Pepsi & Shirlie

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Pepsi & Shirlie
Pepsi and Shirlie at the Liverpool Echo Arena 25 June 2011.jpg
Pepsi and Shirlie (right to left) at the
Echo Arena Liverpool, 25 June 2011
Background information
Origin England
Genres Dance-rock
Years active 1985–1991, 2000, 2011–present
Associated acts Wham!, Dee C. Lee, Mike Oldfield
Members Helen "Pepsi" DeMacque
Shirlie Holliman

Pepsi & Shirlie are an English pop duo group who released two albums, All Right Now in 1987 and Change in 1989. Their debut single "Heartache" reached No. 2 in the UK Singles Chart. Although most active in the 1980s, they continue to perform in the 2000s.


The act comprised Helen "Pepsi" DeMacque (born 10 December 1958, Paddington, London) and Shirlie Holliman (born 18 April 1962, Watford, Hertfordshire), who had been Wham! backing vocalists. Holliman's original singing partner, Dee C. Lee, had earlier left the group to join the Style Council and later married its lead vocalist Paul Weller.[1]

On Monday 5 January 1987, they released their debut single "Heartache",[2] which was produced by Phil Fearon and Tambi Fernando and reached No. 2 in the UK Singles Chart. "Heartache" also peaked at number two on the American dance charts.[3] The follow-up single, "Goodbye Stranger", produced by Fernando and Pete Hammond, reached No. 9. Subsequent singles and their debut album All Right Now, released later in the year, were commercially unsuccessful.

In 1991, they returned with the album Change and its lead single "Someday", a song produced by George Michael.[4] Both the album and the single went unnoticed, not even charting in the UK.

Pepsi & Shirlie returned in 2000 to record their backing vocals on Geri Halliwell's UK number one hit "Bag It Up". The duo also re-united for the 'Here & Now 10th Anniversary tour' starting on 24 June 2011.[5]

In popular culture[edit]

In the Only Fools and Horses episode "Danger UXD", Del has a box full of sex dolls. Due to their faulty valves, two of them (one black and one white) self-inflate. Del calls them "Pepsi & Shirlie."

In EastEnders, Shirley Carter says to Heather Trott she wished Pepsi & Shirlie had drowned George Michael on the "Club Tropicana" video shoot. This is a mistake, Pepsi hadn't joined Wham! yet, she was being confused with Dee C. Lee.

Alan Partridge claims in his 2011 autobiography I Partridge – We Need To Talk About Alan, that either Pepsi or Shirlie (he cannot remember which) was responsible for triggering his Toblerone addiction.




  • "Heartache" (1986) UK No. 2 (2 weeks); Switzerland No. 2 (2 weeks); Belgium No. 2 (1 week); Netherlands #2; US Dance Chart #2; Norway No. 6 (3 weeks); Germany #8; Austria #17; France #31; US #78; Australia #49; New Zealand #9; Ireland No. 3
  • "Goodbye Stranger" (1987) UK #9; Ireland #5; Switzerland #5; Belgium No. 8 (1 week); Germany #31; Netherlands #28; New Zealand No. 39
  • "Can't Give Me Love" (1987) UK #58; Ireland #21; Belgium #23; Netherlands No. 89
  • "All Right Now" (1987) UK #50; U.S. No. 66
  • "Hightime" (1988) UK No. 79
  • "Someday" (1991)[6]


  1. ^ Jury, Louise (22 October 2011). "How we met: Pepsi and Shirlie". The Independent. Retrieved 7 November 2015. 
  2. ^ Pepsi & Shirlie – Heartache at Discogs. Retrieved on 2012-04-18.
  3. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Hot Dance/Disco: 1974–2003. Record Research. p. 201. 
  4. ^ Pepsie & Shirlie: Change, retrieved 8 November 2015 
  5. ^ "Here and Now: The very best of the 80s". Retrieved 7 November 2015. 
  6. ^ a b Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 423. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 

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