Stuart A. Staples

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Stuart Ashton Staples (born 14 November 1965 in Basford, Nottinghamshire)[1] is an English musician best known as the lead singer of indie band Tindersticks, in which he also plays guitar. Staples has a very recognizable vocal style and a distinctively low, nasal voice.


Prior to co-founding Tindersticks, Staples played in a band called Asphalt Ribbons, whose final line-up was nearly identical to that of his later band.[2] He has released two solo albums: Lucky Dog Recordings 03-04 and Leaving Songs. He has composed the soundtrack to two films by Claire Denis, L'Intrus (2004)[3][4] and White Material (2009).[5] In 2017, the British Film Institute released a film he directed and scored of films by the naturalist F. Percy Smith.[6]

Tindersticks had previously recorded the music to two other Denis films, Nénette et Boni and Trouble Every Day.[2] In 2007 he collaborated with David Boulter composing the soundtrack to Tot Ziens! (We'll meet Again), a short by Belgian director Klaus Verscheure.

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  1. ^ McKibbin, Tony (2009) "Profile - Stuart Staples (Tindersticks)", The List, 9 July 2009, retrieved 2011-01-21
  2. ^ a b Strong, Martin C. (2003) The Great Indie Discography, Canongate, ISBN 1-84195-335-0, p. 1030-31
  3. ^ Sutton, Michael "Stuart Staples Biography", Allmusic, retrieved 2011-01-21
  4. ^ Holden, Stephen (2005) "MOVIE REVIEW: The Intruder (2004) - An Inscrutable Traveler Embarks on a Staggered Path of Recollections", New York Times, 23 December 2005, retrieved 2011-01-21
  5. ^ Weissberg, Jay (6 September 2009). "White Material". Retrieved 21 November 2011. 
  6. ^ Epstein, Sonia (13 June 2017). "Interview with Stuart Staples on Minute Bodies". Sloan Science & Film. 

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