Made up of vocalist Sarah Cracknell, Pete Wiggs and Bob Stanley, Saint Etienne (named after the green shirted French football side who enjoyed a run of European success in the 1970’s) formed in 1990.
Their debut album Foxbase Alpha, released in 1991, established them as a quintessentially English proposition – part Lyons Corner House, part acid house –and their love of techno, the Beach Boys and classic English pop marked them out as something charmingly unique. Given their love of pop it’s no surprise they would later work with Xenomania’s Brian Higgins on their 2005 album Tales From Turnpike House (an album also featuring vocal contributions from David Essex).
A group with a keen cultural sense and a classic suburban love of the ‘romance of London’, they recently contributed soundtracks for a couple of films documenting the landscape of London – Finisterre in 2002 (this was released as an album of the same name) and What Have You Done Today, Mervyn Day? a 2005 film which documents the state of the Lower Lea Valley in east London.