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Supersonic 10-07-2009 07:05 PM

The official Stereophonics topic
Aloha !

I'm not sure if there really are a lot of Stereophonics fans here, but anyway, I'm going to tell you a little bit about them, you will download a few songs of them and we'll see where it goes. :)

I got interested in this band roughly at the same time I became interested in Oasis. However, unlike Oasis, their latest album wasn't really that exciting and there wasn't a lot exposure on them here in Holland. Have A Nice Day was their current single at that time and was what did it for me. A song written about a taxidriver that drove songwriter Kelly Jones thru New York. The lyrics are pretty self explanatory and yet tell a story. I thought the lyrics were clever, and the poppy chorus made the song complete.

Now, 7 years further I got interested in the Stereophonics again, and this time I bought all the albums in roughly 2 months, something I'd never done before. Up intil then I only had one album of them (JEEP) but I soon found out that it wasn't what they were like at all.

Their music sounds a bit indie with some punk influences, mixed with a pop sausage. It all blends rather well and over the years they've become a very good live band. Some of their lyrics are funny (My beer don't taste the same without my name painted on my glass) but Jones has written serious tunes as well. What actually striked me just the past few months since I really gave them a good listen is how Jon always says how he wants to write about things that are happening now (9/11, the presidential election, the economical crisis) but never ever succeeds, while the simple lyrics of the Stereophonics do exactly that. Some examples of this;

It Means Nothing;

You can find yourself a God
Believe in which one you want
Coz they love you all the same
They just go by different names
Did ya fly your flag today?

written about the bombings in London.

Daisy Lane;

Now there's red spray paint slashed on the wall
R.I.P. Baby, we love you from all
Just that one moment, ended their days
Outside my house on Daisy Lane...

Written about how a young boy was stabbed to death in the street Kelly Jones lives.

Local Boy In The Photograph

He'll always be 23, yet the train runs on and on
Past the place they found his clothing

There's no mistake, I smell that smell
It's that time of year again, I can taste the air
The clocks go back, railway track
Something blocks the line again
And the train runs late for the first time

And all the friends lay down the flowers
Sit on the banks and drink for hours
Talk of the way they saw him last
Local boy in the photograph

Written about a boy who committed suicide by jumping in front of the train, and people suddenly recognizing him as the local boy in the photograph.

Mr. Writer

I used to treat you right
Give you my time
But when I'd turn my back on you
Then you do what you do

Written about a journalist who had toured with the band and had later gave them negative reviews, a thing Jon without a doubt can talk about as well.

It's lyrics like these that I think touch people, and I don't think it'd hurt if Jon would go back to writing songs like these, because songs like August 7 and Midnight In Chelsea have proved that he's capable of doing so.

The new Stereophonics album is being released on the same day as the one of Bon Jovi, and the band are huge in the UK, I think only Oasis are a bigger band in the UK, but I'm not sure. I think it's rather weird that they never broke thru outside of the UK, because they seriously do have some good songs that are very underrated.

Anyone else a fan of this band? Personal favourites? Favourite albums?

My favourites; Dakota, Local Boy In The Photograph, It Means Nothing, The Bartender And The Thief, Mr. Writer and Drowning.
My favourite albums: Pull The Pin and Performance And Cocktails.

Salaam Aleikum,

hometownboy 10-07-2009 07:21 PM

I'm a big fan! I've seem them twice but will still be up early on Saturday to get tickets, they're one of them bands I can keep on going back to And still love the music as much as ever. The band aren't really that big in the uk tho, yeah they can easily do arena tours but I wouldn't say their one of the biggest in the uk, that's oasis, coldplay, take that :( etc etc

great live band tho

Edit: forgot to mention my favourite song by them is easily traffic, it just gets me everytime :p

Neurotica80 10-07-2009 09:16 PM

I've liked them ever since my sister bought Word gets around, I nicked it from her and she never got it back :) Performance and cocktails has to be there best work IMO.

I prefer their big rock songs to the ballads apart from this one, which is one of my faves.

They come into their own live though, a top class act who are getting better and better the more shows they do. Im by no means a die hard but when I went to see them in 2005 they played Carrot cake and wine (bside) and it was fantastic.

Seb you should try get over for a gig next Spring :)

Jeeper 10-07-2009 10:03 PM

Really good band. Good live too. I remember reading a shitty review of one of their early albums and the reviewer made a remark that Kelly Jones was trying to sound like Jon Bon Jovi, implying that he was forcing his voice rather than singing natural, which is bollocks as he's comfortable live and seems well within his natural range, at least when i saw them.

I think Superman is a great song, Have A Nice Day is awesome, and i also like Just Looking, but prefer the verses over the chorus for some reason.

Performance and Cocktails gets the most listens i would say.

Supersonic 10-09-2009 06:57 PM

Aloha !


Originally Posted by hometownboy (Post 945621)
coldplay, take that :( etc etc

I forgot about Coldplay and Radiohead, but I don't see Take That as a proper band.


Originally Posted by Neurotica80 (Post 945635)
Seb you should try get over for a gig next Spring :)

Unlike a certain other big band from the UK the Stereophonics actually like playing in Holland, so no, I'm not coming over for them. And next year is about Bon Jovi anyway. :)

Salaam Aleikum,

hometownboy 10-09-2009 07:11 PM


Originally Posted by Supersonic (Post 945904)
Aloha !

I forgot about Coldplay and Radiohead, but I don't see Take That as a proper band.

Haha understandable but unfortunately because they a massive female fanbase they are massive here lol

Neurotica80 10-09-2009 07:38 PM

Im not actually that fussed that they arent "massive" here. Can get tickets easily and pretty cheaply by todays standards.

Lady_Luck 11-07-2009 12:54 AM

I'm a big fan of Stereophonics. I just love Kelly Jones' voice.

I have the albums Pull The Pin ; Language Sex Violence Other? and Just Enough Education To Perform

I never had the chance to see them live, where I come from I'm not sure they even get airplay and I missed them last year in the city I live in now... I really hope they will come back with this new album. I'm not a big fan of the new single Innocent but I definitely will buy the album.

My favorite album is Pull The Pin. It's not easy to name favorite songs but I'll say Lady Luck because the vocals and the lyrics get me. Same thing for Stone and Drowning

Now I need to buy the albums I don't have yet. I also think that they are underrated, I can't understand why.

Jim Bon Jovi 11-07-2009 12:57 PM

I've been into them from after word gets around was out / before performance came out.

A great band. I kind of went off them after JEEP (whatever album they put out after that was dire if i remember correctly) but i was bored last december in the pub and they were in town so me and a mate ended up getting tickets outside their gig and it rekindled my like for them.

I wouldn't put them up with my favourite bands. they aren't even close to being my favourite indie band but they are pretty great when they're on form and of the 7 or so times i've seen them live, they've only been off once which is a pretty good hit ratio imo.

Lady_Luck 11-18-2009 08:20 PM

Did someone already pick up the new album? I have to wait until this weekend so if you want to share your review, please do! Thanks

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