Chart Performance: Pop (#2); 1996
Story Behind The Song By Ed Osborne
Missing‘s long 28 week climb to #2 seemed like an overnight success compared to Everything But The Girl’s 13 year span prior to entering the U.S. pop chart. In fact, their whole career had a leisurely feel to it. In the beginning, EBTG was just a side project to other musical endeavors of Hull University students Tracey Thorn and Ben Watt. Expecting that their collaboration would involve just a single or two, they took their “throwaway” name from a Turner’s, a local furniture store, where ads promised to sell you “everything but the girl” to make your home complete. From 1982 until 1995, EBTG had already scored a number of U.K. hits when Missing – off 1994’s Amplified Heart – was released. Oddly, Thorn and Watt’s original vision for Missing involved a strong New York house groove not unlike Todd Terry’s remixed dance version of the mellow take featured on the album.
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- Ben Watt
- John Coxon
- Todd Terry
Lyrics Written by:
- Tracey Thorn
- Ben Watt