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Stereophonics

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The original line-up of the band. From left to right - Richard Jones, Kelly Jones, Stuart Cable

Stereophonics (never "The Stereophonics") are a Welsh music group formed in 1992 and originally known as Tragic Love Company, a name inspired by their favourite bands Tragically Hip, Mother Love Bone and Bad Company. They started out as a teenage cover band and later, inspired by Stuart's gran's gramophone changed their name to "Stereophonics". They hail from Cwmaman, South Wales and after they changed their name they were one of the first bands to be signed to Richard Branson's V2 label in August 1996. Their best known songs include a cover of Chris Farlowe's "Handbags and Gladrags", "Have a Nice Day", "Mr. Writer", and "Maybe Tomorrow".

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Band members

  • Kelly Jones (vocals/guitar and songwriter)
  • Richard Jones (bass)
  • Stuart Cable (drums) was sacked by the other two members of the band in September 2003 and was replaced by ex-Black Crowes drummer Steve Gorman for several tour dates.
  • Javier Weyler (drums) was announced as a replacement to Stuart Cable in December 2004. The band first met Argentinian Javier when they were recording album demos, and then again in late 2003 when they were visiting Argentina.

In the early days they supported both Manic Street Preachers and Ocean Colour Scene.

In February 1998 they received a Brit Award for Best New Group the same week as a re-issue of "Local Boy in the Photograph" made number 14 in the charts and their first album went gold selling over 100,000 copies. During that year they had successful tours in Europe, Australia and the USA.

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The new line-up of the band, featuring new drummer Javier Wayler (right)

Following on from the success achieved in late 1998 with "The Bartender and the Thief", the second single from Performance and Cocktails, "Just Looking", was released and reached number 4 in March 1999. The same month the much anticipated new album was finally released, entering at number 1 and within three weeks having gone platinum. Later that year saw them play what was widely regarded as the best gig of the year in Britain in front of 50,000 people at Morfa Stadium in Swansea. They also cooperated with Tom Jones for a track on his album Reload.

The band had a relatively quiet 2000 and didn't really hit the headlines again until the launch of Just Enough Education to Perform in April 2001. They then played back-to-back dates at Donington Park, supported by Ash, Black Crowes and Proud Mary in front of 120,000 fans and Cardiffs Millennium Stadium to a capacity 80,000 that summer.

2003 saw the release of their latest album You Gotta Go There To Come Back and a change to their logo. Towards the end of the year they did a sold-out tour of the U.K., ending with a Christmas show at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff, supported by Feeder and Ocean Colour Scene.

Having embarked on a world tour in 2003/2004, which culminated in an appearance at the Manchester Move Festival in July 2004, the band are now taking a well deserved break.

The band's 5th studio album was released in March 2005 with the title Language. Sex. Violence. Other? with their new drummer, Javier Weyler. They achieved their first #1 song with the first single of the new album, entitled "Dakota", on the week of Monday, March 7th 2005.

Discography

Albums

Singles

UK Release: Title: Chart position reached: Weeks on chart:
November 1996 "Looks Like Chaplin" Did not chart -
March 1997 "Local Boy in the Photograph" No. 51 1
May 1997 "More Life in a Tramp's Vest" No. 33 2
August 1997 "A Thousand Trees" No. 22 3
October 1997 "Traffic" No. 20 3
February 1998 "Local Boy in the Photograph" (re-issue) No. 14 4
November 1998 "The Bartender and the Thief" No. 3 12
February 1999 "Just Looking" No. 4 9
May 1999 "Pick a Part That's New" No. 4 9
August 1999 "I Wouldnt Believe Your Radio" No. 11 7
November 1999 "Hurry Up and Wait" No. 11 8
March 2000 "Mama Told Me Not To Come" (with Tom Jones) No. 4 7
March 2001 "Mr. Writer" No. 5 12
June 2001 "Have a Nice Day" No. 5 9
September 2001 "Step on My Old Size Nines" No. 16 5
December 2001 "Handbags and Gladrags" No. 4 15
April 2002 "Vegas Two Times" No. 23 2
May 2003 "Madame Helga" No. 4 4
July 2003 "Maybe Tomorrow" No. 3 8
November 2003 "Since I Told You It's Over" No. 16 4
February 2004 "Moviestar" No. 5 5
March 2005 "Dakota" No. 1 16+
June 2005 "Superman"

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