Shakespears Sister – “Singles Party”

by Christopher Smith

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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