Hormonally Yours

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Hormonally Yours
Studio album by Shakespears Sister
Released 18 February 1992 (1992-02-18)
Recorded August 1990- May 1991
Genre Pop, rock, indie pop
Label London
Producer Shakespears Sister, Alan Moulder
Shakespears Sister chronology
Sacred Heart
(1989)
Hormonally Yours
(1992)
The Best of Shakespear's Sister
(2004)
Singles from Hormonally Yours
  1. "Goodbye Cruel World"
    Released: October 1991
  2. "Stay"
    Released: January 1992
  3. "I Don't Care"
    Released: May 1992
  4. "Hello (Turn Your Radio On)"
    Released: November 1992
  5. "My 16th Apology"
    Released: February 1993

Hormonally Yours is the second studio album by British-based pop act Shakespears Sister. Released on 18 February 1992 by London Records, the album went on to become a critical and commercial success, and is their best-selling album to date. The album's second single, "Stay" became the group's best-selling single, topping the UK Singles Chart for 8 consecutive weeks.[1]

Background[edit]

Hormonally Yours was the second and final album from the group to present them as a duo between Siobhan Fahey and Marcella Detroit. The title of Hormonally Yours derived from both members being pregnant whilst making the album.[2] Five singles were released from the album, including "Stay", which topped the UK Singles Chart, and is to date the group's best-selling single.[3] An early cassette pressing of the album featured an alternate cover and font previously used on the "Goodbye Cruel World" single. Some versions of the album appear to contain a straight mix of "Are We In Love Yet?" similar to the BBC Radio live session while others feature the Chris Thomas remix, though he is credited in all releases. In 1993, the album was re-released with the 7" versions of "Goodbye Cruel World", "I Don't Care", and "Hello (Turn Your Radio On)" plus the unremixed version of "Are We In Love Yet?" replacing the originals. The US pressing of the album also differed greatly, featuring the 7" version of "I Don't Care", the unremixed version of "Are We In Love Yet?", and slightly different versions of "Black Sky", "The Trouble With Andre", and "Let Me Entertain You", as well as featuring a slightly different cover.

On 27 June 2012, it was announced that Hormonally Yours would be re-released as a 20th Anniversary Edition, comprising a 2CD and DVD digipak set, along with a deluxe re-release of Sacred Heart. Originally due for an Autumn 2012 release, it was announced in September that the release had been pushed back into early 2013.[4]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[5]
Amazon (favorable)[6]
Daily Vault (B+)[7]
Entertainment Weekly (B+)[8]

Tom Demalon from Allmusic praised the album, calling Hormonally Yours "a beautifully quirky, emotionally rich, and nearly flawless pop record", and saying that "It's a vibe that benefits from the contrast between the throaty vocals of Siobahn Fahey and the falsetto flutter of Marcella Detroit. Hormonally Yours is a wonderful, charming album marred only by a few weak lyrics."[5] Jeff Bateman from Amazon labelled it as "Far superior to their skin-deep debut."[6] Gina Arnold of Entertainment Weekly said "Hormonally Yours plays on the idea of female biological madness, and to its credit, it does so without sounding bitchy or melodramatic. Unlike band member Siobhan Fahey's former group, Bananarama, Shakespear's Sis isn't afraid to emote.". She also complimented the duo's vocals, saying that " Fahey's deep, uncannily male-sounding voice is perfectly complemented by her American-born partner, Marcella Detroit, who adds more soulful and feminine R&B-influenced backup vocals."[8]

Singles[edit]

"Goodbye Cruel World" was released in October 1991 as the album's lead single, though it failed to reach the UK Top 40, peaking at #59.[9] In July 1992, the single was re-released and charted better, peaking at #32.[9] Neither releases were fully released outside of the UK. The second single, "Stay", was released on 25 January 1992. It quickly became the group's best-selling single, topping the UK Singles Chart for eight consecutive weeks, and was certified Gold by the British Phonographic Industry.[9][10] The single reached similar success internationally, reaching the top ten in territories including Australia, the US, and Germany.[11][12][13] It also reached #1 in Ireland and Switzerland.[14][15]

The third single from Hormonally Yours, "I Don't Care", reached #7 in the UK, and #10 in Ireland.[9][14] Internationally, the single reached the top 20 in Australia and New Zealand, and #55 in the US.[11][13] The fourth single, "Hello (Turn Your Radio On)", reached #12 in the UK, and reached similar success internationally thou charted poorly in Australia , peaking at #97 on the chart.[16] The song was covered less than two years later by The Bates, and released as the band's debut single. Although this version gained little attention, the song was covered once again by Queensberry in 2009, and in several territories was more successful than the original. The fifth and final single, "My 16th Apology", was released during a period of hiatus, and due to a lack of promotion only peaked at #61 in the UK.[17]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Goodbye Cruel World"   Siobhan Fahey, Jean Guiot, Steve Ferrara Chris Thomas 4:06
2. "I Don't Care"   Fahey, Marcella Detroit Alan Moulder, Shakespears Sister 4:16
3. "My 16th Apology"   Fahey, Detroit Moulder, Shakespears Sister 4:16
4. "Are We in Love Yet"   Fahey, Detroit Moulder, Shakespears Sister 3:34
5. "Emotional Thing"   Fahey, Detroit Moulder, Shakespears Sister 3:48
6. "Stay"   Fahey, Detroit, Guiot Moulder, Shakespears Sister 3:47
7. "Black Sky"   Fahey, Detroit, Guiot Moulder, Shakespears Sister 4:18
8. "The Trouble With Andre"   Fahey, Detroit, Ferrara Moulder, Shakespears Sister 4:03
9. "Moonchild"   Fahey, Detroit, Ferrara Moulder, Shakespears Sister 4:25
10. "Catwoman"   Fahey, Detroit Moulder, Shakespears Sister 3:58
11. "Let Me Entertain You"   Fahey, Detroit, Ferrara Moulder, Shakespears Sister 5:13
12. "Hello (Turn Your Radio On)"   Fahey, Detroit, Guiot Moulder, Shakespears Sister 4:03
Total length:
49:52

Personnel[edit]

Adapted from album booklet:[18]

  • Siobhan Fahey: Vocals
  • Marcella Detroit: Vocals, Guitars, Keyboards, Programming, Harmonica
  • Mick Cozzi: Guitars
  • Ed Shearmur, Jonathan Perkins: Keyboards
  • Ian Maidman: Bass, Keyboards
  • Steve Ferrera: Drums, Percussion, Keyboards

Charts and certifications[edit]

Hormonally Yours video compilation[edit]

Hormonally Yours
Video by Shakespears Sister
Released 1992
Genre Pop
Label London
Director Sophie Muller
Shakespears Sister chronology
Sacred Heart
(1989)
Hormonally Yours
(1992)
S.F.T.R.R: Videos
(2010)

A video compilation was released in 1992 of the same name as the album. It featured the five music videos released so far from the album.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Goodbye Cruel World"   4:06
2. "I Don't Care"   4:16
3. "Stay"   3:47
4. "Catwoman" (Live) 3:58
5. "Hello (Turn Your Radio On)"   4:03

References[edit]

  1. ^ All the Number Ones - 1992
  2. ^ 'Hormonally Yours' documentary
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  4. ^ [Siobhan Fahey & Shakespears Sister on Facebook (Blocked URL)]
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  6. ^ a b Bateman, Jeff. "Review: Hormonally Yours - Shakespear's Sister at Amazon". Amazon.com. Retrieved 19 December 2012. 
  7. ^ Smith, Michael R. "Review: Hormonally Yours - Shakespear's Sister Daily Vault review". Daily Vault. Retrieved 19 December 2012. 
  8. ^ a b Gina Arnold, Gina. "Review: Hormonally Yours - Shakespear's Sister Entertainment Weekly Review". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 19 December 2012. 
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  10. ^ a b "BPI Awards Search". Retrieved 2012-12-17. 
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  13. ^ a b c "Shakespear's Siter - Allmusic discography". allmusic. Retrieved 2012-12-17. 
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  16. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992. St Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. ISBN 0-646-11917-6. 
  17. ^ Marcella-Detroit.com - FAQ
  18. ^ Album Personnel
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