Emperor Tomato Ketchup (album)

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Emperor Tomato Ketchup
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Studio album by Stereolab
Released 18 March 1996
Studio
Length 57:15
Label
Producer
Stereolab chronology
Cybele's Reverie
(1996)
Emperor Tomato Ketchup
(1996)
Fluorescences
(1996)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic5/5 stars[1]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music4/5 stars[2]
Entertainment WeeklyB+[3]
The Guardian4/5 stars[4]
Houston Chronicle4/5 stars[5]
NME8/10[6]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide4.5/5 stars[7]
The Village VoiceA−[8]

Emperor Tomato Ketchup is the fourth studio album by English-French avant-pop band Stereolab. It was first released on 18 March 1996 in the United Kingdom by Duophonic Records and on 9 April 1996 in the United States by Elektra Records. At the time, it was their greatest success to date both commercially and critically.[9] 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).

As of August 1997, it has sold over 46,000 units in United States according to Nielsen SoundScan.[10]

Legacy[edit]

Emperor Tomato Ketchup was ranked the 51st greatest album of the 1990s by Pitchfork,[11] 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.[12]

Track listing[edit]

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

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Metronomic Underground" 7:55
2."Cybele's Reverie" 4:42
3."Percolator"
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:[13]

  • 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

Charts[edit]

Chart (1996) Peak
position
Scottish Albums (OCC)[14] 50
UK Albums (OCC)[15] 27

References[edit]

  1. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Emperor Tomato Ketchup – Stereolab". AllMusic. Retrieved 31 May 2016. 
  2. ^ Larkin, Colin (2011). The Encyclopedia of Popular Music (5th concise ed.). Omnibus Press. ISBN 0-85712-595-8. 
  3. ^ Wiederhorn, Jon (12 April 1996). "Emperor Tomato Ketchup". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 31 May 2016. 
  4. ^ Romney, Jonathan (22 March 1996). "Stereolab: Emperor Tomato Ketchup (Duophonic)". The Guardian. 
  5. ^ Vaziri, Aidin (7 April 1996). "Stereolab Has Winning Formula". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved 24 April 2017. 
  6. ^ "Stereolab: Emperor Tomato Ketchup". NME: 49. 16 March 1996. 
  7. ^ Sarig, Roni (2004). "Stereolab". In Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian. The New Rolling Stone Album Guide. Simon & Schuster. pp. 779–81. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8. 
  8. ^ Christgau, Robert (23 July 1996). "Consumer Guide". The Village Voice. Retrieved 31 May 2016. 
  9. ^ Arp, Louis (14 January 2005). "Stereolab – Emperor Tomato Ketchup". Sputnikmusic. Retrieved 9 April 2016. 
  10. ^ https://books.google.hr/books?id=3QkEAAAAMBAJ&pg=PA17&lpg=PA17&dq=stereolab+album+sales&source=bl&ots=8XRjQrNa5v&sig=9enw3EAfSoc0zfV82hGXOfEp8oI&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjC0_jQ1fzVAhVDnRoKHUYSCK4Q6AEITzAE#v=onepage&q=stereolab%20album%20sales&f=false
  11. ^ "Pitchfork Media Top 100 Albums of the 1990s: 60–51". Pitchfork. 17 November 2003. Retrieved 21 October 2012. 
  12. ^ Dimery, Robert, ed. (2010). 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die: Revised and Updated Edition. Universe. ISBN 0-7893-2074-6. 
  13. ^ "Emperor Tomato Ketchup – Stereolab (Credits)". AllMusic. Retrieved 25 January 2010. 
  14. ^ "Official Scottish Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 18 July 2018.
  15. ^ "Official Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 8 November 2017.

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