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Sleeper Biography

Sleeper are an English rock band formed in London in 1992. The group had eight UK Top 40 hit singles and three UK Top 10 albums during the 1990s. Their music was also featured in the soundtrack of the pop cultural hit movie Trainspotting. The band split up in 1998, but reunited in 2017.History Post-split (1999–2010) After Sleeper split, Wener and Maclure recorded material for a new project, aimed at a more mainstream market and featuring a guest appearance by George Michael. However, the project was never completed, and Wener went on to have a career as a novelist. Her fourth book for Hodder & Stoughton was published in 2008. Wener also features prominently as an interviewee in Jo...
Sleeper are an English rock band formed in London in 1992. The group had eight UK Top 40 hit singles and three UK Top 10 albums during the 1990s. Their music was also featured in the soundtrack of the pop cultural hit movie Trainspotting. The band split up in 1998, but reunited in 2017.

History

Post-split (1999–2010)

After Sleeper split, Wener and Maclure recorded material for a new project, aimed at a more mainstream market and featuring a guest appearance by George Michael. However, the project was never completed, and Wener went on to have a career as a novelist. Her fourth book for Hodder & Stoughton was published in 2008. Wener also features prominently as an interviewee in John Dower's feature film documentary on Britpop, Live Forever (2003).

Stewart moved to Los Angeles, California, where he played with West Coast band UFO Bro and contributed as a session guitarist to k.d. lang's album Invincible Summer (2000) and Mel C's album Reason. After returning to the UK he became Course Leader of the BA (Hons) Music Business and a lecturer in popular culture and music history at the British and Irish Modern Music Institute in Brighton, where his former students include The Kooks, James Bay, Black Honey (band), The Xcerts, Kate Walsh and Luke Sital-Singh, as well as members of As It Is and Miss Vincent, amongst others. Stewart also wrote a monthly column for Guitarist magazine from 2002 to 2010, and gained a PhD Music from the University of Southampton in 2018. In 2019 he joined The Wedding Present as guitarist during their thirtieth anniversary Bizarro UK and EU tour.

Osman subsequently went on to become a session player with Parlophone records band Dubstar and later became an artist manager, with bands including Infectious Music outfit My Vitriol and Atlantic Records band The Glitterati, and helped writer-producer Justin Parker sign to Sony Music publishing. Maclure later ran a "Punk Rock Karaoke" enterprise with DJ Steve Lamacq.

A greatest hits compilation, with a tracklisting selected by and artwork designed by the band themselves, was released on Sony/BMG in 2007. Their first two albums were reissued as deluxe versions on 29 November 2010, with second discs of B-sides and live tracks.

By 2014, Wener and MacLure had formed another band, Huge Advance, although they only played in and around their residential suburb of Crouch End.

Reunion (2017–present)

Sleeper reformed in 2017 to play in four British cities in July and August, as part of the Star Shaped Festival, alongside other Britpop acts including Space, Dodgy and The Bluetones. These dates saw Wener, Maclure and Stewart joined on bass by new member Kieron Pepper, previously known as live drummer for The Prodigy from 1997 to 2007, and were followed by an eleven-date headline tour of the UK in spring 2018.

In the summer of 2018, Sleeper announced that they were recording a new album in collaboration with their old producer Stephen Street for release in early 2019 and that this would be accompanied by another headline UK tour. Lead single "Look at You Now" premiered on BBC Radio 6 Music on 4 December 2018, while presenter Steve Lamacq announced the title of the new album was The Modern Age.

During 2020 Wener and Maclure compiled unreleased material from previous recording sessions, including the George Michael collaboration, with new material as the basis for a new Sleeper album This Time Tomorrow, released on 14 December 2020.

In 2021, Sleeper were credited on "Bad Things", an R&B-laced indie-pop track by Greater Manchester based band The Lottery Winners. The track features vocals from Louise Wener and can be found on an eight-track EP by The Lottery Winners called Start Again.

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Frontwoman Louise Wener, along with Elastica's Justine Frischmann, was one of Britpop's biggest female stars, and became one of its enduring sex symbols, placing highly in Melody Maker and NME "Sexiest Woman" polls two years running. Wener enjoyed significant media coverage, including an NME front cover and a slot as guest presenter of Top of the Pops, and multiple appearances on TFI Friday. Billboard described how Wener's "forthright opinions on female sexuality, censorship, and other issues, have been manna for feature editors."

The band was the inspiration for the phrase "Sleeperbloke", referring to the disparity between the glamorous singer Wener and the other frequently ignored members of the band (who tended to be far more anonymous and stood at the back). This pejorative term was used by music press journalists and musicians, to refer to any person of limited standing within a band or an especially drab and unremarkable individual. The "Sleeperblokes" themselves were reported to be highly amused by the phrase, and even produced an ironic "Sleeperbloke" T-shirt to go with Wener's "Another Female Fronted Band" T-shirt, both of which sold well.

Members

Current

  • Louise Wener – vocals, rhythm guitar (1993–1998, 2017–present)
  • Jon Stewart – lead guitar (1993–1998, 2017–present)
  • Andy Maclure – drums (1993–1998, 2017–present)
  • Kieron Pepper – bass guitar (2017–present)

Past

  • Diid Osman – bass guitar (1993–1997)
  • Chris Giammalvo – bass guitar (1997)
  • Dan Kaufmann – bass guitar (1997–1998)

Other appearances

Year Song Release
1995 "Pyrotechnician (I Think I Love You)" (demo) Sharks Patrol These Waters: The Best of Volume, Pt. II
"Bedside Manners" (live at London Astoria) Home Truths
"Disco Duncan" (Peel Session) ...Hold On (BBC Radio 1FM Sessions)
1996 "Atomic" Trainspotting: Music from the Motion Picture
"Sale of the Century" (live at BBC Sound City) Radio One Sound City Leeds 1996
2020 "Mr Kiss Kiss Bang Bang" (Featuring David Gedge) Double 7” (Record Store Day 2020)

Not From Where I'm Standing compilation album



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Sleeper Discography

  • 1990AlbumThe It Girl
  • 1995AlbumSmart
  • 2007AlbumGreatest Hits
  • 2018SingleLook at You Now
  • 2019EPLive at the Ritz
  • 2019SingleMore Than I Do
  • 2019AlbumThe Modern Age
  • 2019SingleThe Sun Also Rises
  • 2020AlbumLive at the BBC
  • 2020SingleMr Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (feat. David Lewis Gedge)
  • 2020SingleVegas 2020
  • 2020SingleWhat Do I Do Now (Bbc Session)
  • 2021AlbumThis Time Tomorrow
  • 2021SingleWe Should Be Together
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