Ping Pong (EP)

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Ping Pong
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EP by Stereolab
Released 18 July 1994
Recorded April 1994
Genre Post-rock
Label Duophonic (UK)
Elektra (US)
Stereolab chronology
Jenny Ondioline
(1993)
Ping Pong
(1993)
Mars Audiac Quintet
(1994)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars link

Ping Pong is a 1994 EP by the post-rock band Stereolab which served as the lead single from their third full-length album Mars Audiac Quintet. Three limited 7" runs were released in green, black, and pink colors. It was also released on CD and 10" vinyl.

All four of its tracks were later re-released on the Oscillons from the Anti-Sun compilation, along with an alternative mix of "Ping Pong" which had been prepared for Mars Audiac Quintet but not used.

"Ping Pong" is an upbeat satirical synthesiser and brass-led pop song which discusses the business cycle. This subject matter, unusual in popular music, has been cited by some critics in support of a description of the group as "Marxist pop"[1][2] though the group reject the label. [3]

"Ping Pong" reached #45 in the UK singles chart and was voted #9 in John Peel's Festive Fifty for 1994.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Ping Pong" – 3:02
  2. "Moogie Wonderland" – 3:35
  3. "Pain et Spectacles" – 3:30
  4. "Transona Five" [live] – 5:42

References[edit]

  1. ^ Mason, Stewart. "Song Review (Ping Pong)". Allmusic. All Media Guide, LLC. Retrieved 25 May 2007. 
  2. ^ Reynolds, Simon (4 April 1996). "Stereolab: Simple Minds". Rolling Stone. Rolling Stone. 
  3. ^ Jenkins, Mark (5 November 1999). "Stereolab's Latest Experiment". The Washington Post. The Washington Post Company. 
  • "Ping Pong (EP)". Stereolab. All Media Guide/All Music. Retrieved 2007-05-05. 
  • "Ping Pong". Stereolab Official Site. Stereolab. Retrieved 2007-05-05.