Tracey Thorn

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Tracey Thorn
Background information
Birth nameTracey Anne Thorn
Born(1962-09-26) 26 September 1962 (age 49)
Brookmans Park, Hatfield, Hertfordshire, England, United Kingdom
GenresPop
Folk
Electronic
House
OccupationsSinger-songwriter
InstrumentsVocalist
Years active1982–present
Labels

Cherry Red Records 1980–1983
Blanco Y Negro 1983-1994
Virgin Records 1995-2007
Strange Feeling 2010-

Merge Records 2010-
Associated actsEverything but the Girl
Marine Girls
Websitewww.traceythorn.com
 
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Tracey Thorn
Background information
Birth nameTracey Anne Thorn
Born(1962-09-26) 26 September 1962 (age 49)
Brookmans Park, Hatfield, Hertfordshire, England, United Kingdom
GenresPop
Folk
Electronic
House
OccupationsSinger-songwriter
InstrumentsVocalist
Years active1982–present
Labels

Cherry Red Records 1980–1983
Blanco Y Negro 1983-1994
Virgin Records 1995-2007
Strange Feeling 2010-

Merge Records 2010-
Associated actsEverything but the Girl
Marine Girls
Websitewww.traceythorn.com

Tracey Anne Thorn (born 26 September 1962) is an English pop singer and songwriter. She is best known as being one half of the duo Everything but the Girl, who are currently on extended hiatus.

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Personal life

Thorn was born in Brookmans Park, Hatfield, Hertfordshire. She grew up in Hatfield and studied English at the University of Hull, where she graduated in 1984 with First Class Honours. She later took an MA degree at Birkbeck College, University of London.

After 28 years as a couple, Thorn and her partner Ben Watt married in 2009 at Chelsea Register Office.[1] They live in Hampstead, North London.[2] The couple have twin daughters born in 1998 and a son born in 2001.

Thorn will release her autobiography in early 2013.[3]

Career

Stern Bops (1979–1980)

Thorn began her musical career in the punk-pop hybrid group Stern Bops playing guitar and providing some vocal backing.

Marine Girls (1980–1983)

Thorn then joined Marine Girls playing guitar and sharing vocals. The band released two albums (Beach Party in 1981 and Lazy Ways in 1982) and several singles. The group disbanded when Thorn decided to concentrate on her studies at Hull, and on Everything but the Girl.

Everything But the Girl (1982–2000)

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, especially in the U.S., where it reached number two in the Billboard Hot 100.

Everything But The Girl have been on extended hiatus since 2000, while Ben Watt has concentrated on his DJ work, and Thorn has been a full-time parent and, most recently, writing and recording her solo material.

They released compilation albums in 2002 and 2005, and Watt has played on some filmed performances of Thorn's solo work and on her 2011 recording of the xx's Night Time.[4]

Solo career and collaborations

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.

In the 1980s, Thorn contributed guest vocals and backing vocals for The Style Council on the track "Paris Match" (from the album Café Bleu), The Go-Betweens on their track Head Full of Steam, Working Week on the single "Venceremos (We Will Win)", Lloyd Cole and the Commotions on the track "Big Snake", and Adam F on "The Tree Knows Everything", from Colours.

In the 1990s, 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" from the album by Massive Attack of the same name. She also sings on the track "Better Things".

Just prior to her return to recording in 2007, Thorn contributed vocals to 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). Thorn cited her peers Terry Hall and Siouxsie Sioux in the song "Hands Up To The Ceiling". The record includes contributions from Cagedbaby, Ewan Pearson, Charles Webster, Sasse, Darshan Jesrani, Martin Wheeler and Alex Santos. Thorn's MySpace page includes several mixes of the single and the music video.

The first single from the album, "It's All True", accompanied by remixes from the likes of Kris Menace & Martin Buttrich, was released on 7 February and the second single, "Raise the Roof" was released on 18 June. The third single, "Grand Canyon" was released on 30 October. A fourth single, "King's Cross" (which is a cover version of a Pet Shop Boys song) was released on 12 December.

In 2008, Thorn collaborated with the Hungarian acoustic downtempo group The Unbending Trees on their single "Overture", which also featured on their album Chemically Happy (Is The New Sad), published by her partner and husband Ben Watt.

In 2009, Thorn collaborated with the Swedish singer-songwriter Jens Lekman for a cover of The Magnetic Fields' "Yeah! Oh Yeah!" for a compilation album commemorating twenty years of Merge Records, Score! 20 Years of Merge Records: The Covers!.

Thorn's third solo album Love and Its Opposite was released in May 2010 on Ben Watt's Strange Feeling Records in the UK, and on Merge Records in the US. Recorded in London and Berlin and produced by Ewan Pearson, it contains eight new songs and two cover versions, "Come On Home To Me" by Lee Hazlewood, and "You Are A Lover" by The Unbending Trees.

Thorn's fourth solo album is a Christmas album entitled Tinsel and Lights. It will be released on 29 October 2012, and includes covers of songs by The White Stripes, Ron Sexsmith, Randy Newman, Joni Mitchell, Sufjan Stevens, Low, Scritti Politti, two original songs, and contributions from Green Gartside and Ben Watt.[5]

Discography

See also Marine Girls discography
See also Everything but the Girl discography

Studio albums

YearAlbum detailsPeak chart positions
UK
[6]
GRE
[7]
SWE
[8]
US
[9]
1982A Distant Shore----
2007Out of the Woods38-44172
2010Love and Its Opposite
  • Released: 17 May 2010
  • Label: Strange Feeling/Merge
511622144
2012Tinsel and Lights
  • Released: 29 October 2012
  • Label: Strange Feeling
----

EPs

Singles

YearTitleAlbum
1982"Plain Sailing"A Distant Shore
2007"It's All True"Out of the Woods
"Raise the Roof"
"Grand Canyon"
"King's Cross"
2010"Oh, the Divorces!"Love and its Opposite
"Why Does the Wind?"
2011"You Are a Lover"
"Night Time"Night Time EP

Collaborations

YearSongAlbum
1984"Venceremos (We Will Win)" with Working Weeksingle only
"The Paris Match" with The Style CouncilChilled Jazz with The Style Council and Cafe Bleu (Style Council album)
1986"Head Full of Steam" with The Go-BetweensLiberty Belle and the Black Diamond Express
"Apology Accepted" with The Go-Betweens
1987"Big Snake" with Lloyd Cole and the CommotionsMainstream
1993"Over the Rainbow" with James McMillanMakin' Changes by James McMillan
1994"Protection" with Massive AttackProtection (Massive Attack)
"Better Things" with Massive Attack
1995"The Hunter Gets Captured by the Game" with Massive AttackBatman Forever (soundtrack)
1997"The Tree Knows Everything" with Adam FColours (Adam F)
2007"Damage" with TiefschwarzEat Books (Tiefschwarz)
2008"Overture" with The Unbending TreesChemically Happy (Is the New Sad)
2009"Yeah! Oh Yeah!" with Jens LekmanScore! 20 Years of Merge Records: The Covers!
2010"Without Me" with Tevo Howard

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