A happier time and place with Kirsty MacColl
While some of our favorite '80s singers fade from memory, there isn't a year that we don't think about Kirsty MacColl thanks to her co-singing on Fairytale of New York (with The Pogues), which is featured every year in the blog during the Christmas season. With Christmas behind us, we tip our cap to MacColl again with another one of her singles - He's On The Beach.
MacColl only released two solo albums during the '80s and those ranged from 1981 to 1989. Like many other U.K. artists, releasing independent singles was more common for MacColl as some of her biggest singles like They Don't Know and A New England were released without the support of an album. Another great stand alone Stiff Records single was He's On The Beach from 1985. The single did not chart even if her home country, but that doesn't diminish the great pop song and its scenic video.
The lyrics to He's On The Beach is about a male friend of MacColl who feels restless in England and moves to the beaches of Australia and the find himself. The song is bittersweet as MacColl knows her friend is happy now, but is sad too and questioning her self-worth knowing that there was nothing she could do to make her friend happy while in her company. The video for He's On The Beach goes a slightly different direction with her friend Bobby still searching for his place and missing MacColl.
It's now been 15 years since MacColl died in Cozumel after being hit by a boat while she was trying to protect her children from the boat strike.