I refer, of course, to the music video for one of the songs that really helped me define the early '90s whilstr I was still there rather than helped me to define what they were long after I had left. Shakespeare's Sister's Stay. Eh, this could get boring quickly. Would you like to know more?
The song starts very oddly for stuff that I like. Sung high and slow with an almost theatrical relish. There's a slightly odd organ sound going on and there's a warble from the main singer (Detroit?) that would usually have had me turning off. However, for reasons I no longer remember, on first hearing I did not do that. I can only assume that there was something else that kept me listening. This was the era of me being into bleepy sounds and atmospheric pap like Marc Almond's Days of Pearly Spencer and Erasure's Abba-esque EP so perhaps there was enough of that at play to keep me interested.
Overall, it reminds me very much of the later work of people like Evanescence and even elements of dubstep (yes, I like that too). Not ahead of its time, of course, very firmly rooted in the early nineties but a fine example of that time when everything seemed to be changing and art was looking for something to replace the pressure of nuclear devastation and existential angst with something else (hence the costume and facial expressions of Siobhan Fahey I suppose and the reasoning for my Sunday School teacher to call it 'Satanic'. I didn't really get it then and I still don't really get it now - most explanations I did find suggest that the role is angel of death rather than the Devil). The juxtaposition of the space opera opening with the lines "You'd better hope and pray / that you wake one day / back in your own world" always put me in mind of something titanic and dangerous just off-screen.
What am I saying? I still like the song a great deal, I actually think the video fits it well (loving the eye roll near the end) and I recently rediscovered it by accident. Enjoy it here.