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Tonight one of those bands that had fiercely loyal fans or loudly damning detractors. Not soliciting that kind of reaction over here, they were moderately successful and enjoyed a good relationship with their American label Elektra until their extended hiatus, which began in 2006.
One of the cornerstone electronica/experimental bands, Stereolab had been around since 1990, and had earned the description as “one of the most fiercely independent and original groups of the 90s”. They became, over time, one of the most prominent of the underground bands to achieve commercial success for an extended period.
They maintained this legacy until the sudden and tragic death of founding member Mary Hansen in a bicycle accident (she was hit by a truck) in 2002. The band continued on until 2006 when they announced an indefinite hiatus.
Whether or not they will resurface again is anyone’s guess. But for the moment, here they are in session with three tracks, recorded for John Peel and his BBC Radio 1 program on January 6, 1996.
- Stereolab – Cybele’s Reverie (therightwaves.wordpress.com)