Tracey Thorn believes that wrinkle cream is the most overrated thing in the world

Marine Girls and Everything But The Girl singer Thorne fills in our GTKY questionnaire

First a member of early 80s post-punk band Marine Girls, and then one half of Everything But The Girl, Tracey Thorn’s latest solo project is a soundtrack for Carol Morley’s debut feature film The Falling, in cinemas April 24. From her London home, she filled in our Getting To Know You questionnaire

The best piece of advice you’ve been given

Don’t be a big shot, take a jacket.

Your favourite word


Your pet-hate

Weather forecasters’ clichés – “spits and spots of rain”, “misty and murky”, “treacherous ice.”

If you could only eat one food forever, it would be…

Melanzane parmigiana.

The worst job you’ve had

I’ve been too lucky; apart from teenage Saturday jobs all I’ve done is singing and writing.

The film you can quote the most of

Spinal Tap.

Favourite place in the world and why?

London, because it’s home.

Your style icon

Germaine Greer.

The one song you wished you’d written

‘The Folks Who Live On The Hill’ by Peggy Lee (this week).

The most famous person you’ve met

Maisie Williams, at the premiere of The Falling. She was tiny and adorable.

The thing you’d rescue from a burning building


The worst date you’ve been on

I’ve never been on a bad date.

Your guilty pleasure


The worst present you’ve received

Poodle pyjama case.

The characteristic you most like about yourself

I’m a good listener.

Your hidden talent

Getting all of a roast dinner on the table at the same time.

Your favourite item of clothing

All my dresses (I have many).

Your biggest disappointment

Having stage fright.

The celebrity that pisses you off even though you’ve never met them

Anyone who is pointlessly cruel and rude for a living. There seem to be several.

Your biggest fear

The usual – kids being ill or in an accident.

The best book in the world

That’s impossible to choose.

People’s biggest misconception about yourself

I’ve no idea.

Who would play you in a film of your life?

Gena Rowlands.

What is success to you?

Achieving what you set out to, or coming somewhere close.

What talent do you wish you had?

I’d love to be able to ice skate.

What is the most overrated thing in the world?

Wrinkle cream.

What, if anything, would you change about your physical appearance?

I wish I hadn’t plucked my eyebrows to near-extinction.

What’s your biggest turn-off?


What would you tell your 15-year-old self?

Yes you will, don’t worry.

Your best piece of advice for others

Be kind to yourself.