The Stereophonics Biography

PHOTO: The Stereophonics

The Sterophonics are Richard Jones, Kelly Jones and Stuart Cable. They knew one another as toddlers in their hometown of Cwmaman in Wales, and began writing and performing in working men’s clubs together in 1992. The despair and celebration of small-town life provided the inspiration for their poignant lyrics, sung to harsh guitar. Rolling Stone Magazine once described them as "Oasis trying to sound like Radiohead".

The band’s debut single, ‘Looks Like Chaplin/More Life in a Tramps Vest’, laid the foundations for the success of ‘Word Gets Around’, which rose to No. 6 in the UK charts and established them as a major Brit-pop band.

Hard-working, the Stereophonics performed nearly 100 shows in 1997, ending with a rare convert at Cardiff Castle: the last band to play the venue were the Rolling Stones in the 1970s.

’Performance and Cocktails’, two years later, was a huge commercial success, and the band played a capacity 50,000 strong show in their home town of Swansea. In a moment of patriotic solidarity the band played ‘As Long As We Beat The English’, a song written for the rugby international. English fans were furious and accused the band’s flagwaving antics of bordering on fascism.

On tour in Japan, in 2002, drummer Stuart Cable dropped out, citing family reasons, prompting rumours of a split. He returned for the making of ‘You Gotta Go There To Come Back’, in June 2003. However, a fan website announced that Cable had been sacked from the band and had learnt his fate from journalists.

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