Stereophonics

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Stereophonics are a Welsh rock band that formed in 1992 in the village of Cwmaman in Cynon Valley, Wales. The band currently comprises Kelly Jones (lead vocals and guitar), Richard Jones (bass guitar and backing vocals), Adam Zindani (guitar and backing vocals), Jamie Morrison (drums) and touring member Tony Kirkham (keyboards). The group originally included Stuart Cable (1992–2003) and Javier Weyler (2004–2012) on drums. Stereophonics have released eight studio albums, including five consecutive UK number one albums, their latest album being 2013's Graffiti on the Train. A successful compilation album, Decade in the Sun, was released in November 2008 and charted at number two in the United Kingdom.

Described as "classic UK rock delivered with whiskey vocals," the band have been summarised as possessing a sound akin to the genres of alternative rock and "British traditional rock." Stereophonics' debut album, Word Gets Around, was released in August 1997 and charted at number six in the UK, aided by the singles "Local Boy in the Photograph", "More Life in a Tramps Vest" and "A Thousand Trees". The band reached mainstream success with the release of Performance and Cocktails (and its promotional singles "The Bartender and the Thief", "Just Looking" and "Pick a Part That's New") in 1999 and have achieved a total of ten top-ten singles as well as one number one: 2005's "Dakota". Having sold around 9 million copies worldwide, Stereophonics are one of the most successful Welsh rock acts. Upon their release of Pull the Pin, they became the eighth group to achieve five consecutive UK number one albums (after The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, ABBA, Genesis, Oasis, Blur and U2).

The band have also been praised for their live performances, which have landed them headlining slots at many of the UK and Ireland's most high-profile music festivals, including Reading and Leeds in 2000, Glastonbury in 2002, V festival in 2002, the Isle of Wight in 2004 and 2009, and Oxegen in 2010. The band is part of the Cardiff music scene.

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Discography

Album

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1997 Word Gets Around Stereophonics 3
1999 Performance and Cocktails Stereophonics 5
2001 Just Enough Education to Perform Stereophonics 7
2003 You Gotta Go There to Come Back Stereophonics 5 4
2005 Language. Sex. Violence. Other? Stereophonics 3 3
2007 Pull the Pin Stereophonics 4
2009 Keep Calm and Carry On Stereophonics 2
2013 Graffiti on the Train Stereophonics 3

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
2008 Best of Stereophonics: Decade in the Sun Compilation Stereophonics 5

Album + Live

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1998 Live at Cardiff Castle Live Stereophonics 1
2001 Private Session Live Stereophonics 1
2006 Live From Dakota Live Stereophonics 1

Single

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1997 A Thousand Trees Stereophonics 2
1997 Traffic Stereophonics 1
1998 Local Boy in the Photograph Stereophonics 4
1998 The Bartender and the Thief Stereophonics 1
1999 Just Looking Stereophonics 2
1999 Pick a Part That's New Stereophonics 2
1999 I Wouldn't Believe Your Radio Stereophonics 2
1999 Hurry Up and Wait Stereophonics 2
2000 Mama Told Me Not to Come Tom Jones & Stereophonics 4
2001 Step on My Old Size Nines Stereophonics 2
2001 Handbags and Gladrags Stereophonics 4
2001 Have a Nice Day Stereophonics 2
2001 Mr. Writer Stereophonics 2
2003 Madame Helga Stereophonics 1
2003 Maybe Tomorrow Stereophonics 2
2004 Moviestar Stereophonics 2
2005 Dakota Stereophonics 3
2005 Superman Stereophonics 3
2012 In a Moment Stereophonics 2
More Life in a Tramp's Vest Stereophonics 1
Since I Told You It's Over Stereophonics 1
Vegas Two Times Stereophonics 1

EP

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1997 Traffic (Live Festival EP) Stereophonics 1
More Life in a Tramps Vest Stereophonics 1

EP + Live

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
2013 Live From Rehearsals Live Stereophonics 1

Live

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
2005 2005-07-02: Live8, London, UK Live Stereophonics 1
Hurry Up and Wait Live Stereophonics 1
The Bartender and the Thief: Live from Cardiff Castle Live Stereophonics 1
Word Gets Around Live Stereophonics 1

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