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(1990 – present)

Stereolab are a UK-based band whose style, mixing 1950s-1960s pop and music with the “motorik” beat of , was one of the first to which the term “” was applied. They are noted for the use of vintage keyboard instruments like Moog synthesizers and Vox and Farfisa organs. Stereolab is also notable for founding their own record label, Duophonic Records, with a grant from UK charity The Prince’s Trust. The band is often referred to as “The Groop” by their fans (and in the title of their song “The Groop Play Chord X” on the album Space Age Batchelor Pad Music).

They were founded in 1990 by songwriters Tim Gane (guitar, keyboards), formerly of the band McCarthy, and Laetitia Sadier (sometimes credited as Seaya Sadier; vocals, keyboards, trombone, guitar), who is from and sings in both English and French.

Over the years, Gane and Sadier have enlisted a large number of other musicians to accompany them on stage and on record. The initial line-up featured Martin Kean, formerly of The Chills, on bass, and Joe Dilworth (from their Too Pure label-mates Th’ Faith Healers) on drums, with Russell Yates (of Moose) and Mick Conroy (ex-Modern English) also appearing at early live shows. In 1993 they recruited Andy Ramsay (drums), who has remained in the group line-up ever since, and Mary Hansen (vocals, guitar, keyboards, percussion). Hansen’s distinctive backing vocals became an important aspect of the Stereolab sound, and she remained a regular feature of the line-up until her death in a cycling accident on December 9, 2002.

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  • -Moshjosh-

    ALMOST

    22 Mar 8:46pm Reply
  • -Moshjosh-

    So lovely it's almost obnoxious

    22 Mar 8:46pm Reply
  • Nakkinak

    favorite comradecore band

    9 Mar 8:13pm Reply
  • Xionista

    maybe literally the best band

    28 Feb 8:43am Reply
  • chantywrastler

    Fiery Yellow ♥

    25 Feb 6:04pm Reply
  • HighWay17

    TescoSwabs, I'm persuaded that it is true. It has taken me almost five years to completely finish my getting into this pink planet and yes - "Sound-Dust" is their highest effort.

    24 Feb 3:38pm Reply
  • TescoSwabs

    I'm convinced Sound-Dust is their best album

    19 Feb 11:47am Reply
  • sco703

    Crazy, sturdy, a torpedo.

    9 Feb 8:20am Reply
  • Allbury

    кочаю стереолаб

    31 Jan 11:27am Reply
  • epicmeme

    "Parsec" is a masterpiece

    5 Jan 9:42pm Reply
  • epicmeme

    "I prefer to think of it more as the other albums being somewhat underrated (...)" Hmm, you're right ;)

    5 Jan 9:42pm Reply
  • qualityxcontrol

    C'est la tentation d'être toute absorbée

    26 Dec 2014 Reply
  • stupidstuff

    v I kinda agree though I prefer to think of it more as the other albums being somewhat underrated. I could probably pick 5 or 6 albums that I could honestly say, at that moment, happened to be my favorite by them. And I haven't even heard them all yet... a thoroughly stupid ratio of hearted tracks to unhearted tracks, that's for sure.

    18 Dec 2014 Reply
  • epicmeme

    I think ETK is pretty overrated by Stereolab standards. Transient Random-Noise, Mars Audiac, Refried Ectoplasm, Dots & Loops, Cobra and Phases are all better

    17 Dec 2014 Reply
  • foreignlawns

    heard dots and loops for the first time today. totally in love ♥

    4 Dec 2014 Reply
  • sarinasingh

    i feel like I don't hear as much about it but sound dust is RIDICULOUS

    24 Nov 2014 Reply
  • DanersTopGun

    Reminds me of some sea and cake but i cant really get used to the vocals. I don't know maybe it will just take some time getting used to.

    11 Nov 2014 Reply
  • LivingShit

    you could just call it experimental rock and call it a day. post-rock is meaningless, the experimental bands operating in the 90s were just the latest wave of post-punk and seemed particularly interested in merging the techniques employed by the first wave of experimental rock in the 60s/70s with the technology of the time (sampling, multitrack, digital EQing).

    3 Nov 2014 Reply
  • Burgesso

    Greatest alt-disco act this side of ELO <3

    29 Sep 2014 Reply
  • The_Ambience_Ed

    Stereolab is post-everything.

    18 Sep 2014 Reply
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