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Everything But the Girl Inspirations (S3 | E148)


We jumped into EDEN from Everything But the Girl in Part I of our series on the band. In Part II we explored the period in the late 1990s when Everything But The Girl stopped being slightly electronic and very jazz-folky, and switched to being very electronic and only slightly jazz-folky, seems a very long time ago now.

If you are not familiar with EBTG, then consider their vibe-cousin bands: Massive Attack, Tricky, The Style Council, Aztec Camera, I’ve even read that Swing Out Sister might find their way into that club… maybe.

This is Part III – called Inspirations – and it’s the complement to our Part I & Part II. We’ve got more EBTG music and some music that I’ll call “in the sonic family” of the band.

Everything But the Girl

Everything But the Girl are an English musical duo formed in Kingston upon Hull in 1982, consisting of lead singer, songwriter, composer and occasional guitarist Tracey Thorn and guitarist, keyboardist, songwriter, composer, producer and singer Ben Watt. The group’s early works have been categorized as sophisti-pop with jazz influences before undergoing an electronic turn following the worldwide success of the 1994 hit single “Missing”, remixed by Todd Terry.

In the early years (1980s): Everything But the Girl initially started as a folk and jazzy pop duo. Their early music was characterized by Tracey Thorn’s distinctive smoky vocals and Ben Watt’s intricate acoustic guitar work. Albums like “Eden” (1984) and “Love Not Money” (1985) featured folk and jazz influences with emotionally charged lyrics.

Everything But the Girl’s music is often described as a fusion of different genres, blending pop, folk, jazz, and electronic elements over the years. What remains constant throughout their discography is the emotional depth in their lyrics and the distinctive voice of Tracey Thorn. Their ability to evolve and adapt their style while maintaining their core identity is a testament to their versatility and musical creativity.

From 1982, Thorn concentrated on her studies and her growing personal and professional relationship with fellow Hull student Ben Watt (who had contributed the photograph for the front cover of Lazy Ways). They formed their own musical project, Everything But The Girl, and their first single included a re-recording of the Marine Girls song, “On My Mind”. We include some Marine Girls to start our set this week.

Below pix of some of these incredible DJ’s: DJ Jazzy Jeff, Dave Wallace, Ben Watt, John Ciafone, & Todd Terry.


BittersweetEverything But the GirlEDEN1984
The DustbowlEverything But the GirlEDEN1985
The Spice of LifeEverything But the GirlEDEN1985
Use a Sua CabecaMoney MarkRed, Hot & Rio1996
CorcovadoEverything But the GirlRed, Hot & Rio1996
DesafinadoGeorge MichaelRed, Hot & Rio1996
Toxic Girl – Monte Carlo 1963 VersionKings of ConvenienceVersus2001
Watch Fire (feat. Sufjan Stevens)Laura VeirsThe Lookout2018
Everybody Needs YouLaura VeirsThe Lookout2018
On Box HillBen WattNorth Marine Drive1983
Cross My HeartEverything But the GirlBaby, the Stars Shine Bright1986
Come on HomeEverything But the GirlBaby, the Stars Shine Bright1986
Dark DancingFeivel is GlaqueI’m Scanning Things I Can’t See / Dark Dancing2023
DecoyFeivel is GlaqueGod’s Trashmen Sent to Right the Mess2021
White Blue and RedKathryn WilliamsSelections of Tracks from the Anthology2019
A Piece of My MindEverything But the GirlI Didn’t Know I Was Looking for Love1993
The Heart Remains a ChildEverything But the GirlWalking Wounded1996
Easy as SinEverything But the GirlEDEN1984
LostEverything But the GirlFUSE2023
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Everything But the Girl Inspirations (S3 | E148)

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DJ and radio personality PJ Ewing is the host of Lester the Nightfly.

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