Stereolab Biography

Stereolab are an alternative music band formed in 1990 in London, England. The band originally comprised songwriting team Tim Gane (guitar/keyboards) and Laetitia Sadier (vocals/keyboards/guitar), both of whom remained at the helm across many lineup changes. Other long-time members include Mary Hansen (backing vocals/keyboards/guitar), who played with the group from 1992 until her accidental death in 2002, and Andy Ramsay (drums), who joined in 1993, and who is still in the official line-up.

Called "one of the most fiercely independent and original groups of the Nineties", Stereolab were one of the first bands to be termed "post-rock". Their primary musical influence was 1970s krautrock, which they combined with lounge, 1960s pop, and experimental pop music. They were noted for their heavy use of vintage electronic keyboards, and their sound often overlays a repetitive "motorik" beat with female vocals sung in English or French. Stereolab often incorporates socio-political themes into their lyrics. Some critics say the group's lyrics carry a strong Marxist message, and both Gane and Sadier admit to being influenced by the Surrealist and Situationist cultural and political movements. Gane is skeptical of labels such as "Marxist pop", and defends the band against accusations of "sloganeering".

Although many of the band's albums have been underground hits, they never found larger commercial success. The band were released from their recording contract with Warner Bros. Records when Warner's imprint Elektra Records folded. The release was reportedly due to poor record sales, and since then Stereolab's self-owned label, Duophonic Records, has signed a distribution deal with Too Pure. Duophonic holds the copyrights to the band's recordings, and on this label the band has released many limited-edition records. In 2009, Stereolab announced via their website that they were going on indefinite hiatus.

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Stereolab News

Stereolab announce new album title, tracklisting and release date

'Not Music' is due out on November 15

  • Aug 20, 2010

Stereolab go on hiatus

The band's manager says there are "no plans" to record new material

  • Apr 6, 2009

Stereolab reveal new album details

'Chemical Chords' is due out this summer

  • Apr 18, 2008

Stereolab unveil new album details

The indie legends return

  • Feb 8, 2006

BACK TO THE FUTURE!

And the ban will mark their resigning to Too Pure by releasing a career retrospective...

  • Jan 27, 2005

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Stereolab Reviews

Album Review: Stereolab - Not Music (Duophonic UHF Disks)

Album Review: Stereolab - Not Music (Duophonic UHF Disks)

They may be a one trick pony, but these 2008 recordings show that Stereolab are good at what they do

  • Nov 12, 2010

Stereolab : Captain Easychord

Another inessential but lovely gallop through avant-pop's airy fringes.

  • Jul 27, 2001

Toronto Warehouse

Close game - Love to see a rematch...

  • Jun 14, 2000

Cobra And Phases Group Play Voltage In The Milky Night

Well, you have to admit they're good at what they do. But then so was [B]Hitler[/B]....

  • Sep 27, 1999

Stereolab : Free design, the

This, sadly, isn't the single to make the world sit up and thumb through its Foucault

  • Sep 11, 1999

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