LONDON — It took a kitchen sing-song to get ’80s British pop group Bananarama back together and out on the road after 30 years.

The girl group’s original members – Sarah Dallin, Keren Woodward and Siobhan Fahey – say they are touring the U.S. for the first time in February.

Fahey left the band in 1988 to form Shakespears Sister, and Dallin and Woodward have been performing as a duo in recent years. They were joined briefly by Jacquie O’Sullivan, who took part in a 1989 world tour but left in 1991.

“We were having a dance around Siobhan’s kitchen a few years ago,” Woodward said in an interview. “And I said to her, ‘you just don’t understand the love and how it feels when you are getting your songs sung’ and I just thought it was such a shame she had never experienced it with us and it just seemed like such a crying shame really.”

Rehearsals began this week and tickets go on sale Friday. Some British tour dates have already sold out.

Bananarama’s stateside success began with “Cruel Summer” of 1983, which became a hit after it was picked to appear on the soundtrack for “Karate Kid.” Other hits were “Venus,” “I Heard A Rumor” and “Robert DeNiro’s Waiting.”

The group was once named by the Guinness World Records as the most successful girl group of all time.

The group’s North American tour begins in Los Angeles on Feb. 20, taking in San Francisco, New York and Toronto.

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