Everything but the Girl is an English pop music duo comprised of singer Tracey Thorn and multi-instrumentalist Ben Watt. They joined forces in 1982 in Hull, England and spent the next decade making sad, sad songs with melancholy vocals and sophisticated pop beats to little acclaim. In 1995, a Todd Terry remix of "Missing" catapulted them to number two on the Hot 100 and spent over a year on the charts. This was their only real chart success, and the duo went on hiatus in 2000 after 11 albums. Today, the two are married, Ben owns a label, and Tracey still sings.
- Eden (1984)
- Everything But the Girl (1984)note
- Love Not Money (1985)
- Baby, the Stars Shine Bright (1986)
- Idlewild (1988)
- The Language of Life (1990)
- Worldwide (1991)
- Acoustic (1992)
- Amplified Heart (1994)
- Walking Wounded (1996)
- Tempermental (1999)
Baby, the Tropes Shine Bright
- Genre Shift: Went from bossa nova jazz pop to ballads to restrained '80s pop back to bossa nova jazz pop to house and drum 'n bass.
- Mohs Scale of Lyrical Hardness: In spite of little to no cursing, they still rank a six thanks to how morose most lyrics are. Even the happier songs of childhood are world-weary, and some songs have dispassionate, critical mentions of harder topics (domestic abuse, knife fights, fascism).
- One-Hit Wonder: "Missing" went to number two (beaten by Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men's "One Sweet Day) and stayed on the charts for 55 weeks, the eleventh-longest run on the Hot 100. Their only other Hot 100 single, "Wrong," hit 68 and charted for 10 weeks.
- Shout Out: "Baby, the Stars Shine Bright" became the name of a Japanese clothing boutique.
- Signature Style: Tracey Thorn's depressed vocals and lots of sad lyrics.
- Take That, Critics!: Thorn intended the lyrics on "Each and Every One" to take down writers who dismissed her previous work as "not bad for a girl," but everyone took it as being lovesick about a boy.