Providing angelic backup on several Smiths/Morrissey hits, Kirsty MacColl was to the Moz what Emmylou Harris was to Gram Parsons – his feminine consciousness. Plus, she got all the best lines in The Pogues‘ “Fairytale of New York.” It would almost be easy to forget that she was also a celebrated singer-songwriter in her own right. Sadly, MacColl’s accidental death while on holiday in Mexico in 2000 silenced one of music’s sweetest voices, but we still have gems like this, her gender-reversed remake of the Billy Bragg song, to remind of us of her brilliance.

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By Kevin Wicks
Kevin Wicks is the founding editor of Anglophenia.