Stereo Total are a German/French indie/electro duo that formed in Berlin during 1993. The group consists of Françoise Cactus (from France, drums and vocals) and Brezel Göring (guitar, synthesizer, sampler). The band's 1999 single "I Love You, Ono" (a cover of "I Love You, Oh No!" by Plastics) was famously used in an American commercial for Dell Computers in 2009. The Berlin duo STEREO TOTAL has created a colourful and fascinating universe.
Oscillating between the essential punk rock, disco and electro garage chanson and genious diletantism, the songs dazzle us for an instant (most of them not for longer than two minutes), leaving us stunned by their intensity. At the beginning of this ever-expanding musical universe (pleasantly enough!): a woman, a man, and an inexhaustible, sparkling imagination. Françoise Cactus, (who was born Van Hove in Burgundy and has chosen Berlin as her home for something like a generation now) a writer, local diva, who has performed, among other things, as drummer and singer of the "Lolitas" in the eighties. Then there is Brezel Göring, an inexplicable mixture of the hyperspeedy "Grand Duduche" and the elegant, unobtrusive crooner, with a soft voice and a lively rhythm.
Bent over his synthesizer, happy as a young boy, he reminds one of the hallucinated inventor Géo Trouve-tout. To sum up STEREO TOTAL's short history, which began with the single "allo j'écoute", let us list the different elements characteristic of their musical art: a minimalistic production (in a positive sense), meaning a home-made-trash-garage-sound crossed with underground, authentic as well as amateurish, ironic as well as effective, pop as well as...political. An untiring creative energy, as if it could never suffice, "Oh, but you haven't heard this one!" and wop! here we go again, hardly leaving time to draw a deep breath. A brilliant sense of composition as well as for covering other's material, whatever the source, combined with an excessive love for French chanson (the main weak spot being an evident admiration for the master Gainsbourg).Make Stereo Total Playlist