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Mary Margaret O'Hara - Miss America (Virgin V2559)

I first became aware of Mary Margaret O'Hara in the late 1980s when she appeared on a late night music show introduced by Andy Kershaw, which may or may not have been the Old Grey Whistle Test. On the show the singer-songwriter and actress performed Dear Darling from the album MISS AMERICA, and her performance revealed a most unusual phenomenon, in that her body movement was totally at odds with the song, as if her body was actually twitching and jerking to an entirely different song. Strangely, this was the very thing about the singer that captured my attention and the following day I went out and bought the LP. Little did I know at the time that this would be O'Hara's only album release, although she did go on to release a few EPs and appear on collaborations with others. O'Hara is the sister of Catherine O'Hara, known to millions as Macauley Culkin’s mum in the Home Alone films.