Somehow one of the finest pop acts in existence is commonly woefully ignored by the world at large. Hopefully you might have come across them in the 1990s, but if you didn’t, Saint Etienne have been busy amassing an enormous back catalogue for you to enjoy.
Their debut cover of Only Love Can Break Your Heart, You’re in a Bad Way, I Was Born on Christmas Day, Pale Movie, He’s on the Phone, and so many other amazing singles.
Where to start
Start with the 2009 double disc singles collection London Conversations, ideally the limited edition version which has marginally more tracks on it.
What to buy
Start with their 1991 debut Foxbase Alpha, then get 1998’s brilliant Good Humor. Finally grab their most recent Words and Music by Saint Etienne (2012). Stick to the special editions, if you can find them (some have become rather sought after).
Don’t bother with
Surprisingly, Tiger Bay (1994) turns out to be a little forgettable, despite a string of fantastic singles. Their back catalogue is pretty enormous, so stick to the albums initially.
Too many to go into any kind of detail, but try Shad Thames, from the Continental compilation, the Résérection EP, the lovely 2001 b-side Northwestern, and the entirety of Foxbase Beta.
- Saint Etienne – Words and Music by Saint Etienne (August 2012)
- A Christmas Countdown – Saint Etienne for I Was Born on Christmas Day (December 2012)
- Top Tracks of 2012 – Saint Etienne (January 2013)
- Saint Etienne – Through the Winter (December 2013)
- Saint Etienne – More Words and Music by Saint Etienne (March 2014)
- Saint Etienne – Casino Classics (Reissue) (May 2014)
- Saint Etienne – Tiger Bay (June 2014)
- Saint Etienne – Heart Failed (In the Back of a Taxi) (September 2014)