KIRSTY MACCOLL - A New England
"Billy Bragg is a total one of a kind. A one-man punk band who can switch with ease from singing in support of striking miners to reminiscing about the smell of an old girlfriend's hairspray. But before I met Billy Bragg, I met Kirsty MacColl's version of his song and fell in love straight away (it took me a while to believe that the song was not orginally McColl's - as it turned out, Billy Bragg actually wrote two extra verses for her version). The sound of this song is the best of '80s pop production - a momentus swirl of guitars, effects, synths, bass runs and key changes - and to top it all off there is MacColl's voice and Bragg's words 'I saw two shooting stars last night / I wished on them but they were only satellites / It's wrong to wish on space hardware / I wish, I wish, I wish you'd care'."
Available on: The Stiff Years