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 (fifteen years ago) link

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 (fifteen years ago) link

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

poortheatre (poortheatre), Sunday, 30 July 2006 19:34 (fifteen years ago) link

(damn that album is good)

poortheatre (poortheatre), Sunday, 30 July 2006 19:34 (fifteen years ago) link

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

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

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 (fifteen years ago) link

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

s1ocki (slutsky), Sunday, 30 July 2006 21:13 (fifteen years ago) link

I love how watery this song sounds

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

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

max (maxreax), Monday, 20 November 2006 21:08 (fourteen years ago) link

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 (fourteen years ago) link

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

Treblekicker (treblekicker), Tuesday, 21 November 2006 20:43 (fourteen years ago) link

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

jaymc (jaymc), Tuesday, 21 November 2006 20:45 (fourteen years ago) link

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 (fourteen years ago) link

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 (fourteen years ago) link

I like this stuff.

31g (31g), Monday, 8 January 2007 16:04 (fourteen years ago) link

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 (fourteen years ago) link

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

Johnny Fever (johnny fever), Monday, 8 January 2007 21:21 (fourteen years ago) link

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 (fourteen years ago) link

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 (fourteen years ago) link

majorly rips offthis , but i enjoy it anyway

gaseous (gaseous), Saturday, 3 February 2007 00:07 (fourteen years ago) link

four months pass...

fuck lindsey weir i want to marry this chick

max, Wednesday, 20 June 2007 00:55 (fourteen years ago) link

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

max, Wednesday, 20 June 2007 00:55 (fourteen years ago) link

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 (fourteen years ago) link

she's not that hot dude

31g, Wednesday, 20 June 2007 02:17 (fourteen years ago) link


max, Wednesday, 20 June 2007 02:20 (fourteen years ago) link

three months pass...

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

daavid, Monday, 1 October 2007 02:45 (fourteen years ago) link

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

caek, Friday, 12 October 2007 11:09 (fourteen years ago) link

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 (fourteen years ago) link

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

jaxon, Saturday, 13 October 2007 00:02 (fourteen years ago) link

Buggered if I know, but yeah, probably.

Matt DC, Saturday, 13 October 2007 00:10 (fourteen years ago) link

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 (fourteen years ago) link

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

three handclaps, Saturday, 20 October 2007 14:16 (fourteen years ago) link

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 (fourteen years ago) link

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 (fourteen years ago) link

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

three handclaps, Friday, 2 November 2007 21:57 (thirteen years ago) link

four months pass...

kinda unimpressed by this for some reason????

deej, Monday, 10 March 2008 03:12 (thirteen years ago) link

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 (thirteen years ago) link

In your defense, Annie is hot.

Daniel, Esq., Monday, 10 March 2008 03:18 (thirteen years ago) link

this chicks voice really bothers me

deej, Monday, 10 March 2008 03:21 (thirteen years ago) link

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 (thirteen years ago) link

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 (thirteen years ago) link

maybe youre unimpressed by this bcuz it's really boring

J0rdan S., Monday, 10 March 2008 03:32 (thirteen years ago) link

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

31g, Monday, 10 March 2008 03:34 (thirteen years ago) link

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

winston, Monday, 10 March 2008 03:36 (thirteen years ago) link

seems like a weird word to use for this record

winston, Monday, 10 March 2008 03:37 (thirteen years ago) link

is english your first language?

deej, Monday, 10 March 2008 03:38 (thirteen years ago) link


tremendoid, Monday, 10 March 2008 03:49 (thirteen years ago) link

before you blame me, blame yourself!

tremendoid, Monday, 10 March 2008 03:49 (thirteen years ago) link

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

tremendoid, Monday, 10 March 2008 03:50 (thirteen years ago) link

did you try "He Keeps Me Alive"?

tremendoid, Monday, 10 March 2008 03:50 (thirteen years ago) link

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

Also great:

Michael F Gill, Saturday, 12 February 2011 05:00 (ten years ago) link

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 (ten years ago) link

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 (ten years ago) link

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

teledyldonix, Monday, 14 February 2011 22:58 (ten years ago) link

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 (ten years ago) link

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

markers, Monday, 18 April 2011 20:51 (ten years ago) link

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 (ten years ago) link

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 (ten years ago) link

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 (ten years ago) link

I've been enjoying this track:

skip, Tuesday, 17 May 2011 19:48 (ten years ago) link

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 (ten years ago) link

As in, the actual Haddaway

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

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 (ten years ago) link

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 (ten years ago) link

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

Kitchen Person, Sunday, 29 May 2011 09:01 (ten years ago) link

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 (ten years ago) link

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 (nine years ago) link

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 (eight years ago) link


LeRooLeRoo, Monday, 5 November 2012 18:19 (eight years ago) link

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

Michael F Gill, Tuesday, 6 November 2012 02:17 (eight years ago) link

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

― max

buzza, Tuesday, 6 November 2012 02:20 (eight years ago) link

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 (eight years ago) link

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 (eight years ago) link

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 (eight years ago) link

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 (eight years ago) link

one month passes...

another track from the new album:

Michael F Gill, Saturday, 12 January 2013 20:27 (eight years ago) link

one month passes...

New album streaming on Pitchfork.

Kitchen Person, Tuesday, 19 February 2013 21:03 (eight years ago) link

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 (eight years ago) link

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 (eight years ago) link

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 (eight years ago) link

yes to this

johnny crunch, Friday, 1 March 2013 23:31 (eight years ago) link

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 (seven years ago) link

two years pass...

RIP Sally Shapiro :/

sweet farewell single though

Michael F Gill, Wednesday, 11 May 2016 00:18 (five years ago) link


wizzz! (amateurist), Wednesday, 11 May 2016 00:28 (five years ago) link

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

wizzz! (amateurist), Wednesday, 11 May 2016 00:28 (five years ago) link

Sorry! I meant that they had broke up.

Michael F Gill, Wednesday, 11 May 2016 00:32 (five years ago) link

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 (five years ago) link

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 (five years ago) link

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 (five years ago) link

one year passes...

underrated artist

Paisley Window Pane (Ross), Thursday, 13 July 2017 03:27 (four years ago) link

two years pass...

Just released a second low-key-but-great track with Ryan Paris today, looks like they will both be released in a week. Miss Sally's voice a lot these days.

Forget about you

Love on Ice (from 2018)

Michael F Gill, Tuesday, 2 June 2020 01:17 (one year ago) link

one year passes...

new music coming improbably(?)

like, I’m eating an elephant head (katherine), Wednesday, 16 June 2021 18:46 (four months ago) link

single on Friday! and there's a new one from Annie due this week too. All we need is Cloetta Paris to return.

boxedjoy, Wednesday, 16 June 2021 19:25 (four months ago) link

Cloetta Paris is a very good SS clone, although the production / vocals are a little more generic IMO.

I am naturally super excited about any new Sally Shapiro material.

Michael F Gill, Wednesday, 16 June 2021 20:58 (four months ago) link

Gorgeous, if a bit darker than usual but hey it's on IDIB. Full "collection of new material" in the fall!

willem, Friday, 18 June 2021 05:40 (four months ago) link

this is excellent, reminds me of the Junior Boys remix a lot.

boxedjoy, Friday, 18 June 2021 10:24 (four months ago) link

So glad to have them back. Perfect timing with a new Annie single out today as well.

kitchen person, Friday, 18 June 2021 13:30 (four months ago) link

yeah, this really sounds like Pleasure Masters-era Annie!

bobo honkin' slobo babe (sic), Friday, 18 June 2021 20:06 (four months ago) link

one month passes...

Madonna “Holiday” cover out today. They do succeed in putting their own spin on it.

Michael F Gill, Monday, 16 August 2021 15:43 (two months ago) link

one month passes...

A little disappointed that the new single is just last year’s single with Ryan Paris.....although with Sally singing Ryan’s part now. Song now sounds flatter and less dynamic (original is amazing). At least the full album is only a few months away.

Michael F Gill, Sunday, 10 October 2021 15:01 (two weeks ago) link

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