The Marine Girls

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 2000s

Biography

This UK quartet was formed by four Hertfordshire school friends: Jane Fox (bass/vocals), her sister Alice Fox (vocals/percussion), Tracey Thorn (26 September 1962, Brookmans Park, Hertfordshire, England; guitar/vocals) and the soon-to-depart Gina Harman (percussion/vocals). The Marine Girls recorded their home-made Beach Party in a garden shed. Musically competent, within limitations, their lyrics showed remarkable strength and eloquence in dealing with the age-old problems of difficult boyfriends, new love and loneliness, often using the symbolic context of the sea and all its mysteries. With initial encouragement from the Television Personalities, the album was released by the Whaam! label and was later picked up by Cherry Red Records, who signed the group for a second album.

By this time, Thorn had left school to go to Hull University, where she struck up a romantic and artistic relationship with Cherry Red stablemate Ben Watt. They...

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