Saint Etienne

Genres: Electronic & Ambient Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s

Biography

By far the most dextrous of those bands cursed with the ‘indie dance’ label in the mid-90s, and one of the few to maintain genuine support in both camps and to then carry on making interesting music into the new millennium.

Pete Wiggs (15 May 1966, Reigate, Surrey, England) and music journalist Bob Stanley (b. 25 December 1964, Horsham, Sussex, England) grew up together in Croydon, Surrey, England. In the early 80s, the pair began to experiment with party tapes, but did not make any serious inroads into the music business until forming Saint Etienne in 1988, taking their name from the renowned French football team. Relocating to Camden in north London, the pair recruited Moira Lambert of Faith Over Reason for a reggae-inflected cover version of Neil Young’s ‘Only Love Can Break Your Heart’. Issued in May 1990 on the aspiring Heavenly Records label, the single fared well in the nightclubs and surfaced on a magazine...

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