Exposé Online banner

Stereo Total — Yéyé Existentialiste
(Blow Up, 2015, CD)

by Henry Schneider, Published 2015-10-07

Yéyé Existentialiste Cover art

Stereo Total, for those of us who do not know, is the Berlin-based French-German duo of Françoise Cactus and Brezel Göring. They have a string of albums dating back to 1995 and their latest Yéyé Existentialiste is a compilation of 28 songs spanning their career. Their playful music is a quirky lo-fi mash up of disco, new wave, pop, electronique, punk, and garage rock. There is a strong Kraftwerk influence on many of the songs, as well as similarities to Nina Hagen, Lene Lovich, The Cramps, Trio, and Der Plan. They included an unpolished and unadorned cover of Bowie’s “Heroes,” as well as the Plastics’ “I Love You ONO” and a trashy cover of Salt ‘N Pepa’s “Push It.” Many songs have a definite sexual undertone, if not downright explicit. “L’Amour à Trois” sounds like an out-of-wedlock union of Serge Gainsbourg’s “Je t’aime” and Bob Dylan’s “Like a Rolling Stone.” Song topics are all over the map and with the catchy tunes and riffs their popularity across Europe is no surprise. Some of their songs even sound remarkably like Asian pop. So, if you yearn for a change of pace in your listening experience, by all means check out Yéyé Existentialiste.


Filed under: Archives, 2015 releases

Related artist(s): Stereo Total

Latest news

2019-08-20
Alex's Hand Seeks Spa Treatment – American / European band Alex's Hand has a new album in the works called Hungarian Spa, which looks to be their biggest and best yet, featuring a large roster of guest musicians. They're seeking funding to take the project on the road, and are looking for help from the crowd of wisdom. » Read more

2019-06-05
Legendary Co-Founder of The 13th Floor Elevators Passes Away at Age 71 – Sadly, Roky Erickson passed away on May 31, 2019. Known as the father of psychedelic music and co-founder of the ground breaking 13th Floor Elevators, Roky had a profound influence on music from the 60s to today. Plagued by his own personal demons, Roky had a difficult life and is now free of these burdens. » Read more

2019-04-24
Help MoonJune Bring Great Music to Life – Like many music lovers around the world, we’ve been thrilled and amazed to hear the recordings that have been released by MoonJune from sessions at La Casa Murada in Spain. Such label stalwarts as Mark Wingfield, Markus Reuter, Asaf Sirkis, Tony Levin, Dusan Jevtovic, Vasil Hadzimanov, and many more have gathered in various combinations at the studio to produce some of the most creative music in recent years. Now, label head Leonardo Pavkovic is offering a compilation, La Casa Murada - MoonJune Sessions, Volume One, as a fundraiser for upcoming sessions. » Read more

2019-04-10
The Pineapple Thief to Tour North America – November and December of 2019 will see The Pineapple Thief bringing their music to Canada, Mexico, and the US, and famed drummer Gavin Harrison will be on board. The band has been touring extensively in Europe, but North America will be new territory for them. » Read more

2019-03-25
Scott Walker RIP – Noel Scott Engel, better known as Scott Walker, was one of the most intriguing and enigmatic musical figures in the second half of the 20th Century. His strange career started with The Walker Brothers, an American pop group that featured no one named Walker and no brothers. After moving to England in 1965, they had a series of hit singles. Scott's solo work started with Scott in 1967. Starting in the 80s, his work took an increasingly avant-garde turn. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Steve Roach - Immersion: Three – The third in his Immersion series, this one is expanded out to three discs, housed in a beautiful DVD sized eight-panel package with artwork that describes the music as well as the music describes the...  (2009) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues