From the Asbury Park Press site at app.com, Lydia Loveless says that she was introduced to the tune by her guitarist, Todd May.
“I was kind of obsessed with it at the time. I was listening to a lot of (Kirsty’s) stuff, and we’d done everything so quickly that we had some space left over. I suggested that we just kind of learn that in the studio, and that ended up going really well, so it ended up on (the album),” she explained.
“I wish I could say it was a little more thoughtful than that, but actually once it was on there, it seemed right to end the album with that. Because I feel like it starts out on a bit of a high note and then goes into sort of a downward spiral, and that’s sort of a cheerful song to end everything on. So that’s why we ended up putting it on the record.”
On Ewan MacColl (25 January 1915 – 22 October 1989)
Kirsty merits a brief but pleasing mention in Peggy Seeger’s excellent thoughts on the legendary Ewan MacColl song Dirty Old Town at Salford Star. Of course, as someone who lived and breathed the Pogues their version is an unimpeachable classic! A fine read.
The Guardian ran a piece yesterday to mark the centenary of Ewan’s birth, read that at this link.
He’s also been on radio quite a bit – check out the iPlayer lists. John Cooper Clarke sounds intriguing.
Something for your Hogmanay party? “A wonderfully vibey remix/mash by Captain wOw Mash up of Kirsty MacColl’s much loved ‘In these shoes’ and The Gulf Gate Project’s ‘Beezy’.” Anyway it’s hot off the press and you can make up your own mind!
In a break from all things Broadway, here are The Sweptaways and Anders Wendin with a highly watchable Swedish version of They Don’t Know – this was done about 5 years ago, but merits a revival. Please raise a festive glass for Kirsty!