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Everything But The Girl

Originating at the turn of the 1980s as a leader of the lite-jazz movement, Everything but the Girl became an unlikely success story more than a decade later, emerging at the vanguard of the fusion between pop and electronica. Founded in 1982 by Hull University students Tracey Thorn and Ben Watt, the duo took their name from a sign placed in the window of a local furniture shop, which claimed "for your bedroom needs, we sell everything but the girl." At the time of their formation, both vocalist Thorn and songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Watt were already signed independently to the Cherry Red label; Thorn was a member of the sublime Marine Girls, while Watt had issued several solo singles and also collaborated with Robert Wyatt.

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.

Everything but the Girl's own beguiling 1984 debut, Eden, followed on the heels of the single "Each and Every One," a U.K. Top 40 hit. The jazz-pop confections of the group's early work gave way to shimmering jangle rock by the time of 1985's Love Not Money, while a subtle country influence crept into the mix for 1986's lush, orchestral Baby, the Stars Shine Bright. The beautifully spare Idlewild followed in 1988, spawning the single "I Don't Want to Talk About It," a poignant cover of a song by the late Crazy Horse guitarist Danny Whitten which became EBTG's biggest hit to date, landing at the number three spot on the British charts.

Watt and Thorn traveled to Los Angeles to record 1990's slick, commercial The Language of Life, produced by Tommy LiPuma and featuring a guest appearance by jazz great Stan Getz. After a return to pop textures with 1991's Worldwide, Everything but the Girl mounted a series of club performances which resulted in 1992's Acoustic, a spartan set of covers (including Elvis Costello's "Alison," Bruce Springsteen's "Tougher Than the Rest," and Mickey & Sylvia's "Love Is Strange") which presaged the coming ascendancy of the "Unplugged" concept. In the wake of the record's release, Watt fell prey to Churg-Strauss Syndrome, a rare auto-immune system disease which brought him to the brink of death; after a year in recovery, he wrote several new songs which the duo recorded for inclusion on Home Movies, a 1993 hits collection.

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. In 1995 the soulful single "Missing" was innovatively remixed by Todd Terry, and after first becoming a club sensation the track blossomed as a major international hit, reaching the number two position on the U.S. pop charts. More importantly, Terry's remix, combined with the lessons of the Massive Attack sessions, launched the duo into an entirely new -- and equally satisfying -- musical direction: with 1996's brilliant Walking Wounded, Everything but the Girl dove headfirst into electronica, crafting sophisticated, assured excursions into trip-hop and drum'n'bass. In 1999, the duo reappeared with Temperamental. Back to Mine was issued by Ultra in spring 2001. ~ Jason Ankeny, Rovi
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Track List: Missing (Fedde Le Grand Remix) (Radio Single)

Comments

Absolutely love this duo! Their music and lyrics are epic! Totally dance and nostalgic, the perfect fusion.
Chill before chill was chill.
Opps, ,, wrong door,,,:o)
Takes me back too! Waaaaaaay back too! LOVE EBTG <3
Nice track
Missing, everything but the girl. Takes me back lol
That voice...OMG
Ñice AND MELLOW
Part of the dance landscape. I should read Tracey's book!
Even for a guy I like this song even back then when it came out!!! Follow me....I'll take you back on a trip through my favorites!!!
I love this song
I miss you Tiffany I love you
OMG this song CRAZY....
This song is the greatest dance song of the 90s. I just keep on listening to this song nonstop. I just love this song so much. I will still be listening to this song in 2095 and beyond.
These 2 folks for me are a classic when i think about music! They really are!
Deep sensational
Simply beautiful! ;)
This band is the equivalent of technologica l orgasm, lol
Another Fine Cocktail Pop Jazz group!
Love them...
Sultry, sensual, moving, passionate music..... so missing from today's mainstream noise.
This song reminds me of 1995 when I use to see my mom getting ready to go clubbing .... Men I miss the 90's
Swing Out Sister, EBTG are two of my favorite artists. Every visit to a record store means Check the S's and E's. I liked Swing Out from It's better to Travel. But I really got into EBTG because of Missing I heard it while I was deployed in Iraq in 2005. I ordered 5 different CD's immediately. Thank you Pandora
Continually amazed
I've always loved this song. But has anyone else but me noticed that the lyrics are kind of stalker like? :-O
this song from EBTG was my song to my lover Brad in 92 when he was in my life then change sent me another direction and I did often think of him and did use to go by his old place to try to see him, missing him, really really and maybe one day Brad from florida we will again cross paths:o).... . missing you BT.. xo AMK
Timeless music and sound, always never out of style.
I discovered EBTG on VH1's 'sunday brunch' in the States during the early 90's. One of the best musical discoveries I ever made. Tracey and Ben are brilliant, both alone and together - I prefer together, but I'll take what I can get.
I fell in love with ETBG back in the 80s. They are the group that held my heart when ever I fell in love wiith someone. I remember going to see them in a little club in O.C. It was cool because it was a small venue and I was right there up close I could touch them. Thanks ETBG
not bad!
i have always loved this song and it is so perfect this evening. so wonderful to hear it and learn something about the people who made this music. wow
I've their mid-80's stuff - Baby to Worldwide, and I think Worldwide is the best of their albums, though Baby runs it a close second.
Very! Very! Nice job folks! Excellent work on a Brazilian classic!
i got the Walking Wounded album, thinking it would have the song missing. I was disappointed that it didn't have it, so i put it on the shelf for two years. one day i gave it a listen and loved the whole damn thing so much i wore the cd out- something i've only done with OK Computer and Siamese Dream. To this day, it's still my favorite EBTG album.
I grew up listening to this group. Will always be close to my heart, since my mom and I would sing every single song, since I could remember. haha.
sweet, silky, soulfull.... .
gmarcelous70 5 5
Been listening to this group for yrs and have always loved Tracy's voice......
i love this song
I love Tracy Thorn Voice it's so calming.
burelf52
One of the best songs of all time, in my most humble opinion! There simply are not enough superlative words to describe it: outstanding, wonderful wow!
The ROYAL DUO of SOULFUL TECHNO PLANET SOUND.
You just can't go wrong with anything done by EBTG!
Nothing compares to EBTG. What I wouldn't do to see them live.
alicia.hutch i s o n 1 7
Simply Brilliant, ETBG is my all time favorite band ever!!
branbran9194 2
always takes me back to a time in my life
Timeless.... . . . . . . . d o e s justice to good musicians everywhere.
great tracks
Incredible - they've been making music since the early '80s. Who knew?
Shades of Sade wonderment.
just simply brillant
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