Everything Girls Love

January 24, 2012 by staff 

Everything Girls Love, Everything but the Girl (often shortened EBTG) was a two-person English band, formed in Hull during 1981, consisting of lead singer and occasional guitarist Tracey Thorn (born 26 September 1962) and guitarist, keyboardist, and singer Ben Watt (born 6 December 1962). They are currently inactive, although vocalist Tracey Thorn hinted that they may reform someday. They have not performed publicly since 2000

Watt and Thorn are also a couple; they are very private about their relationship and personal life. It was not a publicised fact for some time that they were a couple, or that they had married subsequently. The duo have expressed a strong desire to raise their three children with as much privacy as possible.

1985 view of Turners, with their inspirational slogan
When Thorn and Watt met, they were both attending the University of Hull, and both had contracted with the independent record company, 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: Thorn’s 1982 LP was A Distant Shore, an eight-track mini-album. Watt’s LP was entitled North Marine Drive.

They formed a duo and adopted their name, “Everything but the Girl,” from the slogan of the well-known Hull shop Turners’ ” Furniture, on Beverley Road. The store had originally built a window sign that read, “for your bedroom needs, we sell everything but the girl,” the last part of which was later added to the shop’s main signage.

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