GOT THE CASH, FEELING FLASH: SAINT ETIENNE
Updated: Nov 29, 2018
Ah Saint Etienne…chronicling a very specific London version of life, all greasy spoon cafes, taxi rides, unpaid bills and cups of tea. Born in the Home Counties, inspired by the 60’s, schooled in the 70’s, for the after-parties of the 90’s. Here are 10 magic slices of pop genius.
Samba-inspired, late 60’s-afied sultry sauciness.
9. I’ve Got Your Music
Should-have-been-a-hit, reflecting the joys of pop as experienced by the headphone generation
8. Nothing Can Stop Us
Dreamy, wistful Dusty Springfield-sampled tune straight out of a 60’s British film. Covered by Kylie, no less
7. Like a Motorway
Robyn before Robyn was invented
Most bands have a ‘should have been a single’ track. This is theirs. Featuring the lesser spotted ‘double chorus’
5. Hobart Paving
A very British ballad of frustration, ennui and disappointment, full of images of drizzle, rain, hanging around and going to the loo. Named after a construction company in Croydon, apparently
4. Who Do You Think You Are?
A lesson in how to take an obscure 70’s song made famous by Opportunity Knocks and turn it into a total bop
3. He’s On The Phone
Yes! Proper, handbag-house hit which should have been number 1 for 4 weeks
2. Only Love Can Break Your Heart
Blissed out soundtrack to the early 90’s afterparty
7 minutes of a dream-like ethereal, mysterious love letter to lost youth