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Saint Etienne

Post by Elvistears » Sat Oct 20, 2007 14:50

I don't actually have anything of insight to say, except


Will that do?

Oh, for those days of cutting-edge hand held percussion, when it seemed only inevitable that Sarah and chums would one day rule the world. Who told those shouty boys with guitars they could take over??

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Post by humblebee » Sat Oct 20, 2007 15:16

Aw. Yeah, I don't have anything to add either really. Just "aw". I heart them too.

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Post by chimes » Sat Oct 20, 2007 16:45

In fact, I'd say that St Etienne have the same level of importance to me and my life as other, more obvious acts - e.g. The Pistols, The Smiths and Dexys...

There you go. The big 4.

Sex Pistols
The Smiths
Dexys Midnight Runners
St Etienne

Every other band that has existed, and every other band that WILL exist, are shit. You need nothing else.

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Post by Elvistears » Sat Oct 20, 2007 21:39

Its too late to add a poll to this, isn't it? Favourite album would be nice..

Oh well, a top 3, maybe, although I reserve the right to change 2 and 3 on a whim (1 is pretty much anchored in place)

1. Tiger bay
2. You need a mess of help to stand alone
3. Continental

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Post by soft revolution » Sun Oct 21, 2007 00:24

You Need a Mess of Help to Stand Alone was the second ever album I bought with my own money (after an album by the Pet Shop Boys, but it did have Johnny Marr on it so I've post justified that purchase).

It's still bloody brilliant too. I've not seen their DVD about the area of London that they're building the Olympic Village over yet though - but desperately want to! Off I go to Amazon...

I'd have to go for Tiger Bay as my favourite too, but I seem to keep going back to Tales from Turnpike House a lot.
And by me, I mean, Flexo.

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Post by Elvistears » Sun Oct 21, 2007 20:15

Tales From Turnpike House failed to grab me the first few times...or perhaps I should say I failed to grab it. I think its the misleadingly upbeat appearance of tracks like Stars Above Us and Milk Bottle Symphony. Actually, its a very, very sad album, possibly their saddest yet. Is it a concept album? I don't know...I don't really understand what an album has to be to be called that. But I think it maybe is, in the same way that Tiger Bay was.

On a completely different note, I lost my bag in London the other day - loads of stuff in it, Ipod, CD player, speakers, trainers, sunglasses and loads of CDs. The thing I'm most gutted about losing, though, is my copy of You Need a Mess of Help.... (not a hint, btw..I'm sure I can pick up another for a fiver, I just miss being able to play it).

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Post by crystalball » Sun Oct 21, 2007 21:59

Aw, yay, I love Saint Etienne. I love how sleek their songs are and yet absolutely meaningful and playful and observant and surprising. I love how they look back without being nostalgic. And I completely love the fact that they're all big music geeks just like me and you. And they make me dance.


Post by Anonymous » Sun Oct 21, 2007 22:06

is this the right place to mention the unfairly underrated Birdie?

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Post by Contravene » Mon Oct 22, 2007 08:59

Didn't St. Etienne also discover Shampoo?

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Post by Tomb » Mon Oct 22, 2007 09:13

Or Cola Boy? :lol:


Post by Anonymous » Mon Oct 22, 2007 09:43

Bob Stanley's Icerink label had the potential to be interesting, the group Golden seem like a blueprint for Au Revoir Simone, the compilation Icerink put out is definitely worth hunting down (stills from Valerie and Her Week of Wonders as sleeve artwork; Melody Dog covering Brian Wilson, etc)

his earlier Caff fanzine was genius and also put out a series of highly desirable singles (lokk, see! swiped from wikipedia):

CAFF 1 East Village / Cath Coughlan - Freeze Out / Im' long Me Measaim 7" (Split flexi-disc)
CAFF 2 The Field Mice - I Can See Myself Alone Forever / Everything About You 7"
CAFF 3 Phil Wilson - Better Days / The Written Word 7"
CAFF 4 Close Lobsters - Just Too Bloody Stupid 7"
CAFF 5 Television Personalities - I Still Believe In Magic / Respectable 7"
CAFF 6 Buffalo Tom - Enemy / Deep In The Ground 7"
CAFF 7 Another Sunny Day - Genetic Engineering / Kilburn Towers 7"
CAFF 8 Claim - Birth Of A Teenager / Mike The Bike 7"
CAFF 9 Galaxie 500 - Rain / Don't Let Our Youth Go To Waste 7"
CAFF 10 Razorcuts - Sometimes I Worry About You 7" (4 track EP)
CAFF 11 The Orchids - An Ill Wind That Blows / All Those Things 7"
CAFF 12 The Lilac Time - Madresfield / Bird On A Wire 7"
CAFF 13 Biff Bang Pow / The Times - Sleep / Extase 7" (Split single, usually known as "The Mods Are Back!")
CAFF 14 Bitch Magnet - Sadie / Ducks And Drakes 7"
CAFF 15 Manic Street Preachers - New Art Riot / Repeat After Me 7" (Known as "Feminine Is Beautiful")
CAFF 16 World Of Twist - The Sausage / Skidding Into Love / Space Rockit 7"
CAFF 17 Pulp - My Legendary Girlfriend / Sicky Grin / Back In LA 7"

I liked '7 ways to love' by cola boy a lot, it's essentially a superlightweight St Etienne record

it's sugary pop

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Post by JohaN » Tue Oct 23, 2007 13:28

i must say, ian, i feel the same about turnpike house - i thought it was a little mor when i first heard it, but i listen to it a lot too.
"milkbottle symphony" is lovely (and - together with the album art, and "teenage winter") makes me think of it as a semi-concept album, yes.

i love the little vignettes of milkbottle symphony, and there's a little bit of music in the bridge (around 1:54) which conjures up the same image as the cover pic/title combination of "so tough"*

*which is one of my favourite cover/title combinations**

**is it a young sarah? soes anyone know?

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Post by Elvistears » Thu Oct 25, 2007 23:38

The more I listen to Turnpike, the more I think the pivotal track is "lightning strikes twice".. I can't really explain that, possibly because I've drank too much wine.

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Post by Elvistears » Wed Nov 14, 2007 15:16

Sarah sings on a new track, which is (err...) the music from that Lloyds advert. You know the one with all the animated people and someone is singing oo oo ee oo oo oo in the background and they all get onto a train and off again and some smug cunt says we all have more time now because of the internet or something. Well, the music from that. 'cept she's not doing the oo oo bits or the smug cunt bit.

Its not her best output, to be honest. The vocal is warm and does the job, but I'm not so keen.

Also, worryingly, Jo Wiley introduced her as "formerly of Saint Etienne". I'm choosing to believe she is just ridiculously misinformed rather than she knows some horrible fact.

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Post by Elvistears » Fri Dec 14, 2007 10:51

Well, apparently there's a box set (called BOXETTE) out today, 3000 copies only. GOD I WANT ONE.

I've joined the fan club especially (why has it taken me so many years to join the fan club??) but still can't find any links to it. Can anyone help? Please please please..

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Post by Elvistears » Fri Dec 14, 2007 23:29

ohmigosh I am soon to be the proud owner of a copy of this! HURRAY!

They're going pretty quick, should anyone else be interested. You want

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Post by shaved head thrills » Mon Dec 17, 2007 17:05

sometimes i listen to he's on the phone and i get really happy

oh who am i kidding, thats everytime

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Re: Saint Etienne

Post by tall shaun » Tue Dec 09, 2008 01:48

ive been listening to 'marble lions' lots recently. i dont know why,it just really suits the weather.
More The Sundays than The Saturdays.

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Re: Saint Etienne

Post by madcat » Tue Dec 09, 2008 18:56

New 'double A-side' This Is Tomorrow c/w Method Of Modern Love, dropping 9 Feb according to their mailing list... woo hoo!

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Re: Saint Etienne

Post by mark gibson » Tue Dec 09, 2008 19:56

Oh i loved the knowing cool of Saint Etienne, how they effortlessly blended 60's cool with 90's dance music, I loved Tiger Bay (Marble Lions is the sound of heartbreak), Foxbase Alpha, the greatest hits package all of them, Finesterre, and regally they give great single. If my enthusiasm has wilted some what in the last few years I know I'll always come back to them, for like a fine wine in the celler, once uncorked, you cannot resist a top up now and again.

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