Though they're based in Berlin, the witty pop group Stereo Total
draw bandmembers and musical influences from across Europe. Vocalist/guitarist/drummer Françoise Cactus
is French and vocalist/guitarist/keyboardist Brezel Göring
is German, and the group has included members from Italy, Scotland, and Bohemia. Their 1995 debut album, Oh Ah!
on Bungalow Records, introduced their kitchen-sink approach to pop music, which embraces punk, hip-hop, disco, '60s pop, and rock from France, the U.K., and the U.S., as well as electro and new wave elements. Further Bungalow releases like Monokini
and Juke-Box Alarm
followed; in 1998, they made their U.S. debut with their self-titled album on Bobsled Records. My Melody
followed in 1999. Musique Automatique
appeared on Bobsled in late 2001, but was reissued -- along with Oh Ah!
-- by Kill Rock Stars over the next two years. Stereo Total
returned with their sixth full-length, Do the Bambi
, in 2005. Kill Rock Stars' reissue campaign continued in 2006 with new editions of Juke-Box Alarm
and My Melody
, while Disko B released the Bambi
remix album Discotheque
. For 2007's full-length Paris-Berlin
, Stereo Total
returned to the rawer sound of their earlier work. The duo issued a Quebec-only release, Carte Postale de Montreal
, and a Spanish-language best-of collection, No Controles, before the 2010 full-length Baby Ouh!
, which featured guests including Khan
and members of Cobra Killer
and Hawnay Troof
. The duo returned in 2011 with the soundtrack to Underwater Love, a "pink musical" by director Shinji Iamoka. The following year, Cactus Versus Brezel, which Stereo Total
recorded in Los Angeles with producer Gus Seyffert, was released in Europe; a U.S. release was expected in 2013.