: Australian Chart Book. p. 26. ISBN 0-646-11917-6. N.B. The Kent Report chart was licensed by ARIA between mid 1983 and 19 June 1988.
  10. ^ "Bananarama (albums)". RPM Magazine. Retrieved April 14, 2017.
  11. ^ "Tous les Albums de l'Artiste choisi". InfoDisc. Retrieved April 8, 2017.
  12. ^ "Billboard > Artists / Bananarama > Chart History > Billboard 200". Billboard. Retrieved 2016-04-25.