He’ll never love you :: the 80’s


“He might be thrilling, baby,
but my love’s
so doggone willing,
so kiss him.
Go on and kiss him

About the song:

“Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye” is a song written and recorded originally by Paul Leka, Gary DeCarlo and Dale Frashuer, under the then-fictitious band, Steam. The song became a #1 pop single on the Billboard Hot 100, in late 1969, and remained on the charts in early 1970.

The song’s chorus is often used as a crowd chant at sporting events, generally directed at the losing side/team.

In February 1983, the U.K. girl group Bananarama released the song as a single from their album Deep Sea Skiving. This version became a top 10 hit in the U.K., reaching #5, but only a minor hit in the U.S., never getting past #100 on the Billboard Single Chart.


My thoughts:

High School, my Senior year, one of my best friend’s and I fell hard for the girl groups of the time – The Go-Go’s, The Bangles, and Bananarama. I had Deep Sea Skiving and True Confessions album covers pinned up on my wall. They were style icons to me, and I practiced their make-up and Siobhan’s hair (her’s was the shortest, like mine, at the time) stylings.

And the songs…they were poppy, they were catchy, they were dance-able, and they were so fun to sing-a-long to – into a hairbrush, into a tape player, and along with their videos on MTV and Video One.

I still want to dance when I hear this song. And yes, I still sing-a-long.

Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye :: Bananarama
from the album, Deep Sea Skiving

3 thoughts on “He’ll never love you :: the 80’s

      1. Bananarama is such a great summertime band too…I keep hearing “Cruel Summer” on the radio lately. I’m looking forward to playing them during the warm months (even though I hate the warm!) & Haim and stuff like that on a mix. =)

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