Sleeve notes

Kirsty MacColl: Desperate Character

First LP from the much-missed Kirsty. It didn’t hit the mark on its original release in 1981, but I was delighted to write the notes for its 2012 CD debut.

The breezy ‘There’s A Guy Works Down The Chip Shop Swears He’s Elvis’ was a minor hit, but the album demonstrated the range of Kirsty’s writing – ‘See That Girl’ and ‘Teenager In Love’ were buoyant pop, redolent of 60s teen 45s. ‘Mexican Sofa’ demonstrated Kirsty’s fondness for Latin American, while ‘Clock Goes Round’ was pure New Wave, as it was called back then. It was under-valued on its original release and is an album which deserves to be better known.