Stay (Shakespears Sister song)
|Single by Shakespears Sister|
|from the album Hormonally Yours|
|B-side||"The Trouble with Andre"|
|Format||CD single, 7" single, cassette|
|Length||3:50 (album version)
3:45 (7" edit)
|Writer(s)||Siobhan Fahey, Marcella Detroit and David A. Stewart|
|Producer(s)||Shakespear's Sister, Alan Moulder, Chris Thomas|
|Shakespears Sister singles chronology|
"Stay" is a song by UK based pop act Shakespears 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, and was the fourth biggest selling single of 1992. The single also held the #1 position for 6 weeks in band member Fahey's native Ireland. At the 1993 Brit Awards it won the award for Best British Video. In November 2010, The X Factor contestant Cher Lloyd performed the song on series 7 of the show. Following this, the original version re-entered the UK, Ireland and the European Hot 100 Singles charts.
"Stay" was the only Shakespears 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).
Background and development
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 featured Detroit and Fahey fighting over a comatose man (played by Dave Evans, former boyfriend of Fahey's Bananarama bandmate Keren Woodward).
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.
In some rare versions, the beginning quotes the opening of William Shakespeare's "Macbeth". The video starts with a view of a calm night sky. A shooting star passes over a full moon and the song begins. The camera pans back into a hospital room. Detroit is seen tending to her lover, played by Evans, who is in a coma and on the verge of death, while singing to him not to leave her. At the bridge of the song, a portal opens and the angel of death, played by Fahey, appears at the top of a staircase, wearing a sparkling catsuit. She dances around in front of a bright light whilst mocking Detroit with a verse that she cannot save her lover and the best she can hope for is to return safely to her own world. Detroit tries her best to wake the man up, while Death slowly makes her way down the stairs to claim his soul. The two women begin fighting over the man, making it literally and figuratively a fight between life (Detroit) and death (Fahey). During their struggle, the man finally wakes up, he and Detroit embrace while Death, having failed to seduce him into her realm, walks away in disgust and goes back up the staircase to the light, presumably being the stairway to Heaven.
Charts and certifications
In popular culture
- The song was used in the closing scenes of the season 4 episode of Ghost Whisperer, "Body of Water".
- Sharron Davies used the song for her dance routine on the seventh week of Dancing On Ice 2010.
- Abbey Clancy used the song for her dance routine on the Halloween episode of "Strictly Come Dancing" series 11 in 2013.
- 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 "Goodbye Cruel World".
- Newman and Baddiel also sent up the song on the 1992 comedy sketch show The Mary Whitehouse Experience. David Baddiel played Marcella Detroit and Rob Newman lampooned Siobhan Fahey; when she opens her mouth to sing the more uptempo bridge of the song the sound of a ship's foghorn is heard instead.
- Cradle of Filth recorded a cover version in 2006, which is featured on their 2008 special edition release of Thornography.
- Pop band Sweetbox covered the song "Stay", which was released on the Jade album in 2002.
- Italian pop stars Mina and Piero Pelù recorded the song as "Stay With Me (Stay)" in 1999 for Mina's album Olio.
- German darkwave group Blutengel (Blood Angel) recorded a version on their 2004 Demon Kiss album.
- Cher Lloyd performed a live version of the song during Week 4, Series 7 of The X Factor, with Simon Cowell regarding it as the best performance of the series. She performed it again in Week 7 when she was in the final showdown and the judges saved her. A studio recording features as a bonus track on some editions of her debut album, Sticks + Stones.
- "Stay" has also been covered by the operatic pop group Il Divo in their album Wicked Game as a Spanish rendition, as "Stay (Ven a Mi)".
- Former Shakespears Sister band member Marcella Detroit covered the song on her 2013 album, The Vehicle.
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