Early anxiety about making music and performing may have been what made Everything But the Girl so successful, Tracey Thorn tells Sunday's edition of BBC Radio 4's Desert Island Discs.

"I think now I have articulated what a lot of people feel," the musician tells presenter, Lauren Laverne, reports The Guardian. "There is something very connecting about seeing people performing who are struggling."

Thorn and her partner Ben Watt formed Everything But the Girl when they were both students at Hull University and the pair went on to enjoy considerable chart success in the 1980s.

On the programme, Thorn picks a song by Frank Sinatra (in tribute to her parents), some disco  - a nod to her sister - and chooses a heavy metal track with her brother in mind.

She chooses John Martyn's song Solid Air to celebrate the memory of her first evening spent with Watt who introduced the track to her.

Tracey Thorn: wrapping up well on Desert Island Discs

Everything But the Girl faded from the limelight 30 years ago. "You run a little bit out of ideas and I think we would both admit we weren’t at our most creatively prolific," recalls the musician.

However, the mellifluous duo received a welcome boost in 1995 when a club mix of the track, Missing, gained immense popularity all over again. 

Thorn has three children with Watt and the couple recently married. "There is something about us that suits each other, " the singer reflects. "It was a lucky meeting."

She is also now an author, not just of songs but of books, notably Bedsit Disco Queen, her acclaimed memoir, and Naked at the Albert Hall, her reflections on singing. 

The musician is also a columnist with the New Statesman. The musician released a solo album earlier this year and took part in a Q&A session with writer Sinéad Gleeson at the Royal Hospital in Kilmainham back in May.

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