Single Of The Week 16/06/98

Single Of The Week is where I review a single I'm particularly enamoured of at the moment. It might be a brand spanking new release, or a classic from decades past that I just feel like going on about.

Can't Stop Killing You
Kirsty MacColl

Given my ongoing obession with Kirsty MacColl, it's a wonder that I've taken as long as this to put her in the exalted position of having the Single Of The Week. True, she's managed to get cross-referenced in the review of Tracey Ullman's 'They Don't Know', but that's as far as it has gone.

Partly, of course, this is because I've found it difficult to track down Kirsty's singles, which is annoying because they're replete with B-side bonus tracks that are otherwise unavailable. A good case in point is 'Can't Stop Killing You', the second single from Kirsty's 1993 album Titanic Days. A dark and brooding song of domestic terror, co-written with Johnny Marr and with a highly effective video, it deserved more recognition at the time (the ongoing lament of the Kirsty fan).

The two B-sides of the CD single are equally worthwhile. The first, 'Touch Me', co-written by Pete Glenister (a longtime collaborator, although this is his only contribution from the Titanic Days period I've tracked down so far), and is one of the rockier Kirsty numbers committed to tape.

Perhaps even more impressive is 'Fabulous Garden', credited solely to Kirsty. You might suspect that this would be a lilting pastoral lament, and the early backing vocals and gentle, lilting arrangement could lull you into a false sense of security. But with Kirsty, the knife is never far from the wound, and we are in entirely different territory by the chorus:

And if I gave you an inch for every time I was hurt
I'd be pushing up daisies six feet under the dirt
And if you gave me a flower for every broken vow
We'd have a fabulous garden by now

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