Sacred Heart (Shakespears Sister album)

Sacred Heart
Studio album by Shakespears Sister
Released 21 August 1989 (1989-08-21)
Recorded 1988–89
Genre Pop, dance pop
Length 51:46
Label FFRR
Producer Shakespears Sister, Richard Feldman, Jimmy Iovine
Shakespears Sister chronology
Sacred Heart
Hormonally Yours
Singles from Sacred Heart
  1. "Break My Heart (You Really) / Heroine"
    Released: 17 October 1988
  2. "You're History"
    Released: 17 July 1989
  3. "Run Silent"
    Released: 2 October 1989
  4. "Dirty Mind"
    Released: 26 February 1990
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Sacred Heart is the debut studio album by the British pop-rock project Shakespears Sister, released on 21 August 1989 by FFRR Records. The album was recorded after Siobhan Fahey decided to leave girl group Bananarama. Initially intended as a solo act for Fahey, Shakespears Sister became a partnership of Fahey and Marcella Detroit during the making of the album. The album spawned four singles, including "You're History", released in July 1989, which reached No. 7 on the UK singles chart and was the first release to present the project as a duo.[2] The album peaked at No. 9 on the UK albums chart,[3] and was certificated gold by the BPI.[4]


Shakespears Sister was the first musical outing of Siobhan Fahey after leaving the successful girl group Bananarama in 1988. Fahey began working on Sacred Heart the same year with producer Richard Feldman, who later invited Marcella Detroit to collaborate as a songwriter. Detroit continued to work with Fahey as a "hired hand" until Fahey's husband, David A. Stewart suggested the two form a band, which was supported by Feldman, Fahey's management and her record company.[5]

Although predominantly produced by Feldman, famed producer Jimmy Iovine (who was working with Fahey's husband's group Eurythmics at that time on their 1989 album We Too Are One) co-produced the track "You're History". The UK vinyl LP and cassette versions of the album did not feature the track "You Made Me Come to This", and the international LP version excluded both this track and "Twist the Knife". The album's title track was used in the 1990 film Nuns on the Run, and featured on the film's official soundtrack.[6] The album was scheduled to be re-released as a 3-disc Deluxe Edition in 2014 through Siobhan Fahey's own record label, SF Records, however as of June 2016, its release appears to have been cancelled.[7]


A double A-side of "Break My Heart (You Really)" / "Heroine" was released in October 1988 as the album's lead single which, according to Fahey, was to "give a more rounded picture of what I'm about".[8] In North American territories however, "Break My Heart (You Really)" was released as a standalone single, followed by "Heroine" in 1989. None of these releases charted in any territories. It was following this that Detroit officially became a member of the project and the second single, "You're History", was the first to feature Detroit in the music video. Released in July 1989, it became their first hit single, peaking at No. 7 on the UK Singles Chart.[2] The single also achieved success internationally, reaching No. 12 in Ireland,[9] and No. 20 in Australia.[10] The third single, "Run Silent", peaked at No. 54 in the UK,[2] and No. 47 in Australia.[10] The fourth and final single from the album, "Dirty Mind", was completely re-recorded for its single release in February 1990, and peaked at No. 71 in the UK[2] and No. 65 in Australia.[11]

Track listing

No. TitleWriter(s)Producer(s) Length
1. "Heroine"  Siobhan Fahey, Richard FeldmanRichard Feldman, Shakespears Sister 3:46
2. "Run Silent"  Fahey, Marcella Detroit, FeldmanFeldman, Shakespears Sister 3:41
3. "Dirty Mind"  Fahey, FeldmanFeldman, Shakespears Sister 4:04
4. "Sacred Heart"  Fahey, Detroit, FeldmanFeldman, Shakespears Sister 4:11
5. "Heaven is in Your Arms"  Fahey, Detroit, FeldmanFeldman, Shakespears Sister 4:43
6. "Twist the Knife"  Fahey, Detroit, FeldmanFeldman, Shakespears Sister 3:46
7. "You're History"  Fahey, Detroit, FeldmanIovine, Feldman, Shakespears Sister 4:28
8. "Break My Heart (You Really)"  Fahey, Detroit, FeldmanFeldman, Shakespears Sister 3:28
9. "Red Rocket"  Fahey, Detroit, FeldmanFeldman, Shakespears Sister 4:29
10. "Electric Moon"  Fahey, FeldmanFeldman, Shakespears Sister 3:29
11. "Primitive Love"  FaheyFeldman, Shakespears Sister 3:47
12. "Could You Be Loved"  Bob MarleyFeldman, Shakespears Sister 4:13
13. "You Made Me Come to This"  Fahey, Detroit, FeldmanFeldman, Shakespears Sister 3:09
Total length:

Charts and certifications


Chart (1989) Peak
Australian Albums (ARIA)[12] 22
German Albums (Media Control AG)[13] 71
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[14] 30
UK Albums (Official Charts Company)[3] 9

Year-end charts

Chart (1990) Position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[11] 99


Territory Certification Sales
Australia (ARIA)[11] Gold 35,000
United Kingdom (BPI)[4] Gold 100,000

Sacred Heart video compilation

Sacred Heart
Video by Shakespears Sister
Released 1989
Genre Pop
Label FFRR
Director Sophie Muller
Shakespears Sister chronology
Sacred Heart
Hormonally Yours

A video compilation, also entitled Sacred Heart, was released in 1989. It featured the four music videos that had been made so far ("Dirty Mind" had not yet been released).

Track listing

No. Title Length
1. "Break My Heart (You Really)"   3:55
2. "Heroine"   3:48
3. "You're History"   4:23
4. "Run Silent"   3:41


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  3. 1 2 "Official Charts > Shakespears Sister (albums)". The Official UK Charts Company. Archived from the original on 14 October 2015. Retrieved 14 October 2015.
  4. 1 2 "BPI Certified Awards > Shakespears Sister". British Phonographic Industry. Archived from the original on 14 October 2015. Retrieved 14 October 2015.
  5. – FAQ
  6. Allmusic – Nuns on the Run Soundtrack
  7. Shakespears Sister Official Site (news)
  8. Shakespears Sister 1988 Mick Brown Interview
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  12. "Australian Charts > Shakespears Sister – Sacred Heart". Retrieved 19 December 2012.
  13. "GER Charts > Shakespear's Sister". Retrieved 19 December 2012.
  14. "Swedish Charts > Shakespears Sister – Sacred Heart". Retrieved 19 December 2012.
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