They are fucking seminal!
listened to it today, naturally
summer 1994. Yes, I'm old.
always name check them but I've never heard a single note of theirs. Where to start?
Great collection of earlyish songs, including two of their best: French Disko and John Cage Bubblegum.
There are several good best ofs that also give an overview of their career, although think it's very much split into two halves (and I've never been too much into them post 1996)
is a lot of fun and a good place to start
Ping Pong is one of their best songs. Start there.
One of THE defining bands of the last 20 years for me.
Ooohhh ... that gig at the Windmill a few years back. I LOVE them.
just to say that Stereolab are fucking great
with Transient Random Announcements etc (or whatever) favourite album.
Other early stuff is a bit patchy, although the Refried Ectoplasm compilation is great.
Mars Audiac Quintet is overrated - some killer, lots of filler.
Everything post-MAQ: forgettable.
Seriously? Really?!! Their best work came after Mars Audiac Quintet, Emperor Tomato Ketchup was released after MAQ and is widely regarded as their best album then came dots & loops which several posters above have name checked as a favourite.
Then we have the surrealist odyssey of Cobra and Phases Group Play Voltage in The Milky Night which produced these two little beauties.
The latter is one of bradford cox's favourite pieces of music, in fact Cobra and Phases is his favourite album.
Sound Dust released in 2000 is my fav stereolab record it's just really fucking beautiful and groovy at the same time. It's got loads of brass on it and it rocks out too! Have a listen..
Then we have Margerine Eclipse which was the first record after the tragic death of mary hansen which maybe was'nt as good as the last two records but still had some great tunes like Margerine Melody and Feel and Triple.
Chemical Chords (2008) and Not Music (2010) Wrap things up for stereolab so far and are both Essential in my view with the former full of jaunty little pop songs and the latter featuring a wonderfully Krautrock inspired mix of Silver Sands by Emperor Machine.
So please don't overlook late period stereolab (as i did once) as that's really where the fun begins.
But I never like it much. Too slick, too polished. I vastly prefer the distorted droning minimalism of their earlier stuff, once they went all lounge-poppy I lost interest.
needs to be a new DiS meme.
With Friends Like These
there is.. no sense.. in being interesteed
... closely followed by
soop groove #1
Will I ever get to see them live?
and TBH they've been pretty average every time. Love them, but they're just not a great live band.
Lots of love for Stereolab here!