Transient Random-Noise Bursts with Announcements

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Transient Random-Noise Bursts with Announcements
Studio album by Stereolab
Released August 24, 1993 (US)
Recorded May 1993
Length 62:11
Label Elektra (US)
Duophonic (UK)
Stereolab chronology
Space Age Bachelor Pad Music
Transient Random-Noise Bursts with Announcements
Mars Audiac Quintet
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Christgau's Consumer Guide (3-star Honorable Mention)[2]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music 3/5 stars[3]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 4/5 stars[4]
Spin Alternative Record Guide 9/10[5]

Transient Random-Noise Bursts with Announcements is the major-label debut of British group Stereolab, originally released in August 1993. The majority of the first 1500 vinyl copies had to be destroyed because of bad pressing quality.[6] Also, the track "Pack Yr Romantic Mind" had to be re-recorded because it used a George Harrison sample which the band was unable to receive permission to use.[7] The end of the last track, "Lock-Groove Lullaby", extends into a lock groove repeating a phrase sampled from Perrey and Kingsley's "The Savers" on their album Kaleidoscopic Vibrations: Spotlight on the Moog.

The LP's sleeve design and liner notes are adapted from a hi-fi test record issued by Hi-Fi Sound magazine in 1969. The record itself is sampled in the track "Jenny Ondioline".

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No. Title Length
1. "Tone Burst"   5:35
2. "Our Trinitone Blast"   3:47
3. "Pack Yr Romantic Mind" (Embodies portions of "Strangers in the Night", written by Burt Kaempfort,[8] Charles Singleton, and Eddie Snyder) 5:06
Side two
No. Title Length
4. "I'm Going Out of My Way" (embodies portions of "One Note Samba", written by A. Jobim, J. Hendricks, and N. Mendoca) 3:25
5. "Golden Ball"   6:52
6. "Pause"   5:23
Side three
No. Title Length
7. "Jenny Ondioline" (contains samples from "Channel Recognition Phasing & Balance", used courtesy Haymarket Publishing) 18:08
Side four
No. Title Length
8. "Analogue Rock"   4:13
9. "Crest"   6:04
10. "Lock-Groove Lullaby" (embodies portions of "The Savers", written by Jean Marcel and Gershon Kingsley) 3:38


  • Laetitia Sadier - vocals, guitar, Vox organ, Moog synthesizer, tambourine
  • Tim Gane - guitar, Vox organ, Moog synthesizer, percussion
  • Sean O'Hagan - guitar, Vox & Farfisa organs
  • Andy Ramsay - bouzouki, Vox organ, percussion
  • Mary Hansen - vocals, guitar, tambourine
  • Duncan Brown - guitar, bass, background vocals

Produced and Engineered by Phil Wright



  1. ^ Phares, Heather. "Transient Random-Noise Bursts with Announcements – Stereolab". AllMusic. Retrieved 31 May 2016. 
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Stereolab: Transient Random-Noise Bursts With Announcements". Retrieved 31 May 2016. 
  3. ^ Larkin, Colin (2007). The Encyclopedia of Popular Music (5th ed.). Omnibus Press. ISBN 0-857-12595-8. 
  4. ^ Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian, eds. (2004). The New Rolling Stone Album Guide. Simon & Schuster. pp. 779–81. ISBN 0-743-20169-8. 
  5. ^ Weisbard, Eric; Marks, Craig, eds. (1995). Spin Alternative Record Guide. Vintage Books. ISBN 0-679-75574-8. 
  6. ^ "Stereolab discography: Transient Random-Noise Bursts with Announcements". Retrieved 17 October 2013. 
  7. ^ "Stereolab discography: Transient Random-Noise Bursts with Announcements". Retrieved 17 October 2013. 
  8. ^ The insert credits "Burt Kaempfort", but the correct spelling is "Bert Kaempfert".
  9. ^ "Stereolab - Transient Random-Noise Bursts With Announcements CD Album". 1993-08-24. Retrieved 2011-11-29.