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This should cheer you up – an astonishingly catchy, pitch-perfect reinvention of the 60s Girl Group sound, with a melody so deliciously supple and vertical that when it came out, I was inclined to wonder whether McCartney, who shows up at the end, had something to do with it (it was actually written and recorded by Kirsty MacColl, back in 1979). The depiction of the crushingly banal aftermath of romance, as she trudges through the supermarket in her slippers, pushing her shopping cart full of mundane household goods, is priceless.

3 comments on “Song of the Day: Tracey Ullman – They Don’t Know

  1. Kunga Shiwa & the Search for Enlightenment says:

    Macca wrote it or someone was channeling him/missed their calling


    1. graemecoffin says:

      I looked it up! See revised text above. I’d never heard of Kirstey MacColl – makes me want to look into her.


  2. Kunga Shiwa & the Search for Enlightenment says:

    Well that makes sense. I always liked Her take on A New England . Her death, like Eva Cassidy’s (or Pete Ham’s or Nick Drake’s or Buddy Holly’s etc etc. ROBBED us of some great music.


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