Lost in the ’80s: Shakespears Sister, “Break My Heart/Run Silent”

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When Siobahn Fahey left Bananarama in 1988, most people probably never expected to hear from her again.  For Fahey to return to music with a goth look fronting a Siouxsie Sioux-influenced dance/electro combo was probably the most unexpected thing of all.  But in 1988, Fahey’s solo project, Shakespear’s Sister (originally with an apostrophe, later without) released its debut album, Sacred Heart, and single, “Break My Heart.”

A double A-side in the UK (teamed with “Heroine,” the first US single), “Break My Heart (Copa Mix)” (download) failed to chart.  It didn’t do much better as the second US single, but a nice remix made some minor club noise and the video was pretty to look at:

I much preferred the 12-inch’s B-side, “Run Silent (Revolution Mix)” (download) that featured saving grace Marcella Detroit, who would soon become a full-fledged member of the band, making Shakespears Sister a duo.  The dance mix featured above is a driving alternative to the equally fine, if calmer album mix used in the video.

“Run Silent” was the third single from Sacred Heart in the UK, after the duo hit the Top Ten with “You’re History,” a single which was criminally ignored here in the States.  Of course, the Sisters would finally strike gold in the US with their next album, Hormonally Yours and the huge hit, “Stay.”  But as success often does, it seemed to drive Fahey a bit nutty, culminating in a bitter breakup with Detroit (the Sister Wiki claims they haven’t even spoken since the 1993 split).

Fahey went onto record a third Shakespears Sister album back as solo project, but the label shelved it, where it sat until two years ago, when Fahey bought back the rights and released it herself.  Detroit was sorely missed.

“Break My Heart” did not chart.

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  • http://www.myspace.com/jamesleon1 James Leojn

    Siobhian Fahey is a true star.. a maverick with a bonkers but fascinating persona! Shakespeare's Sister were ace, and the Hormonally Yours album has classic moments.. 'Stay' is of course awesome but ' I don;t care'' is pretty fab too!

  • JohnHughes

    Re-reading the above, I sort of come across as dismissive of Fahey – more than I meant to be, really. While she's batty, those tend to make the most interesting rock stars.

  • ATM Kid

    Hasn't success spolied them?

    I think “Stay” is a goliathic success WORLDWIDE, especially here in Asia. And that might tore them apart forever.

  • ATM Kid

    Hasn't success spolied them?

    I think “Stay” is a goliathic success WORLDWIDE, especially here in Asia. And that might tore them apart forever.

  • Andreas

    Any chance of reactivating the download links?

  • Andreas

    Any chance of reactivating the download links?