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Postby Sock OR Muffin? on Fri Nov 09, 2007 11:05 am

I cannot listen to Stereolab without being reminded of when I was in a boating accident. Mars Audiac Quintet is awesome.

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Postby enframed on Fri Nov 09, 2007 12:22 pm

not crap, no waffles, even though i'm not such a fan of the newer stuff (from sound-dust on). they rip off neu!, kraftwerk, faust, etc, but they admit it, and they don't care. they're paying homage.

say them live a few times and were excellent, really really good. better live than on recorded media.
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Postby simmo on Fri Nov 09, 2007 12:36 pm

Pah to the lazy Neu! comparisons! Cripes. There is so much more than a krautrock tribute going on in their music. And even that's not such a bad thing, because Neu! were great.

One of the best pop bands of the 90s or ever. Cranius expresses it excellently earlier in the thread - like Neu! or Lungfish or James Brown, the repetition is key.

It almost makes me chuckle, this comedy cliché of the noisy guitar rock male dismissing this band! Snyths and pop and goodness gracious me - women! What a frightful idea!

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Postby Isabelle Gall on Fri Nov 09, 2007 2:32 pm

I would consider Laetitia Sadler to be perhaps the greatest single living lyricist, and I can't think of many possessing the same mastery of a melodic chord change as Tim Gane either.

In addition to what Simmo said earlier, I think the primary reason that people are somewhat sniffy regarding Stereolab is that although their music displays a huge range of assimilated references, none of them are from 'rock music'. They have no real interest in 'rocking' per se. Krautrock? An early influence sure amongst others but someone claiming that Stereolab are nothing but a krautrock rip-off obviously hasn't heard much Stereolab or so-called 'krautrock' either. Personally, I don't like Neu! particularly.

Although I doubt that they will ever release a record as incredible sounding as 'Sound-Dust', that record is just one peak amongst others in their career. It must have been ridiculously expensive to make, and although I miss Mary terribly, the following 'Margerine Eclipse' was a triumph. New LP early next year, hurrah!

So, there is nothing I hear in Stereolab other than a deep love of music, melody and ideas, and an against the odds optimism to share and develop. I could not name you a less calculated or cynical band. Beautiful pop music for all. The tumbler stayed standing up, all of his life he flinched not ding dong ding dong...
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Postby kenoki on Fri Nov 09, 2007 3:21 pm

mars audiac, dots and loops, peng!... all great! saw them play at trees in dallas in 96 or 97 with high llamas. i'll have to check out sound dust, i pretty much stopped keeping up after emperor tomato for no particular reason but this thread reminds me how much i use to love them. made me feel swanky and cool just by pressing play.

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Postby enframed on Mon Nov 19, 2007 6:20 pm

and tim gane is an audiophile. not crap for that, too.
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Postby katie, a douchebag on Mon Nov 19, 2007 6:29 pm

Isabelle Gall wrote:Krautrock? An early influence sure amongst others but someone claiming that Stereolab are nothing but a krautrock rip-off obviously hasn't heard much Stereolab or so-called 'krautrock' either. Personally, I don't like Neu! particularly.

Most of the Switched On very blatantly sounds like Neu! Sorry, it's treu!

But it's lazy and wrong to dismiss the band's entire output as a Neu!/Krautrock rip-off. This is clearly not the case at all.

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Postby Ernest on Sat Mar 15, 2008 12:10 am

I don't know why it took me so long to get into Stereolab, but i really like them. I thought I'd get sucked into a portal of Oasis, and Blur, but I really enjoy "Transient Random..."

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Postby daniel robert chapman on Sat Mar 15, 2008 6:32 am

Skronk wrote:I thought I'd get sucked into a portal of Oasis, and Blur


What?
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Postby Ernest on Sat Mar 15, 2008 11:20 am

daniel robert chapman wrote:
Skronk wrote:I thought I'd get sucked into a portal of Oasis, and Blur


What?


The praise I remember years ago reading about them made them seem like another throw away English band, but it's obviously not the case.
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Postby Ernest on Sat Mar 15, 2008 11:26 am

You don't think Transient worked as a whole? Or Peng?
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Postby Ekkssvvppllott on Sat Mar 15, 2008 1:21 pm

Tranisent-Random... is their best full-length.

Was big into The Lab toward the end of high school, a few months before Dots and Loops came out.

They still get a lot of play, The Lab.

I like the song "Laisser-Faire" off the Low-Fi 10". Great lyrics.

The Turn On sideproject with Tim Gane and the High Llamas guy is pretty incredible here and there, just from the standpoitn of production. (Those fellas know what they're doign with all those gadgets.)

Unfortuantely, it seems Stereolab have lost their flair for experimentation. Their last three or four (maybe five) recordings are the sound of a band treading water, though not without the occasional diamond.
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Postby a. james on Sat Mar 15, 2008 5:59 pm

[snore.]

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Postby Marsupialized on Sat Mar 15, 2008 6:02 pm

If anyone here has heard the EP they did with UI, you'll know why I am giving them a N/C

That cover of St. Elmo's Fire should by all rights have been a huge pop hit
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Postby hip priest on Sat Mar 15, 2008 7:21 pm

If there's been a way to build it, there'll be a way to destroy it, things are not all that out of control.

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Postby Ekkssvvppllott on Sat Mar 15, 2008 8:34 pm

Used to listen to that song ("Crest") on repeat while staying home from school.

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Postby yaledelay on Sun Mar 16, 2008 2:46 am

not crap, they are a fun burst of drone. if you don't get it you are to old... yeah anyone coudl have done it, but hey anyone coudl have written "roadrunner" but you didn't did you???

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Postby tarandfeathers on Sun Mar 16, 2008 5:30 am

Definite NC. Yeah, there's an LP or two that I don't care for but that's always going to be the case with a band that prolific. I too favour the earlier records and Sound Dust, which I think is probably their best non-neu!-esque album, maybe their best full stop. They were insanely loud live too and still had excellent sound, which really works for the songs, so turn those records up!

Oh, and how terrified do they look on those Jools Holland clips? Great.
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Postby enframed on Mon Mar 17, 2008 11:00 am

hip priest wrote:If there's been a way to build it, there'll be a way to destroy it, things are not all that out of control.

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Postby japmn on Mon Mar 17, 2008 11:14 am

Good band with a creative sound and they seem to have fun.
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