Shaw, Sandie – Frederick

I think that I must have helped myself to this one out of the bargain bucket, probably at Woolies.

Suffice to say, it’s a great version of Patti Smith’s track. Unfortunately, it didn’t trouble the UK singles chart.

Following on from her stellar 60s successes, Frederick was the third in a line of 80s singles by Shaw which had been written by others.

The first was a cover of the Smiths’ Hand In Glove. Morrissey and Marr had requested several times that she sing a song, I Don’t Owe You Anything, that they had written especially for her. She resisted for a long time until Geoff Travis, founder of Rough Trade Records convinced her to sing it.

In a session at Matrix Studios in London, three songs were recorded and Hand In Glove was chosen as the A side, with I Don’t Owe You Anything as the B side. Hand In Glove reached number 27 in the UK singles chart.

The second single was a cover of the Lloyd Cole and the Commotions track, Are You Ready To Be Heartbroken? It again made the UK singles chart, but only the distant number 68.

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