Now That’s What I Call …

Now That's What I Call Keshco
Now That’s What I Call Keshco

In 1983 the first in a long-running series of compilation albums was released in the UK. The Now! format has since been replicated around the globe. For the thirtieth anniversary, Keshco produced a thirty-track tribute to the original release. We offer a link to Keshco’s reimagining of They Don’t Know from the original Now That’s What I Call Music album, which is a free download from their Bandcamp page at – TDK is No. 24.

This is all probably worth a listen!

Bonus point for Kirsty obsessives, it was indeed Tracey Ullman’s version which was on that seminal release.

Lydia Loveless on They Don’t Know

From the Asbury Park Press site at, 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.”

Dreamed a Dream by the Old Canal

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.

Finally, see if the Manchester Rambler made The Telegraph’s list of top Ewan songs.