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Casino Classics was originally issued in 1996 and widely recognised as a milestone remix compilation. It collected all the band’s remixes up to that point plus some specially commissioned for the release.
Always quick to acknowledge and embrace ‘the dancefloor’, Saint Etienne have worked with some of the most interesting and innovative producers, remixers and DJs of the last twenty years. Names such as Andrew Weatherall, The Chemical Brothers, Richard X, Masters At Work, Underworld, Paul Van Dyk and Aphex Twin have transformed some of Saint Etienne’s best known songs into ‘floor-fillers’ and ‘club classics’.
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Bob Stanley and Pete Wiggs had a concept - a band with a different vocalist for every track. However, while recording debut album, Foxbase Alpha, Sarah Cracknell lent her vocals to ‘Nothing Can Stop Us’ and they realised they had found their singer, one who ‘got’ them, had the same reference points and thus the band clicked. Foxbase Alpha established them as a quintessentially English proposition – part Lyons Corner House, part acid house – and their love of classic English pop marked them out as something charmingly unique.
Given their love of pop, they later worked with Xenomania’s Brian Higgins on Tales From Turnpike House. In between came So Tough and Tiger Bay, which moved their sound to a blend of modern techno with folk. Good Humor, and Sound Of Water, followed, the latter an experimental statement from a band traditionally known for their ‘perfect pop’, before releasing their love/hate letter to London, Finisterre.
We really clicked: we had the same reference points from our teens. You’ve got to find your own style, your own sound.