Tracey Anne Thorn (born 26 September 1962) is an English singer, songwriter and writer. She is best known as being one half of the duo Everything But The Girl. Thorn began her musical career in the punk-pop hybrid group Stern Bops playing guitar and providing some vocal backing. She then formed Marine Girls as primary songwriter, playing guitar and sharing vocals. The band released two albums (Beach Party in 1981 and Lazy Ways in 1983) and three singles. The group disbanded in 1983. Thorn met Ben Watt at the University of Hull where they were both students, and both signed as solo artists to Cherry Red Records. Their first album together was Eden, released in 1984. Everything but the Girl released a body of work that spanned two decades. Their biggest chart success came in 1995, when DJ Todd Terry remixed a song from their Amplified Heart album. "Missing" became a huge hit all over the world, including in the United States, where it peaked at number two on the Billboard Hot 100. Everything but the Girl has been inactive since 2000. Watt has played on some filmed performances of Thorn's solo work and on her 2011 recording of the xx's "Night Time".
Links To Peel
Peel regularly played the Marine Girls on his shows and Tracey Thorn's solo material plus her collaboration with Ben Watt under the Everything But The Girl name through out the 80's.
- 17 August 1982: Dreamy (album - A Distant Shore) Cherry Red
- 31 August 1982: Seascape (album - A Distant Shore) Cherry Red
- 09 December 1982: Plain Sailing (v/a LP – Pillows & Prayers) Cherry Red
- 05 January 1983: Plain Sailing (LP - A Distant Shore) Cherry Red
- Early 1983 Plain Sailing (7" - Plain Sailing / Goodbye Joe) Cherry Red
- 19 January 1983: Plain Sailing (7" - Plain Sailing / Goodbye Joe) Cherry Red
- 17 December 1984: Plain Sailing (7" single) Cherry Red