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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.

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.

Most of their music can accurately be described as a love song dedicated to London, the city in which the band is based, despite one of their major influences being Northern Soul music.

An incomplete discography:
* ''Foxbase Alpha'' (1991)
* ''So Tough'' (1993)
* ''Tiger Bay'' (1994)
* ''Good Humor'' (1998)
* ''The Misadventures of Saint Etienne'' (1999) (Soundtrack)
* ''Sound of Water'' (2000)
* ''Finisterre'' (2002)
* ''Tales from Turnpike House'' (2005)
* ''What Have You Done Today Mervyn Day?'' (2006) (Soundtrack)
* ''Foxbase Beta'' (2009) (Remix Album of their debut, ''Foxbase Alpha'')
* ''Words and Music by Saint Etienne'' (2012)

!!Tropes
* AgeProgressionSong: "Over The Border".
* AlternativeDance: often classified as "Indie Dance", which can be considered a subgenre of AlternativeDance.
* BalladOfX: "Ballade de Saint Etienne".
* ConceptAlbum: ''Tales from Turnpike House'', which features various stories about the residents in a neighbourhood somewhere in London. Also ''Words and Music by Saint Etienne'' is about music fandom.
* [[TheCoverChangesTheMeaning The Cover Changes... Almost Everything, Actually]]: "I'm Too Sexy". The story goes that when they got into the studio to record the song, they couldn't remember how it goes, so they [[CrowningMomentOfFunny made it up on the spot]].
* CoverVersion: Quite a few, including songs by Music/DavidBowie, Teenage Fanclub, Music/ScottWalker, and, famously, Music/NeilYoung ("Only Love Can Break Your Heart").
* EverythingIsAnInstrument: "People Get Real" includes a jet engine (Heavenly Records boss Jeff Barrett is credited with "playing" it). Given that it appears prominently in the middle eight, it's effectively the song's lead solo.
* [[SixthRanger Fourth Ranger]]: Long-serving backing singer Debsey Wykes.
* GreatestHitsAlbum: Several, but the two-disc ''Smash The System: Singles And More'' is the best - not least because of its Neapolitan ice cream cover.
* GrowingUpSucks: Oh god, "Teenage Winter".
* HymnToMusic: A favourite theme, most famously employed for "Join Our Club" and most of ''Words and Music by Saint Etienne''.
* 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}}.
* ListingCities: In one song on ''Foxbase Alpha'' entitled ''Girl VII'', Sarah starts listing London neighbourhoods and a few other cities.
* 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.
* MurderBallad: "Like A Motorway".
* OneOfUs: All of them are music nerds, but Bob especially (not surprising when you consider his original career was as a music journalist).
* {{Retraux}}: They like to play with this in both the music and its packaging.
* SelfDemonstratingSong: About half way through "California Snow Story", Sarah says "I think I'll just let the music play", and that's exactly what happens, as the second half is entirely instrumental.
* SelfDeprecation: Their sleevenotes do this a lot.
* ShoutOut: Their songs are so packed with these, it took the crowdsourcing power of the internet to decipher the dense web of references.
* 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."
* SongOfSongTitles: "Popular".
* StepUpToTheMicrophone: Pete Wiggs on "I'm Too Sexy".
* WithLyrics: The previously instrumental "Stoned To Say The Least" gained lyrics twenty years later.
* WordSaladLyrics: "Hobart Paving" among others.