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Tracey Thorn

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Perhaps one of the most enduring British vocalist/songwriters, Tracey Thorn began building music with Stern Bops and, more notably, Sea Women, a minimalist pop group that released a set of albums inspired by Little Marble Giants as well as the Raincoats. While Sea Girls were energetic, Thorn released A Distant Shoreline, a comparatively moody, if likewise skeletal solo record, on Cherry Crimson in 1982. Around that point, she fulfilled Ben Watt — who was simply also agreed upon to Cherry Crimson — and shaped a relationship as Everything However the Young lady. From 1984 through 1999, Thorn and Watt released ten albums that shifted from indie pop to slick sophisti-pop to downtempo membership music. Additionally, Thorn made an appearance on recordings by famous brands the Style Council, the Go-Betweens, and Substantial Attack. Soon after having twin daughters jointly, she and Watt place EBtG on glaciers, as Watt DJ’ed and controlled his Buzzin’ Soar label while Thorn remained home with the kids. They had another child, a young man, in 2001. After many years from music, Thorn started writing once again and documented her second single album, From the Woods, that was released in early 2007. Rather than dealing with Watt, she collaborated with several suppliers, including Ewan Pearson, Charles Webster, Cagedbaby, Sasse, and Martin Wheeler. A 12 months later on, Thorn and Watt wedded. Pearson came back as sole maker of Thorn’s 2010 work Love and its own Reverse, released in the U.K. by Watt’s Unusual Sense label. In 2012, Thorn released Tinsel and Lamps, a holiday recording featuring tunes by modern composers. A well-received memoir, Bedsit Disco Queen: COULD WAS RAISED and Tried to be always a Pop Celebrity, was released in 2013. Pursuing that, there have been a few low-key releases, like the two-song Molly Drake Tunes (documented with Watt for any BBC 4 documentary concerning the mom of Nick Drake) and “Beneath the Ivy” (a Kate Bush cover). Thorn was searched for by screenwriter and movie director Carol Morley to supply the soundtrack for The Falling, a episode that debuted in the BFI London Film Event in 2014. Before the film’s wider launch the following Apr, Thorn’s contribution — eight brief tunes — was released as Tunes from your Falling.

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Full Name Tracey Thorn
Profession Guitarist, Singer-songwriter, Film Score Composer
Education University of Hull
Nationality English, British
Spouse Ben Watt
Music Songs It's All True, Why Does the Wind?, Oh, The Divorces!, You Are a Lover, Plain Sailing, Sister Winter, Without Me, Hands Up to the Ceiling, King's Cross, By Picadilly Station I Sat Down and Wept, Follow Me Down, Raise the Roof, In the Cold, Cold Night, Late in the Afternoon, Goodbye Joe, Singles Bar, Small Town Girl, Falling off a Log, Joy, Hard Candy Christmas, Yeah! Oh, Yeah!, Too Happy, New Opened Eyes, Get Around to It, Tinsel and Lights, Maybe This Christmas, Come On Home to Me, Hotwire the Ferris Wheel, Grand Canyon, Femme Fatale, Seascape, Here It Comes Again
Albums A Distant Shore, Amplified Heart, Out of the Woods, Love and Its Opposite, Tinsel and Lights, The Falling, Solo: Songs and Collaborations 1982 - 2015, Opposites, Extended Plays 2010-2011
Movies The Falling, Massive Attack: Eleven Promos


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Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Alba 2014 TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
White Bird in a Blizzard 2014 writer: "These Early Days" - as Tracey Anne Thorn
All Is Bright 2013 performer: "Joy" / writer: "Joy"
Beloved 2011 writer: "Missing" - as Thorn
Schlaflos in Oldenburg 2008 TV Movie writer: "I dind't know I was looking for love" - as Thorm
The Work of Director Michel Gondry 2003 Video writer: "Protection"
Timecode 2000 writer: "Single"
Playing the Field 2000 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Thirteenth Floor 1999 "The Future of The Future Stay Gold"
Those Who Love Me Can Take the Train 1998 performer: "Better Things"
Thank God He Met Lizzie 1997 writer: "Missing"
One Eight Seven 1997 writer: "Better Things" - as Tracey Thorne
Freunde fürs Leben 1996 TV Series writer - 1 episode
EastEnders 1996 TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Top of the Pops TV Series writer - 4 episodes, 1995 lyrics - 2 episodes, 1996 performer - 1 episode, 1995
Brit Awards 1996 1996 TV Special writer: "Missing"
Pie in the Sky 1996 writer: "WE WALK THE SAME LINE" - uncredited
Sabrina 1995 "Protection"
Hackers 1995 writer: "Protection"
Batman Forever 1995 performer: "The Hunter Gets Captured by the Game"
She's Having a Baby 1988 writer: "APRON STRINGS"

Actress

Actress

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Massive Attack: Eleven Promos 2001 Video segment "Protection"

Composer

Composer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Falling 2014

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Breakfast 2010 TV Series Herself - Singer / Songwriter
The Work of Director Michel Gondry 2003 Video Herself (segment "Protection") (uncredited)
Top of the Pops 1988-1999 TV Series Herself / Herself - Everything But the Girl
Tocata 1985 TV Series Herself

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