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

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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