Finally! Three years after the world success of "Musique Automatique" (on Labels/EMI and Kill Rock Stars in the US) the Berlin duo STEREO TOTAL are back. Let’s shortly quote the list of references for their first five albums that also influence this sixth album which celebrates their 10th birthday : «40% Chanson, 20% R'n'R, 10% Punkrock, 3% DAF-Sequenzer, 4% Jacques Dutronc-Rhythmique, 7% Brigitte Bardot and Serge Gainsbourg, 1,5% Cosmonaute, 10% really old synthesizers, 10% 8-bit Amiga-sampling, 10% transistor amplifier, 1% really expensive and advanced instruments» ... «Yéyétronic, electropunky, kitsch & speed, sissilistening, bricolopop, Berliner juke-box»...«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.»
And in addition children (and the punks and the young fashion victims and the male and female dreamers of each kind and from each country) love this music.
It has taken STEREO TOTAL a while this time, but finally here is “Do The Bambi” and a whole lot to hear with 19 new tracks. STEREO TOTAL is still this french-german Garage-Rockabilly Electronic/Non-Electronic duo consisting of Françoise Cactus and Brezel Göring.
We know about Brezel that he never sleeps, takes no drugs, neither drinks coffee nor alcohol and got two illegitimate children. He prides himself to have a truck driver’s taste in women. That is not true however because his girlfriend is Françoise Cactus, novelist, artist, who wrote 23 books and is a highly paid feature writer. She comes from the “Girl Garage” and “Psychedelic”-Era of the 80ies, she is considered to be “experimental”.
Where was the album recorded? In the rehearsal space and in the bedroom. The two have recorded everything on their own: to ask people for advice is in general pretty unnecessary. They nevertheless followed the wise instructions of their producer Cem Oral (which we know from Air Liquide): “Don’t give up before you are finished!” The result is Homerecording-Folk in a highly dematrialized world but (quoting Brezel Göring): “ We want to have at least as much technology, that we can hate technology”.
So what are the results? “Artificial Girls-Music”?, romanticism, anarchy, happiness and mourning. Intimate, intense, amusing, agitating, furious, explosive. STEREO TOTAL – caught in a vicious circle of maximum speed and "J'aime les grandes émotions" – which leads again to even more speed and emotions.
So what is special about this album? Judging the record by its cover it is a mixture of kitsch and being fucked up. A lot of the record is about film-history and the longing for love
“Do The Bambi” means something like “Show the beautiful eyes beneath your long lashes and rescue me from the inferno of my ego in this sad and mean world!”
Hanway roof: Vocals on Hungry!
Jacno: Vocals & guitar on Mars Rendezvous
Anke Engelke & Nikolai Kinski: Backing vocals on Cinémania
Gina v. d'Orio: Baking vocals on Babystrich, Partymädchen gefoltert & Troglodyten
Felix Kubin, Chrise Imler, Patric Catani, Frederik Schikowski & Halloween Jack: Backing vocals on Partymädchen gefoltert
Recorded by Brezel Göring in Berlin 2004
Produced by Cem Oral at Airbase 1000
Mastered by Bo Kondren at Calyx Studio
Design and illustrations: Cabine
All songs written by F.Cactus/v.Finsterwalde, published by Flirt 99 Music Publishing (GEMA)
Except: Hunger! (F. Cactus, Hanway Troof/v.Finsterwalde) (Flirt 99 Music Publishing), Mars Rendezvous (Jacno) (German version: F.Cactus) (Emma Productions), Chelsea girls (Lou Reed/Sterling Morrison) (John Cale Music Inc./Oakfield Avenue Music Ltd)