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Stay – Shakespear’s Sister

April 23, is William Shakespeare’s 445th birthday. So In honor of his big day, this entire posting will be delivered in “Shakespeare speak” to honor the man.

Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears! I come to praise ye Shakespear’s Sister song “Stay.” A song sung in ye Olde England in the year of our lord, nineteen hundred and ninety two. ‘Twas A hit, a very palpable hit: #1 in ye Olde England for 56 days and nights. Calleth it a one-hit wonder my lads.

Shakespear’s Sister ’tis formed by mistress Siobahan Fahey, methinks the brains and charm behind Bananarama until she told the two other Bananarama damsels to get thee to a nunnery in 1988. “A plague on both your houses,” said the lady.

Bananarama doth give guilty pop pleasure for many fortnights. To mine ears, theirs t’was the sound of three saucy dames singing madcap songs in the back of a plowcart on the way to a flogging.

If music be the food of love, play “Stay” by Shakespear’s Sister.

Listen to Stay by Shakespears Sister

Stay - Shakespears Sister

Listen to “Cruel Summer” by Bananarama

Cruel Summer - Bananarama

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4 Responses to "Stay – Shakespear’s Sister"

  1. Anthony Darling says:

    ok, what is with that video? There must be a story behind it…it was just too strange.

  2. Michael Waterman says:

    Creepy isn’t it? The creepy one is Siobahn Fahey, the brains behind the operation. She is actually a very beautiful, quirky woman who makes a brilliant, er, devil or temptress in this strange video.

  3. Matt Thurston says:

    Funny, I always loved that video.

    And I still own Hormonally Yours, by Shakespeare’s Sister. Picked it up back in the day at a used CD store based on the strength of “Stay.” Sad, but not surprised, to say that the rest of the CD was mostly forgettable.

    Also, Shakespesare’s Sister always reminds me of Voice of the Beehive (“Monsters and Angles” being a major earworm) and Strawberry Switchblade (“Since Yesterday” being another huge earworm). Both bands, like Shakespeare’s Sister, feature two very stylish-looking chicks, totally catchy tunes, and great band names. Also, like Shakespeare’s sister, I own both of these CD’s as well, and haven’t listened to them in years.

    Strawberry Switchblade’s “Since Yesterday”:

    Love that video by the way. So early 80s. Loved their style. They were really big in Japan, as these kinds of bands usually are.

    Voice of the Beehive “Monsters and Angels”:

    Voice of the Beehive also did a catchy remake of The Partridge Family’s “I think I Love You”:

  4. Mike Pepsi Blue says:

    Dawg, I’m surprised you didn’t launch this blog with a first-post tribute to Banarama. But it was worth the wait to hear you wax poetic about them in Shakespeare speak. The notion of three saucy dames in the back of a plowcart (on the way to a flogging, no less) makes me like them, after all these years. You made me like Banarama in a way that their music never could. You are a genius.

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