Masters of 'space-age bachelor pad music', Stereolab formed in London in 1990 by record collector Tim Gane and his missus, the French chanteuse Laetitia Sadier.

The group produces electronica imbued by melody, vintage analogue sounds, political lyrics and sixties wistfulness. Via their label, Duophonic, they ensure that everything the 'Groop' (as their fans know them) puts out receives a limited vinyl issue.

Stereolab went on an indeterminate hiatus on 2nd April 2009: "We feel that our work is done for the moment and there won't be any new Stereolab product for a while."

Stereolab Discography


31039 Stereolab Peng! (Album) Too Pure, Too Pure 31039 France 1992 Sell This Version
9 43013-2, Pure CD 19 Stereolab The Groop Played "Space Age Batchelor Pad Music" (MiniAlbum) Too Pure 9 43013-2, Pure CD 19 US 1993 Sell This Version
61536-4 Stereolab Transient Random-Noise Bursts With Announcements (Album) Duophonic Ultra High Frequency Disks 61536-4 US 1993 Sell This Version
D-UHF-MC05 Stereolab Mars Audiac Quintet (Album, Single) Duophonic Ultra High Frequency Disks, Duophonic Ultra High Frequency Disks D-UHF-MC05 UK 1994 Sell This Version
D-UHF-D08 Charles Long & Stereolab Charles Long & Stereolab - Music For The Amorphous Body Study Center (Album) Duophonic Ultra High Frequency Disks D-UHF-D08 UK 1995 Sell This Version
7559618402 Stereolab Emperor Tomato Ketchup (Album) Duophonic Ultra High Frequency Disks 7559618402 Australia 1996 Sell This Version
D-UHF-MC17 Stereolab Dots And Loops (Album) Duophonic Ultra High Frequency Disks D-UHF-MC17 UK 1997 Sell This Version
WPCR-75439 Stereolab Cobra And Phases Group Play Voltage In The Milky Night (Album, EP) Duophonic Ultra High Frequency Disks WPCR-75439 Japan 1999 Sell This Version
AMCY-7179 Stereolab The First Of The Microbe Hunters (MiniAlbum) Duophonic Ultra High Frequency Disks AMCY-7179 Japan 2000 Sell This Version
D-UHFCD27 Stereolab Sound-Dust (Album) Duophonic Ultra High Frequency Disks D-UHFCD27 UK 2001 Sell This Version
78068-1 Stereolab Margerine Eclipse (Album) Duophonic Ultra High Frequency Disks 78068-1 US 2004 Sell This Version
HN336CD Stereolab Fab Four Suture (Album, Comp) Too Pure HN336CD Taiwan 2006 Sell This Version
EN/OF 036 Stereolab Eaten Horizons Or The Electrocution Of Rock(LP, Ltd) En/Of EN/OF 036 Germany 2007 Sell This Version
none Stereolab Chemical Chords (Album) 4AD none Japan 2008 Sell This Version
DC430CD Stereolab Not Music (Album) Duophonic Ultra High Frequency Disks, Duophonic Ultra High Frequency Disks DC430CD US 2010 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

PURE 4 Stereolab Super-Electric (EP) Too Pure PURE 4 UK 1991 Sell This Version
DS45-02 Stereolab Stunning Debut Album (Single) Duophonic Super 45s DS45-02 UK 1991 Sell This Version
DS45-01 Stereolab Super 45(10", EP, Ltd) Duophonic Super 45s DS45-01 UK 1991 Sell This Version
PURE 14 Stereolab Low Fi (EP) Too Pure PURE 14 UK 1992 Sell This Version
BMI-025 Stereolab The Light That Will Cease To Fail (Single) Big Money Inc. BMI-025 US 1992 Sell This Version
Encore001 Stereolab / Guitare Boy Stereolab / Guitare Boy - Untitled(Flexi, 7", S/Sided) Encore! (3) Encore001 France 1992 Sell This Version
DS45-04 Stereolab Harmonium / Farfisa(7", Single, Ltd, Tra) Duophonic Super 45s DS45-04 UK 1992 Sell This Version
none Stêréölåb* / Submårinér* Stêréölåb* / Submårinér* - Spacewatch(Flexi, 7", S/Sided, Num, Cle) Space Watch none UK 1992 Sell This Version
SP 107/283 Stereolab Lo Boob Oscilator / Tempter Sub Pop SP 107/283 Germany 1993 Sell This Version
D-UHF-D01 Stereolab Jenny Ondioline (EP, Single) Duophonic Ultra High Frequency Disks D-UHF-D01 UK 1993 Sell This Version

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June 24, 2009
I first heard of Stereolab several years ago, when MTV2 broadcasted a series of videos from bands that were featured by John Peel. There I've seen the video of "Ping Pong", which, for some reason, I remember more fondly than other videos. I also considered it back then "strange", although when I picked up Mars Audiac Quintet, the song didn't attracted me so much. But now I know there's one reason why it had to persist in my memory.

These years I haven't forgot of Stereolab, but I just didn't thought they could have a chance to stick out in my trippy-hoppy tastes... But they were a treasure I was to reveal only in the past few months - maybe not months, actually just weeks. Slowly, it became one of my favorite bands. Only when I heard Chemical Chords, though, I realised that I like this band. Until then, I've listened to "Dots and Loops" and few other albums, but almost none left me a strong impression. But even though, come to think of it, Chemical Chords maybe isn't as great as I pictured it, it arrived just at the right time, when my life needed a change. Music and poetry are still basically my life, but I needed to switch. No more sadness for the sake of sadness, no more embarassingly pessimistic views... So my approach needed a lot more positive energy. This is where Stereolab came in. I needed something with a lot of positive energy, that would however not scrape altogether the avant-garde/surrealistic/artsy/whatever side of things. And this is exactly what Stereolab offered me. "Dots and Loops", "Sound-Dust", "Cobra & Phases Group Play Voltage in the Milky Night", "Chemical Chords" are all excellent albums that are as poppy as they are artsy, but probably the real highlight for me will be, after all, "Emperor Tomato Ketchup", which is not as polished as "Dots and Loops", but sounds cheerful rather than just mellow. "Sound-Dust" is great with all its sophistication as well, but I guess "Emperor Tomato Ketchup" is the most fun of them all. "Margerine Eclipse" and "Fab Four Suture" are still pretty hard for me to get into, but at least I like "Kyberneticka Babicka", which is quite annoying for most people... But I haven't listened to all the Switched On volumes, so I might have some surprises here as well.

Since my rant has come to an end: their music is fluffy and quite often kitschy in a Warhol way, but they should be appreciated at least just as much for their song titles (see: The Noise of Carpet, Emperor Tomato Ketchup, Ulan Bator, The Flower Called Nowhere, Italian Shoes Continuum, Blue Milk, Neon Beanbag, Spool of Collusion, Forensic Itch, One Finger Symphony, We're Not Adult Oriented, Fried Monkey Eggs, Get a Shot of the Refrigerator, How To Play Your Internal Organs Overnight, Kyberneticka Babicka, International Colouring Contest, The Incredible He Woman, et caetera) Then, I could say how masterfully they manage to combine influences from seemingly contradictory genres such as krautrock and French pop, but who cares what genre this music is when it's so great... Quite certainly, one of the cult bands of postmodernism.


December 18, 2002
Mary Hansen, singer and guitarist for the experimental pop group Stereolab, died on Monday, 9th December 2002, after being struck by a car while riding her bicycle in London. The band's official statement reads: "The suddenness of her death has shocked the band. Mary was a special person. Our thoughts are with her family and friends who will miss her greatly."

Hansen, originally from near Brisbane, Australia, joined Stereolab in 1992 after the release of Peng!. She also contributed vocals to bands such as Moonshake and The Wolfhounds, and made appearances on releases by Mouse on Mars, Brokeback, and the High Llamas, whose Sean O'Hagan has been responsible for brass and string arrangements on many a Stereolab LP. Mary Hansen was 36.

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