Everything But the Girl is a duo band formed in 1982. Ben Watt and Tracey Thorn established this band and received huge popularity by their unique and versatile music. When the duo started its journey, it received good appreciation and complements in UK. Tracey Thorn was involved in indie minimal girl group called “the Marine Girls” (1980-1983); Ben Watt was practicing folk-and jazz and recorded some folk and jazz songs. Most of the recordings came out by London independent. The duo met by twist of fate at University of Hull in the autumn of 1981.
Both Ben and Tracey had rock influences. Ben liked to follow Brian Eno, John Martyn and Bill Evans, and other hand Tracey Thorn was inspired by Buzzcocks, Billie Holiday, torch songs and disco. The duo came across with some cover songs of many renowned artists including Cole Porter's great song, 'Night and Day' (1982).
In 1984, the duo released its first album, “Eden”. Once of the tracks from the album was very hit and climbed to the top position in the UK charts. In the same year, the release for another album called “Everything but the Girl” made available in the US only. And “Love Not Money” was released in 1985. Next release had some country influences which were indeed well accepted by their fans. One of their single, “"I Don't Want to Talk …” became hit around in 1988. This song was a cover of song by Crazy Horse’s guitarist Danny Whitten.
After their “Worldwide” album, The duo appeared before a number of performances which in fact resulted in many covers (including Elvis Costello's "Alison, Bruce Springsteen's song "Tougher Than the Rest” and Mickey & Sylvia's "Love Is Strange"). In the mean time Watt became very sick due to some immune system disease. He wrote many great songs in that time of his sickness. The duo had been releasing albums regularly until 1996. And again the band reappeared in 1999 with their album, “Temperamental”
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