Tuesday, January 17, 2012
AccuRadio Song Of The Day-Everything But The Girl
Album:The Best Of Everything But The Girl
This remix of a 1995 album track turned the British jazz influenced pop duo Everything But The Girl into dance floor sensations. And it was a top five pop hit. In 1982, singer Tracey Thorn and keyboard player Ben Watt were students at the University Of Hull. Both had solo recording deals with Cherry Red Records. Thorn was a member of the girl group Marine Girls. They decided to unite and named themselves after a local furniture store slogan. Their music was very similar to jazz influenced pop groups like Matt Bianco and The Style Council. In England, they were on Blanco y Negro Records which was an offshoot of Rough Trade and was distributed by WEA. In the US, they were on Sire Records. They did well in England including the 1988 top five hit I Don't Want To Talk About It. But they didn't sell in the US. They switched to Atlantic and were sent to Los Angeles to record the 1990 album The Language Of Love with producer Tommy LiPuma and famed jazz musicians like Stan Getz, Joe Sample, Michael Brecker and others. It didn't help as the album didn't sell. Their next two albums were not released in the US but they still did well in England. With the 1994 album Amplified Heart, Atlantic decided to make one final try to break Everything But The Girl in the US. Atlantic hired veteran DJ and mixmaster Todd Terry to remix Missing and sell it to clubs. Missing was a worldwide dance hit and reached #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1995. They continued to do well on the dance charts but not on the pop charts. By 1999, Everything But The Girl decided to take a break. You can get all their hits on this budget comp. Tracey Thorn has recorded two solo albums and Ben Watt does a lot of DJ and production work. The two were married in 2009 and have three children. In Apr. 2011, Tracey suggested that they could record together again but it seems like a longshot. Watt seems very happy behind the scenes. Here's the video for Missing by Everything But The Girl.