Today sees a lot of people return back to work after the festive break. I'm lucky enough to have one more day of lounging around - although in my defence I should point out that my break was interrupted by the need to pay an emergency visit to my office as the ceiling had collapsed in following flooding from the upstairs properties.
I thought I'd do my bit to put everyone in a relaxed and chilled mood (no bad weather pun intended) with one of the bits of vinyl I picked up in recent weeks, namely the 1982 debut single from Everything But The Girl.
mp3 : Everything But The Girl - Night And Day
mp3 : Everything But The Girl - Feeling Dizzy
mp3 : Everything But The Girl - On My Mind
Those of you who only know the duo from the mid 90s dance-orientated output might be surprised with the sounds coming out of the speakers from your download. Tracey Thorn and Ben Watt began life as an acoustic duo with a jazz bent, making sounds that were very much an influence on Paul Weller and his then new band The Style Council (indeed acknowledgement was given to Thorn and Watt with their guest appearance on Cafe Bleu, the TSC debut LP released in 1984).
Night And Day is a cover of an old Cole Porter song, but the two tracks on the b-side are originals, with Feeling Dizzy being a Ben Watt composition, while On My Mind flowed from the pen of Tracey Thorn.
This debut effort failed to trouble the charts, either on its initial release in June 1982 or the subsequent re-release some 15 months later. But follow-up single Each And Every One did hit the Top 30 in late 1984, although not many more of the acoustic- style singles cracked the charts over the next decade.
Just a late addition......a track I, ahem, borrowed from the wonderfully generous Nolan Micron at Castles In Space. It's a fabulous cover version that continues the Weller connection:-
mp3 : Everything But The Girl - English Rose
Lovely stuff I'm sure you'll agree.