Sally Shapiro (from Sweden)

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An italo-disco Annie is so obviously what the world has always needed that it amazes me no one has thought of it before. The single, I'll Be By Your Side is on Bigstereo right now, and it's been a long time since I've loved a song this much on first listening.

If it does sound like Annie (yeah, it's a lazy comparison), it's the wistful Annie of Heartbeat or My Best Friend. But the backing is proper italo, straight out of 1983, no question.

The other clips on her website sound great as well. I am anticipating the album hugely now.

Matt DC (Matt DC), Sunday, 30 July 2006 18:20 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Ohhhhhhh.... even over tinny-ass work computer speakers this sounds delightful. Vocally very different from Annie. Nice.

Mallory L . O'Donnell (That Bitch Camille), Sunday, 30 July 2006 18:27 (eleven years ago) Permalink

was that track, maybe called "crash and burn," on the robyn album italo?

poortheatre (poortheatre), Sunday, 30 July 2006 19:34 (eleven years ago) Permalink

(damn that album is good)

poortheatre (poortheatre), Sunday, 30 July 2006 19:34 (eleven years ago) Permalink

yeah --- when the fuck does that come out US?

Mallory L . O'Donnell (That Bitch Camille), Sunday, 30 July 2006 19:37 (eleven years ago) Permalink

i really enjoy this single a lot, it's very pretty and winsome in that valerie dore style (who's a much more accurate touchstone here than either robyn or annie).

joseph (joseph), Sunday, 30 July 2006 21:09 (eleven years ago) Permalink

haven't heard her but her name is straight out of a philip roth story

s1ocki (slutsky), Sunday, 30 July 2006 21:13 (eleven years ago) Permalink

I love how watery this song sounds

cheese sandwich eater (xave), Monday, 31 July 2006 14:32 (eleven years ago) Permalink

three months pass...
holy shit this is so good i want to cry.

max (maxreax), Monday, 20 November 2006 21:08 (eleven years ago) Permalink

I'll Be By Your Side is one of my favorite singles of the year. Full-length album "Disco Romance" coming soon.

Michael F Gill (Michael F Gill), Monday, 20 November 2006 21:57 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Agreed. Found this today. Wow! Very impressive. Anyone know who's producing her?

Treblekicker (treblekicker), Tuesday, 21 November 2006 20:43 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Totally love "I'll Be By Your Side."

jaymc (jaymc), Tuesday, 21 November 2006 20:45 (eleven years ago) Permalink

x-post johan agebjorn, she's on discokaine. you can d/l three full-length tracks from her website.

max (maxreax), Tuesday, 21 November 2006 21:31 (eleven years ago) Permalink

one month passes...
i like I'll Be By Your Side (Rude 66 808 Remix); the rest, not so much.

PRKLTR (flezaffe), Monday, 8 January 2007 15:12 (eleven years ago) Permalink

I like this stuff.

31g (31g), Monday, 8 January 2007 16:04 (eleven years ago) Permalink

The full length album is very good. I hear the Rude 66 "909 mix" is even better than the 808 one.

Michael F Gill (Michael F Gill), Monday, 8 January 2007 21:15 (eleven years ago) Permalink

That 808 Remix is completely at odds with the rest of the record, ugh.

Johnny Fever (johnny fever), Monday, 8 January 2007 21:21 (eleven years ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...
OMFG this stuff is amazing!

Valerie Doré reference OTM, SS's beats are a bit more meaty though.

My rubbish day just got brilliant!

a nuclear-powered carrot (braveclub), Friday, 2 February 2007 19:48 (eleven years ago) Permalink

I immediately thought of Saint Etienne when I heard the record...then I thought of the "Missing The Moon", by Field Mice...I love both...I love Sally Shapiro...

hank (hank s), Friday, 2 February 2007 20:28 (eleven years ago) Permalink

majorly rips offthis , but i enjoy it anyway

gaseous (gaseous), Saturday, 3 February 2007 00:07 (eleven years ago) Permalink

four months pass...

fuck lindsey weir i want to marry this chick

max, Wednesday, 20 June 2007 00:55 (eleven years ago) Permalink

who else has a fantasy about marrying an incredibly hot european disco chanteuse

max, Wednesday, 20 June 2007 00:55 (eleven years ago) Permalink

I loved Disco Romance upon first listen, although, now that it's been a while, I guess I mainly listen to "I'll be by your side", I Know", "Anorak Christmas", and "Hold me so Tight" off of it. Not a bad ratio, though.

Z S, Wednesday, 20 June 2007 01:30 (eleven years ago) Permalink

she's not that hot dude

31g, Wednesday, 20 June 2007 02:17 (eleven years ago) Permalink


max, Wednesday, 20 June 2007 02:20 (eleven years ago) Permalink

three months pass...

"HE KEEPS ME ALIVE"! The most beautiful song of the year!

daavid, Monday, 1 October 2007 02:45 (ten years ago) Permalink

Correct. Shame it wasn't on the European release of the album.

caek, Friday, 12 October 2007 11:09 (ten years ago) Permalink

I hold Sally Shapiro almost entirely responsible for my inability to properly appreciate the Chromatics album. 'He Keeps Me Alive' is amazing!

Matt DC, Friday, 12 October 2007 23:59 (ten years ago) Permalink

gareth told me you wouldn't shut up about the chromatics album

jaxon, Saturday, 13 October 2007 00:02 (ten years ago) Permalink

Buggered if I know, but yeah, probably.

Matt DC, Saturday, 13 October 2007 00:10 (ten years ago) Permalink

Yeah, "He Keeps Me Alive" is super! The other newie, "Jackie Jackie," is also great; nice vintage PSB style production with ABBA-esque chorus. Again: super. Both written by this guy btw:

(He wrote "Anorak Christmas" as well.)

David Bachyrycz, Saturday, 13 October 2007 00:17 (ten years ago) Permalink

The record's being released in the US on October 30th.

three handclaps, Saturday, 20 October 2007 14:16 (ten years ago) Permalink

Nixon? I really like this version of Anorak Christmas, not as good as Shapiro, needs her voice imho, but who is it? Although actually when he does the don't go bit at the end, that is very good and nice I think.

I know, right?, Saturday, 20 October 2007 14:26 (ten years ago) Permalink

Ugh that Nixon dude's voice is terrible, thank god he has Sally to write songs for though.

That North American tracklisting looks good, more like a proper album than a lengthy EP.

Matt DC, Saturday, 20 October 2007 14:49 (ten years ago) Permalink

This is now out in the US! Thinking of going to get my copy tonight.

three handclaps, Friday, 2 November 2007 21:57 (ten years ago) Permalink

four months pass...

kinda unimpressed by this for some reason????

deej, Monday, 10 March 2008 03:12 (ten years ago) Permalink

kinda wonder if my taste in trendy twee-ish electro-indie pop calcified ages 19-22 and since then nothing will top phoenix and annie

^^^i sound mad softbatch here

deej, Monday, 10 March 2008 03:16 (ten years ago) Permalink

In your defense, Annie is hot.

Daniel, Esq., Monday, 10 March 2008 03:18 (ten years ago) Permalink

this chicks voice really bothers me

deej, Monday, 10 March 2008 03:21 (ten years ago) Permalink

It's a little chirp-y, but I like it. She's better in small doses, I'll give you that. The single is v. good.

Daniel, Esq., Monday, 10 March 2008 03:23 (ten years ago) Permalink

will there be hot chicks at her show? a friend invited and im deciding whether to go and thats really my only motivating factor atm

deej, Monday, 10 March 2008 03:31 (ten years ago) Permalink

maybe youre unimpressed by this bcuz it's really boring

J0rdan S., Monday, 10 March 2008 03:32 (ten years ago) Permalink

I clicked on this hoping there was a new single or something. thanks, haters.

31g, Monday, 10 March 2008 03:34 (ten years ago) Permalink

i don't think this music aims to "impress" anybody

winston, Monday, 10 March 2008 03:36 (ten years ago) Permalink

seems like a weird word to use for this record

winston, Monday, 10 March 2008 03:37 (ten years ago) Permalink

is english your first language?

deej, Monday, 10 March 2008 03:38 (ten years ago) Permalink


tremendoid, Monday, 10 March 2008 03:49 (ten years ago) Permalink

before you blame me, blame yourself!

tremendoid, Monday, 10 March 2008 03:49 (ten years ago) Permalink

she's the farthest thing from boring, i know that.

tremendoid, Monday, 10 March 2008 03:50 (ten years ago) Permalink

did you try "He Keeps Me Alive"?

tremendoid, Monday, 10 March 2008 03:50 (ten years ago) Permalink

new single: love in july

Michael F Gill, Monday, 13 July 2009 05:15 (eight years ago) Permalink

yeah the Irkuk mix is fantastic

racially dubious goals panel (MPx4A), Monday, 13 July 2009 08:29 (eight years ago) Permalink

four weeks pass...

Clips of the new album tracks are up on Amazon, which probably means the album has leaked...

Nothing really grabs my attention. Is it just me or is this already sounding kinda old (like, again)? I'm curious to hear the full version of "Moonlight Dance" though. That one doesn't sound bad at all.

Y tú, y tú, dime lo que bailas! (daavid), Tuesday, 11 August 2009 23:35 (eight years ago) Permalink

It has leaked. And unfortunately, nothing except for "Let it Show" is grabbing me at all. Granted, I only really liked a few songs off of the first one, but at least on that one the other songs were not bad, definitely bearable. This one is for the most part skippable, at least for me.

PIN number at the ATM Machine (Z S), Tuesday, 11 August 2009 23:43 (eight years ago) Permalink

Yes, I doubt I'll ever listen to this a second time. zzzzzzz

Johnny Fever, Wednesday, 12 August 2009 00:17 (eight years ago) Permalink

The limited to 20 cassette advance release sold out very very quick yesterday. Wouldn't have minded a copy of that :D

plazzTT, Wednesday, 12 August 2009 13:05 (eight years ago) Permalink

Digging the new album so far after one listen.

Michael F Gill, Wednesday, 12 August 2009 22:31 (eight years ago) Permalink

After a half dozen listens, now thinking My Guilty Pleasure is as amazing as Disco Romance.

Michael F Gill, Wednesday, 19 August 2009 14:52 (eight years ago) Permalink

This Miracle number is channelling Dubstar big time. Gotta hear the rest.

everything, Wednesday, 19 August 2009 17:16 (eight years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

The remixes from My Guilty Pleasure are brilliant, Boat Club's take on "Swimming Through The Blue Lagoon" is early-90s sounding melancholy slow-motion disco excellence.

o0o00h really? (boxedjoy), Wednesday, 9 February 2011 09:34 (seven years ago) Permalink

I actually kind of dig Johan's eurodance parody "Move That Barbabody"

Also great:

Michael F Gill, Saturday, 12 February 2011 05:00 (seven years ago) Permalink

since hearing that Anoraak song a couple of days ago I've wanted to listen to nothing but.

Antoine Bugleboy (Merdeyeux), Monday, 14 February 2011 19:51 (seven years ago) Permalink

or that was the case until 'He Keeps Me Alive' just rudely introduced itself to me and got all in my face as I sat home alone on Valentine's night.

Antoine Bugleboy (Merdeyeux), Monday, 14 February 2011 22:37 (seven years ago) Permalink

anorak christmas is indeed amazing, one of maybe 3 sally shapiro songs i could not do without

teledyldonix, Monday, 14 February 2011 22:58 (seven years ago) Permalink

two months pass...

The remixes from My Guilty Pleasure are brilliant

only just been checking these out but yeah i like the Bogdan Irkuk mix of 'Miracle' and Lo Motion Disco mix of 'Let It Show' in particular

ˆᴥˆ (blueski), Monday, 18 April 2011 16:01 (seven years ago) Permalink

when u feel so lonely in yr heart, i'll be by your side \(^o^)/

markers, Monday, 18 April 2011 20:51 (seven years ago) Permalink

four weeks pass...

anyone got johann's album? casablanca nights it's called. just listening first time now and it's sounding nice. it's on spotify. collaborations with legowelt and lots of people i've never heard of. some sally stuff on there too.

Phelan Nulty (Local Garda), Tuesday, 17 May 2011 09:29 (seven years ago) Permalink

I'm going to pick that up soon. In that vein I bought Anoraak's Whenever The Sun Sets the other day, it's really nice if a little forgettable. I like the way he and CFCF 'borrow' from other songs.

mmmm, Tuesday, 17 May 2011 10:28 (seven years ago) Permalink

this was on one of the dj mixes johan did last year...really great tune:

Phelan Nulty (Local Garda), Tuesday, 17 May 2011 19:45 (seven years ago) Permalink

I've been enjoying this track:

skip, Tuesday, 17 May 2011 19:48 (seven years ago) Permalink

The whole Wolfram album is worth a listen if you are a SS fan. Lots of Hi-Nrg/poppy italo stuff, with an all-star list of guest spots by Legowelt, Sebastian, Hercules & Love Affair, Holy Ghost, Haddaway, Paul Parker, Patrick Pulsinger.

Michael F Gill, Wednesday, 18 May 2011 02:23 (seven years ago) Permalink

As in, the actual Haddaway

ha ha ha ha jack my swag (boxedjoy), Wednesday, 18 May 2011 12:47 (seven years ago) Permalink

three months after thinking 'Don't Be Afraid' would be a passing obsession I'm still playing it to death.

Antoine Bugleboy (Merdeyeux), Wednesday, 18 May 2011 13:10 (seven years ago) Permalink

Haha wow this Wolfram album is great! High quality cheese. And I haven't got to the Haddaway song yet.

Matt DC, Saturday, 28 May 2011 15:38 (seven years ago) Permalink

Wow I love that Wolfram song. Is the whole album as good as that?

Kitchen Person, Sunday, 29 May 2011 09:01 (seven years ago) Permalink

That Wolfram song upthread is technically a Holy Ghost! song (well, it's on their album). He certainly milks it on his own album btw, think it appears three times in various forms?

Matt DC, Sunday, 29 May 2011 12:51 (seven years ago) Permalink

ten months pass...

Came upon this via the Lindstrom remix on Vol. 1 -- find "He Keeps Me Alive" and the Irkuk "Miracle" remix to be the aces so far.

Naive Teen Idol, Sunday, 1 April 2012 12:30 (six years ago) Permalink

seven months pass...

can't believe that ilm failed to alert me of a new sally shapiro single: it's quite nice.

Perfect Chicken Forever (Merdeyeux), Monday, 5 November 2012 18:12 (five years ago) Permalink


LeRooLeRoo, Monday, 5 November 2012 18:19 (five years ago) Permalink

nice! glad to hear a new album is on the way.

Michael F Gill, Tuesday, 6 November 2012 02:17 (five years ago) Permalink

who else has a fantasy about marrying an incredibly hot european disco chanteuse

― max

buzza, Tuesday, 6 November 2012 02:20 (five years ago) Permalink

I'm really liking this. It looks like they've decided to make a move away from Italo and more into a 'Club 8'/Labrador kinda sound. I like the sparse guitar by Jaime from Spanish pop act Souvenir, who also co-wrote. In fact this post is a bit of an excuse to recommend them:

daavid, Tuesday, 6 November 2012 22:20 (five years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

New album confirmed for Feb 26th.

Really hope it's a lot better than the second album which I can't remember a single thing about.

I'm hoping 'This City's Local Italo Disco DJ Has a Crush On Me' lives up to it's title.

Kitchen Person, Thursday, 6 December 2012 02:53 (five years ago) Permalink

Second album was just as good as the first, I thought! Maybe a bit more focused even.

Michael F Gill, Saturday, 8 December 2012 06:12 (five years ago) Permalink

First one always gave me a shy Japanese karaoke vibe but I've been trying to revisit and really give it a shot.

Evan, Saturday, 8 December 2012 16:23 (five years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

another track from the new album:

Michael F Gill, Saturday, 12 January 2013 20:27 (five years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

New album streaming on Pitchfork.

Kitchen Person, Tuesday, 19 February 2013 21:03 (five years ago) Permalink

This is great, a huge improvement over the second album. The single is not representative of the album at all.

Kitchen Person, Tuesday, 19 February 2013 23:12 (five years ago) Permalink

I must push back and say the second album is awesome. I find all three albums very consistent in songwriting, with a bump in production values as time goes on.

Looking forward to hearing this new one more. Glad "Don't be Afraid" made it out of semi-obscurity and onto the tracklisting. Also the saxophone solo in the middle of the album: sublime.

Michael F Gill, Tuesday, 26 February 2013 01:59 (five years ago) Permalink

I wasn't a fan of "My Guilty Pleasure" either. This one's much better. Still nothing as strong, melodically, as some of the songs on the first album. The sound is reminiscent of some 80's stuff I can't quite put my finger on, but it's no longer Italo. Maybe Pet Shop Boys?

daavid, Tuesday, 26 February 2013 05:57 (five years ago) Permalink

yes to this

johnny crunch, Friday, 1 March 2013 23:31 (five years ago) Permalink

eleven months pass...

SS albums have been some of my favorite things in the past 8 years. Only just realized there's a free album on their website collecting almost all of the remixes Johan has done. The unreleased Jam & Spoon mix is great! Surprised the Friday Bridge remix is NOT on it, though.

Michael F Gill, Monday, 17 February 2014 02:25 (four years ago) Permalink

two years pass...

RIP Sally Shapiro :/

sweet farewell single though

Michael F Gill, Wednesday, 11 May 2016 00:18 (two years ago) Permalink


wizzz! (amateurist), Wednesday, 11 May 2016 00:28 (two years ago) Permalink

oh jesus, i thought you meant the lead singer had died. don't do that!

wizzz! (amateurist), Wednesday, 11 May 2016 00:28 (two years ago) Permalink

Sorry! I meant that they had broke up.

Michael F Gill, Wednesday, 11 May 2016 00:32 (two years ago) Permalink

I still really love all three albums + the album of remixes Johan did under the SS name. They captured the sincere sentimentality of italodisco without being overly cheesy/kitsch or strictly track-based, and they weren't a one-off.

Michael F Gill, Wednesday, 11 May 2016 00:46 (two years ago) Permalink

I was just today listening to "sleep in my arms" on repeat

a self-reinforcing downward spiral of male-centric indie (katherine), Wednesday, 11 May 2016 03:39 (two years ago) Permalink

Pictures circulating on the web that she's been found in the elevator at her Nordic compound.

Naive Teen Idol, Wednesday, 11 May 2016 15:20 (two years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

underrated artist

Paisley Window Pane (Ross), Thursday, 13 July 2017 03:27 (eleven months ago) Permalink

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