Shakespears Sister are a British based synth-pop-rock band formed by Irish singer–songwriter Siobhan Fahey in 1988. It was Fahey's first musical project since leaving Bananarama. Later in 1989, American backing vocalist and guitarist Marcella Detroit was featured more as London Records presented the outfit as a duo. Detroit left the outfit in 1993, and Fahey resumed as the sole member until 1996.
The name is taken from the title of the song "Shakespeare's Sister" by The Smiths and in reference to Virginia Woolf's work A Room of One's Own. There have been minor variations in the spelling of the band's name over the years, which lost the final "e" from "Shakespeare" (and the apostrophe) when a friend made a woodcut logo for Fahey with the name carved as "Shakespear". The apostrophe was, however, featured on the cover of the first album, Sacred Heart.
In 2009, after a 13-year hiatus, Fahey resurrected the name Shakespears Sister and released a new album, Songs from the Red Room.
1988 – 1990: Sacred Heart
Originally conceived as a Fahey solo project, Shakespear's Sister's first release was the double A-sided single "Break My Heart (You Really)"/"Heroine" in October 1988. In 1989, with Shakespear's Sister now presented as a duo of Fahey with Marcella Detroit, the next single, "You're History", became a top-ten hit in the UK. The debut album, Sacred Heart, also went top ten, though two follow-up singles "Run Silent" and "Dirty Mind", both remixed for release, were less successful.
1991 – 1993: Hormonally Yours
Taking some time off due to both members' pregnancies, Shakespear's Sister returned in late 1991 with the release of the single "Goodbye Cruel World", which peaked at number 59 in the UK Singles Chart. However, in early 1992, the duo released what would become their biggest hit single, "Stay". The single reached number one in the UK for eight weeks. It was also a six-week number one in Ireland, and became their biggest US hit, reaching number four on the Billboard Hot 100. The success of the single was enhanced by a campy, futuristic accompanying music video directed by Sophie Muller.
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