Also performs as: Cola Boy


Saint Etienne ( SEIN eh-TEE-en) is an English band from Greater London, formed in 1990. The band consists of Sarah Cracknell, Bob Stanley and Pete Wiggs. Commonly associated with the indie dance scene of the 1990s, their music blends club culture with 1960s pop and other disparate influences.

Their debut album, Foxbase Alpha, was released to critical acclaim in 1991, featuring their most enduring hits "Only Love Can Break Your Heart" and "Nothing Can Stop Us". It was followed by So Tough (1993), with the number twelve single "You're in a Bad Way", and the techno folk experiment of Tiger Bay (1994); both albums reached the top-ten. Their early period was rounded out by the gold-certified compilation Too Young to Die: Singles 1990–1995, producing the band's highest-charting single, "He's on the Phone" with Étienne Daho.

The band embraced indie pop on Good Humor (1998), with its lead single "Sylvie" reaching number twelve. By the new millennium, Saint Etienne had pivoted towards ambient music on Sound of Water (2000), while Finisterre (2002) and Tales From Turnpike House (2005) distilled these stylistic diversions and a return to their early influences. The 2010s, with Words and Music (2012) and Home Counties (2017), saw a contemporary update of their sound. The band incorporated samples for the first time in nearly two decades on I've Been Trying to Tell You (2021), which became their highest-charting album since 1994 at number fourteen.

The band's name comes from the French football club AS Saint-Étienne.

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1991Foxbase AlphaSaint Etienne318
1993So ToughSaint Etienne518
1994Tiger BaySaint Etienne16
1998Good HumorSaint Etienne514
2000Sound of WaterSaint Etienne4.57
2002FinisterreSaint Etienne4.54
2005Tales From Turnpike HouseSaint Etienne10
2012Words and Music by Saint EtienneSaint Etienne8
2017Home CountiesSaint Etienne7
2021I’ve Been Trying to Tell YouSaint Etienne8

Album + Compilation

1993You Need a Mess of Help to Stand AloneSaint Etienne3
1995I Love to PaintSaint Etienne2
1995Fairy Tales From Saint EtienneSaint Etienne1
1995Too Young to Die (Singles 1990-1995)Saint Etienne4
1997ContinentalSaint Etienne6
1999Built on SandSaint Etienne1
2001InterludeSaint Etienne3
2001Smash the System: Singles and MoreSaint Etienne42
2002Asleep at the Wheels of Steel: Music for Lost and Other Films by Saint EtienneSaint Etienne2
2004Travel Edition 1990-2005Saint Etienne1
2006Nice PriceSaint Etienne2
2008BoxetteSaint Etienne1
2008London Conversations: The Best of Saint EtienneSaint Etienne4
2009Songs for the Dog & DuckSaint Etienne1
2010A Glimpse of StockingSaint Etienne2
2011Saint Etienne on 45, Part OneSaint Etienne1
2019Tiger Bay (Tapestry)Saint Etienne1
2020More Words and Music by Saint EtienneSaint Etienne2
2022Fairfax HighSaint Etienne2
2022The Character of Saint EtienneSaint Etienne3

Album + Compilation + DJ-mix

2004The Trip: Created by Saint EtienneSaint Etienne1
2012Saint Etienne Presents Songs for the Lyons CornerhouseSaint Etienne1

Album + Soundtrack

1999The Misadventures of Saint EtienneSaint Etienne2
2006What Have You Done Today Mervyn Day?Saint Etienne1
2015How We Used to LivePete Wiggs (presented by Saint Etienne)2

Album + Remix

1996Casino ClassicsSt. Etienne3
2009Foxbase BetaSaint Etienne3
2018Mondo CasinoSaint Etienne1


1990Only Love Can Break Your HeartSaint Etienne7
1990It's On / Only Love Can Break Your HeartFlowered Up / Saint Etienne1
1990Kiss and Make UpSaint Etienne4
1991Nothing Can Stop UsSaint Etienne5
1992Join Our Club / People Get RealSaint Etienne4
1992AvenueSaint Etienne4
1993You’re in a Bad WaySaint Etienne4
1993Hobart Paving / Who Do You Think You AreSaint Etienne4
1994Pale MovieSaint Etienne4
1994Like a MotorwaySaint Etienne4
1994Hug My SoulSaint Etienne5
1995He’s on the PhoneSaint Etienne6
1998SylvieSaint Etienne8
1998The Bad PhotographerSaint Etienne3
199952 PilotSaint Etienne1
1999Lover Plays the BassSaint Etienne1
1999SaturdaySaint Etienne / Fugu1
2000How We Used to LiveSaint Etienne2
2000Tell Me Why (The Riddle)Paul van Dyk feat. Saint Etienne11
2000Heart Failed (In the Back of a Taxi)Saint Etienne5
2001Boy Is CryingSaint Etienne3
2002ActionSaint Etienne3
2002Shower SceneSaint Etienne1
2003Soft Like MeSaint Etienne3
2005Side StreetsSaint Etienne4
2005A Good ThingSaint Etienne3
2007This Is TomorrowSaint Etienne1
2008Burnt Out CarSaint Etienne4
2009Method of Modern LoveSaint Etienne5
2009Only Love Can Break Your Heart (Foxbase Beta mix)Saint Etienne1
2012TonightSaint Etienne5
2012I’ve Got Your MusicSaint Etienne2
2014Pocket CallSaint Etienne1
2015We SurvivedSaint Etienne1
2017HeatherSaint Etienne1
2017Magpie EyesSaint Etienne5
2018Camel Coat / Little ChefSaint Etienne2
2019Saturday BoySaint Etienne2
2019Marble Lions (Sarah Plus Orchestra)Saint Etienne1
2019Christmas 2019Saint Etienne1
2020SpringSaint Etienne1
2021After the RainSaint Etienne1
2021Pond HouseSaint Etienne1
2021PenlopSaint Etienne1

Single + Live

1992Paris ’92Saint Etienne1

Single + Remix

2006Dance Remixes Volume 1: Stars Above UsSaint Etienne1


1993Who Do You Think You AreSaint Etienne2
1993I Was Born on Christmas DaySaint Etienne2
1999Places to VisitSaint Etienne42
2003Xmas 2003Saint Etienne1
2009Now 4Saint Etienne1
2011Xmas '11Saint Etienne2
2017DiveSaint Etienne3
2018Surrey EPSaint Etienne1
2018Surrey NorthSaint Etienne1
2020Xmas 2020Saint Etienne1
2021Her Winter CoatSaint Etienne2

EP + Live

2009Trumpton Comes AliveSaint Etienne1
2016Barbican 13 Sept 14Saint Etienne1

EP + Remix

2021I've Been Trying To Tell You Remix EPSaint Etienne1

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