TRACEY ULLMAN IN THE 80S
by Mark Nobes, chief editor
The playlist features all of Tracey Ullman's original videos for her seven single releases. I've tried to pick out the best quality videos available, although the choice was very limited for her later hits, so I'm afraid the quality isn't fantastic.
Now in her mid 50s, Tracey Ullman is a multi-talented English girl who is a singer, dancer, comedienne, actress, director, screenwriter and author. That's quite a list, but her career started with TV appearances on the British comedy shows A Kick Up The Eighties (in which she co-starred with 80s comedy legend Rik Mayall) and Three Of A Kind which featured comedians Lenny Henry and David Copperfield (not the magician!).
For a short while Tracey was a successful pop star, with three of her singles reaching the UK top ten during 1983.
In 1987 Tracey emigrated to the U.S. and starred in a whole host of films.
"You Broke My Heart in 17 Places" (1983)
Kim Wilde also covered the song for her 2010 covers album Snapshots and performed the track at a Kirsty MacColl tribute show in October 2010.
Tracey Ullman released eight singles in the UK in the early to mid 80s. It was taken from the debut album "You Broke My Heart in 17 Places". Her songs had a distinctive 60s sound, but with element's of 80s production techniques.
- Breakaway (1983) UK #4 US #70
- They Don't Know (1983) UK #2 US #8
- Move Over Darling (1983) UK #8
- My Guy's Mad At Me (1984) UK #23
- Sunglasses (1984) UK #18
- Helpless (1984) UK #61
- Terry (1985) UK #81
However, Tracey did have two more top thirty hits with My Guy's Mad At Me (a cover of the Madness single My Girl) and Sunglasses. Sadly, the next two singles, Helpless (1984) and Terry (1985) failed to reach the UK Top 40.
Although the first two singles from Tracey's second covers album were hits, the album itself hardly made a dent in the British album charts, stalling at #92. However, it was more successful in Norway where it reached #11 and Sweden reaching #13. The title track and the single Terry were both covers of Kirsty MacColl tracks.
The song was released as the lead single from You Caught Me Out.