25 December 2018

Shane Patrick Lysaght MacGowan was born to Irish parents in Tunbridge Wells, Engeland on Christmas Day 61 years ago today and became one of the best singer/songwriters and genuine performers of all time and yes, he also saved a couple of breweries and distilleries from going bankrupt. Let’s celebrate the man with that big Xmas classic we all know. I chose this particular version because of that sweet little dance Shane had with the late great Kirsty MacColl and… with Camille O’Sullivan (years later, in 2012), at the end of this video. Happy Xmas, happy birthday…

KIRSTY MACCOLL – Fourth Album ‘TITANIC DAYS’ Came Out 25 Years Ago Today…

Going back in sonic history looking for memorable albums…

5 October 2018


Album: TITANIC DAYS – Her 4th album

Released: 5 October 1993 – 25 years ago

PITCHFORK review: ” ‘Titanic Days’ is immanently memorable for its sense of humor and serious expectations. MacColl possessed a songwriting wit as sharp and as humorous as
Elvis Costello’s, but she was vulnerable and generous where he was often caustic, as if she
just couldn’t commit to being the curmudgeon – ‘Titanic Days’ manages to sound both
dreamily optimistic and realistically down-to-earth, measuring the distance between the
hoped-for life and the lived existence.
” – Score: 8.2 /10 – Full review here

TURN UP THE VOLUME: From poppy to jazzy and back. All gripping, mixed emotions
songs by a superb vox – Favorite tracks: Angel (Floating Round This House) / Bad /
Can’t Stop Killing You / Don’t Go Home

ALBUM in full…

KIRSTY MACCOLL: Website – All Albums

Rest in peace

When Heartwarming Voices KIRSTY MACCOLL & EVAN DANDO Have A Perfect LOU REED Day…

‘Perfect Day’
Original by LOU REED

Just one of those rare, magical moments when two memorable artists come together
to cover a timeless classic of a legendary icon in an unforgettable, touching way. That’s what the gorgeous KIRSTY MACCOLL and Lemonheads troubadour EVAN DANDO did with PERFECT DAY, one of the highlights on LOU REED‘s 1972 album Transformer. They turned this reflective diamond into something really touching special. Dreamy, romantic and heartwarming. You actually can feel the wondrous sensation of a ‘perfect day’. And, yes, the fact that MacColl and Reed already left us for another universe colors this pearl exceptionally melancholic. I guess we should cherish every single day to come…

This cover was the closing track on Kirsty Maccoll‘s 1995 compilation LP, titled GALORE.

Original PERFECT DAY version on TRANSFORMER – Reed’s second album – 1972