French Disko

It’s a video only day today- I’m doing this on the run and haven’t time to rip and stuff.

C from Sun Dried Sparrows left a comment on my Timothy J Fairplay/Editors post mentioning Stereolab and everybody needs a little Stereolab in their lives, especially the mighty French Disko played live on The Word (you’ll have to put up with a couple of seconds of Terry Christian first). The driving indie guitars and droning keyboards, Letitia’s vocals- pop and experimental in one handy package and a real highlight from the early 90s.

C pointed me towards Editors cover version which is driving and Joy Division-esque and, hey, actually pretty good.

And it turns out that Scandinvian aces Raveonettes cover it too, as seen here at Austin, Texas in 2008.



I Hate To See Your Broken Face

Just to prove it wasn’t all serious Marxist dialectic round Stereolab’s way I’ll post another favourite of theirs of mine- it was a toss up between this and sunny day optimism of Captain Easychord but I’ve gone for this one off the Emperor Tomato Ketchup album.

The Noise Of Carpet

And the video was good too…

It’s Alright ‘Cos The Historical Pattern Has Shown How The Economical Cycle Tends To Revolve

Marxist political and economic theory set to a counter-revolutionary 60s ye-ye beat by Stereolab, back in 1994- singalong together now…

‘A slump then a war then peel back to square one and back for more

Bigger slump and bigger wars and a smaller recovery

Don’t worry, be happy things will get better naturally
Don’t worry, shut up, sit down, go with it and be happy

Dum dum dum, de dum dum, de duh de dum dum dum, ah, ah’

Ping Pong

Should The Bible Be Banned?

Described by Nicky Wire as ‘communism with tunes’ McCarthy were Stereolab man Tim Gane’s first band, releasing three albums and numerous singles in the mid-to-late 80s. This one, Should the Bible Be Banned?, is one of their best- shimmering guitars and a satirical lyric asking if the murder of Abel by Cane would inspire copycat killings, at a time when the tabloid press asked the same question but about TV and film rather than the bible. There’s a nice compilation album That’s All Very Well But… which is worth getting if you can find it (or you can download it from emusic).

McCarthy_02_Should The Bible Be Banned.mp3

Stereolab ‘Les Yper Yper Sound’

Stereolab- I’m no expert. Liked what I heard but never got into it in a buy-loads-of-records way. There was a 3 cd box-set called Oscillons From An Anti-Sun I bought and this was on it. I think it’s a remix of a single Les Yper Sound. This is something else. 5 minutes of krautrocking rhythm and lounge-techno noises and buzzes. I’ve been rediscovering Saint Etienne recently,through the re-released and expanded Foxbase Alpha and So Tough albums, and in the liner notes Bob Stanley said they offered Stereolab a split single at some point in the 90s. Stereolab turned it down because they were worried it would chart. That’s either admirable or stupid but either way I like it.

03 Les Yper Yper Sound.wma