Siobhan Fahey

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Siobhan Fahey
Birth nameMáire Siobhan Deirdre Fahey
Born(1958-09-10) 10 September 1958 (age 54)
OriginDublin, Ireland[1]
GenresPop, New Wave, dance, rock, electroclash
OccupationsMusician, producer, singer-songwriter, DJ
InstrumentsVocals, guitar, keyboards
Years active1979–present
LabelsLondon Records
God Made Me Hardcore
SF Records
Associated actsBananarama
Shakespears Sister
WebsiteOfficial Site
 
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Siobhan Fahey
Birth nameMáire Siobhan Deirdre Fahey
Born(1958-09-10) 10 September 1958 (age 54)
OriginDublin, Ireland[1]
GenresPop, New Wave, dance, rock, electroclash
OccupationsMusician, producer, singer-songwriter, DJ
InstrumentsVocals, guitar, keyboards
Years active1979–present
LabelsLondon Records
God Made Me Hardcore
SF Records
Associated actsBananarama
Shakespears Sister
WebsiteOfficial Site

Siobhan Fahey (born Máire Siobhan Deirdre Fahey, 10 September 1958, Dublin, Ireland[2]) is an Irish musician and founding member of the 1980s British girl group Bananarama, and later formed the BRIT Award and Ivor Novello award winning musical outfit Shakespears Sister.

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Career

Siobhan was born the eldest of three daughters. Her other siblings are Máire and Niamh. Her parents Helen and Joseph Fahey both came from County Tipperary, Ireland. Fahey lived in Dublin for about two years, before her family moved to Yorkshire, England, where her father Joseph was posted as a soldier in the British Army.[citation needed] Her family subsequently moved to Germany, then returned to the U.K. where Siobhan was sent to a convent school in Edinburgh, Scotland and attended schools in Stroud, Gloucester and Kent in southern England.[citation needed] When she was fourteen, she and her family moved to Harpenden, and two years later, she left home for London and became involved in the punk scene of the late 1970s.[3]

1979-1988: Bananarama

While in London, Fahey took a course in fashion journalism where she met Sara Dallin and Keren Woodward and joined their fledgling group, Bananarama. With the help of Sex Pistol Paul Cook, the trio recorded their first demo. Bananarama did early work as backup singers for the male trio Fun Boy Three before having their own hit with"Shy Boy", which entered the charts in Summer 1982 and peaked at #4. [4] Fahey helped co-write many of the group's international hits, including "Cruel Summer", "Robert De Niro's Waiting...", "I Heard a Rumour", and "Love in the First Degree".

1988-1996: Shakespears Sister

In 1988, frustrated with the direction she felt Bananarama were heading, Fahey left the group and formed Shakespears Sister.[5] Initially, Fahey effectively "was" Shakespears Sister, though American singer/songwriter Marcella Detroit later became an official member making the outfit a duo. The band was nominated for numerous awards[citation needed] and showed a darker, more sophisticated side to Fahey,[citation needed] who often appeared in the band's music videos and on-stage as a vampish glam figure. Tensions began to rise between the pair in real life,[6] and Hormonally Yours was their last album together.

In 1993, Fahey admitted herself into a psychiatric unit with severe depression.[7]

In June 1996, London records released "I Can Drive", the first single from Shakespears Sister's third album, which was her first record since her split with Marcella Detroit.[citation needed] The single performed disappointingly (UK number 30) and later London Records refused to release the album. Following this, Fahey left the label and after a lengthy battle with the label, Fahey finally released Shakespears Sister's, #3, independently through her website in 2004.[citation needed]

1997-2008: Solo years

In 1997, Fahey appeared opposite Martin Dunne in the Irish short film Pinned.[citation needed] She also briefly re-joined Bananarama in 1998 to record "Waterloo" for the Channel 4 Eurovision special A Song for Eurotrash. The song proved popular, winning the public vote for best song at the conclusion of the program.[citation needed]

Fahey again joined Bananarama in 2002 for a "last ever" reunion at the band's twentieth anniversary concert at G-A-Y in London. In front of 3000 fans,[citation needed] she joined Keren Woodward and Sara Dallin to perform "Venus" and "Waterloo".

Fahey continued to make music into the new millennium. She had an active website from 2002 until July 2007.[citation needed] In 2005, Fahey independently released The MGA Sessions, an album recorded with frequent collaborator Sophie Muller in the mid-1990s. The music was recorded for a film which ultimately was never made.[citation needed] Only 1000 copies of this release were pressed.[citation needed] Fahey's most recent single, "Bad Blood", was released on 17 October 2005.[citation needed] In 2006, Fahey's website stated that she had been writing for other people; these include (former Sugababe) Siobhán Donaghy and Kylie Minogue, though neither of these endeavours made it to the final cut.[citation needed]

Fahey's track "Bitter Pill" was partially covered by pop band The Pussycat Dolls in their 2005 debut album PCD. The verses (which were slightly altered) and the overall sound of the song are from "Bitter Pill", but added in was the chorus of Donna Summer's "Hot Stuff". The song was renamed "Hot Stuff (I Want You Back)" and a remix was included as a b-side to their hit single "Beep".

On 13 November 2008, Fahey performed at the Pirate Provocateur Extravaganza launch party for the new Agent Provocateur winter collection, and for the release of Dirty Stop Out's new album Cuntro Classics at KOKO in London.[citation needed]

In 2008, Fahey appeared in the Chris Ward-written and directed short film What Shall We Do With The Drunken Sailor (based on the life of artist/model Nina Hamnett, self-styled "Queen of Bohemia"), with Fahey playing the role of Hamnett opposite actor Clive Arrindel, Donny Tourette (frontman with punk band Towers of London) and Honey Bane (former vocalist of the punk band Fatal Microbes).[8]

2009-Present: Shakespears Sister re-launch

Fahey released the second Shakespears Sister album without Detroit in 2009. Entitled Songs from the Red Room, it was released on her own record label, SF Records.[9] Fahey performed her first live show in almost 15 years as Shakespears Sister in Hoxton, London on 20 November 2009.[10][11]

Personal life

Fahey married Dave Stewart of Eurythmics in 1987. The couple divorced in 1996.[12]

The couple had two sons, Sam and Django James.[7] The two brothers formed a musical band "Nightmare & The Cat".[13] Django Stewart is also an actor.

Prior to her marriage to Stewart, Fahey was romantically involved with Jim Reilly, the drummer for the Northern Irish punk rock band Stiff Little Fingers and Scottish singer Bobby Bluebell of The Bluebells, with whom she co-wrote the UK #1 pop song "Young At Heart".[14]

Solo discography

Albums

EPs

Singles

YearSongUK Singles Chart[16]Notes
1992"Walk Into the Wind"65Collaboration with Vegas
2002"Bitter Pill"108Limited to 2000 copies. Guitar version released on Shakespears Sister's Songs from the Red Room
2003"Fear Is Real"194Credited to 'Psychonauts', features vocal loop from Siobhan Fahey's "War"
2004"Cold"Limited white label release only featuring Death in Vegas mixes. Later version released on Shakespears Sister's Songs from the Red Room
"It's a Trip"/"Pulsar Tron" (sic)Punx Soundcheck pink vinyl 7" release only, limited to 500 copies. Both tracks later included on Shakespears Sister's Songs from the Red Room
She's Lost ControlCredited to 'Erreur Fatale featuring Siobhan Fahey', recorded for Agent Provocateur.
2005"Pulsatron"95Later released on Shakespears Sister's Songs from the Red Room
"Bad Blood"Later released on Shakespears Sister's Songs from the Red Room

See also

References

  1. ^ http://www.shakespearssister.co.uk/biography.html
  2. ^ Bio at IMDb
  3. ^ Sawyer, Miranda (1996-05-19). "SHE'S SOLD MILLIONS OF RECORDS OVER THE PAST 14 YEARS AND SHE'S MARRIED TO ANOTHER POP STAR, BUT SHE NEVER GETS RECOGNISED IN THE PUB.". The Observer: pp. Pg 18. 
  4. ^ www.bananarama.co.uk
  5. ^ Interview in The Face, July 1992
  6. ^ The Sunday Times, November 22, 2009.
  7. ^ a b Britten, Fleur (2009-11-22). "Siobhan Fahey returns from the dark side of pop". The Times (London). http://entertainment.timesonline.co.uk/tol/arts_and_entertainment/music/article6925325.ece. Retrieved 2010-05-23. 
  8. ^ kulone.com: 'WHAT SHALL WE DO WITH THE DRUNKEN SAILOR' (Chris Ward 2008)
  9. ^ Shakespear's Sister on Spoonfed - Things to do in London
  10. ^ Shakespears Sister confirm album, concert - Music News - Digital Spy
  11. ^ Siobhan Fahey's Back And Better Than Ever: style file: daily fashion, party, and model news
  12. ^ "Fearless Innovator". SuperiorPics.com. 2007. http://www.superiorpics.com/dave_stewart/. Retrieved 12 October 2007. 
  13. ^ An article on "Nightmare & The Cat"
  14. ^ Gray, Chris (2002-07-03). "Violinist wins fight for royalties after musical interlude in the High Court - Crime, UK - Independent.co.uk". The Independent (London). http://news.independent.co.uk/uk/legal/article182591.ece. Retrieved 10 January 2010 (2010-01-10). 
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  16. ^ "Chart Log UK - Quick Guide". Dipl.-Bibl.(FH) Tobias Zywietz. http://www.zobbel.de/cluk/CLUK_00.HTM. Retrieved 2010-01-05.  Note: User must define search parameters, i.e. Siobhan Fahey is located on the artist index under F

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