Monday, 22 March 2010


Marine Girls were a post punk band from Hertfordshire that made their impact on the music scene during the early 80s.

The girls met at sixth form college in 1980. Tracey Thorn, later of Everything But The Girl, and Gina Hartman decided to form the band. Originally Tracey played guitar and Gina played drums and vocals.

They were later joined by Jane Fox on bass and her sister Alice on vocals and percussion.

Contemporaries of Young Marble Giant and The Raincoats, Marine Girls made minimalist DIY songs mostly about the sea, love and life.

I first heard about them on Beth Ditto's Christmas 6music special radio programme. From what I can remember she didn't even play them but just mentioned that they were a big influence on her.  For some reason the name stuck with me. I love how minimalist and simple the songs really were.

The band had a very short lived career. Gina left to pursue other musical projects and Tracey moved to Hull to attend university. Marine Girls disbanded in 1983 after releasing two albums and a number of singles.

You can still buy the Marine Girls album at Cherry Red Records.

Marine Girls
Cherry Red Records
Marine Girls Last FM

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