I'm really quite proud of the fact that I was one (of the very few) who bought the 1st single by the wonderful Kirsty MacColl. She was little older than me when "They Don't Know" came out on Stiff Records. It didn't trouble the chart - but I loved it. ('The Purley Queen' was etched on the excess vinyl run-off bit in the middle!) Distinctive, sharp and not a little quirky, to my mind Kirsty MacColl became 1 of the best songwriters that England has produced in the last 30 years. I was somewhat irked when Tracey Ullman successfully covered 'They Don't Know' 4 years later in '83, on the start of her road to millionairess US superstardom. Kirsty meanwhile, stayed peripheral in comparison.
The track available here - Soho Square - is from the 1994 album Titanic Days. It meant a lot then - but it means even more now. Soho Square is a spot in the heart of London where you can sit and contemplate life as the world hurries by.
As you may know, in Dec 2000, Kirsty was tragically killed by a speedboat whilst scuba diving with her sons in a restricted diving area off Cozumel, Mexico. She was 41.
Her mother Jean is seeking justice for Kirsty's tragic and untimely death. Please see http://www.justiceforkirsty.org/ for much more info.
If you don't know Kirsty's work, don't join those who overlooked her. If you do know her work, note that her wonderful Anthology - "From Croydon To Cuba" was released last month by EMI. Find out more at http://www.kirstymaccoll.com/index.htm
(click here to buy the Anthology from AmazonUK)