It's a Shame (My Sister)

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"It's a Shame (My Sister)"
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Single by Monie Love featuring True Image
from the album Down to Earth
B-side Cool as mix
Released December 4, 1990 United Kingdom
March 6, 1991 United States
Format CD single, cassette single, 7" single, 12" single
Recorded 1990
Genre R&B, hip-hop
Length 3:43
Label Cooltempo, Warner Bros Records
Writer(s) Stevie Wonder, David Steele
Monie Love, Lee Garrett
Syreeta Wright
Producer(s) Andy Cox, David Steele
Monie Love featuring True Image singles chronology
"Monie in the Middle"
(1990)
"It's a Shame (My Sister)"
(1990)
"Down to Earth"
(1990)

"It's a Shame (My Sister)" is a 1990 song recorded by British rapper Monie Love, featuring True Image. It was the second single from her debut album Down to Earth, and was released in late 1990 in Germany and UK and in early 1991 in the other European countries. The song sampled The Spinners' 1970 single "It's a Shame" written for the band by Stevie Wonder, and "It's a Shame (My Sister)" (Cool as... mix) sampled the guitar riff from the Sister Sledge hit "He's the Greatest Dancer". It had some success, particularly in Switzerland where it peaked at #6 and remained charted for 21 weeks. In the U.S., the song was Monie Love's sole hit single, reaching number 26. "It's a Shame (My Sister)" also peaked at number two on the American dance chart.[1]

Track listings[edit]

7" single
  1. "It's a Shame (My Sister)" (Album version) – 3:43
  2. "It's a Shame (My Sister)" (Cool as... mix) – 6:35
CD maxi
  1. "It's a Shame (My Sister)" (Album version) - 3:43
  2. "It's a Shame (My Sister)" (Ultimatum mix) – 5:29
  3. "It's a Shame (My Sister)" (Cool as... mix) – 6:35
12" maxi
  1. "It's a Shame (My Sister)" (Monie dee mix) – 5:28
  2. "It's a Shame (My Sister)" (Ultimatum mix) – 5:29
  3. "It's a Shame (My Sister)" (Def reprise) – 2:30
  4. "It's a Shame (My Sister)" (Cool as... mix) – 6:35
  5. "It's a Shame (My Sister)" (Red zone mix) – 4:30
  6. "Race Against Reality" – 3:03
CD single - Promo
  1. "It's a Shame (My Sister)" (Album version) – 3:43
  2. "It's a Shame (My Sister)" (Cool as... mix - edit) – 3:34
  3. "It's a Shame (My Sister)" (Cool as... mix) – 6:35
  4. "It's a Shame (My Sister)" (Ultimatum mix) – 5:29
  5. "It's a Shame (My Sister)" (Hot shot mix) – 7:12

Credits[edit]

  • Written by Stevie Wonder, David Steele, Monie Love, Lee Garrett and Syreeta Wright
  • Backgrounds vocals by True Image
  • Produced by Andy Cox and David Steele
  • Remixes by David Morales, Ultimatum and John Waddell
  • Artwork by Eddie Monsoon

Uses In Media[edit]

  • Is also Sound in South Park Is Parodied In Music Video
  • Is also Sounds In Gansito is parodied in Music Video In the episode The Festival Begins

Charts[edit]

Chart (1990/1991) Peak
position
Australian ARIA Singles Chart[2] 90
Austrian Singles Chart[3] 12
Dutch Mega Top 100[3] 9
French SNEP Singles Chart[3] 50
German Singles Chart[3] 11
Swiss Singles Chart[3] 6
UK Singles Chart[4] 12
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[5] 26
U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Play[5] 2
U.S. Billboard Hot R&B Singles[5] 8

References[edit]

  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Hot Dance/Disco: 1974-2003. Record Research. p. 159. 
  2. ^ Ryan, Gavin (2011). Australia's Music Charts 1988-2010. Mt. Martha, VIC, Australia: Moonlight Publishing. 
  3. ^ a b c d e "It's a Shame (My Sister)", in various singles charts Lescharts.com (Retrieved May 16, 2009)
  4. ^ "It's a Shame (My Sister)", UK Singles Chart Chartstats.com (Retrieved May 16, 2009)
  5. ^ a b c Billboard allmusic.com (Retrieved May 16, 2009)