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Red Hot + Blue Book

‘Red Hot + Blue’ by John S. Garrison will be released on 19th September. This book is part of the 33 1/3 series, focusing on particular albums by different musical acts. As many of you will know, The Pogues and Kirsty covered ‘Miss Otis Regrets/Just One Of Those Things’ for the ‘Red Hot + Blue’ album, released in 1990.

Here’s the synopsis:

“Red Hot + Blue is a meditation on music’s capacity to find us, transform us, and help us make sense of our historical moment.

Blending memoir and cultural history, Garrison recalls his coming out at the height of the AIDS crisis alongside the music industry’s first major response to the epidemic. In 1990, a groundbreaking effort by musical artists sought to combat the silence and stigma about the disease. The resulting tribute album to legendary composer Cole Porter was evocatively titled Red Hot + Blue, capturing both the joy and melancholy that accompany love during turbulent times. It re-imagined those iconic songs – including “Don’t Fence Me In,” “Every Time We Say Goodbye,” “Night and Day” – not just to celebrate the composer but also to offer a shared vision for survival. In this book, Garrison reflects on his own life story through the lens of Porter’s life and music to illuminate the emotional landscape we all navigate in the search for love.

Red Hot + Blue returns us to the early 1990s to reveal how the love songs of the past can be revived to speak to new audiences in times of need. The book is the portrait of an album, a pandemic, and a young gay man’s coming of age in the era of both.”

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UK Official Charts – See That Girl, You Caught Me Out and Free World: The Best Of 1979-2000

This is for fans who are interested in the chart figures of the latest Kirsty releases from the UK Official Charts.

You Caught Me Out (2023 7″ Single) – Beginning 9th November

#58 on the Singles Sales Chart.

#6 on the Physical Singles Chart

#5 on the Vinyl Singles Chart

See That Girl: 1979-2000 – Beginning 9th November

#97 on the Scottish Albums Chart

#51 on the Albums Sales Chart

#49 on the Physical Albums Chart

Free World: The Best Of 1979-2000 – Beginning on 1st February

#25 on the Scottish Albums Chart

#23 on the Albums Sales Chart

#21 on the Physical Albums Chart

#9 on the Vinyl Albums Chart

#30 on the Record Store Chart

#11 on the Independent Albums Chart

 

From Ruby

 

Kirsty Featured On The Tuner

A ‘lost’ collection of songs from the late Pogues member, Philip Chevron has been released.

Entitled, ‘The Tuner’, it was a musical Philip created with writer Declan Lynch. It told the story of Irish-American boxer, Jack Rooney. The album features collaborations from Kirsty, Sarah Jane Morris, Ronnie Drew and more.

Philip talked about the project in 2001, as part of a tribute to Kirsty for the ‘Hot Press’.

“For some time, Kirsty had been enthusiastic about a stage show myself and Declan Lynch have been writing, called Jack Rooney: In Person,” he wrote. “Last month, with characteristic generosity, she agreed to perform one of the principal roles in our recording of the score. She bestowed on the character all the wit, warmth, resilience and tenderness Declan and I had dared hope for.”

The songs Kirsty performed for the project sadly turned out to be the last recordings she did.

Although, some of the songs on the collection have been released on the hard-to-find 2008 promo compilation, ‘Say A Song – The Words And Music Of Philip Chevron Of The Pogues’.

‘The Tuner’ is available to purchase on Bandcamp.

https://philipchevron.bandcamp.com/album/the-tuner

The digital version of ‘The Tuner’ has 10 tracks, but if you buy the limited-edition CD, you get 5 bonus tracks.

Tracklisting (The songs with an asterisk feature on the CD edition only):

  1. The Likes Of Me
  2. It’s A Red-Letter Day
  3. Raising Cain
  4. She Said I Make Her Laugh
  5. Manhattan Moon (Philip Chevron version)
  6. Chasing Enchantment
  7. The Man He Turned Out To Be featuring Sarah Jane Morris
  8. The Crowbar Theme
  9. Suddenly
  10. Last Night I Dream I Am Dancing featuring Lila MacMahon
  11. Manhattan Moon featuring Kirsty*
  12. Chasing Enchantment featuring Ronnie Drew*
  13. The Great Silence featuring Ronnie Drew and Kirsty*
  14. Hostage To Time*
  15. The Garden Scene featuring Jack Rooney Cast*

From Ruby