Monday, February 21, 2011

80s Trivia: Tracy Ullman briefly had a Top 10 hit with what song?

Tracy Ullman is a British actress & comedian, best known for her comedy work.  She had her own show on HBO from 1987 - 1990 - that show was, among other things, the platform by which The Simpsons was first launched in America.

However, Ullman is also a musician, and actually had a Top 10 hit in 1983.  So, off of Pocket Trivia: 80s Trivia - what was the name of the Tracy Ullman song that reached the Top 10 in America and the UK?  Was it I'm So Excited, They Don't Know, You Broke My Heart or Three of a Kind?

The correct answer:  They Don't Know.  The song was originally written and sung by Kirsty MacColl.  Thanks to a strike, the song didn't ship properly, and Ullman tried it again in 1983.  The song appeared on Ullman's You Broke My Heart in Seventeen Places album and became a hit.

And, of course, here is the classic 80s music video, complete with a cameo from Paul McCarthy:

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