Stereo Total

Though they're based in Berlin, the witty pop group Stereo Total draw bandmembers and musical influences from across Europe. Vocalist/guitarist/drummer Françoise Cactus is French and vocalist/guitarist/keyboardist Brezel Göring is German, and the group has included members from Italy, Scotland, and Bohemia. Their 1995 debut album, Oh Ah! on Bungalow Records, introduced their kitchen-sink approach to pop music, which embraces punk, hip-hop, disco, '60s pop, and rock from France, the U.K., and the U.S., as well as electro and new wave elements. Further Bungalow releases like Monokini and Juke-Box Alarm followed; in 1998, they made their U.S. debut with their self-titled album on Bobsled Records. My Melody followed in 1999. Musique Automatique appeared on Bobsled in late 2001, but was reissued -- along with Oh Ah! and Monokini -- on Kill Rock Stars over the next two years. Stereo Total returned with their sixth full-length, Do the Bambi, in 2005. Kill Rock Stars' reissue campaign continued in 2006 with new editions of Juke-Box Alarm and My Melody, while Disko B released the Bambi remix album Discotheque. For 2007's full-length Paris-Berlin, Stereo Total returned to the rawer sound of their earlier work. The duo issued a Quebec-only release, Carte Postale de Montreal, and a Spanish-language best-of collection, No Controles, before the 2010 full-length Baby Ouh!, which featured guests including Khan and members of Cobra Killer and Hawnay Troof. The duo returned in 2011 with the soundtrack to Underwater Love, a "pink musical" by director Shinji Iamoka. The following year, Cactus Versus Brezel, which Stereo Total recorded in Los Angeles with producer Gus Seyffert, was released in Europe; a U.S. release arrived in 2013. The compilation Yéyé Existentialiste appeared in 2015. The duo returned in 2016 with Les Hormones, an album consisting entirely of original songs and featuring production by Cactus. ~ Heather Phares

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