List The Direct References of Stereolab

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…and The Fish by Yes. I haven't been able to connect them directly to any specific Stereolab songs, though
The bass at the start of "Retrograde Mirror Form" (on Microbe Hunters) sounds a lot like The Fish

Jeff W, Friday, 23 September 2016 11:47 (two years ago) Permalink

another Astrud Gilberto - Beginnings

mahb, Friday, 23 September 2016 13:53 (two years ago) Permalink

re: Monstre Sacre, there's also an Erik Satie piece on my list that sounds like a strong precursor, I wonder if Brigitte Fontaine was influenced by the same piece

Al Moon Faced Poon (Moodles), Friday, 23 September 2016 14:30 (two years ago) Permalink

Miss Modular <- Jean-Pierre Mirouze - Sexopolis?

(sorry if already posted, couldn't see it)

a passing spacecadet, Friday, 23 September 2016 15:05 (two years ago) Permalink

ooh, good one!

Al Moon Faced Poon (Moodles), Friday, 23 September 2016 15:18 (two years ago) Permalink

The first time I ever heard Stereolab, the immediate connection I made was Sesame Street. The first song I heard was Brakhage and it immediately reminded me of a vintage Sesame Street vignette. It might have been this, specifically. But I've never heard them list Sesame Street as an influence.

I've read a handful of 90s Stereolab articles that cite Esquivel as an influence, but I don't know that Stereolab themselves cite Esquivel, and I don't actually here the connection there at all.

3×5, Friday, 23 September 2016 17:55 (two years ago) Permalink

^There was an Esquivel comp called Space Age Bachelor Pad Music out at the time, is why?

Jeff W, Friday, 23 September 2016 21:16 (two years ago) Permalink

I think it's because there was a lounge revival in the mid-90s, right when Stereolab changed their sound, and for some reason Esquivel also made a comeback, and so they got lumped together. When I listen to him, or Martin Denny, it just doesn't have that association for me. The letter h, however...

3×5, Sunday, 25 September 2016 05:29 (two years ago) Permalink

Esquivel is pretty awesome, one of the more experimental artists from the whole "lounge" era who used theremins and synths in his stuff. Martin Denny is pretty much straight jungle lounge music whereas Esquivel can be far freakier.

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Sunday, 25 September 2016 16:23 (two years ago) Permalink

Stereolab (ft. Herbie Mann!) covered Esquivel in the latter part of this medley of "One Note Samba/Surfboard":

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Sunday, 25 September 2016 17:37 (two years ago) Permalink

Here's the original:

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Sunday, 25 September 2016 17:39 (two years ago) Permalink

Also the people who are looking for Smile-era Beach Boys connections, you'd probably have a field day with Stereolab member/muse/svengali Sean O'Hagan's project The High Llamas' records Gideon Gaye & Hawaii.

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Sunday, 25 September 2016 17:45 (two years ago) Permalink

three months pass...

Another prog interlude: Camel - Migration

3×5, Monday, 2 January 2017 19:47 (two years ago) Permalink

eight months pass...

Another Todd Rundgren: The Night The Carousel Burned Down

3×5, Monday, 25 September 2017 17:34 (one year ago) Permalink

I think that "One Note Samba/Surfboard" medley was done as reparation for nicking bits of both too blatantly previously.

Mark G, Tuesday, 26 September 2017 06:48 (one year ago) Permalink

The bass line of Metronomic Underground is awfully close to The Revolution Will Not Be Televised... hadn't really caught that before

cosmic brain dildo (Sparkle Motion), Tuesday, 26 September 2017 15:08 (one year ago) Permalink

iirc it's stolen directly from a Yoko Ono track on Appproximately Infinite Universe

sleeve, Tuesday, 26 September 2017 15:09 (one year ago) Permalink

got a flexidisc of "famous instrumentals" recently that had "One Note Samba" on it

flappy bird, Tuesday, 26 September 2017 18:10 (one year ago) Permalink

Metronomic Underground/Revolution Will Not Be Televised similarity is already noted upthread.

The Yoko Ono song in question is Mind Train, from "Fly"

Οὖτις, Tuesday, 26 September 2017 18:23 (one year ago) Permalink

thank you!

sleeve, Tuesday, 26 September 2017 18:25 (one year ago) Permalink

that track is so siqq

kurt schwitterz, Tuesday, 26 September 2017 18:54 (one year ago) Permalink

That Yoko track sounds like Can with yoko instead of damo.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Tuesday, 26 September 2017 19:03 (one year ago) Permalink

I've often wondered how Ono & Lennon connected to krautrock - like, who actually gave them those records and what were they listening to - cuz its impact is really obvious on those first few Yoko records

Οὖτις, Tuesday, 26 September 2017 19:07 (one year ago) Permalink

Probably Klaus, right?

flappy bird, Tuesday, 26 September 2017 19:08 (one year ago) Permalink

that's my guess, but I've never seen it specifically discussed anywhere

Οὖτις, Tuesday, 26 September 2017 19:09 (one year ago) Permalink

CAN seems like the most obvious thing they must have heard, maybe Faust (they initially made something of a splash in the UK press), maybe Schnitzler and Roedelius too idk

Οὖτις, Tuesday, 26 September 2017 19:13 (one year ago) Permalink

they were jacked into the German experimental art scene from the beginning

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Wednesday, 27 September 2017 14:44 (one year ago) Permalink

one year passes...

So that Hilma af Klimt exhibit... anyone else reminded of the cover of a certain Stereolab album?

Milton Parker, Monday, 29 October 2018 19:03 (three months ago) Permalink

(Less direct of a reference than usual, but this is so precisely up their alley)

Milton Parker, Monday, 29 October 2018 19:04 (three months ago) Permalink

Perhaps a reach but I want to believe

Thought I typed Klint on first post, apologies for error

Milton Parker, Monday, 29 October 2018 19:40 (three months ago) Permalink

one month passes...

haha wow

Οὖτις, Monday, 10 December 2018 21:10 (two months ago) Permalink

"I feel the air of another planet" / "Ich fühle luft von anderem planeten", first line of the Stefan George poem 'Entrückung', set by Schoenberg to music in the last movement of his second string quartet, now regarded as the first fully atonal piece of classical music

Interesting because it reminds me of this too:

Or, if you prefer, the original:

Monica Kindle (Tom D.), Monday, 10 December 2018 21:28 (two months ago) Permalink

Makes me think it's a direct reference to an indirect reference... or something.

Monica Kindle (Tom D.), Monday, 10 December 2018 21:30 (two months ago) Permalink

... a song covered, somewhat bizarrely, by Pete Townshend!

Monica Kindle (Tom D.), Monday, 10 December 2018 21:32 (two months ago) Permalink

I heard a radio interview with Tim Gane years ago where he played through a lot of his favourite records, I remember there being something by The Doopees in there (which is a project of Yann Tomita, ex Ippu-Do). I can hear it I guess, although this post-dates the earlier Stereolab releases so who knows who's influencing who.

GG Allin: The Musical (Matt #2), Monday, 10 December 2018 22:47 (two months ago) Permalink

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