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

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Los Angeles writer, dreamer and gypsy soul who harbors an obsessive love of music and lyrics, and writes about them with passion and insight, as well as sometimes waxing poetic on books, films and travel.

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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