Stereolab - Transient Random-Noise Bursts with Announcements
Tone Burst
Our Trinitone Blast
Pack Yr Romantic Mind
I'm Going Out of my Way
Golden Ball
Jenny Ondioline
Analogue Rock
Lock-Groove Lullaby
Released 1993
transient noise bursts Duncan Brown: bass, guitar, voice
Time Gane: guitar, vox organ, moog, percussion
Mary Hansen: second vocal, tambourine, guitar
Sean O'Hagan: vox organ, farfisa & filmy guitar
Andy Ramsay: percussion, vox organ, bazouki
Laetitia Sadler: vocals, bvox organ, guitar, tambourine, moog
Stereolab is a noise band (at least they started out that way) with a twist. Check the personnel list and you'll see lots of Vox and Farfisa organs. These were the early electronic organs of the '60s used in pop music. These instruments have a distinctive sound (often quite cheesy) but are used to great effect by Stereolab, who tend to use more than one at a time!

I could have chosen almost any of Stereolab's prolific output as a favorite. Each has something special to offer. They have became more polished over the years, the noise content giving way to tighter rhythm and more focus on melody, but they haven't lost that spark of inventiveness that makes their music stand out.

I had occassion to see Stereolab in concert in a small Dallas venue in 1996. They put on a polished, but somewhat mechanical, performance. I saw them again in 2006, and the show was very nice, very fun, a great performance!
Some other releases Year Subjective rating
Peng! 1992 4
Mars Audiac Quintet 1994 4.5
Emporer Tomato Ketchup 1996 4.5
Cobra and Phases Groop Play... 1999 4
Fab Four Suture 2006 3.5