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Encyclopedia > Kirsty MacColl
Kirsty MacColl
Background information
Birth name Kirsty Anna MacColl
Born October 10, 1959 (1959-10-10)
Origin England
Died December 18, 2000 (aged 41)
Genre(s) Folk, Pop, New Wave
Occupation(s) Singer, songwriter
Years active 1979–2000
Website KirstyMacColl.com

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Life and career

MacColl was the daughter of dancer Jean Newlove and folk singer Ewan MacColl, and she and her brother Hamish MacColl grew up in Croydon. Her parents separated when she was young, and her father moved out of the family home (later moving in with singer Peggy Seeger). “Folk song” redirects here. ... Ewan MacColl (25 January 1915 - 22 October 1989) was an English folk singer, songwriter, socialist, actor, poet, playwright, and record producer. ... Croydon is a large town and major commercial centre in southern England, and is also an area of Greater London, being the main settlement in the London Borough of Croydon. ... Peggy Seeger (New York City, New York, June 17, 1935 -) is an American folk singer who also achieved renown in Britain, where she lived for more than 30 years as the wife of songwriter Ewan MacColl. ...


Her initial career followed a substantially different path from that of her father; she first came to notice when Chiswick Records released an EP by local punk rock band the Drug Addix with MacColl on backing vocals under the pseudonym Mandy Doubt. Stiff Records executives were not impressed with the band, but liked her and subsequently signed her to a solo deal. Chiswick Records was a British record company started by Roger Armstrong and Ted Carroll in 1975 as a subsidiary of Rock On Records. ... Punk rock is an anti-establishment music movement beginning around 1976 (although precursors can be found several years earlier), exemplified and popularised by The Ramones, the Sex Pistols, The Clash and The Damned. ... The Stiff Records record label was created in London in 1976, at the outset of the punk boom by entrepreneurs Dave Robinson and Andrew Jakeman (aka Jake Riviera). ...


Her debut solo single "They Don't Know", released in 1979, was a huge airplay hit in the UK, but a distributors' strike interrupted sales, and the song was unable to sustain momentum for a chart success. After another single, "You Caught Me Out", failed to chart, MacColl felt she lacked Stiff's full backing and moved to Polydor Records in 1981. She had a UK Top 20 hit with the witty yet meaningful "There's A Guy Works Down The Chip Shop Swears He's Elvis," taken from her critically acclaimed debut album Desperate Character. Lasting success again failed to materialise, and in 1983, Polydor dropped her just as she had completed recording the songs for a planned second album. She returned to Stiff, where pop singles such as "Terry" and "He's On the Beach" went nowhere but a cover of Billy Bragg's "A New England" in 1985 got to Number 7 in the UK charts. This included two extra verses specially written by Bragg for MacColl. They Dont Know is a song written by Kirsty MacColl. ... 1920s vintage Polydor export label with its double-horn gramophone logo In 1954 Polydor Records introduced their distinctive orange label. ... Stephen William Bragg (born December 20, 1957), known as Billy Bragg, is an English musician renowned for his blend of folk, punk-rock, and protest music, and his poetic lyrics dealing with political as well as romantic themes. ...


MacColl was probably most recognizable in the United States as the writer of "They Don't Know". Tracey Ullman's version, helped by a video guest-starring Paul McCartney, reached Number 2 in the UK in 1983 and the Top Ten in North America. (It was also played over the closing credits of Ullman's HBO show Tracey Takes On for much of the show's run.) Ullman also recorded two more of MacColl's songs, "You Broke My Heart In 17 Places" and "You Caught Me Out", as the title tracks of her first and second albums respectively. Tracey Ullman Tracey Ullman (born 30th December 1959) is a British comedienne, actress, singer, dancer, screenwriter, and author, who is most famous for being the host of her eponymous variety television show. ... Sir James Paul McCartney MBE (born June 18, 1942) is an iconic Grammy Award-winning English singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who first gained worldwide fame as one of the founding members of The Beatles. ... World map showing North America A satellite composite image of North America. ...


When Stiff went bankrupt in 1986, MacColl was left unable to record in her own right, as no record company bought her contract from the Official Receiver. However, her talents meant she was rarely short of session work as a backing vocalist, and she frequently sang on records produced or engineered by her husband, Steve Lillywhite, including tracks for The Smiths, Talking Heads, Annifrid Lyngstad (Frida from ABBA), and The Wonder Stuff amongst others. The Official Receiver (usually abbreviated OR) is the name of a statutory office holder in England and Wales. ... Steve Lillywhite (born in 1955) is a well-known British music producer. ... The Smiths were an English rock group active from 1982 to 1987. ... Talking Heads was an American rock band existing between 1974 and 1991, composed of David Byrne, Chris Frantz, Tina Weymouth, and Jerry Harrison. ... Anni-Frid-Synni Frida Lyngstad (born November 15, 1945) is best known as one of the four singers in the pop group ABBA. Anni_Frid was born illegitimately in Ballangen, near Narvik, Norway as a result of a liaison between Synni - her mother - and a married German sergeant, Alfred Haase, during... ABBA was a Swedish pop music group active from 1969 until 1982. ... The Wonder Stuff are a band originally based in Stourbridge, West Midlands, in the Black Country, England. ...


MacColl re-emerged in the British charts in December 1987, reaching Number 2 with The Pogues on "Fairytale of New York", a duet with Shane MacGowan. This led to her accompanying The Pogues on their British and European tour in 1988, an experience which she said helped her temporarily overcome her stage fright. The Pogues are a popular band of mixed Irish and English background, playing traditional Irish folk with influences from the English punk movement. ... Fairytale of New York is a popular Christmas song by Irish folk-rock group The Pogues, and featuring the British singer Kirsty MacColl. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...


After the contract issue was resolved, MacColl made a comeback as a solo artist and received notice for her work as a songwriter and artist of substance. She received considerable acclaim upon the release of Kite (LP) in 1989. The album was widely praised by critics, and featured collaborations with David Gilmour and Johnny Marr. MacColl's lyrics addressed life in Margaret Thatcher's England on "Free World", ridiculed the vapidity of fame in "Fifteen Minutes", and addressed the vagaries of love in "Don't Come The Cowboy With Me, Sonny Jim!" Although Kite contained many original compositions, MacColl's biggest chart success from the album would be the cover of The Kinks' song "Days", which gave her a UK Top 20 hit. A bonus track on the CD version of Kite was a cover of the Smiths song "You Just Haven't Earned It Yet, Baby". Despite being an acclaimed songwriter in her own right, MacColl's success with these songs, as well as her version of "A New England", garnered her a reputation as being a "cover queen". Classic 1989 album by Kirsty MacColl. ... David Jon Gilmour CBE (born March 6, 1946 in Cambridge) is an English guitarist, singer, and songwriter best known as a member of the band Pink Floyd. ... Johnny Marr (born John Martin Maher on 31 October 1963 in Ardwick, Manchester) is an English guitarist, keyboardist, harmonica player and singer, and is best known as the man behind the music of The Smiths. ... Margaret Hilda Thatcher, Baroness Thatcher, LG, OM, PC (born October 13, 1925), former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, in office from 1979 to 1990. ... The Kinks were an English rock group formed in 1963 by lead singer-songwriter Ray Davies and his brother, lead guitarist and vocalist, Dave Davies, with bassist Pete Quaife. ... The Smiths were an English rock group active from 1982 to 1987. ...


During this time, MacColl was also featured on the British sketch comedy French and Saunders, appearing as herself and singing songs, including "15 Minutes" (from Kite), "Girls On Bikes" (a reworking of B-side "Am I Right?" and, with comedy duo Raw Sex, the Frank and Nancy Sinatra hit "Something Stupid". [1] She continued to write and record, releasing the album Electric Landlady (a play on the Jimi Hendrix album title Electric Ladyland), including her most successful chart hit in North America, "Walking Down Madison" (co-written with Marr and a Top 30 hit in the UK), in 1991. Despite its U.S. chart success, Landlady was not a hit for Virgin Records, and in 1992, when Virgin was sold to EMI, MacColl was dropped from the label. French & Saunders is a British sketch comedy television show starring and written by comedy team Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders, and is also the name by which they are known on the rare occasions when they appear elsewhere as a double act. ... Francis Albert Sinatra (December 12, 1915 – May 14, 1998) was an American singer and Academy Award-winning actor, often cited as the finest male American popular song vocalist of the 20th century. ... Nancy Sandra Sinatra (born June 8, 1940, in Jersey City, New Jersey) is an American singer and actress. ... This article contains a trivia section. ... Electric Ladyland is a rock album by The Jimi Hendrix Experience, released in 1968). ... World map showing North America A satellite composite image of North America. ...


She released Titanic Days, inspired by her divorce from Lillywhite, in 1994, but again, MacColl was at the mercy of the industry; ZTT Records had agreed to release the album as a "one-off" and declined to sign her to a contract. The following year she released two new singles on Virgin, "Caroline" and a cover of Lou Reed's "Perfect Day" (a duet with Evan Dando), together with the "best of" compilation Galore. Titanic Days is Kirsty MacColls fifth studio album, released in 1993. ... ZTT Records is a record label founded in 1983 by NME journalist Paul Morley, record producer Trevor Horn, producer/engineer Gary Langan and businesswoman Jill Sinclair. ... Lewis Allan Lou Reed[1] (born March 2, 1942 in Brooklyn, New York) is an American rock singer-songwriter and guitarist. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ...


Galore became MacColl's only album to reach the heights of the top 10 in the UK album charts, but neither of the new singles, nor a re-released "Days", made the Top 40. MacColl would not record again for several years; her frustration with the music business was exacerbated by a lengthy case of writer's block. MacColl herself admitted that she was ready to give up her music career and become an English teacher in South America.


Several trips to Cuba and Brazil restored MacColl's creative muse, and the world music-inspired (particularly Cuban and other Latin American forms) Tropical Brainstorm was released in 2000 to critical acclaim. "Brainstorm" melded the Latinate music with her droll British lyrics to great effect. It included the song "In These Shoes", which garnered airplay in the U.S., was covered by Bette Midler and featured in the HBO show Sex and the City. It would later (after McColl's death) be adopted by Catherine Tate as the theme tune for her BBC TV show and feature on the soundtrack to British film Kinky Boots. World music is, most generally, all the music in the world. ... Tropical Brainstorm is the final album by Kirsty MacColl, released in 2000. ... Bette Davis Midler (born December 1, 1945) is an American singer, actress, and comedian, also known to her fans as The Divine Miss M. She is named after the actress Bette Davis although Davis pronounced her first name in two syllables, and Midler uses one. ... Sex and the City is a popular American cable television program. ... Tate as Donna (left) in Doctor Who Catherine Tate née Ford, (born 12th May, 1968) is an English comedienne and actress best known for the BBC Two sketch comedy series The Catherine Tate Show. ... This article is an overview article about the Crown chartered British Broadcasting Corporation formed in 1927. ... The Catherine Tate Show is an award-winning television sketch comedy which airs on BBC Two and is shown worldwide through BBC. Comedienne Catherine Tate writes and appears in all of the shows sketches, which feature a wide range of characters. ... Kinky Boots is a British film about a traditional Northampton shoemaker, based in Earls Barton, who turns to producing fetish footwear in order to save the ailing family business and the jobs of his workers. ...


MacColl's lyrics, at turns humorous, biting, and achingly sad, are hard to categorize, which sometimes presented a challenge to the commercial viability of her work. She developed a severe case of glossophobia, which first struck during her early tours and which she never truly overcame. She was also devoted to her children, and would spend long periods of time away from the spotlight to focus on raising them. This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...


Death and "Justice for Kirsty" campaign

Cover of From Croydon To Cuba... compilation CD and DVD released after her death.
Cover of From Croydon To Cuba... compilation CD and DVD released after her death.

Image File history File links Download high resolution version (712x1026, 79 KB) Summary Cover of the DVD of Kirsty MacColls posthumous compilation From Croydon To Cuba. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (712x1026, 79 KB) Summary Cover of the DVD of Kirsty MacColls posthumous compilation From Croydon To Cuba. ...

Death

MacColl had a busy, successful year in 2000, with the success of Tropical Brainstorm, as well as her participation in the presentation of a radio programme she had done for the BBC on Cuba. [2] MacColl decided to take a much needed holiday, and she, her partner, musician James Knight, and her sons traveled to Cozumel, Mexico. She intended to introduce her sons during the trip to an activity she loved – scuba diving. On December 18, 2000, she and her sons went diving in Cozumel, in a specific diving area that watercraft were restricted from entering. With the group was a local veteran divemaster, Ivan Diaz. As the group was surfacing from a dive, a speeding powerboat entered the restricted area. MacColl saw the boat coming for her sons. Louis was not in the boat's path, but Jamie was. She was able to push him out of the way (he sustained minor head and rib injuries) but in doing so, she was hit by the boat and killed instantly. [3] Location of Cozumel State Quintana Roo Presidente municipal Gustavo Ortega Joaquín Political Party PAN Area   â€“Land   â€“Water 647 km² Population   â€“Total (2005)   â€“Density 73,193 (2005 census) Time zone UTC –6 Latitude Longitude 20°30′ N 86°57′ W Cozumel (Mayan: Island of the Swallows) is an island in... Scuba diving is swimming underwater while using self-contained breathing equipment. ... In the Gregorian Calendar, December 18 is the 352nd day of the year (353rd in leap years), at which point there will be 13 days remaining to the end of the year. ... 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


The boat involved in the accident was owned by Mexican supermarket millionaire Guillermo González Nova, who was on board with several members of his family. An employee of Nova's, boathand José Cen Yam, claimed to have been driving the boat at the time that the accident occurred. [4] Several published reports have included accounts from eyewitnesses that have stated Cen Yam was not at the controls; eyewitnesses also indicate that the boat was travelling much faster than the speed of one knot that Nova had claimed. Cen Yam was found guilty of culpable homicide and was sentenced to 2 years 10 months in prison. However, he was allowed under Mexican law to pay a punitive fine of 1034 pesos (about US$90) in lieu of the prison sentence. He was also ordered to pay approximately US $2150 in restitution to MacColl's family, an amount based on his wages. Published reports [5] [6] have included statements from people who spoke to Cen Yam after the accident, claiming Cen Yam had received money for taking the blame for the incident. Comercial Mexicana Logo Comercial Mexicana is a Mexican hypermarket group, which features stores similar to those owned by Wal-Mart in the United States or Carrefour in France. ... A knot is a unit of speed, abbreviated kt or kn. ... This article is about homicide, the killing of a human being. ... ISO 4217 Code MXN User(s) Mexico Inflation 3. ...


Justice for Kirsty campaign

MacColl's family launched the Justice For Kirsty campaign in response to the events surrounding her death. Among the group's efforts:

  • Lawyers for MacColl's family and the group have campaigned for a judicial review into the events surrounding her death. They have been in repeated contact with the Mexican government, and have made an application to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights.
  • MacColl's friends and family have been critical of what they have perceived as a lack of cooperation from the Mexican authorities; in May 2006, Emilio Cortez Ramirez, a federal prosecutor in Cozumel, was found liable for breach of authority in conjunction with his handling of the MacColl case. [7]
  • The BBC has featured a documentary by Olivia Lichtenstein, entitled Who Killed Kirsty MacColl?. [8]
  • U2 and Bono, who was a friend of MacColl's, spoke about the incident during a concert in Monterrey, Mexico in February 2006. The Mexican government released a statement after the concert indicating they would take action. However, as of the present time, no additional details have come forth. [9]

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Posthumous

Since MacColl's death, Billy Bragg has always included "her" extra verses when performing "A New England". She was honoured in 2002 with a memorial concert in London at the Royal Festival Hall, featuring a number of musicians that had worked with her or been influenced by her. This article is about the capital of England and the United Kingdom. ... The Royal Festival Hall is a concert, dance and talks venue within the South Bank Centre in London, England. ...


In 2001, a bench was placed by the southern entrance to London's Soho Square as a memorial to her, after a lyric from one of her most poignant songs: "An empty bench in Soho Square/ If you'd have come you'd have found me there". Every year on the Sunday nearest to MacColl's birthday, 10 October, fans from all over the world hold a gathering at the bench to pay tribute to her and sing her songs. Soho Square in 1816. ...


MacColl continues to receive media exposure; in 2004 a biography of MacColl authored by Karen O'Brien, Kirsty MacColl:The One and Only, was published. As for her music, a retrospective three-CD set spanning her full career, From Croydon To Cuba, was released in 2005. Titanic Days was re-released in 2005 as a deluxe 2CD set, and Kite and Electric Landlady were also remastered and rereleased with additional tracks. Her first album Desperate Character remains out of print, but some tracks from that work were included in the box set. On 7 August 2005, The Best of Kirsty MacColl (a single-disc compilation including the 'new' single "Sun on the Water") made its debut on the UK album charts at #17. August 7 is the 219th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (220th in leap years), with 146 days remaining. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


MacColl's collaboration with the Pogues, Fairytale of New York, remains a perennial Christmas favourite. In 2004, 2005 and 2006, it was voted favourite Christmas song in a poll by music video channel VH1. [10] "Fairytale" was re-released in the UK in December 2005, 18 years after its original release, with half of the proceeds being donated to the Justice for Kirsty Campaign. The re-release reached #3 on the UK charts, and spent five weeks in the top 75 over the Christmas and New Year period. Due to newly imposed rules in 2006 "Fairytale" managed to climb back into the top 10 for the third time in its history, peaking at #6 (as of 25/12/06) Fairytale of New York is a popular Christmas song by Irish folk-rock group The Pogues, and featuring the British singer Kirsty MacColl. ... VH1 (VH-1: Video Hits One until 1994) is an American cable television channel that was created in January 1985 by Warner-Amex Satellite Entertainment, at the time a division of Warner Communications and owners of MTV. VH1 and sister channel MTV are currently part of the MTV Networks division...


The 2005 movie Kinky Boots features "In these Shoes", sung by Nigerian actor Chiwetel Ejiofor (in character as Lola, during a catwalk scene in Milan). His version of the song also appears on the soundtrack. During the closing credits, MacColl's original version is played.


Discography

"They Don't Know" 7" picture disc, 1979.
"They Don't Know" 7" picture disc, 1979.

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Studio Albums

Classic 1989 album by Kirsty MacColl. ... Electric Landlady is Kirsty MacColls fourth studio album. ... Titanic Days is Kirsty MacColls fifth studio album, released in 1993. ... Galore is a compilation album released by Kirsty MacColl in 1995. ... Tropical Brainstorm is the final album by Kirsty MacColl, released in 2000. ...

Album discography

Year Album UK albums
1981 "Desperate Character" -
1981 "Real" -
1989 "Kite" 34
1991 "Electric Landlady" 17
1994 "Titanic Days" 46
2000 "Tropical Brainstorm" 39

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Charted singles

Year Song UK singles Irish Top 30 Album
1981 "There's A Guy Works Down The Chip Shop Swears He's Elvis" 14 9 Desperate Character
1983 "Terry" 81 - -
1985 "A New England" 7 8 -
1986 "Greetings To The New Brunette" 58 - -
1987 "Fairytale of New York" (with The Pogues) 2 1 If I Should Fall from Grace with God (Pogues album)
1989 "Free World" 43 - Kite
1989 "Days" 12 9 Kite
1989 "Innocence" 80 - Kite
1990 "Don't Come The Cowboy With Me Sonny Jim!" 82 - Kite
1990 "Miss Otis Regrets/Just One of Those Things" (with The Pogues) 85 - Red Hot + Blue (compilation album)
1991 "Walking Down Madison" 23 12 Electric Landlady
1991 "My Affair" 56 - Electric Landlady
1991 "Fairytale of New York" (with The Pogues)(reissue) 36 10 -
1992 "Welcome To The Cheap Seats" (with The Wonder Stuff) 8 - Never Loved Elvis (The Wonder Stuff album)
1995 "Caroline" 58 - Galore
1995 "Perfect Day" 75 - Galore
1995 "Days" (reissue) 42 - Kite
1999 "Mambo De La Luna" 114 - Tropical Brainstorm
2000 "In These Shoes" 82 - Tropical Brainstorm
2005 "Sun On the Water" (download only) - - The Best Of Kirsty MacColl
2005 "Fairytale of New York" (with The Pogues)(2nd reissue) 3 4 The Best Of Kirsty MacColl
2006 "Fairytale of New York" (with The Pogues)(downloads only) 6 - The Best Of Kirsty MacColl

The UK Singles Chart is currently compiled by The Official UK Charts Company (OCC) on behalf of the British record industry. ... The Irish Singles Chart is the Irish music industry standard singles popularity chart issued weekly by the Irish Recorded Music Association and compiled on behalf of the IRMA by Chart-Track. ... Fairytale of New York is a popular Christmas song by Irish folk-rock group The Pogues, and featuring the British singer Kirsty MacColl. ... The Pogues are a popular band of mixed Irish and English background, playing traditional Irish folk with influences from the English punk movement. ... If I Should Fall From Grace With God is a 1988 album by The Pogues. ... Fairytale of New York is a popular Christmas song by Irish folk-rock group The Pogues, and featuring the British singer Kirsty MacColl. ... The Pogues are a popular band of mixed Irish and English background, playing traditional Irish folk with influences from the English punk movement. ... The Wonder Stuff are a band originally based in Stourbridge, West Midlands, in the Black Country, England. ... Never Loved Elvis is a 1991 album by The Wonder Stuff. ... Fairytale of New York is a popular Christmas song by Irish folk-rock group The Pogues, and featuring the British singer Kirsty MacColl. ... The Pogues are a popular band of mixed Irish and English background, playing traditional Irish folk with influences from the English punk movement. ... Fairytale of New York is a popular Christmas song by Irish folk-rock group The Pogues, and featuring the British singer Kirsty MacColl. ... The Pogues are a popular band of mixed Irish and English background, playing traditional Irish folk with influences from the English punk movement. ...

External links

Persondata
NAME MacColl, Kirsty Anna
ALTERNATIVE NAMES
SHORT DESCRIPTION British pop singer-songwriter
DATE OF BIRTH 10 October 1959
PLACE OF BIRTH
DATE OF DEATH 18 December 2000
PLACE OF DEATH Cozumel, Mexico

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Kirsty MacColl - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (1970 words)
MacColl was the daughter of dancer Jean Newlove and noted folk singer Ewan MacColl, and she and her brother Hamish MacColl grew up in Croydon.
MacColl re-emerged in the British charts in December 1987, reaching Number 2 with The Pogues on "Fairytale of New York", a duet with Shane MacGowan.
MacColl's friends and family have been critical of what they have perceived as a lack of cooperation from the Mexican authorities; in May 2006, Emilio Cortez Ramirez, a federal prosecutor in Cozumel, was found liable for breach of authority in conjunction with his handling of the MacColl case.
Kirsty MacColl (306 words)
Kirsty MacColl, (October 10, 1959 - December 18, 2000) daughter of folk singer Ewan MacColl and dancer Jean Newlove[?], was a British singer-songwriter, who died tragically while saving her son's life.
Her talents meant she was rarely short of session work as a backing vocalist, and she frequently sang on records produced or engineered by her erstwhile husband, Steve Lillywhite, including tracks for The Smiths, Van Morrison and Talking Heads amongst others.
Kirsty re-emerged at the top of the British charts in December 1987 with The Pogues on "A Fairytale Of New York", a duet with Shane McGowan.
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