We’re off and running with the annual Fairytale Watch as we remember Kirsty over the festive period. Now at 16 :o)
Matthew Sweet and Susanna Hoffs (of the Bangles) recently released their third “Sid & Susie” covers album, including a cover of ‘They Don’t Know’. “It’s very good, I think, with a neat baroque-pop feel to it (complete with harpsichord). And unlike some other TDK covers, the ‘BAY-BEE!’ is there in all its glory”. - Rich
The Radio 1 chart wasn't the only one around in 1987. There was of course independent local radio’s Network Chart, and, of more interest to us, Radio Luxembourg was still compiling a UK top 30 every week. On the Luxy Chart announced on 21 December 1987, FAIRYTALE WAS NUMBER ONE! Here's to the Pogues and Kirsty's Christmas chart-topper. Fairytale Number 1, thanks to Jess for the heads up.
Now available in paperback!
Yum De Dee Dah — The life story of Theatre Workshop’s choreographer Jean Newlove, Discovering Laban, working with Joan Littlewood and her marriage to writer and singer/ song-writer Ewan MacColl.
This book follows Jean’s story until the birth of her daughter Kirsty (MacColl).
“A New England” was to be reissued as a 7” single on coloured vinyl for Record Store Day on 20th April 2013 (cat no. salvosv004 barcode 698458860477)
1985’s standard seven inch was available in two picture sleeves, by far the most common of which featured a monochrome portrait of Kirsty. Much more scarce was the sleeve featuring a man hoisting a Union Jack flag among the ruins of a bombed-out building. Salvo / Stiff have announced it is their “resounding pleasure to reissue this wonderful record in its rarest colours in an individually numbered, limited run of 500 pieces on blue vinyl.”
The original b-side was “Patrick”, but Salvo have opted for “I’m Going Out With An Eighty Year Old Millionaire” instead (we think a good choice). This was a “typically humorous MacColl composition with a marked Caribbean influence that was previously only available on vinyl on the b-side of the 12 inch single”.
As songwriter Billy Bragg says, “Whenever we had to sing A New England together live, Kirsty always sang it in another key that was really hard for me. I think she thought that I didn’t try hard enough with my singing. You know she’s right! She had an incredible voice. The mark that she made has not dulled in any way since her tragic death. I always say to the crowd at the end of the second verse of A New England that we are going to have a sing a song for Kirsty MacColl and everybody cheers.”
Two new releases on Feb 25th — 2013
The first one is A New England – The Very Best Of Kirsty MacColl. This is coming out as a standard version and a deluxe version, which is only available from Amazon. It includes five art cards and a DVD containing ten Kirsty videos, packaged in a digipack. Both are now available for pre-order from Amazon. The standard version will also be available in supermarkets and iTunes from 25th Feb:
The other release is A Concert For Kirsty MacColl, the tribute concert that was recorded in October 2010. This CD is also available for pre-order from Amazon.
The track listing is Soho Square (Ellie Goulding), Walking Down Madison (Alison Moyet), Tread Lightly (Amy MacDonald), In These Shoes? (Catherine Tate), They Don't Know (Andrea Corr), A New England (Billy Bragg); Dear John (Eddi Reader and Boo Hewerdine), Head (Alison Moyet), Angel (floating round my house) (Brian Kennedy), Days (Brooke Supple), Fairytale of New York (Dave Ruddy & Amy MacDonald), Chip Shop (Phill Jupitus with Boz Boorer and Phil Rambow, plus of course a cast of thousands :o)
Released on February 25th ‘A Concert For Kirsty MacColl’ celebrates the life and music of the singer. 12 songs performed by 15 incredible artists in front of 2000 Kirsty fans at Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London.
Amy Macdonald | Alison Moyet | Andrea Corr | Billy Bragg | Catherine Tate | Ellie Goulding | Phill Jupitus
… Plus many more
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