"The Wild Life" is a song written and performed by English girl group Bananarama. Written in two days, the track was composed for and included in the 1984 American film of the same name The Wild Life, (starring Christopher Penn) and on its soundtrack. Bananarama's second, self-titled album had already been in stores for several months when this single was issued, and for a time the album was re-released with "The Wild Life" included. The song was released as a single in the U.S., Canada,Australia, and Japan. The UK was instead given the song "Hot Line to Heaven" as the album's final single.

"The Wild Life" peaked at number seventy on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and did not chart in any other countries. The Bananarama track listing was reverted to its original sequence shortly thereafter and "The Wild Life" did not appear on CD until the 2002 hits package The Essentials.

"The Wild Life"
Single by Bananarama
from the album Bananarama
Released March 1985
Format 7" single, 12" single
Recorded May 1983
Genre Popnew wave
Length 3:17
Label London Records
Writer(s) Sara Dallin

Siobhan Fahey Keren Woodward Jolley & Swain

Producer(s) Jolley & Swain

Music video[edit]Edit

The music video features the girls performing the song in a studio filled with colourful fabrics that they play around with. Their footage is intercut with excerpts from the film.

This video marked a break with their earlier work as it lacked any attempt at a storyline, and focused on their performance of the song with random images.

Track listings[edit]Edit

US / Canada / Japan / Australia 7-inch single
  1. "The Wild Life" 3:17
  2. "State I'm In" 2:44
US / Canada 12" single
  1. "The Wild Life" 3:17
  2. "State I'm In" (Extended Version) 2:48
  3. "The Wild Life" (Dub Mix) 7:07


Chart (1985) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 70
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