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  • Bob Stanley

    26th November 2013

    Bob Stanley is a writer, musician, DJ and film producer. Since founding influential pop group Saint Etienne, Bob has enjoyed a parallel career as a music journalist, contributing to publications such as the The Times, Smash Hits, NME, the Guardian and The Face. A former artist-in-residence at the Southbank Centre, his films have been shown at the ICA and Royal Festival Hall, and he has curated several seasons for the Barbican.

    Bob's chronological story of modern pop "Yeah Yeah Yeah" has just been published by Faber & Faber and is highly recommended by the Ace Records Book Club.


  • English Weather at Rough Trade

    4th January 2017

    Saint Etienne’s Bob Stanley and Pete Wiggs will be in store at Rough Trade East to discuss their new Ace Records compilation “English Weather” on Tuesday, 28th February. Bob and Pete will be signing copies of the compilation after the Q&A.

    FREE ENTRY. 6.30pm Doors // 7.00pm On-stage // 7.45pm Signing.

    Rough Trade East
    Tuesday, 28th February 2017

  • Album Launch: The Tears of Technology

    24th February 2020

    The Record Cafe, 45-47 North Parade, Bradford, BD1 3JH

    Friday 28th February at 8 PM – 12 AM

    (Free Entry) Tickets via:

    DJ Sets from Bob Stanley, Pete Wiggs and Shipley's The Record Club to celebrate the launch of their new LP The Tears of Technology

    At the turn of the 80s, a new generation of musicians appeared who saw synthesisers not as dehumanizing machines but as musical instruments that could be coaxed into creating modern, beautiful and decidedly emotional music. It was almost as if the musicians were intentionally creating this music to prove the doubters wrong.

    Compiled by Saint Etienne’s Bob Stanley and Pete Wiggs, “The Tears Of Technology” celebrates this brief period when scruffy synth duos from the provinces broke through and took over British pop. Like mellotrons before them, synths could project a strange and deep emotion; listen to OMD’s ‘Sealand’, or the Human League’s ‘WXJL Tonight’, and it was clear that something in the wiring had an inherent melancholy.

    In the 60s and 70s, the synthesiser had mostly been regarded as either a novelty or a threat. Tomorrow’s World warned us that the cold, heartless synth would soon make orchestras redundant. But by 1980, Korgs, Moogs and Rolands were becoming affordable for all, and post-punk had created a safe place for new groups to experiment with these new toys.

    The influence of Kraftwerk – who had made a landmark appearance on Tomorrow’s World in 1975 – is all over this collection. Big names rub shoulders with obscurities by Turquoise Days, Electronic Circus and Illustration, all highly prized recordings among ‘cold wave’ and ‘minimal synth’ afficionados. There are pioneers like John Foxx and Thomas Leer, alongside unexpected synth sadness from Simple Minds and the Teardrop Explodes.

    “The Tears Of Technology” celebrates an era of electronic melancholia, synthesized intimacies and insights – even Tomorrow’s World didn’t see that coming.

  • The Ace Records Podcast

    5th July 2000

    We welcome you to the Ace podcast, lovingly presided over for us by journalist, record collector and broadcaster Pete Paphides. This occasional series will feature interviews with guests from many branches of the extended Ace family, detailing their own careers, the artists that have influenced their lives and the records that they love, all enjoyably explored over two microphones and plenty of cups of tea.

  • Sheila B.

    11th February 2016