History Music / SaintEtienne

3rd Jan '16 7:28:08 AM FromtheWordsofBR
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Saint Etienne are a pop group from UsefulNotes/{{London}} who are sometimes described as making "indie dance" music. The band was founded in 1991 by ex-music journalists Bob Stanley and Pete Wiggs, who named it after a French football team, and they originally had rotating guest singers until Sarah Cracknell joined them permanently, midway through production of their first album. Their most famous single is their first, a cover of the Neil Young song "Only Love Can Break Your Heart" which was not sung by Sarah, ironically given that she is generally considered the FaceOfTheBand otherwise.
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Saint Etienne are a pop '''Saint Etienne''' is an IndiePop group from UsefulNotes/{{London}} who are sometimes described as making "indie dance" "[[AlternativeDance indie dance]]" music. The band was founded in 1991 by ex-music journalists Bob Stanley and Pete Wiggs, who named it after a French football team, and they originally had rotating guest singers until Sarah Cracknell joined them permanently, midway through production of their first album. Their most famous single is their first, a cover of the Neil Young song "Only Love Can Break Your Heart" which was [[BlackSheepHit not sung by Sarah, Sarah]], ironically given that she is generally considered the FaceOfTheBand otherwise.

* GreatestHitsAlbum: Several, but the two-disc ''Smash The System: Singles And More'' is the best - not least because of its Neapolitan ice cream cover.
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* GreatestHitsAlbum: Several, but the two-disc ''Smash The System: Singles And More'' is the best - not least because of its Neapolitan ice cream Neapolitan-ice-cream-colored cover.
26th Jun '15 1:00:49 AM tenryufan
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* OneOfUs: All of them are music nerds, but Bob especially (not surprising when you consider his original career was as a music journalist).
9th Sep '14 3:23:30 PM MarkLungo
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Saint Etienne are a pop group from London who are sometimes described as making "indie dance" music. The band was founded in 1991 by ex-music journalists Bob Stanley and Pete Wiggs, who named it after a French football team, and they originally had rotating guest singers until Sarah Cracknell joined them permanently, midway through production of their first album.
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Saint Etienne are a pop group from London UsefulNotes/{{London}} who are sometimes described as making "indie dance" music. The band was founded in 1991 by ex-music journalists Bob Stanley and Pete Wiggs, who named it after a French football team, and they originally had rotating guest singers until Sarah Cracknell joined them permanently, midway through production of their first album.
15th May '14 4:33:04 PM Quag15
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* SiblingTriangle: "Sylvie", sung from the POV of Sarah's character towards her younger sister (the titular Sylvie). She warns Sylvie not to flirt too much: --> "Sylvie, girl, I'm a very patient person, --> But I'll have to shut you down, --> If you don't give up your flirting. --> Leave him alone, ''cause I know he loves me. --> Leave him alone, ''cause he tells me he loves me."
15th May '14 4:20:46 PM Quag15
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* LyricalDissonance: The relatively upbeat "Goodnight Jack" tells the story of a woman who, after her man says he only wants to be her friend, runs him over and escapes the scene of the crime.
24th Nov '13 7:21:14 PM Quag15
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* MurderBallad: "Like A Motorway"
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* MurderBallad: "Like A Motorway"Motorway".

* SelfDeprecation: their sleevenotes do this a lot.
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* SelfDeprecation: their Their sleevenotes do this a lot.

* SongOfSongTitles: "Popular"
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* SongOfSongTitles: "Popular""Popular".
21st Oct '13 1:25:38 AM Q4
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* IndecipherableLyrics: the repeated, distorted refrain in "Girl VII". Producer Ian Catt and remixer Richard X may be the only people outside the band who know for sure what it says - and Pete Wiggs claims he's forgotten.
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* IndecipherableLyrics: the repeated, distorted refrain in "Girl VII". Producer Ian Catt and remixer Richard X may be the only people outside the band who know for sure what it says - and Pete Wiggs claims he's forgotten. Lyric sites give it as "Carrie's got a boyfriend", but that may just be {{Fanon}}.
21st Oct '13 1:21:00 AM Q4
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* HymnToMusic: A favourite theme, most famously employed for "Join Our Club" and most of ''Words and Music by Saint Etienne''.
14th Sep '13 1:43:42 PM sharkcrap11
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* AlternativeDance: often classified as "Indie Dance", which can be considered a subgenre of AlternativeDance.
30th May '13 12:48:12 PM Quag15
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* CoverVersion: Quite a few, including songs by DavidBowie, Teenage Fanclub, Music/ScottWalker, and, famously, NeilYoung ("Only Love Can Break Your Heart").
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* CoverVersion: Quite a few, including songs by DavidBowie, Music/DavidBowie, Teenage Fanclub, Music/ScottWalker, and, famously, NeilYoung Music/NeilYoung ("Only Love Can Break Your Heart").
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