70s boy Vs. 80s boy. Put 'em up put 'em up!Heston wrote: ↑31 Aug 2020, 11:18amWell it's not like they're radically different. I certainly prefer Kirsty as a singer but I just like the vibe on the Tracey version.Marky Dread wrote: ↑31 Aug 2020, 10:19amDidn't because...Heston wrote: ↑31 Aug 2020, 9:46am
MacColl's "They Don't Know" reached number two on the Music Week airplay chart without generating sufficient sales to reach the UK Singles Chart - a shortfall blamed on a strike at the distributors for Stiff Records keeping the single out of stores, although its producer Liam Sternberg attributes the failure of "They Don't Know" to ill feeling which developed between MacColl and Stiff Records president Dave Robinson: (Sternberg quote:) "Kirsty and Dave didn’t get along...She didn’t want to sign a longer deal, so Dave didn’t promote the record. [Despite] airplay...they didn’t press any more [so] no records [were] sold because there were no records out there." Promo copies of a followup single: "You Caught Me Out", were pressed in October 1979 but Stiff opted to shelve the single, with MacColl's first release subsequent to "They Don't Know" being her remake of "Keep Your Hands Off My Baby" released in 1981 on Polydor.
Kirsty's version is so better than Tracey's it hurts.
It's a great song we can all agree on that much. But my dislike for Tracey puts me out on the Garbage pile.