Backtracking, it is hard to find a decade recently where Tracey Thorn’s voice and songwriting has not been influential. Fresh out of school in the UK in the early 1980s, she formed the cult girl band Marine Girls, whose two-album career of edgy teen love songs has influenced lo-fi indie bands ever since.
Among noted Marine Girls fans you’ll find Kurt Cobain (Nirvana was reportedly rehearsing “In Love” before Cobain’s death). In 1982, Tracey followed it with her own eight-song mini-classic, A Distant Shore, which catapulted her to the top of the UK indie charts. Throughout the 1980s, she shared writing with partner Ben Watt in the British duo Everything But The Girl (EBTG). In the ’90s, she co-wrote EBTG’s global smash “Missing” before delivering lyrics, melody, and vocals for one of the decade’s seminal ballads, Massive Attack’s “Protection,” and contributing centrally to EBTG’s best-selling electronica crossover albums Walking Wounded and Temperamental. After a self-imposed hiatus to start a family, she returned in 2007 with the glittering folk-disco of Out of the Woods, the starkly beautiful Love and Its Opposite in 2010, and her 2012 alternative holiday album, Tinsel and Lights.
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