Music / Kirsty Maccoll

Kirsty Anna MacColl (10 October 1959 18 December 2000) was a British singer-songwriter known for humorous lyrics and a tendency toward Genre Roulette.

  • Desperate Character (1981) — given an Updated Re-release as Kirsty MacColl in 1985
  • Kite (1989)
  • Electric Landlady (1991)
  • Titanic Days (1993)
  • Tropical Brainstorm (2000)
  • Also a number of significant non-album singles, including "A New England" ([her biggest solo hit, from 1985) and the million-selling collaboration with The Pogues, "Fairytale of New York" (1987, and included on their album but not hers).

Tropes asociated with Kirsty MacColl:

  • Covered Up: "A New England", which is a Billy Bragg cover.
  • Double-Meaning Title: "My Affair" - meaning both "a romantic fling I am involved in" and "mind your own business".
  • Elvis Impersonator / Elvis Lives: "There's A Guy Works Down The Chip Shop Swears He's Elvis". Of course, he's lying.
  • Everything Sounds Sexier In Spanish: First invoked in "My Affair" on Electric Landlady, and later on the Tropical Brainstorm album.
  • Genre Roulette: Even her small number of hit singles are all quite diferent in style, encompassing rockabilly, pop, balladry and hip-hop. That's before getting into the rock and Cuban influences evident on her albums.
  • Gold Digger: "I'm Going Out With An Eighty Year Old Millionaire" is pretty self-explanatory.
  • Greatest Hits Album: The first, "Galore", was released in 1995 and is her biggest-selling album. Since her death, a new one comes out every couple of years or so. Even with the expanded reissues of her proper albums, a Kirsty collection still requires at least one Greatest Hits Album to cover key non-album tracks like "They Don't Know" and "A New England".
  • Heroic Sacrifice: She died saving one of her sons from an oncoming boat.
  • Hypocritical Humor: In "England 2 Columbia 0", the narrator calls out a date for not mentioning he has children... then notes that she didn't mention she has kids either. note 
  • Nice Shoes: "In These Shoes?". We're not actually told anything about the shoes themselves, but it's a fair inference.
  • Pun-Based Title: Electric Landlady, a twist on Jimi Hendrix' Electric Ladyland. It was suggested by Johnny Marr, who was renting a room from MacColl at the time.
  • Questioning Title?: "In These Shoes?", "Closer To God?"
  • Secondary Character Title: "There's A Guy Works Down The Chip Shop Swears He's Elvis" isn't actually about the guy who works down the chip shop, he's just someone the real protagonist gets compared to.
  • Self-Backing Vocalist: She used this technique regularly throughout her career.
  • A Wild Rapper Appears!: in "Walking Down Madison"
  • Your Cheating Heart: Frequently. Best known example: "There's A Guy Works Down The Chip Shop Swears He's Elvis".