You're History

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"You're History"
Shakespear's Sister You're History.jpg
Single by Shakespears Sister
from the album Sacred Heart
Released 17 July 1989 (1989-07-17)
Format 7" single, 12", CD single, cassette,
Recorded February 1989
Genre Pop
Label FFRR
Songwriter(s) Siobhan Fahey, Marcella Detroit, Richard Feldman, Patrick Seymour
Producer(s) Shakespear's Sister, Jimmy Iovine, Richard Feldman
Shakespears Sister singles chronology
"Break My Heart (You Really)" / "Heroine"
"You're History"
"Run Silent"
"Break My Heart (You Really)" / "Heroine"
"You're History"
"Run Silent"

"You're History" is a song by the British-based pop act Shakespears Sister, released in 1989 as the second single from their debut album Sacred Heart. The song was the first release to present the act as a duo, and their first chart hit, reaching #7 in the UK.[1]


"You're History" is the first release to present Shakespears Sister as a duo comprising Siobhan Fahey and Marcella Detroit, as opposed to a solo project by Fahey. The single sleeve depicts the two seen from the back with Detroit wielding a guitar; however, an early pressing of the single used an alternate cover featuring only Fahey.[2] Another alternate cover was used for the "Voodoo Remix" single, which is similar to the cover depicting both Fahey and Detroit.[3]

Music video[edit]

The music video for "You're History" is the first to feature Detroit, and was also the act's third video to be directed by award-winning Sophie Muller, who previously directed the videos for "Break My Heart (You Really)" and "Heroine".[4]

The comical video begins with Detroit singing the opening verse of the song in front of a red stage curtain. At the end of the verse, the curtains open and the video continues in a glittering vaudeville style featuring Detroit and Fahey superimposed against various backdrops. A variety of dancers (including a group of ballerinas), a court jester juggling act, and various musicians also appear in the video, as does Fahey's son, Sam, dressed in a bumblebee costume.[5]

Track listing[edit]


  • Siobhan Fahey – Vocals
  • Marcella Detroit – Vocals, guitars, keyboards
  • Stevie Salas - Guitar solo[6]
  • Alan Moulder – Remix
  • Jimmy Iovine – Production
  • Manu Guiot – Remix
  • Mark McGuire – Remix
  • Richard Feldman – Production


Chart (1989/90) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[7] 20
Germany (Media Control AG)[8] 55
Ireland (IRMA)[9] 12
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[10] 51
New Zealand (RIANZ)[11] 28
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[12] 8
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[1] 7