Stay :: Shakespear’s Sister
from the album, Hormonally Yours
Directed by Sophie Muller

Stay is a song by UK based pop act Shakespear’s Sister, released by London Records in January 1992 as the second single from their album Hormonally Yours. Upon release, the single became the duo’s first and only # 1 single in numerous territories, including the UK, where it topped the singles chart for 8 consecutive weeks; the longest UK # 1 reign for any girl band. The single also held the # 1 position for 6 weeks in band member Siobhan Fahey’s native Ireland.

Stay was the only Shakespear’s Sister song that featured Siobhan Fahey less prominently on vocals than Marcella Detroit, with Detroit singing the verses and lead chorus and Fahey singing the song’s dramatic bridge. Detroit is noted for singing in whistle register before the last chorus of the song, going up to a high F (F6).

The award-winning Sophie Muller directed the promo video for the single, the concept of which was inspired by the film Cat Women of the Moon. The video (see above) featured Detroit and Fahey fighting over a comatose man (played by Dave Evans, former boyfriend of Fahey’s Bananarama bandmate Keren Woodward.

Stay is said to be about a woman realizing her lover is about to die and fighting with the angel of death over him. Marcella Detroit does the role of the lover, and Siobhan Fahey that of Death.

The video won Best Video at the 1993 Music Week Awards and Brit Awards, and was the subject of a spoof by comediennes French & Saunders. The epic promo was featured in the Top 100 Music Videos of all time by Channel 4.

Editor’s Note: Marcella Detroit’s look was very much my look in 1991, not due to her look, or this song (which came out in 1992), but I look at the video and the picture below and it very much was me, back then.

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