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Kirsty MacColl

Kirsty MacColl, daughter of folk singer/songwriter Ewan MacColl, began her own musical career while still in her teens, singing in a band called the Addix, and eventually signed to the legendary Stiff Records. Her first single, the modern girl group gem, "They Don't Know," was released in 1979. Though it failed in the charts, it was later a major hit for Tracey Ullman. Kirsty MacColl switched to Polydor in the '80s and landed a U.K. Top 40 hit with the novelty song "There's a Guy Works Down the Chip Shop (Swears He's Elvis)." She followed the single with her first LP, Desperate Character, in 1981. In 1984, she married producer Steve Lillywhite and put her solo career on hold, raising their two children and working as a backup singer. MacColl returned in 1989 with a more mature effort, Kite, which reached the U.K. Top 40. Two more albums, Electric Landlady (1991) and Titanic Days (1993), displayed great talent and diversity and, above all, good pop sensibilities. On December 18, 2000, MacColl was killed by a speedboat while swimming off of the coast of Mexico. Less than six months later, her final album, Tropical Brainstorm, was released on Instinct. ~ Chris Woodstra
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Selected Discography

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Track List: The Very Best Of Kirsty MacColl - A New England

1. Walking Down Madison

2. My Affair

3. Days

4. Don't Come The Cowboy With Me, Sonny Jim!

5. Miss Otis Regrets

6. Caroline

7. You Just Haven't Earned It Yet Baby

8. Soho Square

9. Free World

10. Bad

11. Innocence

12. Angel

13. Fifteen Minutes

14. All I Ever Wanted

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Track List: Tropical Brainstorm

1. Mambo De La Luna

2. In These Shoes?

3. Treachery

4. Here Comes That Man Again

5. Autumngirlsoup

6. Celestine

7. England 2 Colombia 0

8. Nao Esperando

9. Alegria

10. Us Amazonians

11. Wrong Again

12. Designer Life

13. Head

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Track List: What Do Pretty Girls Do?

1. Don't Come The Cowboy With Me Sonny Jim

2. What Do Pretty Girls Do?

3. Don't Run Away From Me Now

4. Still Life

8. A New England

9. My Affair

10. Bad

11. Can't Stop Killing You

12. Caroline

13. Free World

14. He's On The Beach

15. A New England

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Track List: Titanic Days

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Track List: Electric Landlady

1. Walking Down Madison

2. All I Ever Wanted

3. Children Of The Revolution

4. Halloween

5. My Affair

6. Lying Down

7. He Never Mentioned Love

8. We'll Never Pass This Way Again

9. Hardest Word, The

10. Maybe It's Imaginary

11. My Way Home

13. Don't Go Near The Water

14. One Good Thing

16. My Affair (Bass Sexy Mix)

17. Walking Down Madison (6am Ambient Mix)

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Track List: Kite

1. Innocence

2. Free World

3. Mother's Ruin

4. Days

5. No Victims

6. Fifteen Minutes

7. Don't Come The Cowboy With Me Sonny Jim!

8. Tread Lightly

9. What Do Pretty Girls Do

10. Dancing In Limbo

11. End Of A Perfect Day

12. You And Me Baby

13. You Just Haven't Earned It Yet Baby (She's Having A Baby Soundtrack Version)

14. Happy

15. Am I Right?

16. El Paso

18. Complainte Pour Ste. Catherine

20. Innocence (Guilt Mix)

21. No Victims (Guitar Heroes Mix)

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Track List: The Stiff Years

1. A New England

2. They Don't Know

3. Terry (Feat. Lemmy)

4. Turn My Motor

5. I'm Going Out With An Eighty Year Old Millionaire

6. Patrick

7. He's On The Beach

8. Quietly Alone

9. Please Go To Sleep

10. You Caught Me Out

11. Terry (12" Mix)

12. A New England (12" Mix)

13. He's On The Beach (12" Mix)

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Chip Shop is the signature rock and role tune of all time. Why has Desperate Character always been impossible to come by? I still don't even know what the cover looks like, and I have been trying for 40 years.
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In These Shoes? first caught my attention. So sad to lose her...
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Don't Come the Cowboy with Me, Sonny Jim is my favorite Kirsty MacColl song. She is so very missed.
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progpond3
She had another Top 40 hit in the UK, Walking Down Madison from Electric Landlady, I think it may have played in the USA on stations like KROQ in Los Angeles. Lot's of background vocals with bands like the Smiths, and a lot of collaboratio n with Johnny Marr. Apparently she died saving her kids from the negligent fuckstickass h a t driving the boat that ran her over in Mexico. Truly under appreciated.
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bcashman283
Great voice Great tunes Gone too soon Prayers to family... Dis she also sing Not In these Shoes.... ?
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courtneyflat s
Tropical Brainstorm is my favorite album too. I wish I had discovered her music years earlier.
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sarabach_wor l d t r a v e l e r
Tropical Brainstorm, my favorite album in the whole world <3
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please Bill, do go on, I believe you aren't quite finished making a complete a** of yourself.
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I had no idea she died. How sad. She was a fixture backing most of the groups out of England in th 90s. I'd always wondered what happened to her.
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b.honcoop
"Don't go near the water" You sing about pollution yet how the hell do you think all of your musical instruments were made?,,,,in a factory you dumb-a**. what about your clothes and everyday items that you use? You people sing about pollution and how bad things are make me sick!
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sway to the music .... she is missed greatly.....
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engagestrate g i e s
Couldn't agree more, Stellarviole t . I think she was really hitting her stride when she was killed. Tropical Brainstrom is pure genius. Not in these shoes. Not in this lifetime, either.
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stellarviole t
I don't know which is sadder, her musical output or the fact that she is so under-apprec i a t e d . Tropical Brainstorm is brilliant - and shockingly missing from her 'selected works' - "Mambo de la Luna" has that wonderful happy/sad wistfulness, "Autumn Girl Soup" is so achingly spot-on, "Things Happen" captures the sweet devotion of a crush, "Celestine" is for those of us who know someone else is at the wheel more often than we'd like, "Treachery" is the other side
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Kirsty is also well known for her fine collaboratio n s . 'Fairytale Of New York' with the Pogues is amazing, and her backup vocals are all over several songs by The Smiths and Morrissey. One of the great female voices of all time. RIP.

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