On Sunday 10 October 2010 Kirsty MacColl would have been 51, she tragically died in a boating accident ten years ago, on the day of her birthday a Tribute is being made. Artists such as Amy MacDonald, Ellie Goulding and David Gray will sing Kirsty’s own songs in celebration of her life at a concert dedicated to her the O2 Academy at Shepherds Bush in London. Get your Kirsty MacColl tickets and pay homage to an great talent and huge loss to music.
Kirsty MacColl was the daughter of folk singer Ewan MacColl and first came to be noticed in the music industry when she sang back up for a band called the Drug Addix in 1978, the label, Stiff records did not like the band but signed Kirsty to a solo deal. She released her debut solo single ‘They Don’t Know,’ she moved to Polydor Records a few years later and she released her debut album ‘Desperate Character.’ The first single taken from this album was ‘There’s a Guy Works Down the Chip Shop (Swears He’s Elvis). She returned to Stiff records before her second album was released and a cover of Billy Bragg’s ‘A New England’ reached number 7 in the UK singles charts, this included two new verses written by Bragg for her. Around the same time MaColl sang and wrote the theme tune ‘London Girls’ for Channel Four sitcom ‘Dream Stuffing’(1984).
Tracy Ullman also recorded a number of Kirsty MacColl’s songs. ‘They Don’t Know’ had a guest appearance from Paul MaCartney in the video for the song and reached number 2 in the UK singles chart and the top ten in North America. It also played over the closing sequence of Ullman’s show ‘Tracey Takes On’ in 1996. Three more of Kirsty’s songs were recorded by Ullman, ‘You Caught Me Out’, ‘You Broke My heart in 17 Places’ and ‘Terry.’
Her label, Stiff went bankrupt in 1986 so she did backing vocal work and sang on records for her husband Steve Lillywhite, including tracks for Talking Heads, The Smiths and Big Country. In 1987 she recorded ‘Fairytale of New York’ with the Pogues and toured with them for their 1988 British and European Tour. ‘Fairytale of New York’ continues to be a Christmas favourite, for your opportunity to hear this song and many of MacColl’s others get your Kirsty MacColl tickets.
In 1989 after her previous contract issues were resolved she was able to continue recording as a solo artist again, she released the critically acclaimed ‘Kite’ which featured collaborations from ex-Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr and Dave Gilmour. The album also feature a Kinks cover ‘Days’ and the bonus track was a Smiths cover of ‘You Just Haven’t Earned It Yet, Baby.’ Her album ‘Electric Landlady’ was released in 1991 the album title was a play on the Jimi Hendrix album title ‘Electric Ladyland.’
She divorced from Steve Lillywhite and released album ‘Titanic Days’ in 1994 as a one off album with ZTT Records. The next year she covered Lou Reed’s ‘Perfect Day’ and released her own single ‘Caroline’ and a ‘best of’ album ‘Galore.’ This was her highest album chart to date and Kirsty was becoming sick of the music business and was ready to give up her career to teach in South America. She visited Cuba and Brazil many times and this inspired her critically acclaimed album ‘Tropical Brainstorm’ (2002). In the same year she was on holiday in Mexico and tragically killed after a passing boat crashed into hers. Kirsty MacColl concert is one of the many tributes that have been played for the amazing Kirsty MacColl.
Since her death Billy Bragg has always included the verses he wrote for her when he performs ‘A New England.’ An honorary concert was played for her in 2002 at the Royal Festival Hall featuring artists she had worked with or influenced. A biography was released in 2004 ‘Kirsty MacColl: The One and Only’ and a three disc set spanning her whole career was released in 2005 aptly named ‘From Croydon to Cuba.’ Kirsty MacColl was a gifted individual who influenced many and gave an amazing contribution to music. Don’t miss out on your Kirsty MacColl tickets and see some of today’s great artists pay homage to the late Kirst MacColl.