Kirsty MacColl

Kirsty MacColl


10/10/1959, Croydon, England, UK



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Born in Croydon, England 1959, Kirsty was the daughter of well known folk singer Ewan MacColl, best known for writing "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" and "Dirty Old Town." But folk music wasn't Kirsty's cup of tea and started her career as punk singer Mandy…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Kirsty attended Selsdon's Monks Hill High comprehensive and John Newnham School.

    • Kirsty's father was Ewan MacColl, a communist folk Singer. She only saw him on weekends after he split with her mother.

    • Kirsty wrote They Don't Know About Us which was a hit for Tracey Ullman.

    • Kirsty was married and divorced from the music producer Steve Lillywhite.

    • Kirsty was killed in a boating accident after pushing her two sons, Jamie and Louis out of the path of a speedboat, the speedboat was going at some speed in an area reserved for scuba diving.

  • Quotes

    • Kirsty: It is important to be commercial, but it's more important at the business end. This sounds a bit of a cliche, but I think integrity is important.

    • Kirsty: I like lots of different styles. As time goes on I might establish one particular style, but at the moment I just want to try everything. I like Steely Dan, the Beach Boys, the Ramones, the Band, the Kinks, and I'm mad on Linton Kwesi Johnson at the moment. And I like a lot of sixties music and 50s doowop.

    • Kirsty: Christmas is obviously a time for overdoing everything at once and regularly. Doesn't everybody? I don't want to bump into anyone sober, that's for sure. The best hangover cure I can think of is giving away all your money to the poor. Then they can get drunk and you can't.

  • Kirsty MacColl loved by so many, but unknown to so many others. The greatest and most original singer-songwriter to come out of the 70s. She\'s gone, but she will live on, in so mnay people\'s hearts...moreless

    One of Britain’s (and the worlds) best singer-songwriters, in mine and many other people’s opinions. Not many people recognise the talent that is Kirsty MacColl, but give them a Kirsty song, and they’ll know it (probably). Kirsty put her sweat, blood and everything else (not literally) into her songs, even from the beginning when her songs weren’t as good as her latter songs. But starting from Kite, she addressed serious issues with the government (mainly Maggie Thatcher’s England) in “free world”; she ridiculed people who want to be on TV so much they would do ANYTHING in “fifteen minutes”

    Then moving on two years, she released “Electric Landlady” which was a pun on Jimmy Hendrix’s “Electric Ladyland”, it included her breakthrough American single “walking down Madison” she addressed being ignored in a relationship in “All I Ever Wanted” and has a secret to keep in “My Affair”

    Then after an absence she returned to the music scene in ’94 with “Titanic Days” which has been dubbed “the sad divorce album” because at that time she was going through her divorce with long-time husband Steve Lilywhite, the album was written in collaboration with Mark E. Nevin, who was going through similar experiences. The singles from this were “Angel” which defines that someone’s always looking out for you. “Can’t stop killing you” which tells us a story about a messy relationship which the man was in control BIG time. And the final single from this album, the title track “Titanic Days” which is the most depressing song; it is a song that paints images, of a sexual fight, “in a none too cheap hotel”

    A year later in 1995, she released her new album, which served as a greatest hits album, with 2 new tracks, the Jolene’s-revenge song “Caroline”, and the Evan Dando classic “Perfect Day” with Lou Reed.

    After a lengthy absence she returned in 2000, with the highly Latin-flavoured “Tropical Brainstorm”, which held favourites such as “In these shoes?” which was featured on “Sex and the City” and “The Catharine Tate Show” in 2000. It is a song about a guy making the moves on a girl, and to get him off her back, she replies with “In these shoes, I don’t think so!” But her first single off the new album, was “Mambo de la Luna” which translates as “Mambo of the Moon.” This song, is about and island, where there are no troubles, or worries, and the people take life as it comes, no thinking back, and no planning ahead. Two radio-only singles were released, which were “England 2 Columbia 0” which again was a song about a cheating, lying b******. Kirsty herself used the line “I always pick a b****** who would have me for his dinner” And the fourth and final singles off the album, was the second radio-only release, was “Treachery” it was a song, about Ms. MacColl stalking someone, not the other way round!

    After her death, "Sun on the Water" was released in 2005, as a digital only release, this didn't chart at all, in the UK or Ireland!

    Some of her other well known singles were “There’s a guy works down the chip shop swears he’s Elvis” which although had a funny title, and some funny lyrics, had a serious message of, yep, you guessed it, lying & cheating. Her first EVER single from ’79 “They don’t know” was a fabulous piece of pop-music history, it was dubbed as “a fabulous teen ballad,” it as a message of, I’m with you, regardless of what others think. Although it wasn’t a massive success for her, it was later covered by Tracy Ullman, who made it a massive hit. “A new England” was a cover of Billy Bragg’s song; this had two more verses and was Kirsty’s biggest solo hit. “Fairytale of New York” has been called “the best ever Christmas song EVER”, by me, everyone I know, and by so many others, it was her biggest success, as it reached number 2 in the charts when first released in 1987, and number 1 in Ireland, but when re-released in 2005, it only got to number 3 in the UK, and number 4 in Ireland. “Days” (reached number 12) from the 1989 album “Kite”, and re-released in 1995 (reached 42) to coincide with a Sony advert.

    Kirsty was a mum, a daughter, a sister, and all round good-egg. She was fun to be around, says her friends, family, and fans that had a chance to meet her. And she will be missed terribly, by all who knew her in person, or in fame. She died saving her son, as any mother would. Her music, her memory and her spirit will love on, in so many people’s hearts...moreless