It was 20 years ago when Saint Etienne released their first single, a Balearic classic cover of Neil Young’s Only Love Can Break Your Heart, and since then the band have navigated themselves through a series of albums – from 1991s classic Foxbase Alpha to 2005s Tales From Turnpike House.
In the last few years, the band have been remastering and deluxe-ing up their catalogue, with this month’s reissues of 1994s Tiger Bay and 2002s Finisterre being the latest instalments. Pete Wiggs, Bob Stanley and Sarah Cracknell should hopefully be coming back with some new stuff next year, but for now and to celebrate their general amazingness, we got Pete Wiggs (left) to give us a playlist of his toppermost tunes. Take it away...
Working My Way – Alexander
"A grooving cosmic French pre-disco number that's apparently big on the mod dance scene. I played it out in Glasgow and got a whoop of delight from a cool moddy looking girl, so it must be."
Baby Let's Dance Together – Kittu Gidwani
"Spaced out and funky pop- from the soundtrack of 70s Bollywood film Shalimar and the best track on Bollywood Funk compilation."
Odessa – Caribou
"Heard this on (BBC) Radio 6 and couldn't get it out of my head. I played it out last night and woke up this morning humming it to myself. Hope I don't end up hating it."
Show Time – The Detroit Emeralds
'This is a great party soul tune and you can do a good edit splicing in sections of the instrumental B-side.'
Move Girl – The Bamboos of Jamaica
'This Jamaican funk nugget was a great eBay find – I like to start a set with this.'
Controversy – Prince
'I heard the Chemical Brothers play this at a wedding (I'm showing off) and had forgotten how good it is.'
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