🎵 How Good Are They Really 🎵 Stereophonics

CRJ goes exactly halfway up/down the table

Artist Rating
Aretha Franklin 4.64
Nina Simone 4.57
Neil Young 4.48
Talking Heads 4.39
R.E.M. 4.38
Beastie Boys 4.36
Otis Redding 4.34
The Velvet Underground 4.33
David Bowie 4.31
The Beatles 4.31
Pixies 4.30
Leonard Cohen 4.30
The Cure 4.28
Björk 4.27
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds 4.22
Marvin Gaye 4.21
Aphex Twin 4.18
PJ Harvey 4.17
Stevie Wonder 4.17
Nirvana 4.15
Joy Division 4.15
Radiohead 4.13
The Supremes 4.13
Prince 4.11
Wu-Tang Clan 4.11
Nick Drake 4.10
Pulp 4.08
Public Enemy 4.08
Sonic Youth 4.08
Sleater-Kinney 4.08
Kate Bush 4.07
OutKast 4.07
Portishead 4.03
Super Furry Animals 4.03
MF DOOM 4.01
Bob Dylan 3.97
Kendrick Lamar 3.97
Low 3.96
The Beach Boys 3.93
Jimi Hendrix 3.93
LCD Soundsystem 3.92
Joni Mitchell 3.89
Massive Attack 3.89
Bruce Springsteen 3.84
The Clash 3.77
Pet Shop Boys 3.76
Blondie 3.73
Bright Eyes 3.71
Rage Against The Machine 3.71
The Ramones 3.67
ABBA 3.66
Kanye West 3.65
Arcade Fire 3.64
Blur 3.61
The Smiths 3.57
Beyoncé 3.54
Carly Rae Jepsen 3.51
Bob Marley & The Wailers 3.48
Jeff Buckley 3.47
Idlewild 3.42
Madonna 3.40
Manic Street Preachers 3.39
Fleetwood Mac 3.39
Toots & The Maytals 3.35
The White Stripes 3.34
Supergrass 3.32
The Smashing Pumpkins 3.30
Suede 3.30
Elton John 3.28
The Pogues 3.28
Kylie Minogue 3.27
The Specials 3.26
Sugababes 3.22
Rihanna 3.19
The Prodigy 3.18
Led Zeppelin 3.16
Pink Floyd 3.15
Taylor Swift 3.14
Jay-Z 3.14
Arctic Monkeys 3.14
Interpol 3.12
TLC 3.12
Los Campesinos! 3.10
The Rolling Stones 3.09
Destiny’s Child 3.05
Primal Scream 3.04
The Strokes 3.03
Elvis Presley 3.02
Weezer 3.00
Girls Aloud 2.93
Frank Sinatra 2.92
Belle And Sebastian 2.85
Britney Spears 2.85
Metallica 2.81
Green Day 2.81
Madness 2.80
The Jam 2.75
Basement Jaxx 2.75
Oasis 2.71
Whitney Houston 2.69
Lady Gaga 2.61
Queen 2.60
Billy Joel 2.57
Bloc Party 2.41
Eminem 2.38
Mariah Carey 2.32
The Killers 2.22
The Who 2.22
Blink-182 2.21
Adele 2.05
Kings Of Leon 2.01
Red Hot Chili Peppers 1.90
The Spice Girls 1.81

And we turn to Stereophonics


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  • 4
  • 5
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  • Word Gets Around
  • Performance And Cocktails
  • Just Enough Education To Perform
  • You Gotta Go There To Come Back
  • Language. Sex. Violence. Other?
  • Pull The Pin
  • Keep Calm And Carry On
  • Graffiti On The Train
  • Keep The Village Alive
  • Scream Above The Sounds
  • Kind

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I think less than half these singles exist

  • Local Boy In The Photograph
  • More Life Tramps Vest
  • A Thousand Trees
  • Traffic
  • The Bartender And The Thief
  • Just Looking
  • Pick A Part That’s New
  • I Wouldn’t Believe Your Radio
  • Hurry Up And Wait
  • Mr. Writer
  • Have A Nice Day
  • Step On My Old Size Nines
  • Handbags And Gladrags
  • Vegas Two Times
  • Madame Helga
  • Maybe Tomorrow
  • Since I Told You It’s Over
  • Moviestar
  • Dakota
  • Superman
  • Devil
  • Rewind
  • It Means Nothing
  • My Friends
  • You’re My Star
  • Innocent
  • Could You Be The One?
  • Indian Summer
  • Graffiti On The Train
  • We Share The Sun
  • C’est La Vie
  • I Wanna Get Lost With You
  • Song For The Summer
  • White Lies
  • Mr And Mrs Smith
  • All In One Night
  • Caught By The Wind
  • Chaos From The Top Down
  • Fly Like An Eagle
  • Bust This Town
  • Don’t Let The Devil Take Another Day
  • Hungover For You

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Never really thought of Stereophonics as an 11-album band. Impressive, really.

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Big voice, good ambassador for the SG, think Just Looking is genuinely really pretty and melancholic


Definitely one for the “peaked with the first song on their first album” club. Thousand Trees is a banger, and that first record has some other nice little slice of life in a small town songs on. There’s maybe two decent songs on the second album, and after that it’s grey joyless gruel all the way. 2/5.


Hate them

Except Dakota which is really good

And Mr Writer which I maintain is a really nice sounding song if you can tune out the lyrics

1/5 cos they’re largely shite


Most workmanlike band imaginable.


Oh god. I quite liked Bartender and the Thief.

One of those lyricists who writes in a really contrived ‘cleverly poetic’ way that just comes off as pretentious bollocks. A Thousand Trees is pretty decent but for the MAKE U THINKness of the lyrics.

Also annoying voice. Proper drab vibes.

It’s a big ‘1’ from me.

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Tricky one to score, this. Word Gets Around is still one of my favourite 90s albums, there are some fucking great songs on it and I have a lot of good early teen memories of it. Bartender And The Thief is a brilliant single, there are maybe 2 other good songs on P&C and the next 22 years of their career are varying degrees of utter shite. 2 maybe, or WGA might lift them to a 3.

Best song


One of the most unexpected music news stories of the past decade:


Also the first band I went to see live without my mother being present, when I was 13, at Plymouth Pavilions. The Crocketts supported them, they were good.


@riverwise nails it: they never really topped the first single off their first album. I associate them with fond memories of being 18/19 and of living in Wales. Could probably sing most of Word Gets Around from memory. Dakota sounds like something Doves could have recorded. Too much shite to warrant a high score.

2.3 out of 5, rounded down to a 2.


This is genuinely one of the worst songs I’ve ever heard

Genuinely remarkable album titles.

Keep calm and carry on ffs.


Keep The Village Alive!

When I was 13 or whatever, Traffic sounded like the most profound thing in the world. I listened to it last night and it’s literally just like a child’s rhyming dictionary.


One o’clock in the morning
And I’m leaving from the club
My friends are having a party
Kind of feel I’ve had enough
At two o’clock in the morning
Sure I’m at their party house
I meet the roommate getting some water
She got a baby in her stomach

Chuck in some references to ohio and boxing and that could be post-2016 Kozelek


I wouldn’t know about that kind of thing.

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