Articles Tagged 'Kirsty MacColl'

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Five Great British Songs That Offer Romantic Advice

Valentine’s Day is one of those events that serves to teach us all an important lesson, namely that no two romantic entanglements (or the lack thereof) are the same. It might seem like everyone is all hearts and flowers all day long, but, y’know, some people are allergic to pollen. That said, there are some […]

To Celebrate Independence Day: Five British Breakup Songs

It’s always hard, seeing someone you love going off and doing well for themselves, leaving you stuck behind, in the same old rut, forever. So while Americans set off fireworks and generally celebrate the July 4 fun, us Brits, if we feel anything at all, are left with a slightly bittersweet aftertaste about the whole […]

Kirsty MacColl Remembered 10 Years Later

U2 frontman Bono called her “the Noël Coward of her generation.” And even if you don’t know her name, you’ve heard her winsome British voice in songs from The Smiths, Morrissey, Talking Heads, and most notably, on The Pogues‘ “Fairytale of New York,” which has become a holiday standard. It was ten years ago today […]

Anglo For Your Ear: Kirsty MacColl’s “Walking Down Madison”

Kirsty MacColl – singer-songwriter, famous for her work with The Smiths and The Pogues – a rapper? How odd. Yet she pulls it off: in this 1990 track co-written by Johnny Marr, MacColl employs hip-hop beats, but she doesn’t actually rap. (How embarrassing would that have been?) Instead, she mutters her wry lyrics in a […]

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 […]