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Song of the Month | Saint Etienne


Continuing the 90s were awesome theme that this blog and every single hipster seems to subscribe to these days, the next song of the month is ‘Only Love Can Break Your Heart’ by English 90s dance act Saint Etienne. The song appears on their debut album Foxbase Alpha.

This 1990 cover of a Neil Young classic turns the song inside out, focusing on a pulsing dub bassline, jumpy synths and breathy vocals. The song was recorded in their producer’s bedroom and got the band a record deal and their first single.

Moira Lambert sings lead vocals on this song. The band, started by former music journalists and childhood friends Bob Stanley and Pete Wiggs, originally wanted to use a variety of different lead singers, which they did on their debut album. They eventually worked with Sarah Cracknell full time.


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