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Ladytron is a cult British Electronic Music band formed in 1999 in Liverpool. It consists of Helen Marnie (vocals, synths), Mira Aroyo (vocals, synths), Daniel Hunt (guitar, synths), and Reuben Wu (synths). Also they're all songwriters and DJs.

Their music style could be described as Synth-Pop with influences from New Wave Music, Shoegazing, Dream Pop, Industrial Rock, Post-Punk. They called their music electronic pop.

Ladytron have produced remixes for many artists like Nine Inch Nails, SONOIO, David Gahan, Goldfrapp, Apoptygma Berzerk, Placebo, Simian, Blondie, Christina Aguilera, Gang of Four, Indochine, Bloc Party, Kings of Convenience, She Wants Revenge, Soulwax, and more.

They took their name from the song "Ladytron" by Roxy Music. According to the legendary Brian Eno, who was also a member of Roxy Music, Ladytron are "the best of English pop music".


In 2012, Marnie started a solo career and released the album Crystal World in 2013. This was then followed by a second album Strange Words and Weird Wars in 2017.


  • 604 (2001)
  • Light & Magic (2002)
  • Witching Hour (2005)
  • Velocifero (2008)
  • Gravity the Seducer (2011)
  • Ladytron (2019)

Witching Tropes:

  • Album Title Drop: 604 gets its title from the lyrics of "I'm With the Pilots" (604 is also a reference to The Andromeda Strain), Light & Magic from its title song, Witching Hour from the chorus of "Soft Power", Gravity the Seducer from the lyrics of "Ninety Degrees".
  • Animated Music Video: "Evil" (UK version).
  • Bilingual Bonus: Because Aroyo was born and partly raised in Bulgaria, each album (save for their latest) has at least one song sung entirely in Bulgarian. They even did a cover of a Bulgarian rock song ("Kletva" from their fourth album, Velocifero).
  • Advertisement:
  • Boyish Short Hair: Marnie and Aroyo during promotion of their first two albums. Zig-Zagged in their subsequent albums.
  • Broken Record: All two verses of "Seventeen".
  • Bunnies for Cuteness: In the video for "Ghosts", many rabbits add cuteness to imagery that would otherwise be quite dark. The concept was inspired by the animation Watership Down.
  • Coordinated Clothes: Until around 2004, they used to wear black or olive uniforms.
  • Cover Version:
  • Darker and Edgier: Witching Hour, Velocifero and Ladytron.
  • Dream Team: They have worked with and opened for a ton of fantastic artists, but perhaps the one they've toured with that's most stylistically compatible with them is Goldfrapp.
  • Dye Hard: Helen Marnie dons black hair for their first four albums, she then switches to brown hair for their best of compilation album, Gravity the Seducer and her first solo album (save for going blonde for her third single "Wolves"). Finally she swaps to grey hair for her second solo album and Ladytron's self-titled album.
  • Escaped from the Lab: The video "The Island" depicts a humanoid lab subject attempting this, wandering through the British landscape and breaking into a young boy's house. The scientists catch up with her however, eventually taking her out to a field and setting her on fire.
  • Every Episode Ending: They usually play "Destroy Everything You Touch" at the end of their shows since this tune was released.
  • Genius Loci: The music video for "Destroy Everything You Touch" depicts some snowy mountains with the band member's living faces on them.
  • Greatest Hits Album: Best of 00-10, which is also a very good introduction to their music (especially the deluxe edition with 33 songs).
  • Multinational Team: A Scot (Helen), a Bulgarian (Mira), a Brit (Daniel) and a Chinese guy (well, Reuben's British-born and raised, but still).
  • Neoclassical Punk Zydeco Rockabilly: They're sort of synthpop-dreampop-shoegaze-new-wave-industrial-rock, if we're taking their oeuvre as a whole.
  • Last Note Nightmare: "Soft Power".
  • Lighter and Softer: Gravity the Seducer is lighter than Velocifero.
  • Long-Runner Line-up: A Type 2 + Type 3 example:
    • Type 2 as their first single "He Took Her to a Movie" was recorded with a guest vocalist. The band at the time was only Hunt and Wu as they hadn't met Marnie or Aroyo yet.
    • Type 3 due to the six year hiatus between touring Gravity the Seducer and recording Ladytron.
  • New Sound Album: Starting with Witching Hour, the group has effectively switched up their sound with each album, whereas the first two were generally in the same style. While Witching Hour, Velocifero, and Gravity the Seducer are all still Synth-Pop, they're all different interpretations of it. Witching Hour is their rockier album, with influences from Shoegazing and Dream Pop, and Velocifero is essentially a heavily electronic New Wave Music album. Gravity the Seducer, on the other hand, is more of a baroque Dream Pop, with a bit of a cinematic flare.
    • Their self-titled album is considered to be a combination of the three previous albums.
  • Obsession Song: "Burning Up".
  • Ode to Youth: "Seventeen"
  • Precision F-Strike: "Tomorrow is Another Day"
    "I never asked you all the fucking things I wanted to
    But tomorrow is another day"
  • Raven Hair, Ivory Skin: Helen Marnie fulfilled this role beautifully during the 00s. This became downplayed when she went brunette during the Gravity the Seducer era and then averted by Ladytron when she dons grey hair.
  • Record Producer: They always produced their own albums and were helped by other producers.
  • Shout-Out: The band's name derives from a Roxy Music song of the same name.
  • Singing Simlish: They recorded four songs especially for The Sims 3 soundtrack: "Young Etruscians", "She Stepped Out of the Car", "Rockfalls & Estuaries", "Tesla".
  • Soprano and Gravel: A version of this; Marnie's voice is very airy, and relatively high, which is in stark contrast to Aroyo's deep, stern vocals.
  • Step Up to the Microphone: "Versus" is a duet between Marnie and Hunt, making it the first Ladytron song with male lead vocals. Hunt also sang backing vocals on "International Dateline".
  • Surreal Music Video: The music videos for "White Elephant", "Tomorrow", and "Destroy Everything You Touch".
  • Synth-Pop: With influences from New Wave Music, Shoegazing, Dream Pop, Industrial Rock, Post-Punk.
  • The Smart Guy:
    • Reuben trained in Industrial Design at Sheffield Hallam University. Also he can play violin and he's an accomplished photographer.
    • Mira has a PhD in genetics at the University of Oxford.
    • Helen has a BA in pop music at Liverpool University.
  • Titled After the Song: The band was named after a 1972 Roxy Music song. Brian Eno himself is a fan of Ladytron.
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Possibly the case with the subject of "Destroy Everything You Touch". It seems to be about a person who has been badly hurt before so deliberately sabotages their own relationships and everything else they engage in.


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