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Everything but the Girl
Tracey Thorn and Ben Watt in a publicity photo, c. 2005
Tracey Thorn and Ben Watt in a publicity photo, c. 2005
Background information
Also known as EBTG
Origin Hull, England
Genre(s) Electronica
Pop
Dance
Alternative
Years active 1982 - Present
Label(s) Atlantic
Associated
acts
Lazy Dog
Website http://www.ebtg.co.uk
Members
Tracey Thorn
Ben Watt

Everything but the Girl Is a song composed and written by Tyler Buckkie of Ontario. Image File history File links Everythingbutthegirl. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_England_(bordered). ... Hull or Kingston upon Hull is a British city situated on the north bank of the Humber estuary. ... Motto: (French for God and my right) Anthem: God Save the King/Queen Capital London (de facto) Largest city London Official language(s) English (de facto) Unification    - by Athelstan AD 927  Area    - Total 130,395 km² (1st in UK)   50,346 sq mi  Population    - 2006 est. ... A music genre is a category (or genre) of pieces of music that share a certain style or basic musical language (van der Merwe 1989, p. ... Electronica is a term that covers a wide range of electronic or electronic-influenced music. ... For popular music (music produced commercially rather than art or folk music), see Popular music. ... It has been suggested that Electronic dance music be merged into this article or section. ... Alternative rock (also called alternative music[1] or simply alternative) is a genre of rock music that emerged in the 1980s and became widely popular in the 1990s. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Atlantic Records (Atlantic Recording Corporation) is an American record label, and operates as a wholly owned subsidiary of Warner Music Group. ... Lazy Dog was an immensely popular Sunday night club party started by DJs Ben Watt and Jay Hannan at the Notting Hill Arts Club in west London. ... Tracey Thorn (born September 26, 1962, in Brookmans Park, Hertfordshire) is an English pop singer and songwriter. ... Ben Watt (born 6 Dec, 1962, London) is half of UK pop-folk-electronica duo Everything But The Girl with a career spanning more than twenty-five years (from acclaimed early 80’s folk-jazz solo recordings on London indie Cherry Red to a global and US Billboard Number 1...


Thanks to:

  • Matt Carter
  • Jacqui Paula

It is also a band: (Information Below)


Watt and Thorn are also a couple; they are intensely private about their relationship and personal life. It was not a publicized fact for some time that they were a couple, or that they had subsequently married. [1] The duo have a strong desire to raise their three children outside of the spotlight.

Contents

Early career

When Thorn and Watt met, their paths were very similar; they were both attending the University of Hull, and both had signed to independent record label Cherry Red Records as solo artists. Thorn was also a member of the trio Marine Girls, and Watt contributed a photograph to the cover of their first album, Lazy Ways. The pair each had solo album releases through Cherry Red Records: Thorn’s 1982 L.P. was A Distant Shore, an eight-track mini-album. Watt’s L.P. was entitled North Marine Drive. The Venn Building The University of Hull, also known as Hull University, is an English university located in Hull (or Kingston upon Hull), a city in the East Riding of Yorkshire. ... Cherry Red Records is an independent record label established by Iain McNay in 1978. ... The Marine Girls were a music group from Hatfield, Hertfordshire. ... Cherry Red Records is an independent record label established by Iain McNay in 1978. ... This article needs to be cleaned up to conform to a higher standard of quality. ...


They formed a duo and chose their unusual name (Everything But the Girl) from a well-known slogan of Turner's Furniture Shop on Beverley Road in Hull.


Everything but the Girl

E.B.T.G.'s debut single, a cover version of Cole Porter's "Night and Day", was released in June 1982. Following steady sales and exposure from the Pillows & Prayers compilation album, the single was re-issued in August 1983. Their first album was released in 1984 in the UK as Eden. 1984 also saw the UK release of singles "Mine", and "Native Land". Their first UK hit single, "Each and Every One", had a jazzy sound, and E.B.T.G. was considered part of the jazz/pop movement known as sophisti-pop that included other British acts like Sade, Matt Bianco, and The Style Council, on whose Café Bleu album they guested. E.B.T.G. and Sade both worked with producer Robin Millar and engineers Ben Rogan and Mike Pela for their debut albums. Cole Albert Porter (June 9, 1891 – October 15, 1964) was an American composer and songwriter from Indiana. ... Night and Day is a song written by Cole Porter for the 1932 musical play The Gay Divorce. ... Pillows & Prayers is compilation double album released for Christmas 1982 by Cherry Red records. ... Debut album by Hull, England alternative dance group Everything But The Girl, released in 1984 Tracklisting Each And Everyone Bittersweet Tender Blue Another Bridge The Spice Of Life The Dustbowl Crabwalk Even So Frost And Fire Fascination I Must Confess Soft Touch ... For other article subjects named Jazz see jazz (disambiguation). ... This article does not cite its references or sources. ... See also Sade (band). ... Matt Bianco is a 1980s UK pop group formed by Basia Trzetrzelewska (vocals), Mark Reilly (vocals) and Danny White (keyboards). ... The Style Council were a British musical group formed in 1983 by ex-The Jam singer and guitarist Paul Weller with keyboardist Mick Talbot. ... Café Bleu is an album from the band The Style Council. ...


Although Eden was released in the UK, a different recording, Everything But the Girl, was released in the United States. The U.S. release contained about half the tracks from "Eden", along with some different tracks, including 'Mine' and 'Native Land'. The U.S. release balanced the bossa nova stylings of the British version with a more folk rock aesthetic, helping to establish the group's eclectic musicality. Bossa Nova is a style of Brazilian music created by Antônio Carlos Jobim, Vinicius de Moraes and João Gilberto and was first introduced in Brazil in 1958, with Elizete Cardosos recording of Chega de Saudade on the Canção do Amor Demais LP. Composed by Antonio Carlos...


Subsequent releases underscored E.B.T.G.'s versatility and range. Their 1985 album Love Not Money featured a shimmering pop sound with jangly guitars, and included a cover version of The Pretenders' song "Kid" (not on the UK L.P.). The lyrics have strong social and political content. "Angel" comments upon child poverty and public attitudes towards it. "Sean" is a bitter comment on the Northern Ireland troubles. "Ugly Little Dreams" comments upon male attitudes to intelligent women and is dedicated to actress Frances Farmer. "Angel" was also released as a single in the UK. Love Not Money is the second album by Everything but the Girl, released in 1985. ... The Pretenders are an Anglo-American rock band. ... Anthem: UK: God Save the Queen Regional: (de facto) Londonderry Air Capital Belfast Largest city Belfast Official languages English (de facto), Irish, Ulster Scots 3, Northern Ireland Sign Language, Irish Sign Language Government Constitutional monarchy  - Queen Queen Elizabeth II  - Prime Minister of the UK Tony Blair MP  - First Minister Office... Frances Elena Farmer (September 19, 1913 – August 1, 1970) was an American film actress. ...


The following year they released the self-produced Baby the Stars Shine Bright, an album of original pop songs recorded with an orchestra. They revealed the album's inspiration by their choices of B-sides for its single releases: one finds songs from Bacharach and Jimmy Webb on the 12" versions (as well as a cover of Patsy Cline's "I Fall to Pieces"). The first single was "Come On Home", followed by "Don't Leave Me Behind". While the jump from jazz to post-Smiths rock (with the release of Love Not Money) may have jarred some of their audience, the move to orchestral pop was much bolder and foretold the stylistic swap they'd make ten years later with Walking Wounded. Baby the Stars Shine Bright is the third album by Everything but the Girl, released in 1986. ... Bacharach, view from Castle Stahleck Bacharach whith Castle Stahleck Bacharach is a small German town, in Rhineland-Palatinate (Mainz-Bingen district), situated on the west bank of the Rhine, 48km (30 miles) south of Koblenz. ... Jimmy Webb (born August 15, 1946 in Elk City, Oklahoma) is an idiosyncratic American popular music composer. ... Patsy Cline (born Virginia Patterson Hensley September 8, 1932 – March 5, 1963) was a Country music/Pop music singer, who enjoyed Pop music cross-over success during the era of the Nashville Sound in the early 1960s. ... I Fall to Pieces is a famous Country/Pop ballad written by Hank Cochran and Harlan Howard and was first recorded and released as a single by Patsy Cline in 1961. ... The Smiths were an English rock group active from 1982 to 1987. ...


In 1988, E.B.T.G. released Idlewild, a collection of mature songs that began a trend towards middle-of-the-road, adult-oriented contemporary music. A cover version of Rod Stewart’s hit "I Don't Want to Talk About It" was released as a non-L.P. single; it achieved a high UK chart position and was later added to the album. Around this time, Lloyd Cole and the Commotions asked Tracey to contribute vocals to the song "Big Snake" on their final studio album Mainstream. Idlewild is the 1988 album by the UK music group Everything but the Girl. ... Middle of the Road was a Scottish pop group who enjoyed great success across Europe in the early 1970s. ... Roderick David Stewart, CBE (born January 10, 1945), is a Scottish rock singer who was a member of the The Jeff Beck Group and the Faces before embarking on a solo career. ... I Dont Want to Talk About It is the name of a song written by Danny Whitten. ... Lloyd Cole and the Commotions (October 2004) Lloyd Cole and the Commotions were a popular British pop music act of the mid-1980s, based in Glasgow, Scotland. ...


Tommy Lipuma produced the band’s 1990 album The Language of Life. The album, which featured the single "Driving", was another lush pop effort, but with a more contemporary sound. Jazz great Stan Getz contributed a solo. Next came Worldwide, and its single "Old Friends" in 1991. Worldwide's lyrics revolve around the themes of relationships, travel and personal memories. The Language of Life is the fifth album by Everything but the Girl, released in 1990. ... Worldwide is the sixth album by Everything but the Girl, released in 1991. ...


1992 saw another UK hit single with the release of the Covers E.P. The lead track was "Love Is Strange", and the E.P. featured cover versions of Bruce Springsteen's "Tougher Than the Rest"; Cyndi Lauper's "Time after Time" and Elvis Costello's "Alison". These four tracks were included on the U.S.-only album Acoustic. A vinyl EP from Crop Circles. ... Love Is Strange was a 1957 Top 40 hit for Mickey & Sylvia. ... Bruce Frederick Joseph Springsteen (born September 23, 1949) is an American rock singer-songwriter and guitarist. ... This article does not cite its references or sources. ... Time After Time was the second commercially released solo single by singer Cyndi Lauper. ... Declan Patrick MacManus (born August 25, 1954, in London), better known by his stage name, Elvis Costello, is an English musician, singer, and songwriter of Irish ancestry. ... This article or section may contain original research or unverified claims. ... Acoustic is the seventh album by Everything but the Girl, released in 1992. ...


In 1993, E.B.T.G. released a cover version of Paul Simon's "The Only Living Boy in New York" as a single in the UK. Paul Frederic Simon (born October 13, 1941) is an American singer-songwriter and guitarist, half of the folk-singing duo Simon and Garfunkel who continues a successful solo career. ... The Only Living Boy in New York is a song written by Paul Simon and performed by Simon and Garfunkel. ...


The duo were forced to curtail recording and touring for a few years when Watt contracted Churg-Strauss syndrome, an autoimmune disease (he subsequently wrote a memoir, Patient, about his ordeal). The next work of original music was not until 1994, when E.B.T.G. released Amplified Heart. Although most of the music was still acoustic-based, it had a much more contemporary feel. Producer Todd Terry remixed the track "Missing", and when E.B.T.G. released the remix as a single, it became a huge international hit. It hit the top of nearly every chart around the world, and charted in the U.S., a feat that had previously eluded the band. The track reached number two and stayed in the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 for well over a year. Churg-Strauss syndrome is a necrotizing vasculitis characterized by eosinophilia. ... Autoimmune diseases arise from an overactive immune response of the body against substances and tissues normally present in the body. ... Patient is the name of a 192-page memoir by musician Ben Watt. ... Amplified Heart is the eighth studio album by alternative dance group Everything But The Girl. ... Todd Terry is an American DJ and music producer. ... A remix is an alternative version of a song, different from the original version. ... The Billboard Hot 100 is the United States music industry standard singles popularity chart issued weekly by Billboard magazine. ...


The success of that track, along with a collaboration Thorn did with the bands Massive Attack and Deep Dish, influenced them and helped usher the band into a more electronic sound. Having completed contractual obligations to WEA, they were free to shop their recordings and had full ownership of their future recorded works. They signed licensing deals with Virgin Records for the United Kingdom and Europe, and Atlantic Records for the United States and Canada. Their subsequent albums Walking Wounded and Temperamental, showed the band's musical progress as well as established Ben Watt as a notable dance music producer. Between the two albums he produced "Stars All Seem To Weep" for Beth Orton, and it immediately garnered attention. This would bolster his growing reputation as a D.J. and producer. Massive Attack are a successful and critically acclaimed band from Bristol, England. ... Deep Dishs single Flashdance Deep Dish is a DJ and dance music duo consisting of Iranian-American members Ali Dubfire Shirazinia and Sharam Tayebi. ... Electronic music is a term for music created using electronic devices. ... For other meanings of DJ, see DJ (disambiguation). ...


Collaborations and other work

E.B.T.G. has been on hiatus for a few years, working on other projects.

  • Watt has concentrated on being a D.J. and producer/remixer, finding great success as one half of Lazy Dog with partner Jay Hannan before going solo and launching Buzzing Fly records and The Neighborhood (a dance club). He has helped to produce two acclaimed albums for Beth Orton.
  • In late spring 2005, Thorn recorded her first vocals in three years, on a song called "Damage" on the album Eat Books for the German band Tiefschwarz, for which she also wrote the lyrics and melody.
  • Thorn's first full solo album, Out of the Woods was released in March 2007, garnering positive reviews.

Their fan base is still very active, as messages on the band's website confirm. Most recently, the band released a double disc of remixes highlighting the best of their eclectic electronica influenced music including a trio of newly commissioned remixes. Lazy Dog was an immensely popular Sunday night club party started by DJs Ben Watt and Jay Hannan at the Notting Hill Arts Club in west London. ... Elizabeth Caroline Orton,[1] commonly known as Beth Orton, (born December 14, 1970), is a Brit Award–winning English singer-songwriter. ... Eat Books is Tiefschwarzs third album. ... This article needs to be wikified. ...


Discography

Albums

Year Album UK U.S.
1984 Eden 14 -
1985 Love Not Money 10 -
1986 Baby the Stars Shine Bright 22 -
1988 Idlewild 13 -
1990 The Language of Life 10 77
1991 Worldwide 29 -
1992 Acoustic ? ?
1993 Home Movies 5 -
1994 Amplified Heart 20 46
1996 Walking Wounded 4 37
1996 The Best of Everything but the Girl 23 -
1999 Temperamental 16 65
2003 Like the Deserts Miss the Rain ? ?
2006 Adapt or Die: Ten Years of Remixes - -

The Billboard 200 is a ranking of the 200 highest-selling music albums and EPs in the United States, published weekly by Billboard magazine. ... Debut album by Hull, England alternative dance group Everything But The Girl, released in 1984 Tracklisting Each And Everyone Bittersweet Tender Blue Another Bridge The Spice Of Life The Dustbowl Crabwalk Even So Frost And Fire Fascination I Must Confess Soft Touch ... Love Not Money is the second album by Everything but the Girl, released in 1985. ... Baby the Stars Shine Bright is the third album by Everything but the Girl, released in 1986. ... Idlewild is the 1988 album by the UK music group Everything but the Girl. ... The Language of Life is the fifth album by Everything but the Girl, released in 1990. ... Worldwide is the sixth album by Everything but the Girl, released in 1991. ... Acoustic is the seventh album by Everything but the Girl, released in 1992. ... Home Movies is the eighth album by Everything but the Girl, released in 1993. ... Amplified Heart is the eighth studio album by alternative dance group Everything But The Girl. ... A term used in first aid and triage to indicate injured persons who are of a relatively low priority. ... The Best of Everything but the Girl is a compilation album by Everything but the Girl, released in 1996. ... Temperamental is a 1999 album by Everything But the Girl. ...

Singles

Year Song UK Irl U.S. U.S. Dance Album
1983 "Night And Day" 92 - - - -
1984 "Each and Every One b/w Laugh You Out The House / Never Could Have Been Worse" 28 19 - - Eden
1984 "Mine b/w Easy As Sin / Gun Cupboard Love" 58 - - - -
1984 "Native Land b/w Riverbed Dry / Don't You Go" 73 - - - -
1985 "When All's Well b/w Heaven Help Me / Kid" 77 - - - Love Not Money
1985 "Angel b/w Pigeons In The Attic Room / Charmless Callous Ways / Easy As Sin" 93 - - - Love Not Money
1986 "Come On Home b/w Draining The Bar / I Fall To Pieces" 44 27 - - Baby, The Stars Shine Bright
1986 "Don't Leave Me Behind" 72 - - - Baby, The Stars Shine Bright
1988 "These Early Days" 75 - - - Idlewild
1988 "I Always Was Your Girl b/w Hang Out The Flags / Home From Home" 87 - - - Idlewild
1988 "I Don't Want to Talk About It b/w Oxford Street" 3 3 - - Idlewild
1990 "Driving" 54 30 - - The Language Of Life
1991 "Old Friends b/w Apron Strings (live) / Politics Aside (instrumental)" - - - - Worldwide
1992 "Love Is Strange / Tougher Than The Rest b/w Time After Time / Alison" 13 18 - - Covers E.P. / Acoustic (U.S. Only)
1993 "The Only Living Boy In New York / Gabriel b/w Birds / Horses In The Room" 42 - - - The Only Living Boy In New York EP
1993 "I Didn't Know I Was Looking For Love" 72 - - - I Didn't Know I Was Looking For Love EP
1994 "Rollercoaster" 65 - - - Amplified Heart
1994 "Missing" 69 - - - Amplified Heart
1995 "Missing" (Todd Terry remix) 3 3 2 - Amplified Heart
1996 "Walking Wounded" 6 29 - - Walking Wounded
1996 "Wrong" 8 20 68 1 Walking Wounded
1996 "Single" 20 - - - Walking Wounded
1996 "Driving" (remix) 36 - - - The Best of Everything but the Girl
1997 "Before Today" 25 - - - Walking Wounded
1998 "The Future of the Future (Stay Gold)" (with Deep Dish) 31 - - 1 Temperamental
1999 "Five Fathoms (Love More)" 27 - - 1 Temperamental
2000 "Temperamental" 72 - - 1 Temperamental
2000 "Lullaby of Clubland" - - - 3 Temperamental
2001 "Tracey in My Room" (Mash-up - artist credit reads Soul Vision feat. EBTG) 34 - - - -
2002 "Corcovado" - - - - Like The Deserts Miss The Rain

The Irish Singles Chart is the Irish music industry standard singles popularity chart issued weekly by the Irish Recorded Music Association and compiled on behalf of the IRMA by Chart-Track. ... The Billboard Hot 100 is the United States music industry standard singles popularity chart issued weekly by Billboard magazine. ... Billboards Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart is a weekly national survey of what songs are most popular in U.S. dance clubs. ... Extended play (EP) is the name typically given to vinyl records or CDs which contain more than one single, but are too short to qualify as albums. ... Missing is a song written and recorded by British pop music duo Everything but the Girl. ... Todd Terry is an American DJ and music producer. ... Deep Dishs single Flashdance Deep Dish is a DJ and dance music duo consisting of Iranian-American members Ali Dubfire Shirazinia and Sharam Tayebi. ... Bastard pop is a musical genre which, in its purest form, consists of the combination (usually by digital means) of the music from one song with the acapella from another. ...

Trivia

beatmania IIDX (alternately beatmaniaIIDX or just IIDX, pronounced two dee-ecks or two deluxe) is a series of rhythm video games introduced by Konami in 1999. ... Bemani (ビーマニ, biimani) is Konamis music video game division. ... Konami Corporation (コナミ) TYO: 9766 (NYSE: KNM) (SGX: K20) is a leading developer and publisher of numerous popular and strong-selling computer and video games. ... Facade of the London Pavilion in 2002 The London Pavilion is a building located on the corner of Shaftesbury Avenue and Coventry Street in the northeast of Piccadilly Circus in London. ... Sharaz is a DJ and electronica producer in the Bradenton, FL area who is known for many national remixes, especially in the form of Florida breaks. ...

See also

This is a list of number-one dance hits as recorded by Billboard Magazine’s Hot Dance Club Play chart — a weekly national survey of popular songs in U.S. dance clubs. ... This is a list of recording artists who have reached number one on Billboard magazines Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart. ...

External links

  • Official site

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Everything But the Girl | View the Music Artists Biography Online | VH1.com (582 words)
Everything but the Girl debuted in 1982 with a samba interpretation of Cole Porter's "Night and Day"; the single was a success on the U.K. independent charts, but the duo nonetheless went on hiatus as Thorn recorded a solo EP, A Distant Shore, while Watt checked in with the full-length North Marine Drive in 1983.
EBTG soon reunited to record a cover of the Jam's "English Rose" for an NME sampler; the track so impressed former Jam frontman Paul Weller that he invited the duo to contribute to the 1984 LP Cafe Bleu, the debut from his new project, the Style Council.
In 1994, EBTG collaborated with trip-hop innovators Massive Attack on their LP Protection; Thorn's vocal turn highlighted the hit title track, and the cinematic Massive Attack sound clearly informed Everything but the Girl's own 1994 effort, Amplified Heart, another strong and eclectic outing featuring an appearance by guitar great Richard Thompson.
Everything But The Girl - Music Downloads - Online (561 words)
Everything but the Girl debuted in 1982 with a samba interpretation of Cole Porter's "Night and Day"; the single was a success on the U.K. independent charts, but the duo nonetheless went on hiatus as Thorn recorded a solo EP, A Distant Shore, while Watt checked in with the full-length North Marine Drive in 1983.
EBTG soon reunited to record a cover of the Jam's "English Rose" for an NME sampler; the track so impressed former Jam frontman Paul Weller that he invited the duo to contribute to the 1984 LP Cafe Bleu, the debut from his new project, the Style Council.
In 1994, EBTG collaborated with trip-hop innovators Massive Attack on their LP Protection; Thorn's vocal turn highlighted the hit title track, and the cinematic Massive Attack sound clearly informed Everything but the Girl's own 1994 effort, Amplified Heart, another strong and eclectic outing featuring an appearance by guitar great Richard Thompson.
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