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In Autobiography, Morrissey states:

"Kirsty MacColl had entered my life in 1985. She had arrived at RAK Studios in north London to sing backing vocals on Bigmouth strikes again. She walked towards me carrying a bulging Londis bag. ‘Today’s laundry?’ are my first words to her. She laughs and opens the bag to reveal a cluster clutter of canned beer. ‘If I’m gonna sing with Morrissey I want us both to have a good time,’ she says, and chuckles that warm deep-in-the-chest giggle of hers. A friendship for life is born."

Johnny Marr recounts via Set The Boy Free:

"The first song we recorded was ‘Bigmouth Strikes Again’, which we’d been playing in soundchecks and which sounded to me like a single. It was good to kick the sessions off with a banger, and it was good too because we’d invited Kirsty MacColl to come down and sing backing vocals. It was the first time we’d met Kirsty. She was immediately great to have around, outgoing, smart and funny, and she knew a lot about making records. She and I stayed in the studio playing songs and singing until early the next morning, and from that night my relationship with Kirsty would become one of the great friendships of my life."

Provided backing vocals for Ask, Golden Lights, Interesting Drug and I'd Love To (uncredited).

Covered You Just Haven't Earned It Yet, Baby, released on the soundtrack of the movie "She's Having a Baby" in 1988.


Both Boz Boorer & Lyn Boorer were heavily involved with the Justice For Kirsty campaign after her death in 2000.
Lyn can be seen in the 2004 BBC documentary: "Who Killed Kirsty MacColl?"

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Kirsty MacColl (b.October 10, 1959, Croydon, South London, UK - d.December 18, 2000 in Cozumel, Mexico) was a singer-songwriter from England, UK. The daughter of folk singer Ewan MacColl and dancer Jean Newlove; sister of Hamish MacColl and half-sister to Kitty MacColl, Neill MacColl (of The Bible) and Calum MacColl (of Liberty Horses), Aunt of Jamie MacColl (of Bombay Bicycle Club).

After a brief stint in 1978 with her first band The Drug Addix, she went solo and scored a big hit with the single "There's a Guy Works Down the Chip Shop Swears He's Elvis" in 1981. In 1984, she married producer Steve Lillywhite and had two children Jamie Lillywhite (manager of Ellie Goulding) and Louis Lillywhite. She decided to concentrate on performing back-up vocals on various projects, so she could spend more time with her family. In 1987, one of her contributions with The Pogues "Fairytale of New York" became a Christmas hit. In 1989 she returned with the album "Kite". "Electric Landlady" was released in 1991 which provided her with the very big hit "Walking Down Madison". "Titanic Days" was released in 1993. Her final album "Tropical Brainstorm" was released and toured in the UK in 2000.

Kirsty tragically died whilst swimming with her children in Cozumel, Mexico after being hit by a speedboat which had crossed into an area restricted to swimmers only. "Tropical Brainstorm" was released in the USA posthumously, in early 2001.

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Kirsty Anna MacColl (10 October 1959 – 18 December 2000) was a British singer and songwriter, daughter of folk singer Ewan MacColl. She recorded several pop hits in the 1980s and 1990s, including "There's a Guy Works Down the Chip Shop Swears He's Elvis" and cover versions of Billy Bragg's "A New England" and The Kinks' "Days." Her song "They Don't Know" was covered with great success by Tracey Ullman. MacColl also sang on recordings produced by her then-husband Steve Lillywhite, most notably "Fairytale of New York" by The Pogues. Her death in 2000 has led to the Justice for Kirsty campaign.

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