All photos: Katherine Gaines
Like most bands formed by former music journalists, Saint Etienne were a highly conceptual group. The trio’s concept was to fuse the British pop sounds of ’60s London with the club/dance rhythms and productions that defined the post-acid house England of the early ’90s. Led by songwriters Bob Stanley and Pete Wiggs, and fronted by vocalist Sarah Cracknell, the group managed to carry out their concept, and, in the process, Saint Etienne helped make indie dance a viable genre within the U.K. Throughout the early ’90s, Saint Etienne racked up a string of indie hit singles that were driven by deep club beats — encompassing anything from house and techno to hip-hop and disco — and layered with light melodies, detailed productions, clever lyrics, and Cracknell’s breathy vocals.
And of course, don’t forget to read our interview with Sarah Cracknell.