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Tracey Ullman – They Don’t Know (UK 10″)

Posted by DjPaulT on June 12th, 2015


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New 2015 Re-Rip!
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Originally posted April 26, 2011

“They Don’t Know” is a song, written and composed by Kirsty MacColl, who recorded it in 1979.

In 1983, Tracey Ullman recorded a version of the song. Already well known in the UK as an actress and comedienne, “They Don’t Know” was issued as her second single there, reaching #2. MacColl performed backing vocals on Ullman’s version and reprised her original “bay-ay-be-ee” in the middle of the song. The song was also included on Ullman’s debut album, You Broke My Heart in 17 Places.

The track was released in the United States the following year, as Ullman’s first single there. At the time, Ullman was almost a complete unknown in the US, as her TV appearances had not been seen in that country. Publicity for the single was aided by the fact that the video for “They Don’t Know” featured a cameo from Paul McCartney; at the time it was filmed, Ullman was filming a minor role in McCartney’s film Give My Regards to Broad Street. “They Don’t Know” eventually reached #8 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #11 on the Adult Contemporary chart in the United States.

It is sometimes erroneously reported that Ullman’s version of “They Don’t Know” simply uses the backing track from MacColl’s original single. In fact, Ullman’s version is an all brand-new recording, and the two versions are noticeably different: Ullman’s version, which was produced by Peter Collins, is in a different key, and it features a very slightly faster tempo, a distinctly different arrangement and a guitar solo that differs substantially from the one played on MacColl’s version, which was produced by Liam Sternberg. The confusion may stem from the fact that Ullman did use a previously-existing MacColl backing track when recording her own version of MacColl’s “Terry” in 1984. (Both versions of “Terry” were co-produced by MacColl.)

Much later, the track became the theme song for the final three seasons of Ullman’s later television series Tracey Takes On…. The Tracey Ullman version was also used as the theme for the opening credits of Our Nixon, a documentary about U.S. President Richard Nixon.

The “Extended Version” of “They Don’t Know” is exclusive to this UK limited edition 10″ single.

They Don’t Know (Extended Version) 5:05
Producer – Peter CollinsPeter Collins
Written-By – K. MacColl*

The B Side 4:34
Written-By – K. Fuller*, T. Ullman*

Vinyl: Near Mint
Sleeve: Near Mint


Year Single Chart Position
1983 They Don’t Know U.S. Billboard Hot 100 #8
1983 They Don’t Know U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks #11


Label: Stiff Records ‎– S BUY 180
Format: Vinyl, 10″, Single, 45 RPM
Country: UK
Released: 1983
Genre: Rock
Style: Pop Rock

“Special 10″ Pressing”
Original version appears on the LP “YOU BROKE MY HEART IN 17 PLACES”

Find the 10″ on DISCOGS

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28 Responses to “Tracey Ullman – They Don’t Know (UK 10″)”

  1. OMAR Says:

    Wow. Thanks Paul.


    DjPaulT Reply:

    you’re welcome Omar 🙂


  2. woz Says:

    Uffff! Ask me how much I adore Tracey Ullman. I’ll save you time. A ton! I adore her a ton. I always love it when you post her stuff, Paul. You are a master!


    DjPaulT Reply:

    I adore her too Woz love her actually 🙂


  3. Harry Wave Says:

    thanks so very much paul, i love you

    I was waiting for resubieras this single, and did even better in lossless, I am very grateful friend, thank you very much again.

    cheers man, regards from Perú


    DjPaulT Reply:

    you are most welcome Harry Wave. Please say hello to Perú for me 🙂


  4. Chris Says:


    This is going straight onto my mp3 player.

    Keep up the good work!

    All the best,



    DjPaulT Reply:

    Thank you Chris. Enjoy!


  5. ex15 Says:

    Appreciated, most of her CD releases sound awful (and not just the compression/loudness issue).

    She did a few good pop/dance tracks at the height of her career here in the UK (before going to the States!).

    Thanks as always fro the rip, Paul! 🙂


    DjPaulT Reply:

    I agree Ex15 I have a couple of her CD’s myself. Enjoy the rip my friend 🙂


  6. MillCity9 Says:

    I love this song and it’s been in my 80s playlist for years. However, the sound quality on my CD rip has always been lacking. The bells would hurt my hears and I could not make out the rumble of the bass and the background vocals disappeared in mesh of noise. I’ve not heard the extended version until now and if you like the song it doesn’t not feel long. Plus I like the delayed gratification of the peak when she sings”baby”. The ending adds some timely bells and fadeout doesn’t seemed as rushed as on the single version. Thanks for the upgrade in sound quality and exposing me to the extended version.


    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome MillCity9. Thank you for sharing your comment I appreciate it. Have a great weekend 🙂


  7. Jermajesty Says:

    I could listen to Tracey Ullman all day, and frequently do. Terry is such a great song too, such great lyrics.

    It’s so funny she went on to be massive in the US. We’d hear rumours about it in the 80s (to us she simply vanished one day) but without the internet there was no way of gauging how successful she had become.

    She was in a play in London last year, I hung about on 3 seperate nights to try and get her to sign my Sunglasses picture disc – missed her every time!! :-/


    DjPaulT Reply:

    We love her here in the US although more for her acting than music. Love the Tracey Takes On show. She starred last year in a blockbuster movie with Mery Streep called “Into The Woods” she had a great role. I have a few more of her singles to share with you guys. “Terry” is one of my favorites too 🙂


    Jermajesty Reply:

    That’s funny, over here she was mostly known as a comedian, the singing was a sideline spun off from that. A lot of TV people put out ‘novelty’ records in the 80s, I guess she just made it last a little longer and up to a full album, then she just vanished.

    Will dig around for that new film.

    Looking forward to more BTG Ullman!


  8. Dirk Says:

    This brings back good memories of old days with a slightly kitschey feeling. Glad we got a little peek at the T-U-Show in NL back in the days, too.
    And, to mess up some minds here (Paul, feel free to edit 😉 let me just mention that I wouldn’t have missed her in Water’s A Dirty Shame for gold!


    DjPaulT Reply:

    I am happy you got some great memories from this post Dirk. Enjoy!


  9. Locutus Says:

    I’ve always loved this tune & had no idea there was an extended mix. It’s always cool to discover something old that’s new to you. Thank You for sharing this!


    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Locutus 🙂


  10. MMDD Says:

    I don’t say it nearly as often as I should, but THANK YOU, Paul, for all the WONDERFUL music you share with us!


  11. Jason Says:

    Thank you Paul. I didn’t know that there was an extended version of this song.


  12. steveasian Says:

    I used to own this 10″ single, loved it but scratched it so bad I had to throw it away.
    Thanks for your posting and now, I have a perfect recording of the single.


  13. Junior Says:

    Very cool to have an extended version of this classic.

    Thanks indeed, Paul 🙂


  14. Natchko Says:

    Hello from Quebec Paul!

    What a nice surprise today on my frequent visits to your website…. the long awaited remaster of Tracey Ullman’s They Don’t Know remix, it is just great! You are wonderful, you do such awesome work, I am amazed everytime! Many many thanks for all that you do! Long live Burningtheground.net!


  15. Stefano Says:

    This re-rip is very welcome, thanks Paul! Great song and what a terrific choice to use this track as a theme song for the intriguing Nixon documentary ‘Our Nixon’ (which I coincidentally saw on TV just last week).


  16. John Says:

    Was eagerly waiting for you to re-up this incredibly rare gem!! THANK YOU!!! <3 it and <3 your site.


  17. Jeff Says:

    Woo-Hoo Paul!!! Just starting to play catch-up on a week’s worth of phenomenal music you have given us! I absolutely love this song. The 80’s served up “retro sounds” on occasion, but in an all new way. This record is so lovely. Man, I can’t thank you enough for all your efforts!




  18. maturin Says:

    This song is an underrated masterpiece.
    Amazing to finally hear in all it’s glory.
    thank you


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