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Stereolab's Lætitia Sadier (1997)

Interview by Jim Sullivan, Rock's Backpages, 5 November 1997

Ms. Sadier talks about the difference between what Elektra releases and what Stereolab issue on their own Duophonic label; about their latest album Emperor Tomato Ketchup; the band's development and their exploration of multiple genres; their oblique lyrics; resisting commercial pressures and the nature of Stereolab's audience.

File format: mp3; file size: 16.1mb, interview length: 16' 45" sound quality: ** (phoner)

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