Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s


The provocative sexual and politically incorrect statements of Louise Wener (30 July 1967, Gants Hill, Essex, England; vocals/guitar) first launched Sleeper into the UK mainstream in 1994. Such was her ‘rent-a-quote’ status that it initially eclipsed the contribution of fellow members Jon Stewart (b. Jonathan David Stewart, 12 September 1967, Sheffield, England; guitar), Andy Maclure (b. 4 June 1970, Manchester, England; drums) and Diid (pronounced Deed) Osman (b. Kenadiid Osman, 10 April 1968, Somalia, Africa; bass). The latter pair were recruited by the creative axis of Wener and Stewart, who had arrived in London from Manchester, where they had studied degrees in politics and also formed a romantic partnership (which would not end until the start of 1995). Their first gigs were played in summer 1993 under the band name Surrender Dorothy, but after a change of name they eventually signed to the new indie label Indolent Records. The Alice EP, featuring...

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