You're History (song)

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"You're History"
Single by Shakespears Sister
from the album Sacred Heart
Released July 1989 (1989-07)
Format 7" single, 12", CD single, cassette,
Recorded February 1989
Genre Pop
Label FFRR
Writer(s) Siobhan Fahey, Marcella Detroit, Richard Feldman, Patrick Seymour
Producer(s) Shakespear's Sister, Jimmy Iovine, Richard Feldman
Shakespears Sister singles chronology
"Break My Heart (You Really)" / "Heroine"
"You're History"
"Run Silent"

"You're History" is a song by the British-based pop act Shakespears Sister, released in 1989 as the second single from their debut album Sacred Heart. The song was the first release to present the act as a duo, and their first chart hit, reaching #7 in the UK.


"You're History" is the first release to present Shakespears Sister as a duo comprising Siobhan Fahey and Marcella Detroit, as opposed to a solo project by Fahey. The single sleeve depicts the two seen from the back with Detroit wielding a guitar, however an early pressing of the single used an alternate cover featuring only Fahey in a still from the official music video.[1] Another alternate cover was used for the "Voodoo Remix" single, which was nearly identical to the cover most commonly used, other than Detroit's posture was different, and Fahey was facing her.[2]

Music video[edit]

The music video for "You're History" is the first to feature Detroit, and was also the act's third video to be directed by award-winning Sophie Muller, who previously directed the videos for "Break My Heart (You Really)" and "Heroine".[3]

The comical video begins with Detroit singing the opening verse of the song in front of a red stage curtain. At the end of the verse, the curtains open and the video continues in a glittering vaudeville style featuring Detroit and Fahey superimposed against various backdrops. A variety of dancers (including a group of ballerinas), a court jester juggling act, and various musicians also appear in the video, as does Fahey's two year old son, Sam, dressed in a bumblebee costume.[4]

Track listing[edit]


  • Siobhan Fahey – Vocals
  • Marcella Detroit – Vocals, guitars, keyboards
  • Stevie Salas - Guitar solo[5]
  • Alan Moulder – Remix
  • Jimmy Iovine – Production
  • Manu Guiot – Remix
  • Mark McGuire – Remix
  • Richard Feldman – Production


Chart (1989) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[6] 20
Germany (Media Control AG)[7] 55
Ireland (IRMA)[8] 12
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[9] 51
New Zealand (RIANZ)[10] 28
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[11] 8
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[12] 7


  1. ^ Shakespears Sister - You're History, German 3" CD Single at Discogs
  2. ^ Shakespears Sister - You're History (Voodoo Remix), 12"
  3. ^ The Best of Shakespear's Sister liner notes
  4. ^ Shakespears Sister - You're History at ShakespearsSisterTV on YouTube
  5. ^ Shakespears Sister - Sacred Heart, US LP Album at Discogs. Retrieved 2013-10-24
  6. ^ "ARIA singles charts". Retrieved 2010-01-05. 
  7. ^ "GER Charts > Shakespears Sister". Retrieved 2012-12-16. 
  8. ^ "Rish Charts > Shakespears Sister". Retrieved 2012-12-16. 
  9. ^ "Dutch Charts > Shakespears Sister - You're History". Retrieved 2012-12-16. 
  10. ^ "RIANZ singles charts". Retrieved 2010-01-05. 
  11. ^ "Swedish Charts > Shakespears Sister - You're History". Retrieved 2012-12-16. 
  12. ^ "Charstats - Shakespear's Sister". Archived from the original on 2013-01-10. Retrieved 2012-12-16.