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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).
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  • 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. Thanks to this, Ladytron and Goldfrapp's fandoms are really, REALLY close to each other. invoked
  • Early-Installment Weirdness: Their very first song "He Took Her to a Movie" was sung by Lisa Eriksson instead of Helen Marnie and/or Mira Aroyo, since at that point the band was essentially just Daniel Hunt and Reuben Wu (although Eriksson sounds like an odd mashup of Marnie and Aroyo's vocal styles). Also, while still electronic, it's more of a straight Kraftwerk derivative rather than the more eclectic Genre Mashup their later output is known for, at times even sounding like Kraftwerk's "Das Model".
  • 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.
  • Genre Mashup: They're sort of synthpop-dreampop-shoegaze-new-wave-industrial-rock, if we're taking their oeuvre as a whole.
  • 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).
  • Ms. Fanservice: The cover of their compilation album Softcore Jukebox (which as a whole is a Shout-Out to Roxy Music's Country Life) has Mira Aroyo in a two-piece bikini and Helen Marnie in a swimsuit.
  • 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.