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Encyclopedia > Stay (Shakespears Sister song)
"Stay"
Single by Shakespears Sister
from the album Hormonally Yours
Released 1992
Format 7", CD, cassette single
Recorded 1991
Genre Pop
Label London Records
Writer(s) Siobhan Fahey,
Marcella Detroit,
David A. Stewart (as Manu Guiot)
Producer(s) Shakespear's Sister,
Alan Moulder
Peak chart positions
Shakespears Sister singles chronology
"Goodbye Cruel World"
(1991)
"Stay"
(1992)
"I Don't Care"
(1992)

"Stay" is a 1992 single from the album Hormonally Yours by Irish/US pop duo Shakespears Sister. "Stay" was the second single release from the second Shakespears Sister album Hormonally Yours and is the duos most recognized song. "Stay" is one of the longest running UK number ones in chart history (it stayed 8 weeks at #1), and the longest by any girl group or duo. Image File history File links Shakespears_Sister_Stay. ... A collection of various CD singles In music, a single is a short recording of one or more separate tracks. ... Shakespears Sister were a band formed by Irish born former Bananarama singer/songwriter Siobhan Fahey and American musician Marcella Detroit. ... Hormonally Yours is the title of a 1992 pop music album by English duo Shakespears Sister, recorded at Friar Park Studio. ... Year 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1992 Gregorian calendar). ... It has been suggested that Childrens gramophone records be merged into this article or section. ... A Compact Disc or CD is an optical disc used to store digital data, originally developed for storing digital audio. ... Insert from the Winter cassette single by Tori Amos The cassette single was a music recording format that debuted in the 80s. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... For popular forms of music in general, see Popular music. ... This does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... London Records is a record label headquartered in the United Kingdom, originally marketing records in the United States, Canada and Latin America from 1947 through the 1980s. ... A songwriter is someone who writes the lyrics to songs, the musical composition or melody to songs, or both. ... Siobhan Fahey (born Siobhan Maire Deidre Fahey on September 10, 1958) was a founding member of the 1980s British girl group Bananarama. ... Promotional Photograph (1997) Marcella Detroit (born Marcella Levy on June 21, 1959, in Detroit, Michigan) is a singer, musician and songwriter. ... David Allan Stewart, often known as Dave Stewart (born September 9, 1952 in Sunderland, Tyne and Wear), is an English musician and record producer best known for his work with Eurythmics. ... In the music industry, a record producer (or music producer) has many roles, among them controlling the recording sessions, coaching and guiding the musicians, organizing and scheduling production budget and resources, and supervising the recording, mixing and mastering processes. ... Alan Moulder (born 11 June 1959) is one of Britains premier alternative rock record producers. ... A record chart, also known as a music chart, is a method of ranking music according to popularity during a given period of time. ... The Billboard Hot 100 is the United States music industry standard singles popularity chart issued weekly by Billboard magazine. ... Shakespears Sister were a band formed by Irish born former Bananarama singer/songwriter Siobhan Fahey and American musician Marcella Detroit. ... Hormonally Yours is the title of a 1992 pop music album by English duo Shakespears Sister, recorded at Friar Park Studio. ... Shakespears Sister were a band formed by Irish born former Bananarama singer/songwriter Siobhan Fahey and American musician Marcella Detroit. ... Hormonally Yours is the title of a 1992 pop music album by English duo Shakespears Sister, recorded at Friar Park Studio. ...

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Songwriting

Siobhan Fahey's role in the song was to deliver a short passage to the body of the song - sung by Marcella Detroit. Dave Stewart and Marcella wrote the music and words to the first part and Siobhan wrote those to her lines. Stewart wanted the the public to hear Marcella's impressive range.


This is the song that Siobhan had least involvement with and least desire to release - as she felt it "didn't represent Shakespears Sister"[citation needed].


Fahey said in 2002; '....i was like what's going to happen here....but everybody loved the record, so I just had to go with it....!'


This single was the only Shakespears Sister song that featured Marcella Detroit more prominently on vocals than Siobhan Fahey, with Detroit singing the verses and lead chorus and Fahey singing the song's bridge. Reportedly, when the single went on to become the duo's biggest hit internationally, reaching number one on the UK singles chart, as well as number one on Ireland's Single Chart, and number four on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, this furthered the tension that was mounting between the two musicians. Incidentally, the success of the single and the imagery of its video turned the press focus on Detroit as an "angel with a beautiful voice" and Fahey as a "witch from hell."[citation needed] Promotional Photograph (1997) Marcella Detroit (born Marcella Levy on June 21, 1959, in Detroit, Michigan) is a singer, musician and songwriter. ... Siobhan Fahey (born Siobhan Maire Deidre Fahey on September 10, 1958) was a founding member of the 1980s British girl group Bananarama. ... A refrain (from the Old French refraindre to repeat, likely from Vulgar Latin refringere) is the line or lines that are repeated in music or in verse; the chorus of a song. ... In popular music, especially occidental, a bridge is a contrasting section which also prepares for the return of the original material section. ... The UK Singles Chart is currently compiled by The Official UK Charts Company (OCC) on behalf of the British record industry. ... The Billboard Hot 100 is the United States music industry standard singles popularity chart issued weekly by Billboard magazine. ...


Release

The first single from Hormonally Yours, "Goodbye Cruel World", was not a success but as soon as a demo was made for "Stay" it was viewed a potential hit by friends of Siobhan and Marcy. The song was released on 25th January, 1992 and within two weeks reached number one in the UK charts. As a result, there was a rouse of interest in Shakespears Sister, which had not been seen since the success of "You're History" (a song which was often compared to "Stay"). As a result, Siobhan and Marcella made numerous TV appearances including Top of the Pops, the Chart Show, MTV, the David Letterman Show etc etc.


The song was also released overseas; the US; Australia, New Zealand, France, Germany, Japan. In all countries, it succeeded well in the charts and certainly made Shakespears Sister well-know worldwide. Obviously, after a number one focus on Shakespears Sister increased as did the bands credibility. Sell out tours and numerous TV appearances were a regular occurrence throughout 1992 and so subsequent singles were well received by the media. The next single "I Don't Care" was a top 10 hit.


The success of "Stay" prompted a re-issue of the single "Goodbye Cruel World", which had been issued prior to "Stay" as the lead-off single from Hormonally Yours but did not fare well.


Following the success of "Stay" and the Hormonally Yours album Detroit was forced to leave the band as Fahey wanted to carry on as a solo artist. Neither Fahey nor Detroit have been able to duplicate the success of "Stay".


Special packaging

Assured of the potential success of "Stay", London released the single in a special two-part Digi-pak sleeve. The first part came in the fold-out cardboard digi-pak which featured lyrics and a picture on the inside of Siobhan and Marcella from the promo-video. This CD featured "Stay" on tracks one and two and "The Trouble With Andre" on track three. The second CD, issued a week later, featured four tracks including a compilation of various tracks from the album (to aid its promotion). This CD came in a slip-card case and was a picture disc which fitted into the digi-pack. Overseas issues were not in the form of a digi-pak and consisted of the standard CD case with the same three tracks on all issues.


Video

The award-winning Sophie Muller directed the promo video for this track. The concept of the video was inspired by the film "Catwomen From the Moon" and reconstituted and incorporated by Marcella's husband, Lance Aston. It was, however, banned in Germany, due to its resurrection scenes, which further increased attention about the release.[citation needed]. The male in the video was played by Dave Evans, former boyfriend of Fahey's Bananarama bandmate Keren Woodward. [1] This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... David Evans may mean: David C. Evans (1924-1998), computer graphics pioneer David Howell Evans (b. ... Keren Woodward in musical clip Nathan Jones Keren Woodward (born Keren Jane Woodward on 2 April 1961, in Bristol, England) is an English pop singer and songwriter from the girl-group Bananarama. ...


The video was unique and unlike any other video of its time and is something which everyone who has heard of Shakespears Sister remembers. However, the video, which saw Marcella and Siobhan fight over an unwell man, was banned in Germany where they believed they were portraying of "raising the dead" and that Marcella and Siobhan were witches. This controversy did the song no harm - it climbed to the Top 20 in the German charts.


The video won Best Video at the 1993 Music Week Awards and Brit Awards, and was the subject of many spoofs by UK comedians at the time. Recently it was featured in the Top 100 Music Videos of all time[citation needed].


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Track listing

Track listing is for the UK two-part CD singles:

  1. "Stay"
  2. "Stay" (album version)
  3. "The Trouble With André"
  4. "Stay"
  5. "Dirty Mind" (E-Zee remix)
  6. "Run Silent" (Revolution remix)
  7. Hormonally Yours album excerpts

An acoustic version of "Stay" can be found on the album Long Live the Queens!. Long Live the Queens! is the second retrospective album released by British pop music duo Shakespears Sister. ...


Covers

  • French and Saunders did a parody of the song and video in their sketch-show in the early nineties called "Dickens' Daughter". The sketch also parodied other videos by the band, including 'I Don't Care' and 'You're History'.
  • A dance version by Deja Vu was released in 2001, but failed to chart.
  • On the 24th of August 2006, the cult British metal band Februus performed a live cover of "Stay" in Edinburgh, Scotland.
  • Cradle of Filth recorded a cover version in 2006 (though it is yet to surface on any official album).
Preceded by
"Goodnight Girl" by Wet Wet Wet
UK number one single
February 16, 1992 for 8 weeks
Succeeded by
"Deeply Dippy" by Right Said Fred

 
 

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