Some Anglo For Your Ear: Kirsty MacColl’s “A New England”

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.

Kevin Wicks

Kevin Wicks founded BBCAmerica.com's Anglophenia blog back in 2005 and has been translating British culture for an American audience ever since. While not British himself - he was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri - he once received inordinate hospitality in London for sharing the name of a dead but beloved EastEnders character. His Anglophilia stems from a high school love of Morrissey, whom he calls his "gateway drug" into British culture.

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