Saint Etienne are far and away one of my favourite bands. Ever since picking up a copy of Fox Base Alpha in the early 90’s I’ve had a soft spot for their blend of pop, Indie, Balearic and post acid house music. Fox Base Alpha is surely one of the defining albums of the post second summer of love era, it’s blend of come-down atmospherics, positivity, pop and nostalgic references was a perfect counter point to the heavier though similarly influenced Screamadelica.
Fox Base Alpha (1991)
So Tough (1993)
Saint Etienne followed up FBA with anyone slice of beautifully measured nostalgia, deep house inspired grooves, and pop, all held together with carefully selected samples. Taking spoken word from the likes of Peeping Tom and Billy Liar ‘So Tough’ played out like a perfect Sunday afternoon. Memories of music from the night before, washed over with afternoon matinee film references all kicked off with a call for a cup of tea and a bun.
Only Love Can Break Your Heart (1991)
Nothing Can Stop Us Now / Speedwell (1991)
With their latest ‘Home Counties’ album due next month in June; it seems a good time to share this mix I put together a while back. By no means intended as a best of, these are just a few of my favourite tracks by Saint Etienne. These are pretty much all from the period covered by their first three albums.
Early days image
Please check out the band’s website for details of the new album, merchandise and tour information.
Home Counties (2017)
Whilst looking forward to their new work, for me this is the era of classic Saint Etienne.
Part Two now added: