They Don't Know

Album: You Broke My Heart In 17 Places (1983)
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  • This song was written and first recorded by Kirsty MacColl in 1979. However, a strike at her distributors prevented it from being released as a single, although it was popular on UK radio. Tracey's version, however, was a hit, and Kirsty MacColl provided backing vocals on this version: the 'bay-ay-be-ee' heard just before the last verse, is sung by her. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Dean - Pune, India
  • The song is about a girl who hears from lots of people that the guy she's seeing isn't right for her. She feels that they just don't understand, as they've never heard of love.
  • Kirsty MacColl wrote this when she was just 17. She was the daughter of folk singer/songwriter Ewan MacColl, who wrote Roberta Flack's "First Time Ever I Saw Your Face." In December 2000, she tragically died after being hit by a speedboat in the Caribbean. After her death, Tracey Ullman took part in a tribute concert for her.
  • Tracey Ullman is a British comedy actress who moved to the US and starred in her own TV series, The Tracey Ullman Show, which was one of the first shows on the Fox network. This was her biggest hit.
  • The video features a cameo by Paul McCartney as a character named Paul. He is seen driving a car with Ullman in the passenger's seat. At the time, Tracey Ullman was filming a role in McCartney's movie Give My Regards To Broadstreet.

Comments: 7

  • Calum from YorkshireWho's the two girls who dance with her in My Guy indoors and on the bed in her house? Tracy ullman is so talented in so many departments i like her a lot.
  • Dawn from UkLoved this version of the song and the video, but they never credit the poor guy who plays the boyfriend and I wondered why as he is quite a character in it. Has he been in anythiing else I wonder?
  • Paul from Los AngelesI think the first guy from her video was Paul Rutherford of Frankie Goes To Hollywood.
  • Dave from Wheaton, IlBTW, Who was the 1st guy in the Paul slot in the vid? Anybody know? Please, tell us.
  • Jeff from Liverpool, England1n 1984 tracy ullman released a cover of madness' 1980 hit 'my girl' entitled 'my guy' featuring then labour leader neil kinnock in the video reaching #23 in the uk
  • Jay from Glen Burnie, Md"The Tracey Ullman Show" featured a series of animated shorts inbetween sketches. These short snippets featured a family that soon became one of the most popular cartoon families in the USA.

    The family was "The Simpsons". Fox television ordered the first season of the "Simpsons" TV series due to the short's popularity
  • Micki from Santo Ramona, CaBy the way, the Tracey Ullman show was where The Simpsons cartoon
    originated from.
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