” Cruel Summer ” is by Bananarama, the 80s British female vocal group from London, England. The group consisted of Sara Dallin, Siobhan Fahey and Keren Woodward.
The song was written by Steve Jolley, Tony Swain, Sara Dallin, Siobhan Fahey and Keren Woodward. Steve Jolley and Tony Swain ( produced this track ) were a successful British songwriting and music production team.
The pair met in 1975 and went on to work with some of the most significant stars of the 80s; they produced the Album True for Spandau Ballet. Other artists, the duo worked with included Diana Ross, Tom Robinson, Errol Brown and Wang Chung. After they split, Tony Swain went on to produce Close, the million-selling Album by Kim Wilde.
” Cruel Summer ” was released by record label London Records ( Universal Music Group ) on the 27th of June 1983 in the United Kingdom and a year later in the United States.
Group member Sara Dallin said the song ” played on the darker side (of summer songs): it looked at the oppressive heat, the misery of wanting to be with someone as the summer ticked by, we’ve all been there!”
Not an international success when first released, the song’s popularity rose when it was included in the film The Karate Kid. The film, released in 1984 starred Ralph Macchio, Pat Morita and Elisabeth Shue. The critically acclaimed feature film was an underdog story, moulded the same as the 1976 Rocky film, both his films were directed by John G. Avildsen, the American film director.
Bananarama didn’t allow for ” Cruel Summer ” to feature on the film’s soundtrack Album, however, even without the inclusion, the group secured their first Top Ten hit single in the United States.
The accompanying music video was directed by Brian Simmons and filmed on location in New York City in the summer of 1983. The main feature of the video is a take on the famous American TV series The Dukes of Hazzard, aired on CBS from 1979 to 1985 and starred John Schneider as Bo Duke, Tom Wopat as Luke Duke and Catherine Bach as cousin Daisy.
In the video, as in the TV show, there features a bumbling cop duo. This time they chase Bananarama as they escape in a truck, at one point the girls throw bananas at the pursuing police.
” Cruel Summer ” was a commercial success for Bananarama. In the United States, the song peaked at number nine on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart and spent eighteen weeks on the chart there.
In the United Kingdom, the song entered the UK Singles Chart on the 9th of July 1983 and reached a peak of number eight. It spent two weeks in the Top Ten and a total of ten weeks on the UK chart.
BillBoard Hot 100 Highest Chart Position: 9
UK Highest Chart Position: 8
Other Countries Highest Chart Positions: Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders) 40, Canadian RPM Top Singles 33, France (SNEP) 5, Germany (Official German Charts) 24, Irish Singles Chart 7, Netherlands (Single Top 100) 48, South African Chart 3
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