What did you love best about Bedsit Disco Queen? It begins in the late nineteen seventies when Tracey first becomes interested in music. Again, interesting how male rock stars can procreate all over the place and not bat an eyelash about leaving their kids for months on end while they tour. Tracey's honest Oh, how I've always loved Everything But The Girl since I bought their first album my freshman year of college, 1985. Not plotting, just being relevant and to-the-point just like Tracey Thorn's music. From Crawley to Woking to Hemel Hempstead: punk was the sound of the suburbanites. Bedsit Disco Queen is the memoir of the female half of the eighties and nineties pop duo Everything but the Girl.
This book is the anthesis to the X-Factor conveyor belt pop that we suffer through today. If this book were a film would you go see it? The story of how the first time she sang with a band she had to hide in the wardrobe to do so was funny. They don't need to be. On 17 January 2018, Thorn announced the release of her album , which was released on 2 March. I think I can recommend this, no matter what era or genre of popular music is preferred, this one is sure to entertain. I remember glimpsing it in a shop window from the school bus. Tracey is the same age as me, born in the south.
So it was with great anticipation that i picked up this book that I just finished. I'm currently reading Richard Hell's memoir whoa, so different from this one and Richard brings up some interesting points about famous rock singers and how they have to be overbearingly narcissistic in order to be a successful frontman in a band. They sound suspicious of the very idea of performance and are determined not to charm. Feminism proves a more lasting touchstone. A year later, she formed an all-girl band called the Marine Girls and played gigs, and signed to an indie label, and started releasing records. So what was I expecting from her memoir? Only when she got it home did she realise something was missing: she needed an amp. Tracey has been in the charts, out of them, back in.
The stories about life on the road, the silent Japanese audiences, gigs in venu I loved this book. All in all, highly recommendable. I learnt lots about the Indie scene I hadn't really followed at the time and enjoyed the refreshing take on parenting while on tour. Oh, how I've always loved Everything But The Girl since I bought their first album my freshman year of college, 1985. We went on countless tours, had hit singles and flop singles, were reviewed and interviewed to within an inch of our lives.
What did you like least? We also realised that, for all its insistence on the obliterating new, punk had a past. The soundtrack would be amazing. What conclusions can someone wanting to pursue a creative career draw? The musical interludes were a fantastic addition that really complemented each chapter. Our album 'Eden', on the other hand, was a much stranger record. This is the funny, perceptive and candid story of her 30-year pop career. The Marine Girls sound like what they were — a bunch of girls playing songs in a bedroom while trying not to disturb the parents downstairs.
She has experienced the highs of stardom and been dropped by her record company. In that time, we released nine albums and sold nine million records. We could be all that ourselves. Strangely, finance is hardly discussed in the book - something that might be none of the reader's business. I didn't hear anything that made it particularly stand out. She is the woman who knew more about the brittle, slightly freaky, break up song long before Adele raised an arm at singing school. There is a lot of internal thoughts, but none are really ranting nor boring.
I wasn't aware of any published autobiography from the Thorn bird and just made a mental note. I was so happy when I saw that Tracey Thorn wrote a memoir. Put the needle in the groove, says the book. This is wry and understated, and Tracey comes across as level-headed and self-aware as she remembers her youth and almost nerdy passion for making music, and the highs and embarrassing lows of being a pop star. I can remember it being a total revelation when one of my older siblings pointed out that she and the band had been around for years in one guis For me and people my age, Tracey Thorn is the woman half of Everything But The Girl.
Eight months later, our son Blake was born, and that gig at Montreux in July 2000 became the last gig I did. If I was able to choose anyone's voice to sing like, I would choose Tracey's. Over reliance on old diary phrases and press cuttings and even quotes from her partner's book in place of genuine revelation from the heart. She went to study English at a northern university. If I was able to choose anyone's voice to sing like, I was so happy when I saw that Tracey Thorn wrote a memoir. Thorn grew up in the suburbs twenty miles north of London. So we played at the Roskilde Festival in Denmark, and then the Montreux Jazz Festival, taking the girls with us and staying in a beautiful hotel overlooking the lake.
As she explains here, she hasn't always fit in, a fact that's helped her to face up to the realities of a pop career. I was only sixteen when I bought an electric guitar and joined a band. Strangely, Watt remains somewhat elusive. I have reads loads of rock memoirs but usually not of people I truly love. Their first album together was , released in 1984.
Evocative of the 80's I got my o ld 80's vinyls out recently having bought a new turntable. At this point Thorn tells us what their relationship means to her. Then Eden came out shortly after that and I got to hear her for an entire album and it confirmed my love for her singing. Reading Bedsit Disco Queen is like reading your best friend's story. Whatever is written here is certain to be extremely biased. It was nice to get the chance to read through them and understand the context.