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No. 48: ‘Hey Young London’ – Bananarama (1983)

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  • ‘Hey Young London’ – Bananarama (1983)

    Outright cynicism goes pop

    While this album track was somewhat overshadowed by singles ‘Na Na Hey Hey (Kiss Him Goodbye)’ and ‘Really Saying Something’, the sharp lyrics to this sugary song skewered the self-satisfied youth of the early 1980s. London’s nightlife is described as a seedy jungle with ‘Girls in the corner boys looking for a fight’, while the underlying conservatism of the hip is addressed with the payoff ‘When you get engaged you know you’ve reached your goal’.

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