Stereophonics is an iconic rock band from the UK, they have had multiple #1 albums, but their UK success hasn’t really lead to equal success in the U.S. I first heard of Stereophonics in 2001 when I got the album “Just Enough Education To Perform.” J.E.E.P., as it is usually called, is one of the best albums to be released in the UK that year and was a huge hit. Kelly Jones, the lead vocalist of Stereophonics, has such a nice voice, sound a bit like Ray LaMontagne with a pinch of Adam Levine from Maroon 5.
I started to dive deeper into the Stereophonics catalog and found another album that should have been a hit in the U.S. “Performance and Cocktails” was released in 1999, but sadly at that time the U.S. radio was crowded with bands like Limp Bizkit and Korn, so bands like Stereophonics didn’t get enough airplay. The album had great tracks like “T-Shirt Sun Tan,” “Is Yesterday, Tomorrow, Today?,” and my favorite, “A Minute Longer.”
Stereophonics have released many albums since “J.E.E.P.” and “Performance and Cocktails” and had their most success in the U.S. with the single “Dakota” off of their “Language, Sex, Violence, Other?” album.
It’s not too late for Stereophonics to make a huge splash in the U.S., but if they didn’t win us yankees over with their earlier work, I’m not too sure if it will ever happen now.
Here is a live performance of the song “Lying In The Sun.”