British R&B/punk group, Drug Addix served as a springboard for Surrey-born vocalist, Kristy MacColl, the daughter of British folksinger Ewan MacColl and dancer/choreographer Jean Newlove, who used the pseudonym, Mandy Doubt. Releasing an impressive, self-produced, EP, The Drug Addix Make A Record, they were invited to audition for Stiff Records. The audition, however, turned out to be their downfall when MacColl was signed to a solo contract and the remainder of the band dismissed.
MacColl's first recording for Stiff, "They Don't Know", later became a hit for Tracey Ullman. MacColl went on to record a novelty hit, "There's A Guy Works Down The Chip Shop (Swears He's Elvis", and a perennial Yuletide classic, "Fairytale Of New York", with the Pogues, in 1987. Her death in a speedboat accident, while vacationing in Mexico, on December 18, 2000, put a coda on the life of this talented singer.