Posted by DjPaulT on 26th April 2011
BURNING THE GROUND EXCLUSIVE 1983
“They Don’t Know” is a popular song, written and composed by singer-songwriter Kirsty MacColl, the daughter of singer-songwriter Ewan MacColl. Ms. MacColl recorded it in 1979.
In 1983, Tracey Ullman, before she became better known in the United States as a comedy actress, included a version on her debut album, You Broke My Heart In Seventeen Places. This song was the album’s most successful single, charting in the top ten of various national charts. MacColl performed backing vocals on Ullman’s version and reprised her original “bay-ay-be-ee” in the middle of the song, which went to #2 in the U.K., #8 in the U.S., and became the theme song for the final three seasons of Ullman’s later television series Tracey Takes On.
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 the two versions are noticeably different: Ullman’s version, which was produced by Peter Collins, is in a different key (C, as opposed to the original’s B), and it features a very slightly faster tempo, a somewhat different arrangement and a guitar solo that differs 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.)
The video for “They Don’t Know” featured a cameo from Paul McCartney; at the time Ullman was filming a minor role in McCartney’s film Give My Regards To Broad Street, which he had written directly for the screen.
The “Extended Version” of “They Don’t Know” is exclusive to this special 10″ pressing and does not appear on any other Tracey Ullman single.
Vinyl: Near Mint
Cover: Near Mint
|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
Catalog#: S BUY 180
Format: Vinyl, 10″, 45 RPM
“Special 10″ Pressing”
“They Don’t Know” was originally recorded by Kirsty MacColl in 1979
“Extended Version” is exclusive to this release.
Find the 10″ on DISCOGS
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