On Oct. 10, 1959, Kirsty Anna MacColl was born in South London. She was the daughter of folk singer Ewan MacColl. In school, Kirsty was involved in plays and played violin and oboe in the orchestra. In 1978 she began working with local bands (first punk, then new wave, then pop and folk). In 1984, she married record producer Steve Lillywhite (U2, The Pogues, The Smiths and many many more). Lillywhite would produce three of Kirsty’s albums, including 1991’s Electric Landlady (the title playing off a typo she’d seen referencing the famous Hendrix LP).
Kirsty’s work never made the US Billboard Hot 100 singles or the Top 200 albums, but her song “Walking Down Madison” (co-written with The Smith’s Johnny Marr and featuring his blistering guitar work) went to #4 on the Modern Rock Tracks chart and #18 on the Hot Dance Music/Club list. Rapping on the track provided by Aniff Cousins.