The British Alternative-Rock act Stereophonics, formed in the early '90s by three friends, singer + guitarist Kelly Jones, bass player Richard Jones and drummer Stuart Cable, who all grew up in the South WALES village of Cwmaman.
The trio began performing under various names; finally, in 1996, they
officially christened themselves Stereophonics and inked a deal with V2
who released their blistering debut full-length disc, "Word Gets
Around", in the summer of 1997; it became a top 10 hit in the U.K.
Albums chart thanks in part to the singles "Local Boy In The Photograph"
After took home a Brits Award for Best New Group, they released their second album, "Performance And Cocktails", which spawned three U.K. top 5 smash hits: the fast tune "The Bartender And The Thief", the mid-tempo "Pick A Part That's New" and the prettier "Just Looking". The album covered all bases so thoroughly that it was not surprising catapulted the band into the limelight; "Performance And Cocktails" ended up at #1 on the U.K. Pop Albums chart and in the second half of 1999 yielded two more singles, "I Wouldn't Believe Your Radio" and "Hurry Up And Wait", both falling just one place short of the top 10.
Provisionally titled J.E.E.P., Stereophonics' third effort, arrived in
April 2001, the band was forced to retitled the album to "Just Enough
Education To Perform" after Daimler-Chrysler threatened legal action;
the disc went on to sell over two million copies all around the world
highlighted by the British top 5 hits "Have A Nice Day", "Mr.
Writer" and "Handbags And Gladrags", riding high in the
European Albums charts and also managed to enter the American Billboard
Top 200 immediately stalling at #188.
"You Gotta Go There To Come Back" was issued two years later; the album earned Stereophonics yet another #1 U.K. hit and was preceded by the release of a single, "Madame Helga" which peaked at #4 on the U.K. Official chart; the second single, "Maybe Tomorrow", cracked the top 3.
The year 2003 saw the departure of founding member Stuart Cable, drummer Steve Gorman, an ex-member of The Black Crowes, stepped in to fill his shoes for the promotional tour; that same year, in November, the band recorded and released a new single entitled "Moviestar" which crawled up to #5 on the U.K. Pop chart.
In late 2004 Stereophonics recruited a new drummer, Argentinean-born Javier Weyler and began working on a new record. "Language. Sex. Violence. Other?" was released in spring 2005 going straight to #1 in Britain; despite the album made a very small ripple on the Billboard's Top Heatseekers chart produced the band's first and only Modern Rock top 40 hit, "Dakota", this single shot to #1 in their native Great Britain and was followed by the U.K. top 20 hit "Superman".
After a couple of quiet years, the Welsh alt-Rock threesome re-emerged with a new album in October 2007; "Pull The Pin" also was a #1 in Britain, although its numbers didn't match those of its predecessor and the main single, "It Means Nothing", failed to make the U.K. top 10.
November 2008 saw the release of "Decade In The Sun", the first greatest hits compilation from Stereophonics. Featuring 18 tracks taken from their six studio albums as well as two brand new songs: "My Own Worst Enemy" and "You're My Star"; this collection showcases the band's rise from humble indie Rock beginnings to the stadium filling band that they became.