Monday, December 14, 2009
Record of the Month - Classic
Another installment of a disk I have enjoyed over the years. I'm trying to keep the Record of the Month posts to be fairly new releases. Classics are going to be ones that are at least 5 years old.
Once again, I delve into the little or unknown category when it comes to my Classic selection. Unless of course, you are Jon.
Shakespear's Sister had one true hit in the U.S. - and it was not from this, their debut, disk. You might remember "Stay" from their follow-up disk, Hormonally Yours.
While I liked that disk, and it has some good pieces of work on it, I really enjoyed their debut, Sacred Heart.
First off, the group really consisted of two women, Shiobahn Fahey of Bananarama and Marcella Detroit, whose biggest claim to fame was that she co-wrote "Lay Down Sally" with Eric Clapton. A seemingly odd pairing, but it worked.
While I truly got it for Fahey's work (yes, I was a fan of Bananarama....sue me) I was never sure her/their work wasn't just producer driven and if they had any true talent. I think this disk answers that question - at least for Fahey....not so much for the other two girls.
Sacred Heart definitely has a darker and rawer side of anything Bananarama did and that appeals to me, yet it also has its pop/dance roots, which was the style of the time.....and my style at the time.
I would say half the disk ("Heroine", "You're History", "Twist the Knife", "Dirty Mind", "You've Made Me Come to This" and "Run Silent") are great selections. The other half are good, but not necessarily great. But really - how many disks are even half-great?
Granted the disk and the group is a little more club oriented, but that's what I gravitated to back in 1989. It's not that I ever really heard them play any of the selections in a club back then, but this was central Ohio - you took what you could get.
It is my understanding that Shakespear's Sister still exists in some form (no Detroit), but I don't think getting their stuff is that easy this side of the Atlantic. It's ok.....I my overall tastes might have shifted a bit, but I do enjoy this disk still.