Anglo For Your Ear: Tracey Ullman’s “They Don’t Know”

Before she launched her successful sketch comedy series (and helped launch The Simpsons), Tracey Ullman was best-known in the States as a one-hit wonder. The multi-talented star had a number of UK hits, but she only struck it big with 1983′s “They Don’t Know,” a cheeky girl-pop ballad penned by the late Kirsty MacColl (who sings backup on Tracey’s version). It rose to No. 8 on the Billboard Hot 100. Seriously, check her out in this video: Tracey was a babe!

Kevin Wicks

Kevin Wicks founded'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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