Michelle Shocked is an American singer-songwriter. In 1984, Shocked adopted the stage name “Michelle Shocked,” a play on the expression “Shell Shocked,” as she explained in an interview with Green Left Weekly: The term ‘Miss shell shocked’ is a direct reference to the thousand-yard stare, which was a term that they first used to describe the victims of shell-shock in World War I.
Her first US success came with the release of her 1988 debut album, Short Sharp Shocked, on college radio rotations around the country, which was met with strong acclaim from listeners. The debut single, Anchorage, broke into the Billboard Hot 100, but a follow-up single from the album, When I Grow Up, did not chart. Short Sharp Shocked was the first album in what Shocked later described as a “trilogy” for Mercury Records.