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Price £6.99
21 Aug 2004

Release Date
June 1991

Catalog No.
Virgin
V2663 (LP),
????? (MC),
CDV2663 (CD),
CDVIP209 (The VIP version was a cheaper version of the original (deleted) which only has the basic cover without the full booklet, hence the different catalogue number.)

Reissued 2001
on Disky

US Release:
IRS 27896 (CD)

Producer
Steve Lillywhite

Design
Kirsty MacColl &
Bill Smith Studio

Photography
Charles Dickins

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by freeworld

Electric Landlady

Front of sleeve Quite a change from Kite, Kirsty's second album introduces new styles, most notably the Latin kick most prominent in My affair and the grinding dance rhythms of Madison. Seemingly minor tunes such as All I ever wanted, Halloween and My way home are haunting and longer lasting. Humour is never far away, showing up in He never mentioned love but of course this is also very typical of the bittersweet emotions on display in MacColl songs. Fewer gold plated classics than Kite, but some strong tracks nevertheless.

Reviews: "This is a defiantly untrendy record, which is one reason it deserves to do well." The Guardian

Musicians: Pete Glenister, Elliot Randall, Mark Nevin, Sal Cuevas, Pino Palladino, Robbie Ameen, Mel Gaynor, Milton Cardona, Jose Mangual, Marc Quinones, Oscar Hernandez, Angel Fernandez, Jimmy Chambers, George Chandler, Judd Lander, Spider Stacey, Dave Valentin, Ite Jerez, Joe Shepley, Lewis Khan, Steve Sacks, Enrique Orengo, Felix Farrar, Lloyd Carter, Bob Loveday, James Fearnley, Ed Shearmur, Trevor Gray, Adrian Lillywhite, Hamish MacColl, Kirsty MacColl, Jody Linscott, Guy Pratt, Darryl Hunt, Jem Finer, Terry Woods, Philip Chevron, Colin Stuart, Ian Aitken.

  1. Walking down Madison
    Kirsty MacColl & Johnny Marr LYRICS
    "From the sharks in the penthouse to the rats in the basement it's not that far... " ****
  2. All I ever wanted
    Kirsty MacColl & Marshall Crenshaw LYRICS, CHORDS
    "All I ever wanted was a little more respect from you" ****
  3. Children of the Revolution
    Kirsty MacColl & Johnny Marr LYRICS, CHORDS
    "Murder comes by sea and from the skies, It's shiny and it's quick to take their lives" ***
  4. Halloween
    Kirsty MacColl & Mark Nevin LYRICS
    "Was it all a dream?" ****
  5. My affair
    Kirsty MacColl & Mark Nevin LYRICS
    "It's no concern of yours if I sleep with the President" *****
  6. Lying down
    Kirsty MacColl & Pete Glenister LYRICS
    "I know you know but you won't say jJust what it is makes life this way" ***
  7. He never mentioned love
    Kirsty MacColl & Jem Finer LYRICS, CHORDS
    "He looked into my eyes just as an airplane roared above,
    Said something about football but he never mentioned love" ***
  8. We'll never pass this way again
    Kirsty MacColl LYRICS, CHORDS
    "We had the night and we had our day, wWe'll never pass this way again" ****
  9. The hardest word
    Kirsty MacColl & Hamish MacColl LYRICS
    "Climbing those mountains I picture you still" ***
  10. Maybe it's imaginary
    Kirsty MacColl LYRICS
    "I'd never go swimming with those nuclear fish" ***
  11. My way home
    Kirsty MacColl & Pete Glenister LYRICS
    "I look left and I look right and I cross this road alone cCos I'm feeling my way home " *****
  12. The one and only
    Kirsty MacColl & Mark E. Nevin LYRICS, CHORDS
    "Some lives read like a book, I'll be happy if mine doesn't read like a joke from an old Christmas cracker..." ***

 


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