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“Never been entirely sure whether Stereolab counted as Britpop. I suspect that they probably don't: they just count as good in my book.”
(John Peel, 29 December 1996)

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STEREOLAB PING PONG

Stereolab are an alternative music band formed in 1990 in London, England. The band originally comprised songwriting team Tim Gane (guitar/keyboards) and Lætitia 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 … (read more at Wikipedia)

Links To Peel

Stereolab were a staple of the Peel show from the time of their first release in 1991, with the DJ choosing 'Ping Pong' as a Peelenium 1994 track and listeners voting 'French Disko' into the All-Time 2000 Festive Fifty. The band recorded six sessions for the show.

Festive Fifty Entries

Unusually, Stereolab had annual Festive Fifty entries with the same version of the same song in consecutive years ('Fluorescences', #20 in 1996 and #28 in 1997). It may have been that Peel failed to realize there was a double entry or decided to ignore it. (See 23 December 1997.)

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Stereolab - French Disco

Peelenium

Sessions

Six sessions. All except #5 were released on ABC Music - Radio 1 Sessions (CD, Strange Fruit, 2002). Laetitia Sadier and Mary Hansen from the band also guested on the second Mouse On Mars session (broadcast 18 June 1997/11 September 1997). Tim Gane had previously played on sessions with McCarthy.

1. Recorded 1991-07-30. First broadcast 08 September 1991. Repeated 30 November 1991

  • Super Electric / Changer / Doubt / Difficult Fourth Title

2. Recorded 1992-06-28. First broadcast 11 July 1992. Repeated 04 September 1992.

  • Laisser Faire / Revox / Peng / John Cage Bubble Gum

3. Recorded 1993-09-28. First broadcast 30 October 1993. Repeated 03 September 1994, 19 August 1995.

  • Wow & Flutter / Anemie / Moogie Wonderland / Heavy Denim

4. Recorded 1996-02-15. First broadcast 24 February 1996. Repeated ?

  • Metronomic Underground / Brigitte / Spinal Column / Tomorrow Is Already Here

5 Recorded 1997-09-24, live from Maida Vale. First broadcast 24 September 1997.

  • Brakhage / Flower Called Nowhere / The Light / Refractions In The Plastic Pulse / Miss Modular / Metromonic Underground / John Cage Bubblegum

6. Recorded 2001-08-16 First broadcast 18 September 2001. Repeated ?

  • Nothing To Do With Me / Dolly Rocker / Baby Lulu / Naught More Terrific Than Man

Live

  1. Miss Modullar
  2. Escape Pod
  3. The Free Designs
  4. Analogue Rock
  5. Op Hop Detonation
  6. The Spiracles
  7. Percolator
  8. Strobo Acceleration
  9. Rainbo Conversation
  10. People Do It All The Time
  11. Metronomic Underground
  12. Seeming And The Meaning
  1. Escape Pod [From the World of Medical Observations]
  2. The Free Design
  3. Metronomic Underground
  4. Op Hop Detonation
  5. Analogue Rock

Other Shows Played

(The list below was compiled only from the database of this site and Lorcan's Tracklistings Archive and may be incomplete. Please add further details if known.

1991
1992
1993
1994
1995
  • 24 March 1995: Pop Quiz (10"-Music For The Amorphous Body Study Center) Duophonic
  • 25 March 1995: Melochord Seventy Five (10"-Music For The Amorphous Body Study Center) Duophonic
  • 01 April 1995: The Brush Descends The Length (10"-Music For The Amorphous Body Study Centre) Duophonic
  • 01 April 1995 (BFBS): Melochord Seventy Five (10"-Music For The Amorphous Body Study Center) Duophonic
  • 01 April 1995 (BFBS): Pop Quiz (10"-Music For The Amorphous Body Study Center) Duophonic
  • 18 August 1995: French Disko (CD single) Duophonic
  • 25 August 1995: Pop Quiz (cassette - Reading Present 1995) Melody Maker (actually "The Extension Trip", mislabelled by Melody Maker)
  • 02 September 1995: Comb
  • 09 September 1995: Mountain (album: Refried Ectoplasm (Switched On Volume 2)) Duophonic
  • 15 October 1997: Iron Man (7") Duophonic
  • 01 December 1995: One Thousand Miles An Hour (Compilation CD-104.9 (An XFM Compilation)) XFM Ltd
  • 16 December 1995 (BFBS): One Thousand Miles An Hour (Compilation CD-104.9 (An XFM Compilation)) XFM Ltd
  • 29 December 1995: Pop Quiz (CD-Music For The Amorphous Body Study Center) Duophonic FF#33 (the track actually played was the mislabelled version of "The Extension Trip" also played on 25 August).
1996
1997
1998
  • 09 September 1998 (with Sons Of Silence (Agent Double X Mix)) Chinese Whispers (LP - Chinese Whispers) Sprawl
  • 10 September 1998 (with Ultramarine): Chinese Whispers (LP - Chinese Whispers) Sprawl
  • 15 September 1998 ((remixed Mike Paradinus): Chinese Whispers (LP - Chinese Whispers) Sprawl
  • 16 September 1998 (remixed by Freeform): Chiny Biskers Mix (LP - Chinese Whispers) Sprawl
  • 16 September 1998: ? (LP - Aluminium Tunes: Switched On Vol 3) Duophonic
  • 17 September 1998: How To Play Your Internal Organs Overnight (LP - Aluminium Tunes: Switched On Vol 3) Duophonic
  • 22 September 1998 (with Slang): Chinese Whispers (The Slang Mix) (LP - Chinese Whispers) Sprawl
  • 22 September 1998: Iron Man (LP - Aluminium Tunes: Switched On Vol 3) Duophonic
  • 24 September 1998 (& Si Begg): Chinese Whispers (LP - Chinese Whispers) Sprawl
  • 24 September 1998: The Long Hair Of Death (LP - Aluminium Tunes: Switched On Vol 3) Duophonic
  • 29 September 1998 (& Subtropic): Chinese Whispers (LP - Chinese Whispers) Sprawl
  • 01 October 1998: Chinese Whispers (LP - Chinese Whispers) Sprawl
  • 21 October 1998: You Used to Call Me Sadness (CD: Aluminium Tunes (Switched On Vol 3)) Duophonic
  • 01 November 1998 (BFBS): How To Play Your Internal Organs Overnight (2xCD-Aluminum Tunes) Duophonic
  • 05 November 1998 (with Thurston Moore): Root (CD: Root)
1999
  • 26 August 1999 (Radio Eins) (& Brigitte Fontaine): Caliméro (7") Duophonic
  • 06 October 1999: Come And Play In The Milky Night (Compilation CD-Bollox To Ibiza) New Musical Express
  • 10 October 1999 (BFBS): Come And Play In The Milky Night (2xLP-Cobra And Phases Group Play Voltage In The Milky Night) Duophonic
  • 31 October 1999 (BFBS): Italian Shoes Continuum (2xLP-Cobra And Phases Play Voltage In The Milky Night) Duophonic
  • 07 November 1999 (BFBS): Blips Drips And Strips (CD-Cobra And Phases Group Play Voltage In The Milky Night) Duophonic
  • 09 November 1999: (Boards Of Canada) Kid For Today (remixed by Stereolab (2xCD-Warp 10+3 Remixes) Warp
  • 24 November 1999: The Free Design (CD-Cobra And Phases Group Play Voltage In the Milky Night) Duophonic
  • 15 December 1999: Op Hop Detonation (CD-Cobra And Phases Group Play Voltage In The Milky Night) Duophonic
  • 23 December 1999: The Free Design (LP-Cobra & Faces Group Play Voltage In The Milky Night) Duophonic FF#46
2000
2001
2002
2003
  • 18 November 2003: Jaunty Monty and the Bubbles of Silence (LP - Instant O in the Universe) Duophonic Ultra high Freqeuncy Disks
2004
Other

See Also

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