Submitted by drakeygirl on 21 March 2013 - 11:02am
This is the story of “Pop Star Trace”, as she was nicknamed at Hull Uni in the 80s. Then a member of indie group The Marine Girls, she was soon to become one half of Everything But The Girl, and to sell nine million records. It’s also the tale of how she tried, along the way, “not to be become an arsehole”. The witty vignettes are piled high. Playground mums, too polite to mention Tracey’s pop star past, can finally ignore it no longer when a waving George Michael yells “Hello Tracey!” as he drives past. Paul Weller turns up to play with The Marine Girls just days after splitting with The Jam and advises Tracey: “It’s a gig. Maybe you should dress up a bit.” Italian fans mistakenly pursue the duo through Florence, the punchline being: “We are NOT fucking Matt Bianco!” But the writing is just as illuminating about the times she is out of the limelight than when she’s in it. The section which deals with Ben Watt’s sudden life-threatening illness is honest, unsentimental, and touching.
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Might appeal to people who enjoyed:
Falling & Laughing: The Restoration Of Edwyn Collins, by Grace Maxwell; How To Be A Woman by Caitlin Moran; Anyone with half a brain who knows that not all women like Mother’s Day compilation CDs from Asda and can live and breathe music just like some men do.
One thing you've learned:
I knew Tracey Thorn's singing voice was beautiful. But the voice that comes out of the pages of this book is just as impressive: candid, cutting, self-deprecating, charming, and fiercely independent.