Platinum-selling Pete Yorn delivers “They Don’t Know” –a cover of the Kirsty MacColl original, popularized by Tracey Ullman with a sleeper 1983 Top 10 US hit, and simply one of Our Favorite Songs Ever! This charming cover is pulled from “Pete Yorn Sings The Classics” (out now exclusively on Bandcamp)!
“A good time for some new musical distraction. As you know, I’ve never been shy about celebrating my musical influences. I honor them and appreciate the fact that they have helped to inspire the style of music I create as my own. I have chosen to interpret and record this particular collection of songs for various reasons. Whether it was The Pixies’ “Here Comes Your Man” or The Stone Roses’ “Ten Storey Love Song,” these songs all have one thing in common….they all stopped me in my tracks upon first discovery, simply because I loved the way they made me FEEL. They compelled me to listen repetitively…almost compulsively over and over again.” – Pete Yorn
American Songwriter’s ‘Track By Track’ with Pete Yorn—on “They Don’t Know”:
American audiences might know the version of this Kirsty MacColl track that was a sleeper 80s hit in the U.S. for Tracey Ullman, as Yorn got the chance to tackle the iconic “Baby” exclamation that leads off the final verse. (“I knew that I had to,” Yorn laughs. “I just said, ‘Let’s hit it!’”) He ended up getting some meaningful feedback:
“We were able to get Tracey a copy of the record, and she hit back and she said she loves the version so much and she said she thinks that Kirsty would have loved this version too. She said some other fun stuff. I really liked the feel of the song. When we put the record together and the sequence, that was my favorite for a while. It’s kind of this forgotten song that everyone loves.”