List The Direct References of Stereolab

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ooh, good one!

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

Here's the original:

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

three months pass...

Another prog interlude: Camel - Migration

3×5, Monday, 2 January 2017 19:47 (one year ago) Permalink

eight months pass...

Another Todd Rundgren: The Night The Carousel Burned Down

3×5, Monday, 25 September 2017 17:34 (ten months 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 (ten months 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 (ten months ago) Permalink

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

sleeve, Tuesday, 26 September 2017 15:09 (ten months ago) Permalink

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

flappy bird, Tuesday, 26 September 2017 18:10 (ten months 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 (ten months ago) Permalink

thank you!

sleeve, Tuesday, 26 September 2017 18:25 (ten months ago) Permalink

that track is so siqq

kurt schwitterz, Tuesday, 26 September 2017 18:54 (ten months ago) Permalink

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

✖✖✖ (Moka), Tuesday, 26 September 2017 19:03 (ten months 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 (ten months ago) Permalink

Probably Klaus, right?

flappy bird, Tuesday, 26 September 2017 19:08 (ten months ago) Permalink

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

Οὖτις, Tuesday, 26 September 2017 19:09 (ten months 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 (ten months ago) Permalink

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

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Wednesday, 27 September 2017 14:44 (ten months ago) Permalink

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