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„Venus“ was covered by girl group Bananarama, reaching number six in 1986.
The song is a 1969 number-one song by the Dutch band The Shocking Blue, which again reached number four in 1990 based on a remix version.

„Venus“ had been a part of Bananarama’s repertoire for several years before they actually recorded it. The team’s three members, Sara Dallin, Siobhan Fahey, and Keren Woodward, had the idea of turning the song into a dance music tune, but they met with resistance from their producers at the time, Steve Jolley and Tony Swain. Undaunted, the women brought the idea to the production trio of Stock, Aitken, and Waterman, or S.A.W., who had just recently scored a global hit producing Dead or Alive’s „You Spin Me Round (Like a Record).“
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Dallin, Fahey, and Woodward had nearly completed recording their third album, titled True Confessions, with Jolley and Swain, and being fans of the Dead or Alive selection, they sought out the SAW team in order to make their version of „Venus“ sound like „You Spin Me Round.“ Ironically, Stock, Aitken and Waterman also resisted the idea because they believed that „Venus“ would not make a good dance record. After persistence by the women, SAW relented, and the result was a worldwide smash. Bananarama’s „Venus“ went to number one in the U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Switzerland, Mexico, and South Africa.


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