There’s A Girl Works Down At Walmart Swears She’s Taylor

Musician and Kirsty collaborator, Philip Rambow has recently recorded an adaptation of ‘Chip Shop’ called ‘There’s A Girl Works Down At Walmart Swears She’s Taylor’ and is available to listen to on all streaming platforms.

Here’s what he said on the ‘Kirsty MacColl Fan Gang’ Facebook page:

“It started in a bar.

It always starts in a bar. I’m a couple of drinks in with David Barratt and he jokingly says that the song I co-wrote with Kirsty MacColl (_There’s A Guy Works Down The Chip Shop Swears He’s Elvis_) could be given a more modern, poignant reworking by substituting the two biggest cultural icons of our time:
Walmart & Taylor Swift.
We laughed, as we often do, at silly boozy ideas, but later in the evening I said: “_Hey, that could really work_”
The next day we were in his studio and the beginning of our song cycle about Taylor, Walmart and their cultural ramifications had begun.
There’s A Girl Works Down at WALMART Swears She’s TAYLOR”
I think Kirsty would have enjoyed this version and find it funny.
From Ruby

Guitar Tutorials

For those of you who play guitar, you may find these video tutorials interesting.

Guitar Gary teaches you how to play ‘Greetings To The New Brunette’ by Billy Bragg, which Kirsty sang backing vocals on.

Greetings to the new brunette - Billy Bragg with Johnny Marr feat Kirsty MacColl guitar tutorial

Here’s a lesson on ‘A New England’ by Fret-less.

How to play A New England by Billy Brag / Kirsty Maccoll Guitar lesson

From Ruby

Terry Hurley Audio and Video Collection

Hello everyone,

I hope you all had a good day so far. As I said in the ‘VH1 Tribute’ post yesterday, I am sharing rare Kirsty audio and video from the Terry Hurley collection. You may recall that I did a piece on Kirstyfest 2023 and I mentioned that Terry gave me his Kirsty cuttings, VHS and cassettes. Since then, most of the VHS tapes and cassettes have been digitised. The following videos and audio recordings are not available anywhere else online. Like I said yesterday, I don’t want to upload them on YouTube due to copyright reasons and you get to download these if you wish.



BBC Radio 1 Roadshow – March/April 1989

BBC Radio 1 Going Live – 09.06.91

Radio 2 Dublin – 11.06.91

BBC Radio 1 Nicky Campbell (Parts 1 and 2) – 26.06.91

BBC Radio 1 Saturday Sequence – 06.07.91

Janice Long – 11.03.00




Rock-A-Baby, The Hackney Empire, London – 02.02.91

The Junction, Cambridge – 17.12.91

Queens Hall, Bradford – 20.12.91

The Hackney Empire, London (with Billy Bragg) – 31.12.91

Essex University – 20.06.92

Feile Festival, Dublin, Ireland –  02.08.92

The Mean Fiddler, London – 28.08.92

The Junction, Cambridge – 29.08.92

The Mean Fiddler, London – 16.10.92


The Pogues with Kirsty

Barrowlands, Glasgow – 19.12.87

SECC, Glasgow – 09.12.88

Brixton Academy, London – 19.12.88



Thin Lizzy – Trouble Boys/Chip Shop (Live at Slane Castle 16.08.81)

Billy Bragg – A New England (Live at The Olympia Theatre in Dublin 1986)

Radio 2 Dublin Steve Lillywhite Interview – 14.03.87

Madonna Like A Prayer Kirsty Review from BBC Radio 1 Singled Out 1989

BBC Radio 1 Singled Out – 23.03.90

BBC Radio 1 The Politics Of Pop – 09.05.90

BBC Radio 1 Steve Lillywhite Record Producers – 24.09.93



BBC But First This – Interview with Andi Peters 1989

TV-am interview to promote ‘Innocence’ in 1989

TV-am interview to promote ‘Don’t Come The Cowboy With Me, Sonny Jim!’ in 1990

MTV News Interview 1991

First Night Interview – 12.12.91

Miles Hunt and Kirsty MTV Interview – 19.01.92

Trailer for The Grand Clapham Gig – 21.05.92

Wideangle Interview – 18.06.92

First Night Interview – 20.08.92


The following videos in MEGA all feature Kirsty. 

The Pogues – Live at the Electric Ballroom, London (10.12.90)

The Pogues – Live at Finsbury Park (02.06.91)

The Pogues MTV Special 1991

Fairytale Of New York 2001 Documentary

Thanks again to Terry for giving me his Kirsty memorabilia. I hope all of you enjoy the audio recordings and videos.