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|Origin||Hatfield, Hertfordshire, England|
|Genres||Post-punk, indie pop|
|Associated acts||Everything But The Girl
Grab Grab the Haddock
|Past members||Tracey Thorn (1980-1983)
Jane Fox (1980-1983)
Alice Fox (1981-1983)
Gina Hartman (1980-81)
Marine Girls were a post-punk group from Hatfield, Hertfordshire. The group was formed in 1980, by two sixth form school friends: Tracey Thorn and Gina Hartman. Originally, Thorn just played guitar and Hartman was the lead vocalist and percussionist. Thorn overcame her shyness and started singing too by the time they started making records. They were later joined by Jane Fox on bass and her younger sister, Alice, on joint vocals and percussion.
Contemporaries of acts such as Young Marble Giants and The Raincoats, the group applied the DIY ethic of the time to record a self-produced and self-released cassette called A Day By The Sea. This features otherwise-unavailable songs such as "Getting Away From It All", "Lorna", "Hour of Need" and '"Harbours".
They went on to record an album Beach Party which was recorded in a garden shed by Pat Bermingham and released on In-Phaze then re-released by Dan Treacy of Television Personalities for his label Whaam! Records. In October 1981, Thorn moved to Hull to attend university, and Hartman left the band in 1981 to pursue other musical projects whilst the Fox sisters both went on to art school in Brighton. The group still performed together and released a second album, Lazy Ways, in April 1983.
From 1982, Thorn concentrated on her studies and her growing personal and professional relationship with fellow Hull student Ben Watt (who had contributed a photograph for the cover of Lazy Ways album). They formed their own musical project, Everything But The Girl, and their first single included a re-recording of the Marine Girls song, "On My Mind".
Marine Girls recorded two Peel Sessions. Their first, from 1982, contains five songs; "Don't Come Back", "Love To Know", "He Got the Girl", "Fever" and "A Place in the Sun". Their second, from 1983, contains four songs; "Lazy Ways", "That Day" (otherwise unavailable by Marine Girls although reworked by Grab Grab the Haddock), "Seascape" (otherwise unavailable by Marine Girls although it's a reworking of a song by Tracey Thorn from her début solo album A Distant Shore) and a cover version of "Love You More" by Buzzcocks.
Tracey Thorn continued to record and tour with Everything But the Girl until the early 2000s, and more recently has recorded as a solo artist and become an author and columnist.
|December 1981||"On My Mind"/"The Lure of the Rockpools"||Single||—|
|March 1982||Beach Party||Album||29|
|February 1983||"Don't Come Back"/"You Must Be Mad"||Single||21|
|April 1983||Lazy Ways||Album||4|
Various artists compilation album
- Rupert Preaching at a Picnic (1981) – Marine Girls contributed a song called "Hate the Girl".
Grab Grab the Haddock
- "I'm Used Now" (1984), Cherry Red
- "The Last Fond Goodbye" (1985), Cherry Red
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