Backing Vocals 1979 (Jane Aire, Riff Regan)

Jane Aire & the Belvederes

Kirsty is in the backing chorus on the Virgin album ‘Jane Aire & the Belvederes’. The Belvederes were Glyn Havard, Lu Edmonds, Gavin Povey and Jon Moss, who as The Edge played on ‘They Don’t Know’.

Jane recalls that “Kirsty MacColl sang backing vocals for me at my last gig of the tour at Hammersmith Palais (1979); she then went to the Boomtown Rats last gig, at the Hammersmith Odeon.  Steve Lillywhite ended up giving me a lift home that night. Then after the Rats gig Kirsty came over with Pete Briquette, introduced us and we were married a few months later!”

“Kirsty and I did several bv’s with me, Shakin Pyramids, commercials, and with her brother Hamish. She’s also on the b side of Close My Eyes.”

‘Breaking Down the Walls of Heartache’ is included on the 2023 box set See That Girl.

Riff Regan

This is an unconfirmed appearance on one of two 1979 singles, ‘You Call Me Lucky/ ‘Jacoby Island and ‘The Only One’/ ‘The Lucky Dub.

Riff Regan - You Call Me Lucky

Miles Tredinnick was, as Riff Regan, the former singer of the band London. Miles says, “Liam Sternberg was producing my records at exactly the same time as Kirsty’s using the same musicians and at the same recording studio (Island in Basing St, West London.) I can certainly remember turning up for my sessions and Kirsty already being there having completed her sessions. She would then hang around whilst I did my vocals and may well have sung backing on something but I can’t honestly remember.” Source: PM