|Birth name||Steven William King|
8 January 1973 |
Ellesmere Port, Cheshire, England
|Genres||Alternative rock, indie rock, Britpop, progressive rock|
King formed Mansun with Paul Draper, with whom he shared an interest in graphic design. His first bass was an Aria Pro Bass, which he bought to rehearse with Draper – the pair would play along to drum loops in their bedrooms. Having not picked up an instrument prior to the formation of Mansun, King went on to become a solid bass player, with Bassist Magazine commenting in 1997 that despite being a relative newcomer to the instrument and being self-deprecating in interviews, "Stove and Mansun drummer Andie Rathbone have formed a pretty solid bond in the rhythm department".
King also became a pivotal member of Mansun in terms of promoting the band. At one point, he had an answerphone (nicknamed the Mansaphone – the phone number to which was printed on all the band's releases) installed in his house to update fans on news and also receive messages from them.
King left the band in late 2002 after several recording sessions for the album that was eventually released as Kleptomania, although that was only confirmed following the band's split.
- [dead link]
- Reid, Pat, Burning Ambition - Mansun's Stove, web.archive.org. Retrieved August 2011
- "Stove King". 2001-09-11. Archived from the original on 2001-09-11. Retrieved 28 July 2012.
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