From south London, England, Stereolab wear their John Cage and John Cale influences on their sleeves, but within a short time-span have amassed an impressive body of work. The principal mover is Tim Gane (12 July 1964, Barking, Essex, England; ex-McCarthy), who was at first joined by his girlfriend Laetitia Sadier (b. Paris, France), Martin Kean (ex-Chills) and Th Faith Healers drummer Joe Dilworth, also a Melody Maker photographer. Gane gave the band its name, after an obscure offshoot of 60s folk label Vanguard Records (it has also been stated that the title was taken from a hi-fi testing label). At their early gigs they were joined by Russell Yates (Moose) on guitar and Gina Morris (New Musical Express journalist) on vocals. Too Pure signed them, allowing them to keep their own Duophonic imprint. By the time of the release of the Low-Fi 10-inch in September 1992, Mary Hansen (b. 1 November 1966, Maryborough, Queensland, Australia, d. 9...
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