Sunday Morning Coming Down

Kirsty MacColl’s name has cropped up a couple of times on here recently, so it seems only right I should post something by her.

1981 was the first time she entered the UK Singles Chart in her own right, climbing to #14 with the wonderfully-titled, and just plain wonderful, There’s A Guy Works Down The Chip Shop Swears He’s Elvis.

The album it was lifted from, Desperate Character, as well as the hit version, included a very different version of the song, the sound switching from the rockabilly-pop of the single to a more countrified version, helpfully subtitled with an explanatory bracket:

Kirsty MacColl – There’s A Guy Works Down The Chip Shop Swears He’s Elvis (Country version)

And here’s another version, which cropped up as an extra track on the All I Ever Wanted CD single. It’s a more country than pop version:

Kirsty MacColl – There’s A Guy Works Down The Chip Shop Swears He’s Elvis (Live)

Take your pick.

More, soon.

Late Night Stargazing

One of the perks of writing this blog – and The Chain in particular – is that I’ve been introduced to many songs and artistes who just hadn’t crossed my radar before.

Such is the case with Jesse Winchester; back at The Chain #29, The Swede of Unthought of though, somehow fame suggested Jesse’s Sham-A-Ling-Dong-Ding and it remains oneofmy favourite records ever.

Here’s Jesse performing said song on Elvis Costello’s US TV show, Spectacle:

Just beautiful.

So here’s something else by Jesse. I can’t claim that it’s as wonderful as Sham-A-Ling-Dong-Ding – very little is – but it’s still pretty darn good:

Jesse Winchester – Neither Here Nor There

More, soon.