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Edward Bishop

Tracey Thorn has been making pop music in various guises since she was a teenager. While still in Marine Girls – a lo-fipost-punk outfit cited by Kurt Cobain as one of his favourite bands – she formed Everything But The Girl with Ben Watt. She has also released five solo albums, most recently 2018’s Record, and has just published her third book, Another Planet: A Teenager In Suburbia, in which she revisits her formative years in a 1970s commuter town.

What was the impetus for writing Another Planet?

I was asked a while ago to contribute a short monograph to be part of a series of nature writing. The idea was that I would write something about the natural world – perhaps a landscape I had a connection with. I thought, “I can’t do that, I don’t know anything about nature.” Where I came from, there wasn’t really any landscape. And that got me thinking. I wondered whether in fact that in itself was the germ of an idea – turning my attention to the suburban landscape I knew so well.

What did you learn about your younger self in the process of writing the book?

The teenage me was quite a mercurial character. A bit of a drama queen. Desperate for excitement and thrills, and wanting something to be happening all the time – but also tortured by various anxieties. I wrote an awful lot about being bored and yet, reading my diaries, it all sounds quite action-packed. There was certainly a lot going on inside my head all the time.

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Issue 49 is on sale now! For our first issue of 2019 we put our head in the lion’s mouth to count down the Top 40 most important pop artists of the 80s. Will your favourite come away with the spoils? As ever, this issue is packed with great interviews including a very rare chat with Prefab Sprout’s Paddy McAloon and we catch up with Joe Jackson as he celebrates 40 years in music with a new album and tour. We meet Dido who is returning to the pop fray and we also feature must-read interviews with Tracey Thorn, Tanita Tikaram and Ladytron. Depeche Mode’s troubled masterpiece Songs Of Faith And Devotion is our classic album and we also serve up a buyer’s guide to punk-pop pioneers Squeeze. As well as our essential round-up of what to look forward to in the pop world in 2019, we take one last look back at 2018 with our second Classic Pop Reader Awards. Our packed reviews section features the remarkable comeback by The Specials alongside new albums by Ian Brown, The Beat featuring Ranking Roger, White Lies and UB40 plus a reissues section that includes Prince and David Sylvian on vinyl, a comprehensive Paul Young singles boxset, Buzzcocks, Bananarama and much more. On the live front, we review gigs by Adam Ant, All Saints, Lily Allen and more.