Heavy Stereo

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Heavy Stereo
OriginDurham, England
GenresAlternative rock, Britpop, hard rock, post-punk, indie rock, glam rock
Years active1993–99
Associated actsOasis
MembersGem Archer
Pete Downing
Nick Jones

Heavy Stereo were an English alternative rock band, who were active from 1993 to 1999. There were known for their 1970s glam rock styled sound, and their sole album, Déjà Voodoo. They were also on the same record label and opened for Oasis, which Heavy Stereo’s frontman Gem Archer later joined.


Heavy Stereo was fronted by lead vocalist, rhythm guitarist, songwriter and producer Gem Archer, later of Oasis.[1] They were heavily influenced by 1970s glam rock,[2] including Gary Glitter, The New York Dolls, and Sweet.[3] They released their debut album, Deja Voodoo, in 1996. The band split up after Archer joined Oasis as a rhythm guitarist and keyboardist, replacing Paul "Bonehead" Arthurs for their Standing on the Shoulder of Giants Tour,[4] and on all albums and tours afterwards until their breakup in 2009. Archer then began work on a new project with other members of Oasis, called Beady Eye, before joining Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds. Jones is now playing in The Jim Jones Revue.

Band members[edit]



  • Déjà Voodoo (23 September 1996)

Charted at number 76 in the UK.[5] All songs written by Gem Archer, and produced by Heavy Stereo, John Bell and Steve Orchard.

  1. "Chinese Burn"
  2. "Cartoon Moon"
  3. "Déjà Voodoo"
  4. "Tell Yer Ma"
  5. "Crown of Thoughts"
  6. "Mouse in a Hole"
  7. "Bangers and Mash"
  8. "Deep Fried Heart"
  9. "Reaching for Heaven"
  10. "Keep Up"
  11. "Planet Empty"
  12. "Shooting Star"

Chart singles[edit]

  • "Sleep Freak" (1995) - UK #46
  • "Smiler" (1995) - UK #46
  • "Chinese Burn" (1996) - UK #45
  • "Mouse in a Hole" (1996) - UK #53[6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Mad4gem.tripod.com
  2. ^ Myspace.com
  3. ^ Thefilter.com[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ Artistdirect.com
  5. ^ http://www.officialcharts.com/artist/31799/heavy-stereo/
  6. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 249. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.