The song was written by Robbie van Leeuwen, originally released by his band Shocking Blue in 1969 topping the charts in nine countries, including the United States. Bananarama released their cover in May 1986 with “White Train” on the B-side as the second single from their third album, “True Confessions.” “Venus” achieved immense commercial success, reaching the top of music charts in multiple countries, including the United States. Its catchy hooks, dance-friendly sound, and memorable chorus contributed to its popularity. The song is one of Bananarama’s most iconic hits and is known for its infectious pop sound and catchy melody.
“Venus” is characterized by its upbeat and danceable arrangement, featuring a prominent synth riff, rhythmic beats, and the harmonized vocals of Bananarama’s members. The lyrics of the song celebrate the beauty and allure of a lover, drawing comparisons to the Roman goddess Venus. The accompanying music video, directed by English director Peter Care, with choreography by Bruno Tonioli, received extensive play on MTV and video channels across the world.
The song remains a nostalgic favorite and is often associated with the pop music of the 1980s. Bananarama’s “Venus” is considered one of their signature tracks and a classic of the era, known for its timeless appeal and feel-good energy.