Fahey's role as improbable forebear to a number of witchy muso sorts began when she left Bananarama in the late eighties due to a row over a pizza. In doing so, she was setting out the way for epic girlband departures such as jumping out of a toilet window (Sugababes), not being able to wear the right jacket (All Saints) or "something to do with breasts" (Spice Girls). According to Fahey, the other two held her responsible for leaving a mouldy 10-inch pizza in the band's communal kitchen for weeks, where it started to swarm with maggots.
It was an aptly Miss Havisham-esque end to her stint in the band, given what was to come next. When she returned, it was with a band which recalled Virginia Woolf's suicidal literary suffragette. Fahey teamed up with Marcella Detroit to blend industrial techno with bright funk. "This 'person' used to be in Bananarama," and on Smash Hits. Stay (which is sung primarily by Detroit) became a mutant top hit, a pop culture flashpoint mocked by both French & Saunders and Newman & Baddiel, who likened Fahey's voice to a foghorn. Mainstream pop has caught up, however Cher Lloyd's rendition in the 2010 run of The X Factor was one of the most memorable moments of the entire series.
On the scene at the moment are Goth-pop singers Chelsea Wolfe, Charli XCX and 2:54 who are all currently composing solemn storms, it's about time that their musical influence, Shakespears Sister leader Siobhan Fahey, comes back with the release of four albums (one new, one remix and two reissues).