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If Only We Were More Like Bananarama

December 10, 2015

Sometimes I think the world is getting a bit too trend-driven, perfection-chasing and sort-of colourless? Sometimes I think we should live our lives in the spirit of Bananarama.

Overalls, headscarves, plaid, stripes, mismatched prints, bonkers hair, hats that may have once belonged to people of some misunderstood religion.

Goofing off, dancing about in an uncool way, girlish harmonies, bouncing, skipping, patting pups, being a twit, girl pals.

Winging it, having a go and not caring if it’s perfect, more joy, more fun, more playing about.

Doing things we like for no good reason other than we like them.

Time spent living like a fun-loving lunatic.

Doing our own thing in our own way.

(Well. In a little bit of a Bananarama way, truth be told.)

Here’s a little bit of inspiration. Maybe don’t go too crazy with the bananas.


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  • Reply Carol December 13, 2015 at 4:13 PM

    Your headline SO caught my eye!
    I never knew the full reason, but my one niece, who lived with her Mom at Mom & Dad’s for a few years when she was tiny, used to call my Mom “Nana Banana” – and sometimes it came out as Banana-rama! (the little ones all called Mom “Nana”)
    When Mom had her heart bypass, my brother and sisters and I found a large banana balloon at hospital gift shop. For Mom’s ‘surprise’, we bought a reel of thin ribbon, tied it to the (helium filled) banana balloon and floated up to Mom’s hospital window….Mom absolutely LOVED it! Her crazy (all grown with families) children had done this for her and she was delighted! (of course we were all the talk of the hospital for a very long time! – especially after finding out that the balloon had passed the psychiatric unit on the way up to Mom’s window – and there were some very confused patients for a bit!
    So BANANA-RAMA it is! Mom’s no longer with us – but her Banana-rama spirit lives on – forever in our hearts!
    Thanks for bringing old memories back to the fore…and Christmas was BIG in Mom’s heart – so thus for all seven of us!

  • Reply Sarah December 13, 2015 at 1:21 PM

    Goodness, I did love these girls when I was a wee gal. The hair alone is inspirational!

  • Reply Isabel December 11, 2015 at 5:17 PM

    Couldn’t agree more Pip. Sometimes I find it depressing that here in China, half the shops are exactly the same as those in Australia, or London, or America. ‘Shall we go to H & M to buy clothes? Or McDonalds?’ I also think fun and silliness and just doing things because they’re FUN are not given enough priority. People keep asking me why I’m learning Chinese. Um, because it’s fun? And interesting? And I like it? Is that not enough?! Here’s to doing our own thing our own way 🙂

    • Reply Meet Me At Mikes December 11, 2015 at 6:00 PM

      I know!!! Once upon a time, fashion and music were intertwined in a creative, artistic way. Things were not slick. There was less riding on success, I suppose, by which I mean people just did stuff for fun a lot of the time.

      Times have changed. Things are much more serious and commercialised now – and marketing is so slick…

      I also feel like we’re WAY more conservative – and perhaps working harder for the basics… maybe we take fewer risks in general?

      I think I am babbling a bit, but I hope you get the gist!

      • Reply Isabel December 13, 2015 at 11:30 AM

        I get the gist 🙂 ‘Slick’ is the right word. Here in China, although it does have all the slick chain stores and advertising etc, it also has great, non-slick, purely-for-the-joy-of-it stuff going on, like hundreds of people meeting in a public square to dance to really loud music every night. Now THAT is awesome.

        I also think in the slick world, those things that are not slick, like a community garden (think Veg Out in St Kilda) or an all-in choir, or your favourite op-shop, need to be held on to and not let go!

  • Reply Karin @ Calm to Conniption December 11, 2015 at 10:19 AM

    I am thinking the same as Reannon. Loving the hair as well as the music!!

    • Reply Meet Me At Mikes December 11, 2015 at 6:02 PM

      I so agree with you, Karin! And the lipstick is really good too. x

  • Reply Reannon @shewhorambles December 11, 2015 at 12:18 AM

    Is it wrong that I completely love the hair in photo 1 & 2?! It is bonkers but it’s SO great!!! My hair often makes me feel like an extra in Miami Vice so maybe that’s why I love it so much 🙂

    • Reply Meet Me At Mikes December 11, 2015 at 6:01 PM

      Let’s have that hair. Let’s do it. I’m getting the bleach out, stat! x

  • Reply Melanie December 10, 2015 at 10:50 PM

    I used to love bananarama…

    • Reply Meet Me At Mikes December 11, 2015 at 6:01 PM

      I STILL love them! I can’t help it. Their videos are so ace! Even NOW.

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