Terrifying Videos From Our Youth: Shakespears Sister’s ‘Stay’ (Video)

Okay, does anybody else remember the video for Shakespears Sister’s “Stay”? It was the most terrifying thing to me when I was a child, and in re-watching it, I am shivering with the sense memory of any number of freaky-deaky nightmares.

What even is happening in this video? We’re in space, and then there’s an androgynous lady with a lovely voice and white face paint and so much kohl eyeliner, and there’s some dude on a table, and also there are weird machines, because alien civilization? And then HOLY SHIT the most terrifying alien space witch-lady shows up, and she’s MEAN and threatening, and maybe she is the embodiment of Death, and I’m a kid again and I’m having trouble falling asleep so I’m re-reading “From the Mixed-Up Files Of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler” with a flashlight under the covers and I hope my dad doesn’t walk in and see me cuz then I’ll get in trouble! AAAAK!

This entire blog post has been a flashback, thank you.

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  • Julie Ann Scott

    How strange. This was always in my sexiest videos of all time list. A beloved part if my coming of age “I might have sexy feelings” part of my youth.

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  • MAJ D

    Yeah, I remember this was a pretty sexy video. I never noticed there was a guy in it. My adolescent brain fixated on the two kooky chicks wrestling and today I still have a thing for pale brunettes with black eyeliner. Thanks Shakespeare’s Sister!

  • Cindyinencinitas

    Okay this isn’t even funny because I’m a descendant of William Shakespeare’s sister Jane and who is this nutter? Is this 2 girls fighting about giving that guy microdermabrasion?

  • elpinche

    Lisa Loeb’s “Stay” was more horrifying. I wanted to gouge out my eyes and stab my ears with a screwdriver whenever I saw that video.

  • MichaelG

    What’s more terrifying is that alien space witch-lady was once in Bananarama. (I guess what’s most terrifying is that I know that). Give me a break, it’s been a cruel, cruel summer, and they left me here on my own….