Shakespears Sister Singles Party

REVIEW: ‘Singles Party’ – Shakespears Sister

Shakespears Sister – “Singles Party”

Having reunited and toured so successfully throughout 2017/18 with her former group Bananarama, Siobhan Fahey made a pact and offered the hand of friendship to her other musical odyssey, Shakespears Sister. Thirty years on from the release of their debut album “Sacred Heart” and their top ten hit “You’re History”, and twenty six years after they last performed together, 60 year old Siobhan and 67 year old Marcella Detroit have returned from the wilderness with a greatest hits package plus and a tightly scheduled tour for this Autumn. Back in 1992 they wanted you to “Stay”. They would leave us, not in the most ignominious of circumstances, but now they’re back!

“Singles Party” is a glorious celebration of late 80’s pop and early 90’s soft-rock and all the singles released by the duo and by Siobhan in the aftermath of Detroit’s ‘departure’ in early 1993, beginning with the double A-sider “Break My Heart” and “Heroine” from 1988, which failed to chart. It wasn’t until the late Summer of 1989 that the girls finally won an audience with “You’re History” which made No.7 in the UK and charted across Europe as well as a top twenty placing in Australia. This was followed by the album “Sacred Heart” that also went top ten in the UK and sold over 100,000 copies. Two further singles “Run Silent” and “Dirty Mind” did not capitalise on those successes later that year.

Siobhan and Marcella returned in late 1991 with the single “Goodbye Cruel World” the first cut from their second studio album “Hormonally Yours”. While the single flopped, it was their second release yet again that would propel them back to the top. The very top. The haunting, epic “Stay” would go on to spend eight weeks at No.1 in the UK as well as reaching No.4 in America and the top ten across the rest of the world. “Hormonally Yours” would go on to sell over 600,000 copies in the UK and provide them with four more chart hits, “I Don’t Care”, “Hello (Turn Your Radio On)”, “My 16th Apology” and a re-issued “Goodbye Cruel World”. “I Don’t Care” would give them a second and final US chart entry.

Following their well publicised bust up, Fahey continued with the name Shakespear’s Sister as a solo project, releasing three further albums that featured the singles “I Can Drive”, “Bitter Pill”, “Pulsatron”, “Bad Blood” and “It’s A Trip”, all of which are featured on this album. Although somehow the magic seems vacant from these tracks as Marcella Detroit would reignite her solo career and Fahey was biding her time for the big Bananarama reunion. Two brand new tracks, however, have been written and recorded especially for this album including the already released “All The Queen’s Horses” together with “C U Next Tuesday”. The album finishes with an acoustic version of their biggest hit “Stay”.

There is a deluxe edition available which features album tracks, remixes and B-sides and for anyone who was present that long hot Summer thirty years ago or in the dark and moody early months of 1992, this will be yet another trip down memory lane with a once forgotten, thought-lost band, who have patched up their differences and will be taking to the road later this year to relive that magic of past glories, big hits and their own unique sound and style that will definitely make you turn your radio on and leave it on!

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Written by Christopher Smith

So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!
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