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Manchester and Tracey Thorn.

May 6, 2013

I’ve been spending a little time in Manchester City centre of late with various meetings and this and that.

I was lucky to get a range of my Fishink Cards and Notebooks into the shop in the Cornerhouse so now you can purchase them in Manchester too !

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There were some people exploring the highlife, some trendy types and some just soaking up the sunshine.

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The more recent university buildings are impressive in their rusted textures, shapes and acute angles. Here where the old meets the new and Student Castle, a huge towering accommodation block with 48 ensuite bedrooms, each with a double bed, internet connection, a shared fitted kitchen and a lounge provided with a leather sofa/flat screen TV ! A bit different to my memories of being a student lol

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More interesting graffiti on the streets of Manchester.

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This flowering cherry tree certainly added a wash of colour to this sunny scene on Tib Street.

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Thurdays evening I was lucky to meet with another of my teenage hero’s, namely Tracey Thorn, one half of the group Everything But The Girl who was touring with her new book called “Bedsit Disco Queen – How I grew up and tried to be a Popstar’.  The band adopted the name Everything but the Girl from the slogan of the well-known shop in Hull called Turner’s Furniture.

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Photo by Nick Cooper (1985)

The store had originally built a window sign, that read, “for your bedroom needs, we sell everything but the girl”, the last part of which was later added to the shop’s main signage. It was such a refreshing evening as Tracey is very honest and down to earth in her recollections of the  music industry.

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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.’

Dave Haslam was conducting the question and answer session and then the audience got the chance to ask her questions directly before she ended by signing books and keepsakes. I had always been a big fan of her music but particularly the album “Eden” which was released back in 1984, so I asked her to sign that. We also bought a copy of the book so I will look forward to discovering more in the weeks to come. Thanks for a great evening Tracey.

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If you’ve not heard this epic album, be sure to grab yourself a copy. A wonderful light pop – jazz indulgence.

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8 Comments leave one →
  1. May 6, 2013 7:29 am

    Great pics! made me see Manchester in a new light : )

  2. May 6, 2013 1:39 pm

    Wow, Manchester has changed a lot from my student memories from the late ’70’s. I probably wouldn’t recognise Oxford Road now.

    • May 7, 2013 3:32 pm

      Many changes in the last 30 years yes, even the old BBC building has recently gone on oxford road, it’s turning into student land for certain !

  3. May 6, 2013 7:40 pm

    How cool is Tracey Thorn? I’ve even got the same boots as her!

  4. Wallace permalink
    May 8, 2013 10:37 pm

    Great to see such interesting wall art (“graffiti” doesn’t do it justice), I’ll need to do more exploring in Manchester too.

    • May 9, 2013 6:07 pm

      Thanks Wallace, it seems that there’s always something new to discover and photograph on the streets of Manchester.

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