Switched On

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Switched On
Compilation album by Stereolab
Released October 1992
Genre Post-rock, shoegaze
Length 43:55
Label Too Pure (UK)
Slumberland (US)
Stereolab chronology
Low Fi
Switched On
Space Age Bachelor Pad Music
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars [1]

Switched On (also known as Switched On Stereolab or Switched On Volume 1) is a compilation of Stereolab's first three releases, and was originally released in 1992. The album's name is in tribute to Switched-On Bach and other similar titles from the late 1960s to 1970s that feature Moog synthesizers as the primary instrument.[2] Switched On was later licensed to Slumberland Records for a US release, and Rough Trade Germany, for that country, both in 1992.

It forms the first part of a trilogy of Stereolab rarities collections along with Refried Ectoplasm and Aluminum Tunes.

The three first releases that form Switched On include:

1. "Super 45", 10" EP, May 1991, on Duophonic (the band's own label)

A1 "The Light That Will Cease to Fail" (3:24)
A2 "Au grand jour" (3:41)
B1 "Brittle" (3:47)
B2 "Au grand jour'" (3:28)

2. "Super-Electric", 10" EP, September 1991, on Too Pure

A1 "Super-Electric" (5:22)
A2 "High Expectation" (3:32)
B1 "The Way Will Be Opening" (4:07)
B2 "Contact" (8:17)

3. "Stunning Debut Album", 7" single, November 1991, on Duophonic

A "Doubt"
B "Changer"

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Super-Electric" 5:22
2. "Doubt" 3:26
3. "Au grand jour'" 3:27
4. "The Way Will Be Opening" 4:07
5. "Brittle" 3:47
6. "Contact" 8:17
7. "Au grand jour" 3:40
8. "High Expectation" 3:32
9. "The Light That Will Cease to Fail" 3:23
10. "Changer" 4:54



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  • "Switched On". Stereolab. All Media Guide/All Music. Retrieved 2007-05-05. 
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  1. ^ Phares, Heather. ""Switched On" review". Reviews. All Media Guide, LLC. Retrieved 2011-07-01. 
  2. ^ Taylor, Timothy Dean (2001). Strange Sounds: Music, Technology & Culture. Routledge. p. 278. ISBN 978-0-415-93683-5.