Tropical Brainstorm

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Tropical Brainstorm
Studio album by Kirsty MacColl
Released March 20, 2000
Recorded 1999–2000
Genre Worldbeat, Latin Pop, Alternative Rock
Length 45:06
Label V2 Records
Producer Kirsty MacColl, Pete Glenister and Dave Ruffy
Kirsty MacColl chronology
Tropical Brainstorm
Alternative cover
US release cover
US release cover
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau A-[2]

Tropical Brainstorm is the fifth and final studio album by Kirsty MacColl, released in 2000. It was inspired by her trips to Cuba, and many tracks include Spanish or Portuguese lyrics. "Good for Me", a non-album track co-written with James Knight, was her last song.[3]

Despite the apparent success of the album (certified Silver in the UK), the V2 label dropped MacColl before her death in 2000.

The album was released with three extra tracks in the US.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Mambo De La Luna" (Kirsty MacColl, Pete Glenister, Dave Ruffy) – 4:38
  2. "In These Shoes?" (MacColl, Glenister) – 3:392
  3. "Treachery" (MacColl, Graham Gouldman) – 3:51
  4. "Here Comes That Man Again" (MacColl, Glenister) – 4:49
  5. "Autumngirlsoup" (MacColl) – 3:54
  6. "Celestine" (MacColl) – 3:35
  7. "England 2 Colombia 0" (MacColl) – 3:45
  8. "Não Esperando" (MacColl, Glenister) – 4:04
  9. "Alegria" (MacColl, Ruffy) – 2:01
  10. "Us Amazonians" (MacColl, Glenister) – 4:09
  11. "Wrong Again" (MacColl) – 4:16
  12. "Designer Life" (MacColl, Crouch) – 2:35
  13. "Head" (MacColl) – 3:56
  14. "Golden Heart" (MacColl, Neill MacColl) – 3:241
  15. "Things Happen" (MacColl, Gouldman) – 2:581
  16. "Good For Me" (MacColl, James Knight) – 4:101

1On US release only.

2Used as the theme for the BBC1 comedy series Any Time Now, and as the theme and bridging music for The Catherine Tate Show (first series). A cover of this appears on Bette.


  • Kirsty MacColl – vocals, autoharp, lap steel guitar
  • Roy Dodds – percussion
  • Pete Glenister – guitar, programming
  • Chucho Merchán – bass, double bass on "Designer Life"
  • Dave Ruffy – drums, programming
  • Bosco DeOliveira – percussion
  • Joseph de Jesus – trombone on "Celestine"
  • Ernesto Estruch – piano, violin, background vocals
  • Felix Gonzalez – background vocals, Cuban rap on "Mambo de la Luna"
  • Omar Püente – violin, background vocals
  • James Knight – saxophone on "Head"
  • Ben Storey – trumpet on "In these Shoes?"
  • Lee Groves – additional programming
  • Mark Hinton Stewart – keyboards on "Designer Life"
  • Luiz de Almeida – surdo on "Não Esperando", nylon string guitar on "Não Esperando" & "Designer Life"


  1. ^ Tropical Brainstorm at AllMusic
  2. ^ "Kirsty MacColl: Tropical Brainstorm". Robert Christgau. Retrieved 2015-10-03. 
  3. ^ Jean MacColl Sun on the Water: The Brilliant Life and Tragic Death of My Daughter Kirsty MacColl – 2009 -"... things' he remembers about Kirsty and the time they spent together, he told me, I think one of my favourite memories is writing the song 'Good For Me' together. Of course, we didn't know then that it would be Kirsty's last song."

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