BANANARAMA - "CRUEL SUMMER" (1983)
by Mark Nobes, chief editor
It seems very appropriate that I've added this video during the wettest British summer ever recorded (2012), although the song refers more to oppressive heat, rather than the rain.
You can see the official video in the playlist on the main Bananarama page.
The Bananarama album was also moderately successful, reaching #16 in the UK and gaining Silver. On the Billboard 200 the album peaked at #30.
The follow-up single, Robert De Niro's Waiting was a much bigger UK hit, reaching #3, but in the U.S. the single flopped, only just making it into the Top 100 at #95. Indeed, the girls had no more American hits from the album.
7-inch vinyl single (London Records - NANA 5)
A. "Cruel Summer" (Album Version) - 3:34
B. "Cruel Summer" (Summer Dub Edited) - 3:33
12-inch vinyl single (NANX 5)
A. "Cruel Summer" - 4:52
B1. "Summer Dub" (Special C. B. Mix) - 5:12
B2. "Cairo" - 3:47