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 Saint Etienne - Burnt Out Car
 

Taken from their upcoming London Conversations: The Best of Saint Etienne album, 'Burnt Out Car' is the brand new single from Saint Etienne (Sarah Cracknell, Bob Stanley, and Pete Wiggs). Released to co-incide with their headline show at the Queen Elizabeth Hall on September 14th; it's vintage Saint Etienne'. Produced by Brian Higgins of the Xenomania pop factory (with whom the band have worked regularly in recent years), 'Burnt Out Car' is Saint Etienne doing what they do best − creating shiny, melodic, super-pop for heart and head.
 
Press Release
 
Taken from their upcoming, all-encompassing Best Of collection, 'Burnt Out Car' is the brand new single from Saint Etienne.

Released to co-incide with their headline show at the Queen Elizabeth Hall on September 14th, it's vintage Saint Et'. Produced by Brian Higgins of the Xenomania pop factory (with whom the band have worked regularly in recent years), 'Burnt Out Car' is Saint Etienne doing what they do best − creating shiny, melodic, super-pop for heart and head. It's a ripe Balearic anthem fit for this, that, or any other year.

The much-loved trio (comprised of Sarah Cracknell, Bob Stanley, and Pete Wiggs) who sound-tracked London in the nineties, Saint Etienne will have their career, in all its multilayered, multicoloured glory reviewed on 'London Conversations' - a complete, concise Very Best Of collection of all the 'hits', plus previously unreleased tracks, on September 29th.

Pulling together 35 songs from an 18 year odyssey, across several different record labels, 'London Conversations' maps their career from blissful baggy ecstasy through breakbeat rap ('Filthy'), indie-dance anthems ('Only Love Can Break Your Heart'), proto-Britpop and early folk-tronica, to the 21st century pop of 'Burnt Out Car' and beyond. A second brand new single 'This Is Tomorrow', the theme from their last movie, will follow later in the year.
 
Biography
 
Croydon schoolmates Bob Stanley and Pete Wiggs came up with an idea of a perfect pop group, named after the glamorous French football team. By the time that the duo came to make the move from concept to actuality, the technology favoured them, covering "Only Love Can Break Your Heart" with Moira Lambert as guest vocalist. "Only Love Can Break Your Heart" had an impact beyond its immediate sales - although it did make the top 40 when re-released a year or so later. But the band really clicked when Sarah Cracknell joined for the third single.

The first fruit of this collaboration was the popular "Nothing Can Stop Us" in early 1991. This was a busy year for Saint Etienne with the highpoint being the release of their first album,"Foxbase Alpha" which went top 40. The second album, "So Tough" was 'the soundtrack to an imaginary movie' with found sound and snippets from the soundtracks of "Peeping Tom" "That'll Be The Day" and "Lord Of The Flies". "So Tough" included three top 40 hits - including "Hobart Paving" and "Who Do You Think You Are" (with Debsey Wykes, and a title later appropriated by the Spice Girls) − and reached number 7 in the album charts. 1994's "Tiger Bay" went top ten. It included three top 50 hits, all of which are included here. From their next album "Good Humour", the first single, "Sylvie", was another slice of teenage melodrama with an echo of "I Saw Her Standing There". "Good Humor" convincingly repositioned the group - it went top 20 in late 1998 and became their biggest seller in the US.

Saint Etienne then returned to the source for their next project, "Finisterre". This presented a view of the city that, although realistic, was explicitly hopeful: 'I love the feeling of being slightly lost, to find new spaces, new routes, and new areas'. This mood continued on Saint Etienne's next record, 2005's "Tales From Turnpike House".

By this time, the group had signed to Sanctuary. The idea was to represent 'a microcosm of London. Lots of our songs had been about London and we decided to stop being indirect and make the city the theme of an album that hung together properly'. "London Conversations" finishes with the brand-new "This Is Tomorrow": hard-won optimism in a fizzing electro setting. It's the title theme to the most recent Saint Etienne movie about the Royal Festival Hall and the 1951 Festival of Britain exhibition − an optimistic projection into a future that never quite happened, even though it continues to thrive as a cultural zone.
 
 
 
Saint Etienne
Burnt Out Car
Universal Music
Download available: 22nd September 2008
CD released: 22nd September 2008
 
Available Mixes (Download and CD)
Original Mix
Mark Brown Remix
Xenomania mix
Mark Brown Remix Extended
 
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