TRACEY THORN (from Everything But The Girl) solo albums and some related
"If there is a timeless cross-generational voice in modern English pop, folk and electronica, it is that of Tracey Thorn"
TRACEY HORN - A Distant Shore (1982)
Artwork By [Drawing] - Jane Fox /Artwork By [Handwriting] - Richard Stiwell/ Guitar, Vocals - Tracey Thorn/ Recorded By - Pat Bermingham
01 Small Town Girl
02 Simply Couldn't Care
04 Femme Fatale
05 On My Mind
06 Night And Day
08 Plain Sailing
09 New Opened Eyes
10 Too Happy
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"Just like future partner Ben Watt's album, Tracey Thorn's own solo foray is a masterpiece in stunning simplicity. Unlike Watt, Thorn served an early apprenticeship with her friends as The Marine Girls; a band whose charms were equal parts great potential and amateurish hopelessness. 'A Distant Shore' proves that she had learned well from mistakes, built around just her fluent guitar playing and that beautiful vocal which aches with a vulnerability and sadness of someone twice her age (Thorn was not even in her twenties when this was recorded). On tracks like 'Seascape' her every intonation resonates with a haunting echo and the oft-covered 'Femme Fatale' is delivered with a respect and skill that rivals the original's supposedly unreachable greatness. All other tracks drip with melancholy and melody. The real tragedy that there's only twenty three minutes of it but not a second is wasted." -leonardslair.co.uk
"Tracey Thorn's solo album sounds pretty much like what it is—a transition from the ramshackle Marine Girls to the much more sophisticated Everything but the Girl. A Distant Shore is a low-key affair, simply played on delicate acoustic and electric guitars. The focal point, of course, is Tracey's voice and it is quite lovely as she ambles her way through eight understated originals and an apropos cover of the Velvet Underground's "Femme Fatale"."
"As one who can appriciate Everything but the Girl pre-Todd Terry mix of "missing," this is a very enjoyable album. As EBTG moves to the icon status of this wonderful female voice behind Ben Watt's beats--constantly challenging the adult-contemporary audience, inspiring the dance/electronic world, as well as my girlfriend's father's (a man in his 50s) ears--it's nice to remember where they came from. Tracy and her guitar, a few vocal layers in the mixing--that's it. this album is beautiful in it's simplicity. Highpoints to enjoy while you relax or immerse in melancholia, is "new opened eyes" and her cover of lou reed's "femme fatale." you'll get this album if you love her mysterious vocals--a bit unrefined, lacking confidence, but wonderful."
"It's hard not to listen to Ms. Thorn's 1982 EP without thinking of her in Everything But The Girl. In these eight early songs, there are hints of the retro feel of some EBTG music (in her jaunty cover of the VU classic "femme fatale," and in the breezy Bacharachian feel of "Dreamy"). Since it's just Tracey singing with her own guitar as accompaniment, I was also struck by her skills as a guitar player. I already knew she could do more than just sing after seeing EBTG live a few years ago, but her guitar work on this CD is solid throughout. None of these tunes approaches the level of her best work with Ben Watt in EBTG, but some of them are still quite good."
TIEFSCHWARZ Feat.TRACEY THORN - Damage (2006)
Electro, Deep House
Vocals - Tracey Thorn /Written-By - Ali Schwarz , Basti Schwarz , Jochen Schmalbach , Tracey Thorn
01 Damage (Radio Edit) (3:42)
02 Damage (Tiefschwarz Dub Mix) (8:05)
03 Damage (M.A.N.D.Y. Remix) (8:08)
04 Damage (M.A.N.D.Y. Dub Mix) (8:09)
05 Damage (MOGG Man Band Rmx) (7:12) Remix - Paul Mogg
06 Damage (The Buick Projekt Remix) (7:19) Remix - Buick Project
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" "Damage" provides a moment of levity, its deft fusion of disco, house and Detroit machine soul - a perfectly ethereal soundtrack for veteran vocalist Tracy Thorn."
TRACEY THORN - Out Of The Woods (2007)
Folk Rock, House, Acoustic, Downtempo, Synth-pop, Ballad
Engineer [Additional] - Al O'Connell* , Anna Tjan , Avril Mackintosh , Ben Thackeray , Cameron Jenkins , Eugene Cho /Mastered By - Miles Showell /Mixed By - Simon Gogerly/ Producer, Mixed By - Ewan Pearson
"It's All True"
01 Here It Comes Again (3:06)
02 A-Z (3:41) Mixed By - Ewan Pearson , Simon Gogerly Producer, Mixed By - Tom Gandey
03 It's All True (4:13) Producer - Darshan Jesrani , Sasse Lindblad*
04 Get Around To It (6:00) Written-By - Arthur Russell
05 Hands Up To The Ceiling (2:58)
06 Easy (3:58) Producer, Mixed By - Martin Wheeler
07 Falling Off A Log (3:17)
08 Nowhere Near (3:07) Producer, Mixed By - Charles Webster
09 Grand Canyon (6:07) Producer, Mixed By - Alex Santos*
10 By Piccadilly Station I Sat Down And Wept (2:25)
11 Raise The Roof (4:02)
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"Out of the Woods is the first solo album from Tracey Thorn for over two decades. The British public probably know Thorn best as the voice of Everything but the Girl's "Missing," the Todd Terry mix of which hit No. 3 in 1994 and hung around in the Billboard Top 100 for over a year. That huge hit, however, is somewhat deceptive in the context of Thorne and her partner Ben Watt's 25-year career. Out of the Woods, like much Everything but the Girl before it, is a set of torch songs versed in the production techniques of clubland, but shot through with a melancholy soul more familiar to jazz or folk-rock--or, indeed, cosmic disco pioneer Arthur Russell, whose "Get Around to It" Thorne covers here, and all but makes it her own. Lyrically, events hint at a certain domesticity: "Nowhere Near" is a delicate song about motherhood sung over shimmering synths, piano, and pipes, while "Hands Up to the Ceiling" seems to be about finding sanctuary in a record collection, Thorne sneaking to an attic to spin "Siouxsie Sioux, and Edwin too/Bobby D, in '63." Those eager for Thorn to reprise "Missing," however, maybe be satisfied by "Grand Canyon" and the closing "Raise the Roof," two potential club hits in the waiting." –-Louis Pattison
"For her first solo CD since 1982's "A Distant Shore," Everything But The Girl frontwoman and the guest vocalist on scores of dance tunes Tracey Thorn has come up with a collection that is firmly rooted in her past but seldom repetitive of it. Tracey serves notice on the opener "Here It Comes Again" that, in fact, the same old thing you might have expected from her is not coming again at all. This song is very simple and lovely, delicately sung with a beautiful string arrangement. She follows with "A-Z," a thematic modern day version of the Beatles' "She's Leaving Home" about escaping from "small town hell" sung with the same sort of lovely resignation the Fab Four brought to their tune. This song is also the first example on the CD of how electronica can be crafted into a very humanistic sound. This humanizing continues with the more forceful "It's All True" and the sexual come on of "Get Around To It" in which electronica meets the New Romantic poppiness of Haircut 100 which brings it heart and joy. The rest of the CD pretty much follows the same formula with the warm vocals and wise lyrics providing a unifying threads such as the low key "Falling Off A Log" in which the singer realizes they've been in love with the wrong one and the counter-intuitive "Raise The Roof" with its "Why did I wait/don't tell me it's too late) refrain. If you only want the Everything But The Girl Tracey Thorn skip right to "Grand Canyon" which talks about "the hole inside your heart no one can ever fill." In my opinion, Tracey Thorn is the anti-Annie Lennox (who I love) in that whenever given the option to go over the top with her vocal performance she chooses to be underwrought, delicate, wistful and just plain lovely - all hallmarks of quality singing we don't find often in these post-Celine Dion days. If you've been anxiously awaiting this CD for 25 years you've been richly rewarded. Except for one or two trifles it was worth the wait."
"Worth the wait ! Its great to hear a singer who doesn't need to try too hard to own her own space, and add to this the vision and talent to effortlessly switch between basic acoustic arrangements and electronic house. Listen to this a few times to realise that simple pop songs will always find a way of lodging themselves in your brain. Stand out tracks include 'Its All True', 'Easy', 'Raise the Roof', and the superb club anthem (to be) 'Grand Canyon' ....which demands a Deep Dish remix. My only request is that we dont have to wait so long for the next album !"
"Way before Everything But The Girl discovered dance music and had a hit with "Missing", Tracey Thorn was a member of a shambolic all-girl group called Marine Girls. Around the same time - 1982 - she released what was until now her only solo album, the wondrous "A Distant Shore". A mere quarter of a century later she's released her follow-up, "Out Of The Woods". Although highly similar to Everything But The Girl - understandable given that it's the voice - "Out Of The Woods" jumps to an entirely different beat. Utilising brass, bass and electronics, Tracey creates a fresh and innovative sound that can be attributed to only herself. Scanning the song titles, it's easy to have a somewhat corny feel of the record, but on listening, this changes completely. Besides having a voice that's instantaneously able to transfer you back to the 90s, one can feel Thorn's maturity on the album. Less vocals are able to mean more, as on the jazzy "Get Around It" with its extended brass solo, and she's able to show an acoustic side via the soulful "Hands Up To The Ceiling". New single "It's All True" is another big highlight, with its refreshing bassline entwined beautifully with a haunting melody and her voice. The entire album has a surprising amount of beats, best demonstrated on one of the album's focal points - "East". Combined with a range of instruments and soothing voice it makes a delight to listen to. If it's not a patch on "A Distant Shore", it's still a fertile enough set, hanging heavy with lush strings and ripe beats. "Nowhere Near" is a hazy ballad with the lyrical emphasis on being a wife and mother rather than a lovelorn teenager. It's a creative avenue she should explore further Combined with a range of instruments and soothing voice, this album makes a delight to listen to."
"Absolutely charming, brialliant, stunning. More like the transition EBTG than their recent drum 'n' bass stuff (which I also love)."
IT'S ALL TRUE (Maxi CD) (2007)
House, Electro, Synth-pop
Producer - Darshan Jesrani , Ewan Pearson , Sasse Lindblad* /Written-By - Darshan Jesrani , Ewan Pearson , Klas-Henrik Lindblad* , Tracey Thorn
01 It's All True (Radio Edit) (3:33)
02 It's All True (Album Version) (4:13)
03 It's All True (Kris Menace Full Vocal Remix Edit) (3:13) Remix, Producer [Additional Production] - Kris Menace
04 It's All True (Instrumental) (3:34 )
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"This is just 1 single from a great album! "
"Tracey Thorn has one of the most amazing voices I've ever heard. I've been a massive fan of Everything But The Girl and Ben Watt's DJ work since 'Missing' in 1995 and also Massive Attack's 'Protection', and Tracey hasn't failed me with this album. Her voice does truly sound heart-broken and she puts across every song in such a genuine and touching way - so rare these days. Everything is so manufactured, but I feel Tracey has SOUL! :)
I love listening to EBTG, and now Tracey's new album, on headphones whilst travelling and stuff..... takes me to another level.
The standout tracks for me personally are It's All True, Get Around To It and Grand Canyon. So go buy the album too! "
IT'S ALL TRUE (More Mixes) (2007)
01 It's All True (Original Full Lenght Mix)
02 It's All True (Escort Extended Mix)
03 It's All True (DSE Dub)
04 It's All True (Martin Buttrich Dub)
05 It's All True (Martin Buttrich Remix)
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"Anyone who loves EBTG and Deep House music will love this song and remixes. Thorn has put out the perfect first single. It is catchy, light and timeless. This song is becoming a big hit in the UK, however I don't think it will get much airplay in the US. Too bad, because it is a great song. I think if more people were exposed to it, it would become a hit. Maybe Tracey will do some TV/ Radio/ Magazine promotion in the US? I hope so!"
RAISE THE ROOF (Mixes) (2007)
01 Raise The Roof (Cagedbaby Remix)
02 Raise The Roof (Cagedbaby Dub)
03 Raise The Roof (Cagedbaby Remix Edit 1)
04 Raise The Roof (Cagedbaby Remix Edit 2)
05 Raise The Roof (Beyond The Wizard's Sleeve Re-Animation)
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GRAND CANYON (Mixes) (2007)
01 Grand Canyon (Ada Dub)
02 Grand Canyon (Ada Voacal)
03 Grand Canyon (Dirty South Dub)
04 Grand Canyon (Dirty South Vocal)
05 Grand Canyon (King Unique Dub)
06 Grand Canyon (King Unique Vocal)
07 Grand Canyon (Original)
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"If there is any justice in this world Grand Canyon will achieve or exceed the artistic/commercial/critical success that Missing* did in the nineties. From the fabulous deep, dirty, synth sounds of Dragan Roganovic's Dirty South Mix to, well, more of the same really, courtesy of the King Unique duo's Vocal (a dub is also included). My favourite remains the Ada mix, followed closely by her dub. The only thing missing here is the original album mix from Out Of The Woods, which you should already own anyway! If you don't, shame on you, although I'm sure Grand Canyon will inspire you to buy it...?
*I almost hate myself for making this comparison, and will doubtless be rightly criticised for it, as I am not after all comparing like with like, but it is the only way I, as a layman, can attempt to describe the importance of such a beautiful, intelligent piece of modern dance music."
Tracey Thorn (born Tracey Anne Thorn on September 26, 1962, in Brookmans Park http://www.brookmans.com/index.php, Hertfordshire) is an English pop singer and songwriter. She is best known as being one half of the duo Everything but the Girl.She grew up in Hatfield, Hertfordshire and studied English at the University of Hull, where she graduated in 1984 with First Class Honours. She lives with her EBTG partner Ben Watt in North London.Thorn began her musical career in the group Marine Girls.Since 1982 she is a member of the duo Everything but the Girl.Thorn's first solo work was a mini-album entitled A Distant Shore (1982). A re-recorded version of the track "Plain Sailing" was released as a single, and was included on the Pillows & Prayers Cherry Red records compilation album.She collaborated with Massive Attack on several projects, including the soundtrack for the motion picture Batman Forever where she contributed with "The Hunter Gets Captured by the Game". Their first project together was the song "Protection EP" from the album by Massive Attack of the same name. She also sings on the track "Better Things".In the 1980s, Thorn also contributed guest vocals and backing vocals for The Style Council, The Go-Betweens, Working Week, and Lloyd Cole and the Commotions. Her most recent collaboration, after a lengthy singing hiatus, was on the song "Damage" by the band Tiefschwarz on the album Eat Books.In March 2007, Tracey Thorn released her second solo album Out of the Woods on Virgin Records (Worldwide) and on Astralwerks (USA). It includes contributions from Cagedbaby, Ewan Pearson, Charles Webster, Sasse, Darshan Jesrani and Martin Wheeler. Thorn's MySpace page includes several mixes of the single and the music video. The 1st single from her 2007 album, "It's All True", which was released in February 7th and the second single, "Raise the Roof" was released on June 18. The third single, "Grand Canyon" was released on October 30.In mid-October 2007, Thorn commented that she has begun to write and collaborate with producer, Ewan Pearson, for the follow-up to Out of the Woods.(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tracey_Thorn)
TRACEY THORN related:
Folk Rock, Modern Electric Blues
Jane Fox (bass), Gina Fox (vocals, percussion), Alice Fox (vocals, percussion), Tracey Thorn (guitar, vocals)
"A Place In The Sun"
BEACH PARTY (1981)
Bass - Jane Fox /Vocals, Guitar - Tracey Thorn/ Vocals, Percussion - Alice Fox/Percussion - Gina Fox
01 In Love
04 Times We Used To Spend
05 Flying Over Russia
06 Tutti Lo Sanno
07 All Dressed Up
09 Holiday Song
10 He Got The Girl
11 Day/Night Dreams
13 Silent Red
15 20,000 Leagues
16 Marine Girls
17 Lure Of The Rockopools
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"What an excellent album. Fantastic vocals and simplistic melodies coupled with lovely, teenage voices. This is an album to sing along withand practice your harminising. It is a must for all Tracey Thorn fans."
"These long-overdue North American editions of the musical baby steps made by Everything but the Girl prove that the duo have always been special talents, years before "Missing" helped them become found by the masses. Tracey Thorn's uniquely dolorous voice may now be couched in the comparatively upbeat lullabies of club land, but she sounds no more consolable than 20 years ago when she first stepped before a microphone as part of the Marine Girls. The female trio, which Thorn recently explained, "didn't know a drummer, so we had no drums," was inspired by contemporary minimalists Young Marble Giants, and throughout two albums - Beach Party (1981) and Lazy Ways (1983) - the trio strummed and little more than whispered; the embodiment of charm and desire before technical skill. Their more whimsical songs are eclipsed by downcast gems of post-adolescent romantic longing (especially Thorn's "Second Sight" and "Love To Know"). Already wielding an obvious gift, Thorn sat down in a garden shed one summer day in 1982 and recorded the eight-track A Distant Shore, a bittersweet, intensely intimate album whose songs (including a cover of "Femme Fatale") read like the contents of an unwisely kept fistful of love letters. She hadn't yet been introduced to Ben Watt, who also recorded for London's Cherry Red label, but the two were following similar strands of spare, post-punk pathos. The Summer Into Winter EP (recorded with a then-neglected Robert Wyatt) and North Marine Drive largely forego Thorn's doe-eyed reflection for full-fledged despondency, although the gorgeous "Some Things Don't Matter" and "On Box Hill" provide light relief. Months after being match made by their record company, the two Hull University students formed Everything But The Girl, and in the late '90s became dance music's melancholic heart.
"The debut album by the Marine Girls is one of the most willfully amateurish releases of its era, which is not necessarily a bad thing. When it was first released on Daniel Treacy's Whaam! label in 1981, it undoubtedly sounded impossibly shoddy and nearly inept, filled with deliberately out-of-tune vocals, extremely minimal guitar and bass, and almost no percussion. However, its place as one of the pillars of the twee pop scene, along with the Young Marble Giants' Colossal Youth, is now incontestable, and what once might have seemed haphazard instead sounds refreshingly artless and slyly provocative. Tracey Thorn, whose vocals would gain much more technical polish during her years in Everything But the Girl, sings with a sort of offhand grace, while Alice Fox' more tuneless yelp sounds like a precursor to Kathleen Hanna or Sleater-Kinney. The songs are monochromatic, though a few, particularly the opening "In Love," manage to marry memorable tunes to the group's deliberate minimalism. This is not an album for anyone who requires a lot of studio polish, but Beach Party is far from the grating tunelessness that some early reviewers labeled it." ~ Stewart Mason, All Music Guide
"I bought this album back in 1983 when I was at college. It was bought as a result of the Pillows and Prayers album from Cherry Red released in 1982. This featured Tracey Thorn, Ben Watt, EBTG and the Marine Girls. I bought Tracey Thorn's solo album as a congratulation present for failing my driving test. Next was this album. Some of the singing is not the best, but tracks like Flying Over Russia are just fantastic."
LAZY WAYS (1983)
Bass - Jane Fox/ Saxophone - Timothy Charles Hall/ Vocals - Alice Fox /Vocals, Guitar - Tracey Thorn/ Producer - Stuart Moxham (from Young Marble Giants) /Recorded By - Phil Legg
01 A Place In The Sun
02 Leave Me With The Boy
03 Falling Away
04 Love To Know
05 A Different Light
06 Sunshine Blue
07 Second Sight
08 Don't Come Back
09 That Fink.Jazz-Me-Blues Boy
11 Shell Island
12 Lazy Ways
13 Such A Thing..
14 You Must Be Mad
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"The Marine Girls' second and final album -- the group had already split by the time of its release, with Tracey Thorn pursuing a solo career before forming Everything But the Girl and the Fox sisters forming the even more minimalist Grab Grab the Haddock -- is far more polished than their 1981 debut, at times almost approaching professionalism. The clangorous clatter of the debut is largely absent here. Instead, producer Stuart Moxham (formerly of Young Marble Giants, whose sole album, Colossal Youth, is perhaps the pinnacle of this type of minimal indie pop) gives the album a soft, intimate sound. Singer Alice Fox has a much more tuneful voice this time out, and songwriter and secondary singer Thorn is clearly inching toward the jazz-influenced prettiness of early Everything But the Girl, especially on the downright lovely "Love to Know." Her guitar playing and Jane Fox' bass work are also considerably more refined. Purists might miss the noisiness of Beach Party, but Lazy Ways is in every way a far better record, and one of the best U.K. indie albums of 1983." ~ Stewart Mason, All Music Guide
"Beautiful, wispy, and minimalist melodicism. Stripped down to mostly just guitars (acoustic) and voice, this is a great double album reissue that is an interesting combination of post-punk ideas with a folkish edge. Fans of Young Marble Giants should definitely pick this one up, as they took most of their influence from this other great band"
"The marine girls were the thing that made me smile back in the days of Thatcher - Regan and depression. They are still wonderful and if you can get this an Trixie and her big red motorbike on one day somewhere you will be in paradise."
"These long-overdue North American editions of the musical baby steps made by Everything but the Girl prove that the duo have always been special talents, years before "Missing" helped them become found by the masses. Tracey Thorn's uniquely dolorous voice may now be couched in the comparatively upbeat lullabies of club land, but she sounds no more consolable than 20 years ago when she first stepped before a microphone as part of the Marine Girls. The female trio, which Thorn recently explained, "didn't know a drummer, so we had no drums," was inspired by contemporary minimalists Young Marble Giants, and throughout two albums - Beach Party (1981) and Lazy Ways (1983) - the trio strummed and little more than whispered; the embodiment of charm and desire before technical skill. Their more whimsical songs are eclipsed by downcast gems of post-adolescent romantic longing (especially Thorn's "Second Sight" and "Love To Know"). Already wielding an obvious gift, Thorn sat down in a garden shed one summer day in 1982 and recorded the eight-track A Distant Shore, a bittersweet, intensely intimate album whose songs (including a cover of "Femme Fatale") read like the contents of an unwisely kept fistful of love letters. She hadn't yet been introduced to Ben Watt, who also recorded for London's Cherry Red label, but the two were following similar strands of spare, post-punk pathos. The Summer Into Winter EP (recorded with a then-neglected Robert Wyatt) and North Marine Drive largely forego Thorn's doe-eyed reflection for full-fledged despondency, although the gorgeous "Some Things Don't Matter" and "On Box Hill" provide light relief. Months after being match made by their record company, the two Hull University students formed Everything But The Girl, and in the late '90s became dance music's melancholic heart. (Spinart)"
"2 early albums by Tracy Thorn -- recorded with the group Marine Girls in the years before her more famous work with Everything But The Girl! The albums have a whimsical feel -- still with lots of jazzy touches, and some of that wonderful intimate quality of Tracy's solo work, but also with touches of some of the freer styles of the postpunk underground. 30 tracks in all -- with titles that include "A Place In the Sun", "Sunshine Blue", "Fever", "In Love", "Friday", and "Marine Girls"."
"The Marine Girls have been a source of influence to me since I bought "Lazy Ways" in the late 1980's.If there are Belle and Sebastian fans out there then perhaps they should listen to these 2 albums as they have been influenced by Ms Thorn et al. If once you have listened to these albums then please consider The Jobsons from 1988 and Sicilian Messenger Boy from 1998.Enjoy"
"It's amazing that record(s) this fundamental have been 20 years without a domestic release. The Marine Girls formed when schoolchums Tracey Thorn, Gina ?, and Jane Fox formed a band (Jane's sister Alice replaced Gina early on). It was 1980, and their favorite band was Young Marble Giants. Somehow the Marine Girls became the only other band to use that stark sound, accentuated by the fact that Stuart Moxham from that group recorded "Lazy Ways", actually their second album. Where do Marine Girls diverge from YMG? There's but the faintest echo of the girl group sound in their music, a shadow outline of Phil Spector in the harmonies and arrangements, reduced to a frame around an empty picture--like folksongs by Lesley Gore and Lulu, and also quite unlike that, too. There's a lure to the near-monotone which the three (they traded off on vocals) sang with, an enticing reserve that's quite British, feminine and at a complete, relaxed peace. Their music is the equivalent to someone talking intensely in a low voice--so devastatingly intriguing, you _have_ to lean in closer. Thorn's solo album followed this in a quite similar style, and you can still hear the residue of this charismatic stateliness in her more recent work with Everything But The Girl and Massive Attack. These albums have been in print in the UK for years, but if you don't have this yet, the domestic issue is a wonderful excuse to finally get it." (http://www.othermusic.com/2001july25update.html)
PEEL SESSION 16/04/1983
Tracey Thorn (Guitar, Vocals) /Jane Fox (Bass) /Alice Fox (Vocals, Percussion) /Tim Hall (Saxophone, Clarinet)
Producer - Dale Griffin /Engineer - Ted De Bono /Studio - Maida Vale 4
01 Love You More
02 Lazy Ways
03 That Day
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Marine Girls were a music group from Hatfield, Hertfordshire. The group was formed in 1980 by two sixth form school friends: Tracey Thorn and Gina Hartman. Originally, Thorn played guitar and Gina was vocalist and percussionist. They were later joined by Jane Fox on bass and her younger sister Alice on joint vocals and percussion. The group sang minimalist songs about the sea, love and everything else.Contemporaries of acts such as Young Marble Giants and The Raincoats, the group applied the DIY ethic of the time to record a self-produced and self-released cassette called A Day By The Sea. They went on to record an album Beach Party which was initially released on In Phaze, then later released by Dan Tracey of Television Personalities label Whamm!. In 1981, Tracey Thorn moved to Hull ( if you are intersted in,chek this site for those famous musicians who are from Hull: http://beehive.thisishull.co.uk/default.asp?WCI=SiteHome&ID=7646&PageID=41056) to attend university, but the group still performed together occasionally, and released a second album Lazy Ways in April 1983. Gina Hartman left the band in 1981 to pursue other musical projects.From 1982 Thorn concentrated on her studies and her growing personal and professional relationship with fellow Hull student Ben Watt. As Everything But The Girl, their first single included a re-recording the Marine Girls song On My Mind.The Marine Girls formally disbanded in 1983. Tracey Thorn achieved success with Everything But The Girl, while the Fox sisters recorded as Grab Grab the Haddock. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marine_Girls)
""This is all a long time ago now, so I find it hard to remember exactly when things happened, even what order they happened in. But I reckon the Marine Girls first came into existence in 1980. I'd been playing electric guitar for a while in a band called Stern Bops. I was the only girl and my boyfriend was the bass player, and though they always tried to persuade me to sing I was too shy. The only way they even knew I could sing was that I once agreed to take a microphone with me into the wardrobe (we rehearsed in a bedroom) and sing David Bowie's Rebel Rebel.They said it was great and I sounded like Siouxsie Sioux (I was trying to), but I refused to sing in front of anyone so that was that. I was also writing songs, some of which we played in the band."I think I got bored with it not being my band, plus I broke up with the boyfriend, so I started talking to my schoolfriend Gina about us forming our own band. She came round to my house and with me playing guitar and her singing we worked out some songs. The first thing we recorded was for a friend's compilation tape of local bands and it was a song called Getting Away From It All. It had a very basic drum machine part, Gina singing and me playing rhythm and lead guitar. We decided to call ourselves the Marine Girls."
Lazy Ways LP (1981)
Beach Party LP (1983)
Lazy Ways/Beach Party CD (compilation, 1991, 2001)
BONUS - Marine Girls related :
GRAB GRAB THE HADDOCK
Acoustic, Indie Rock
Formed 1984- Disbanded 1986
Alice Fox (vocals, percussion), Jane Fox (bass, celeste), Steve Galloway (guitar, piano), Lester Noel (guitar, piano, percussion from North Of Cornwallis and Beats International).
THREE SONGS BY GRAB GRAB THE HADDOCK (12") (1984)
Bass - Jane Fox/ Congas - Lester Noel/ Guitar - Lester Noel , Steve Galloway /Percussion - Alice Fox/ Percussion [Bass Drum] - Lester Noel/ Piano - Lester Noel , Steve Galloway /Producer - Nick Patrick/ Vocals - Alice Fox
01 I'm Used Now
02 Nothing You Say
03 That Day
TWO (FOUR) MORE SONGS BY GRAB GRAB THE HADDOCK (7"/12") (1985)
Performer [Grab Grab The Haddock] - Alice* , Andrew , Jane* , Lester* , Steve* , Tim/ Producer - Nick Patrick
01 Last Fond Goodbye
02 For All We Know
03 Wan But Smiling
04 That Big World But
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This terminally cute London quartet with the daft name spun off from the defunct Marine Girls but, unlike former bandmate Tracey Thorn (who went on to form Everything but the Girl), Alice Fox and her crew still hawk the chaotic tunelessness that made the Marine Girls so insufferable.The first EP has a sparse, almost minimalist feel; even the use of atypical pop instrumentation (maracas, conga drum, cello) does little to alleviate the disjointed clatter. Fox's childlike caterwauling further adds to the annoyance. Four More is a slight improvement — clear melodies and a near-logical organization level enhance the tracks. Guitarist/songwriter Lester Noel takes over vocal chores on "Last Fond Goodbye," a bright pop song that provides the 12-inch's only worthwhile interlude.[Altricia Gethers] (http://www.trouserpress.com/entry.php?a=grab_grab_the_haddock)
I don't know the whereabouts of Steve Galloway and Lester Noel,but found something about Alice and Jane Fox here: http://staffcentral.brighton.ac.uk/learnhigher/LHVPprojectsFox.htm
and one more:
Since then Jane has developed an arts practice that embraces a wide range of mixed media and inter-connected activities including artist led projects, collaborations and solo work.
She has worked extensively to develop a practice that is driven by the need to break down barriers and access that which is to be celebrated in life. This has led her through self-taught musicianship, fish slapping festivals, celebratory cake making, midnight processions, experiments with salt and crushed coal, non-sense hymns, drawing from memory, night walks in a Finish forest and much more…
In 2003 Jane spent a year in Cornwall developing her work on the Contemporary Visual Art M.A. at Falmouth College of Arts.
Recent exhibitions include ‘Voyager’, Abbeville, France, ‘Transition 4’ at The Newlyn Gallery, Penzance, and ‘Underground’ Maze group show at the Argus Basement in Brighton. In February 2006 Jane’s moving image work ‘saltdances 1’ was selected for the ‘700is Reindeerland’ video festival and short-listed for the Alcoa prize." (www.hta.gov.uk/_db/_documents/british_journal_of_nursing.pdf )
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