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Tracey, photographed in North London, 2012 Pic by Edward Bishop.

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Hello, everyone. Thanks for dropping in. My book, 'Bedsit Disco Queen' was published by Virago in Feb 2013. I am currently finishing a follow-up book due in 2015, and am writing a regular column for the New Statesman. I've also written and recorded music for the soundtrack to Carol Morley's new feature film, 'The Falling' out next year. If you need to send me a message, please use the official contact page at www.ebtg.com - thanks, Tracey x

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Tracey's new column for The New Statesman

// Sun 31st Aug 2014: 9h09 GMT

As she puts the finishing touches to her follow-up book to 2013's 'Bedsit Disco Queen' due next Spring, Tracey has been writing a regular column for The New Statesman. If you want to catch up on all her columns and read her on a regular basis, go here
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New book and film music.

// Mon 24th Mar 2014: 5h05 GMT

Tracey is currently in the final stages of writing her new non-fiction book all about ideas and myths around singers and singing which she hopes to have published by Virago in 2015. She has also written, performed and sung new music and songs for the soundtrack of 'The Falling', the first feature film by English director Carol Morley (pictured), who made the brilliant semi-documentary 'Dreams of Life.'

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Hear Tracey read her new essay on Germaine Greer for the BBC.

// Sat 1st Feb 2014: 8h08 GMT

Asked to write and read something for BBC's 'The Book that Changed Me', Tracey chose Germaine Greer's 'The Female Eunuch'. A deep influence on her lyrics and thinking ever since, hear her read her new 15 min essay here.
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Molly Drake songs to be released for Record Store Day 2014

// Fri 31st Jan 2014: 7h07 GMT

Following the popularity of Tracey's performances of two Molly Drake songs for BBC Radio 4 recently, the tracks will be release as a special 7" vinyl single for Record Store Day 2104 on April 19, and then later as a digital download. Molly Drake was Nick Drake's mum. Tracey's partner in Everything But The Girl, Ben Watt, plays electric piano and guitar on the recordings.
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Tracey sings songs of Molly Drake for BBC Radio 4

// Thu 21st Nov 2013: 4h04 GMT

Journalist Pete Paphides has made a half-hour documentary for BBC Radio 4 about the mother of acclaimed folk singer, Nick Drake. Molly Drake wrote her own songs which until recently were unknown to the general public. Alongside Nick's sister, actress Gabriella Drake, and producer Joe Boyd, Tracey takes part in the programme; she talks about Molly's songwriting and sings two of her songs accompanied by Ben Watt. Listen again for seven days here.

More readings and interviews announced for

More readings and interviews announced for 'Bedsit Disco Queen'

// Sun 12th May 2013: 8h08 GMT

Tracey had added more dates to her tour for her ace memoir 'Bedsit Disco Queen'. Hear her read and chat in interview at the following - 

Wed May 15 - Bristol, Festival of Ideas
Fri May 24 - Dublin, Writers' Festival
Sun June 02 - London, Literature Festival
Wed June 12 - Hull, Pave
Sat June 22 - Hebden Bridge, Arts Festival
Sat July 20 - Southwold, Latitude Festival
Sun Aug 18 - Edinburgh, International Books Festival
Sun Oct 13 - Cheltenham, Literary Festival
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Tracey live Q&A's for Bedsit Disco Queen

// Thu 10th Jan 2013: 8h08 GMT

Tracey will be in conversation about her new memoir Bedsit Disco Queen at the following events. Tickets are available for most:


Feb 7th - Launch at Rough Trade East
Feb 13th - New Writing South, Brighton 
Feb 19th - UEA Literary Festival, Norwich
Feb 27th - Virago Book Club at Foyles, London
6th April - Laugharne Weekend, Wales
12th April - Aye Write! Glasgow Book Festival
13th April - Cambridge Word Fest
2nd May - Liverpool Sound City

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Tracey's new memoir 'Bedsit Disco Queen' is published on Feb 7

// Wed 9th Jan 2013: 1h01 GMT

Starting with her first teenage band, 'Bedsit Disco Queen' charts Tracey's journey through the music industry through her own eyes. Published by Virago you can order it through Amazon (UK) or Amazon (US).


In Tracey's words: 'I was only sixteen when I bought an electric guitar and joined a band. A year later, I formed an all-girl band called the Marine Girls and played gigs, and signed to an indie label, and started releasing records. Then, for eighteen years, between 1982 and 2000, I was one half of the group Everything But the Girl. In that time, we released nine albums and sold nine million records. We went on countless tours, had hit singles and flop singles, were reviewed and interviewed to within an inch of our lives. I've been in the charts, out of them, back in. I've seen myself described as an indie darling, a middle-of-the-road nobody and a disco diva. I haven't always fitted in, you see, and that's made me face up to the realities of a pop career - there are thrills and wonders to be experienced, yes, but also moments of doubt, mistakes, violent lifestyle changes from luxury to squalor and back again, sometimes within minutes.'

Tracey on NPR

Tracey on NPR's World Cafe on Dec 24

// Mon 17th Dec 2012: 6h06 GMT

On Dec 24 Tracey's latest acoustic session and interview can be heard on National Public Radio’s prestigious World Cafe show with host David Dye on over 200 North American stations nationwide. Fans can find their local station and broadcast time here or worldwide fans can connect to the WXPN Philadelphia stream Monday through Friday, 2pm to 4pm EST, here. Late in the day of broadcast, NPR will feature it as the "Current Show" on the World Cafe website and post the audio stream, here.
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Tracey's Online Advent Calendar

// Sat 1st Dec 2012: 1h01 GMT

We've made an advent calendar to get you in the mood for Christmas. Each day features a festive link to pics and clips and exclusive stuff connected with Tracey's ace current album 'Tinsel and Lights'. Happy Christmas. Check it out here

'Joy' to be new single from 'Tinsel and Lights' on Dec 10

// Wed 14th Nov 2012: 7h07 GMT

‘Joy' is the second single to be released from Tracey's acclaimed album of modern and retro Christmas classics, 'Tinsel and Lights’. 

The stand-out track for many writers reviewing the album ( **** The Guardian, **** Uncut, **** Q), it is a Tracey Thorn original that stands among her finest songs, ‘recasting Christmas,’ writes Jim Writh in Uncut ‘as a desperate, defiant celebration of life’.

 A video for the song is being shot in the centre of one of Christmas’ quintessential locations – Lille Christmas Market in Northern France. A new stripped-back acoustic version with Tracey’s long-time musical partner, Ben Watt, on guitar, is also included as part of the release.

'Tinsel and Lights' Christmas card set

// Wed 7th Nov 2012: 5h05 GMT

Look! Get yourself an ace 'Tinsel and Lights' Christmas card set. Five limited editions cards all drawn from the artwork for Tracey's current album. Only £6.50. Buy here
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Sneak an upfront listen to 'Tinsel and Lights' courtesy of WNYC

// Wed 24th Oct 2012: 10h10 GMT

Ace New York radio station WNYC is preview-streaming Tinsel and Lights this week. Sneak an upfront listen here. 
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Double A-Side digital single from 'Tinsel and Lights' out now

// Tue 23rd Oct 2012: 10h10 GMT

A unique transatlantic double A-side single from 'Tinsel and Lights' is released today. UK fans can get  'In The Cold, Cold Night' on iTunes now, while US fans can buy the title track 'Tinsel and Lights'. You will not be asked to buy the tracks again if you complete your album purchase on iTunes next week when the whole album is released.
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It's here! The gorgeous deluxe vinyl gift set of Tracey's Christmas album 'Tinsel and Lights'

// Fri 12th Oct 2012: 3h03 GMT

Heavy 180gm vinyl, bonus track not on CD, inner sleeve, standard fully-artworked CD, set of five Christmas cards, one sheet of giftwrap, hard box. Pre-order it or get the standard CD or iTunes version here

'In The Cold, Cold Night' streaming on YouTube

// Wed 3rd Oct 2012: 4h04 GMT

It's been on Soundcloud, it's been on the radio. Now you can hear Tracey's new single 'In The Cold, Cold Night' on YouTube

'Tinsel and Lights' song premiere at RollingStone.com

// Sat 29th Sep 2012: 5h05 GMT

Following the premiere at Guardian.co.uk last week of 'In The Cold, Cold Night' (the first track to be pulled from Tracey's upcoming Christmas album, 'Tinsel and Lights' and now on preview in the Listen section of this site), you can now hear another courtesy of RollingStone.com. Check it here

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Pre-order and preview Tracey's Christmas album

// Mon 24th Sep 2012: 10h10 GMT

Tracey's Christmas album 'Tinsel and Lights' will be out Oct 29/30 but we have early previews and pre-orders available now at the Buzzin' Fly online shop for the standard CD, the deluxe vinyl gift set and the iTunes version. Jump here for more info. North American fans should check out the Merge Records versions too
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Official news of Tracey's Christmas album

// Thu 2nd Aug 2012: 7h07 GMT

Pitchfork announce tracklist, release date with front cover artwork here

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Big interview with Tracey in The Word this month

// Wed 13th Jun 2012: 2h02 GMT

Catch up with Tracey chatting to David Hepworth about the EBTG re-issues, life on Twitter, singing live, her new upcoming Christmas album and her new book.
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Tracey's alternative Christmas album

// Fri 25th May 2012: 1h01 GMT

Tracey has been in the studio over the past few weeks putting together her alternative Christmas album for release later this year. It is largely cover versions all with a 'winter' theme plus two new originals, and features songs by writers such as Stephen Merritt, Ron Sexsmith, Jack White and Randy Newman. As with 'Love And Its Opposite' the album will be released on Strange Feeling except in the US where Merge will handle it. The album is being produced by Ewan Pearson, and Tracey's longtime EBTG partner, Ben Watt is guesting on guitars and piano. Expected release date - late October/early November.

Signed copies of

Signed copies of 'Love And Its Opposite'

// Fri 25th Nov 2011: 15h15 GMT

Fresh stock of Tracey's classic 2010 album, 'Love And Its Opposite' on CD has just arrived, and Tracey has signed a load of them! They are on sale now on the Buzzin' Fly online shop. Brighten someone's Christmas! Only £10.99. (Unsigned stock also on sale at £7.99.). Get them here.

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New compilation out this week

// Wed 9th Nov 2011: 8h08 GMT

Gathering together all the remixes and B-sides that have accompanied the singles released from her acclaimed 2010 album 'Love And Its Opposite' and throwing in her new 'Night Time' single for good measure, this week sees the release of Tracey's new digital-only collection 'Extended Plays 2010-2011'. Highlights include covers of Vampire Weekend's 'Taxi Cab', Sufjan Stevens' 'Sister Winter' and The xx's 'Night Time' (especially commissioned by The xx themselves) plus a slew of remixes from stellar underground names from the house and bass music scenes such as Morgan Geist, Visionquest, Walls and Black Acre's Blue Daisy. Get it direct from us here.

Pre-order and hear

Pre-order and hear 'Night Time EP'

// Mon 17th Oct 2011: 17h17 GMT

Limited edition signed blue vinyl copies of the 'Night Time EP' are now for sale on the Buzzin' Fly and Strange Feeling Online Shop. You can also pre-order the download version from iTunes.

Tracey covers The xx on new EP

// Sun 2nd Oct 2011: 19h19 GMT

In the summer of 2010 Mercury Music Prize winners (and Everything But The Girl fans) The xx asked Tracey Thorn and her long-time partner in EBTG Ben Watt (also Strange Feeling label boss) to record a track from the The xx's debut album for a special compilation the band were commissioning of covers of the album's songs by their favourite artists. Unfortunately the project fell apart a few months later for numerous logistical reasons (not least the second wind breathed into the original album by the Mercury Prize victory) but not before Tracey had sung a new version of one the album most beautiful tracks, 'Night Time'. The track gathered dust for a few months but it is rightfully seeing the light of day on a new EP from Tracey Thorn called the 'Night Time EP', released on Strange Feeling on October 31, much to the delight of all concerned. The flip side will feature new mixes of 'Swimming' from 'Love And Its Opposite'. Audio clips soon.

Free download

// Thu 5th May 2011: 11h11 GMT

Quick bit of trivia for you. Did you know the title track of Tracey Thorn's new EP 'You Are A Lover' was written by another band on Strange Feeling, The Unbending Trees? We have an ace remix of The Unbending Trees' original version for FREE download, plus a chance to peep at the new video re-edit made especially for the remix.Click to grab.

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Out tomorrow. New EP for Record Store Day 2011

// Fri 15th Apr 2011: 20h20 GMT

The gorgeous 10" green vinyl version of the 'You Are A Lover EP' is out tomorrow at an indie store near you. This is a limited edition collectors release. If we get any returns they will go on sale at the online Buzzin' Fly and Strange Feeling Shop in a couple of weeks. The digital version is out on Apr 26 through iTunes etc.

Hear the Clock Opera remix of the new single

Hear the Clock Opera remix of the new single 'You Are A Lover' for Record Store Day 2011

// Sat 26th Mar 2011: 22h22 GMT

Following its exclusive premiere on The Guardian website, we now have the ace Clock Opera remix of 'You Are A Lover' streaming on the Buzzin' Fly/Strange Feeling Records listening page. Tune in.

New single

New single 'You Are A Lover' for Record Store Day 2011

// Wed 16th Feb 2011: 11h11 GMT

Tracey has a new single 'You Are A Lover' lined up for Record Store Day 2011 on April 16. Taken from her acclaimed current album 'Love And Its Opposite' the release features a brand new remix of the song by the brilliant Clock Opera (above). The B-side also includes Tracey's pre-Christmas free download 'Sister Winter' written by Sufjan Stevens on vinyl for the first time. The single will be be released on limited edition 10" vinyl. If you cannot get one from a local indie store near you, we will have some on sale online with international shipping. There will also be an MP3 download available a few days later through normal online retailers.

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Joy (Official Video)

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The Making of Tinsel and Lights (Full Version)

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The Making of Tinsel and Lights (Trailer)

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'Late In The Afternoon' (Live At Home Version)

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'Oh, The Divorces!' (Live At Home Version)

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'Why Does The Wind?' (Live At Home Version)

Collaborations

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Working Week

In 1984 Tracey shared lead vocals with Robert Wyatt on Working Week's debut single 'Venceremos'. The track was later re-vocalled by a different singer for the band's debut album. Find out more.

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The Style Council

In 1984 Tracey lead vocals on 'The Paris Match' for Paul Weller's band The Style Council on their debut album 'Café Bleu'. Ben Watt played guitar on this too. Find out more.

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Tevo Howard

In 2010 Tracey sang and co-wrote 'Without Me' with Chicago underground house don, Tevo Howard. Find out more.

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Massive Attack

In 1994 Tracey sang and co-wrote two tracks on Bristol band Massive Attack's second album 'Protection' including the title track. Find out more.

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Everything But The Girl

Tracey is most famous for her twenty-year nine-album career with Ben Watt in alt-pop duo Everything But The Girl (1982-2002). Find out more here.

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Tiefschwarz

In 2006 Tracey sang and co-wrote 'Damage' with German electronic artists Tiefschwarz. Find out more.

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Molly Drake Songs
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Tinsel and Lights (Deluxe Vinyl gift set)
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Extended Plays 2010-2011
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Why Does The Wind? (Limited Edition CD Promo)
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