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England 2 Columbia 0 - Kirsty MacColl

Legbamel Not-Pop

For those of you in the grip of World Cup fever, I bring you a song that's tangentially about football (that's soccer to you US folk out there). The late, great Kirsty MacColl took a game and a lying dirtbag, shook them with her inimitable gift for words and her love of Central and South American rhythms, and cooked up this fabulous song for what turned out to be her last album. Her sound bounced among many genres but the common thread was her wicked sense of humor. Even sadder songs displayed her flair for language. If England plays Columbia this year, may you hear this song in your head as you watch the action. Happy World Cup season!

2 Responses so far.

  1. Aningeniousname says:

    Americans! Columbia Didn't qualify!
    Good call on the tune though. I'm a big fan of her cover of Billy Bragg's excellent "New England"
    Billy wrote and extra last verse for her cover version and now whenever he plays it he always plays the extra last verse in tribute to Kirsty.

  2. legbamel says:

    Bummer for them, although "England 2, Columbia not playing" doesn't really fit as well. :P I love New England as well but that one is a lot better-known (and not even vaguely football related). :D

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