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Smash The System : The Best of St. Etienne [Extra tracks]

Saint Etienne Audio CD
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“When I was ten, I wanted to explore the world.”

Pop begins here.

In a bedroom in the North, the South, the East or the West, softly-lit thanks to the scarf thrown across the lamp – just like Bolan’s, or Bowie’s, or Agnetha’s, or Kylie’s. It comes through headphones black and bulky, or small and cushioned. Down the canal to the drum, the ... Read more in Amazon's Saint Etienne Store

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  • Audio CD (17 Sep 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Extra tracks
  • Label: Heavenly
  • ASIN: B00005NB0I
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 55,110 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Only love can break your heart
2. Kiss and make up
3. Nothing can stop us now
4. Spring
5. Can't sleep
6. Filthy
7. Join our club
8. People get real
9. Paper
10. Avenue
See all 17 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Like a motorway
2. Cool kids of death
3. Process
4. He's on the phone
5. Angel
6. Shad Thames
7. Wood cabin
8. Sylvie
9. Lose that girl
10. Bad photographer
See all 17 tracks on this disc

Product Description


Smash the System is a 34-track best-of compilation following the UK trio's remarkable progression from suave masters of post-rave dub soul into protagonists of ironic pastiches of cheesy 60s pop. Producers Bob Stanley and Pete Wiggs even acquired bouffants to match their retro fetish, and their twee-voiced singer Sarah Cracknell dressed as if she'd just stepped out of a mini for a David Bailey photo shoot. For a time they smartly blended guitar pop with the emerging dance scene but like other bands formed by music journalists (Gay Dad take note) they became too clever for their own good. Smash the System kicks off with "Only Love Can Break Your Heart", St Etienne's most accomplished piece of work. It was their debut cut, remixed by Andy Weatherall, and was instrumental in pioneering the indie-dance crossover genre that hugely benefited groups such as Primal Scream, the Stone Roses and the Happy Mondays in the early 1990s. But St Etienne continued on a different curve, veering into quasi-comedic records such as "He's on the Phone" which pokes fun at Kylie Minogue's early career and the Sandie Shaw-like "The Bad Photographer". They later recaptured their early dancefloor swagger and had a top 10 hit ("Tell Me Why") in conjunction with Paul Van Dyk. Unfortunately this doesn't appear on this collection. Going through 10 years of their work you can see the dub and breakbeat influences diminish in direct proportion to the influx of silliness, which is probably why St Etienne are still regarded as one of pops great underachievers. The remix album Casino Classics probably does them better justice. --Jake Barnes

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
Anyone with the slightest interest in pop music, or simply anyone with a soul, should get this double album quick sharp. A kaleidoscope of shiny pop nuggets - literally not a duff track in sight, and a far more fitting tribute to Sarah, Pete and Bob's work than "Too Young To Die".
All the best bits are here - bona fide ALL-TIME masterpieces (Only Love Can Break Your Heart, Like A Motorway, He's On The Phone....need I go on?) together with lesser known, but equally precious jewels (Mario's Cafe, Saturday, Wood Cabin).
The cover also looks like neopolitan ice-cream, which is reason alone to purchase.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Feel Good! 22 Sep 2004
By Coucho
Format:Audio CD
Saint Etienne were a band that I heard bits of during the 90's but I only got round to buying one CD - So Tough, which was very good. This is an excellent compilation that I bought a few months back and it its still in the car now. Its best described as feel good pop. Its musically clever, interesting and catchy, whilst lyrically, clearly made by a band who aren't taking themselves too seriously. Nothing on here is too challenging, but that's not the point. It covers a wide range of styles - some songs have clearly never been near a real instrument - but its all kinda good. And like the other reviewer says, worth buying for the neopolitan ice cream cover alone!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The singles and more ! 20 July 2001
Format:Audio CD
Saint Etienne have always been one of those bands that have never really reached there true potential. They have the lyrics, the tunes, the melodies, the charming front women in the form of Miss Cracknell. But for some reason they've never had a number one, why ?
While the band are hard at work on the follow up to 2000's Sound Of Water they release this compilation. It's a kinda repackaged greatest hits, it has the singles ranging from Only Love Can Break Your Heart to Sylvie and The Bad Photographer. Saint Etienne are famous for there b sides, they are often the off cuts from there lastest album. With this package we get some of the best b sides and album tracks that should of been singles, like Spring and Angel. We also get some tracks that have previously only been on Japanese releases, Jack Lemmon and Shad Thames.
All in all this is a very valuable item of music, if you bought Too Young To Die you should still think about getting this. If you never bought Too Young To Die get this, you won't be disapointed !!
It's what Saint Etienne do best, beautiful music.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Saint Etienne are Excellent and Superb!! 6 Oct 2003
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Wow, this group is absolutely fab!! Where do I start? Well, only heard of one of their songs, which was featured on The Classical Chillout Album 2, then I thought, this song is really catchy and the singer has a great voice. Then I searched for music on Saint Etienne and came across this one, which contains a great compilation of catchy tunes. To review, I think the music is great. Really chilling and is written for whatever mood you're in. SO, if you're having a bad day, this CD is guaranteed to cheer you up, especially Mario's Café. With talents from Bob, Pete and Sarah Cracknell, who has an amazing voice, this CD is real worth buying. So, go on, let your hair down and "Get on the dance floor and look real sexy!"
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