Emperor Tomato Ketchup (album)

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Emperor Tomato Ketchup
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Studio album by Stereolab
Released 18 March 1996
Recorded Blackwing Studios, London
Idful Music Corporation, Chicago
Genre Experimental pop, art rock, neo-psychedelia, electronic
Length 57:15
Label Duophonic (UK), Elektra (US)
Producer John McEntire, Paul Tipler, The Groop
Stereolab chronology
Cybele's Reverie
(1996)
Emperor Tomato Ketchup
(1996)
Fluorescences
(1996)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 5/5 stars[1]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music 4/5 stars[2]
Entertainment Weekly B+[3]
The Guardian 4/5 stars[4]
NME 8/10[5]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 4.5/5 stars[6]
The Village Voice A−[7]

Emperor Tomato Ketchup is the fourth album by British avant-pop band Stereolab, released on 18 March 1996 in the United Kingdom and 9 April 1996 in the United States. At the time it was their greatest success to date both commercially and critically.[8] Three singles were released from the album: "Cybele's Reverie", "Metronomic Underground" and "The Noise of Carpet". It takes its name from the 1971 Shuji Terayama-directed Japanese film Tomato Kecchappu Kôtei (Emperor Tomato Ketchup).

Legacy[edit]

Emperor Tomato Ketchup was ranked the 51st greatest album of the 1990s by Pitchfork Media,[9] and went on to appear in numerous other decade-end lists. The album was also included in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.[10]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Tim Gane and Lætitia Sadier, except where indicated.

No. Title Length
1. "Metronomic Underground" 7:55
2. "Cybele's Reverie" 4:42
3. "Percolator" (Tim Gane, Lætitia Sadier, Sean O'Hagan) 3:47
4. "Les Yper-Sound" 4:05
5. "Spark Plug" 2:29
6. "OLV 26" 5:42
7. "The Noise of Carpet" 3:05
8. "Tomorrow Is Already Here" 4:56
9. "Emperor Tomato Ketchup" 4:37
10. "Monstre Sacre" 3:44
11. "Motoroller Scalatron" 3:48
12. "Slow Fast Hazel" 3:53
13. "Anonymous Collective" 4:32

Personnel[edit]

Emperor Tomato Ketchup was created by the following:[11]

  • Lætitia Sadier – vocals, various instruments
  • Tim Gane – guitar, various keyboards
  • Andy Ramsay – drums, programming
  • Mary Hansen – guitar, vocals
  • Duncan Brown – bass guitar
  • Morgane Lhote – keyboards
  • Sean O'Hagan – string arranger, electric piano, organ, vibraphone
  • Marcus Holdaway – strings
  • Sally Herbert – strings
  • Mandy Drummond – strings
  • Meg Gates – strings
  • Ray Dickarty – alto saxophone
  • John McEntire – vibraphone, guitar, synthesizers, maracas, tambourine

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Emperor Tomato Ketchup – Stereolab". AllMusic. Retrieved 31 May 2016. 
  2. ^ Larkin, Colin (2007). The Encyclopedia of Popular Music (5th ed.). Omnibus Press. ISBN 0-85712-595-8. 
  3. ^ Wiederhorn, Jon (12 April 1996). "Emperor Tomato Ketchup". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 31 May 2016. 
  4. ^ "Stereolab: Emperor Tomato Ketchup (Duophonic)". The Guardian. 22 March 1996. 
  5. ^ "Stereolab: Emperor Tomato Ketchup". NME: 49. 16 March 1996. 
  6. ^ Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian, eds. (2004). The New Rolling Stone Album Guide. Simon & Schuster. pp. 779–81. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8. 
  7. ^ Christgau, Robert (23 July 1996). "Consumer Guide". The Village Voice. Retrieved 31 May 2016. 
  8. ^ Arp, Louis (14 January 2005). "Stereolab – Emperor Tomato Ketchup". Sputnikmusic. Retrieved 9 April 2016. 
  9. ^ "Pitchfork Media Top 100 Albums of the 1990s: 60–51". Pitchfork Media. 17 November 2003. Retrieved 21 October 2012. 
  10. ^ Dimery, Robert, ed. (2010). 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die: Revised and Updated Edition. Universe. ISBN 0-7893-2074-6. 
  11. ^ "Emperor Tomato Ketchup – Stereolab (Credits)". AllMusic. Retrieved 25 January 2010. 

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