- Number of Discs: 2
- Released: October 20, 1998
- Label: Drag City
Entertainment Weekly - 10/23/98, p.81
"...[Stereolab] concoct[s] buzzing, bouncy drones that hum with an appealing analog undertow. At its most self-indulgent, Stereolab can squeeze the life out of a melodic idea until it curdles and dies. This two-CD set of outtakes and B sides splits the difference between both extremes..." - Rating: B+
Tracks on Disc 1:
- 1.One Note Samba / Surfboard - (featuring Herbie Mann)
- 3.Klang Tone
- 4.Get Carter
- 5.1000 Miles an Hour
- 8.Check and Double Check
- 9.Munich Madness
- 10.Metronomic Underground - (Wagon Christ mix)
- 11.The Incredible He Woman
Tracks on Disc 2:
- 1.Pop Quiz
- 2.The Extension Trip
- 3.How to Play Your Internal Organs Overnight
- 4.The Brush Descends the Length
- 5.Melochord Seventy-Five
- 6.Space Moment
- 7.Speedy Car
- 8.Golden Atoms
- 9.Ulan Bator
- 10.One Small Step
- 11.Iron Man
- 12.The Long Hair of Death
- 13.You Used to Call Me Sadness
- 14.New Orthophony
Stereolab: Laetitia Sadier (vocals, tambourine); Mary Hansen (vocals, Moog synthesizer); Tim Gane (guitar, bass, Moog synthesizer, samples); Sean O'Hagan (organ, Moog synthesizer, bass, marimba, drums); Duncan Brown (bass); Andy Ramsay (percussion).
Additional personnel: Herbie Mann (flute).
Producers: Paul Tipler, Stereolab, John McEntire, Harvey Birrel.
The music of Stereolab is equal parts Velvet Underground, My Bloody Valentine and Jean Jacques Perry, mixed with a touch of Krautrock, French pop and space age bachelor pad music. This heady mix has made for an impressive flow of albums over the years, but with a band as prolific as Stereolab, some tracks are likely to get lost in the shuffle. ALUMINUM TUNES addresses that problem with aplomb, housing rare non-album tracks from several sources under one roof. While perhaps not the definitive Stereolab recording (look to EMPEROR TOMATO KETCHUP for that honor), ALUMINUM TUNES serves double duty as primer for the uninitiated and fodder for the Stereolab completist. The frothy electronic pop of ALUMINUM TUNES belies the myth that rarites collections consist largely of cast-offs better left forgotten.