“You’re My Star” is a pop rock song by Welsh rock band Stereophonics from their greatest hits album, Decade in the Sun: Best of Stereophonics. It was released as the lead-single on 27 October 2008 with “Forever” as the B-side. It was produced by lead-singer and guitarist Kelly Jones along with Jim Lowe while written by the singer. The song was written in a day and is a personal one to Jones, though he wouldn’t say what the song is really about, instead leaving it to listeners to make up their own theory; one critic declared however that the song is written about his daughters, the statement has not been confirmed to be true. The single went on to become the band’s first one to not chart in the UK[a] and received a negative critic review.
“We Share the Same Sun” is a song by rock band Stereophonics. It is the opening track on their 2013 album Graffiti on the Train and was released as the album’s fourth single on 12 August 2013. The song was released as a 10″ vinyl format and Stereophonics have regularly played it as part of their set list. When Graffiti on the Train was released the song had a mixed to positive response and has been compared to “Landslide” by Fleetwood Mac.
“We Share the Same Sun” is played at a tempo of 128 beats per minute. The song runs for 3:44 on both the album and single. It begins with an acoustic guitar playing E♭-D-Gm-F for fifteen seconds until lead singer Kelly Jones begins his vocals. Thirty seconds after Jones has started, electric guitar by Adam Zindani is abruptly introduced, along with bass and drums provided by Richard Jones and Javier Weyler, respectively. The second verse is sung in the same melody as the first. The second and last chorus is extended which includes Zindani singing to harmonise with Jones. The bridge section has Zindani echoing Jones’ vocals, this is then followed by a guitar solo from Zindani.
The guitar in the song was described as “bluesy” by Matthew Horton from the BBC.
“Violins and Tambourines” is a song by Welsh rock band Stereophonics and the seventh track on their 2013 album Graffiti on the Train. It was written from the perspective of a troubled man seeking redemption. David Arnold assisted producers Kelly Jones and Jim Lowe in creating the orchestral arrangements. The song received positive reviews upon the album’s release, being called the band’s comeback track.
The lyrics of the song are a narration of a troubled man who is struggling with his inner demons. The title references the lyrics of “The Last of the Unplucked Gems” by Canadian band The Tragically Hip, an important influence on Stereophonics. The song was released on Graffiti on the Train on 4 March 2013. The orchestral arrangements were composed by David Arnold along with producers Kelly Jones and Jim Lowe.
“Vegas Two Times” is a song by Welsh rock band Stereophonics, featured on their 2001 third studio album Just Enough Education to Perform. Written by lead vocalist and guitarist Kelly Jones, the song was released as the fifth and final single from the album on 1 April 2002, reaching number 23 on the UK Singles Chart.
All songs written and composed by Kelly Jones; “Local Boy in the Photograph” co-composed by Richard Jones and Stuart Cable.
“A Thousand Trees” is the third single by Welsh rock band Stereophonics. The song is taken from their debut album, Word Gets Around and was released in August 1997. It reached #22 on the UK Singles chart.
The catchy, anthemic opener is about a respected junior football coach who ruined his career through a lurid sexual encounter with a female student.
The title and the lyric ‘It only takes one tree to make a thousand matches but only takes one match to burn a thousand trees’ came from the back of a box of England’s Glory matches.
“Superman” is a song by the Stereophonics. It is the first track on their album, Language. Sex. Violence. Other?.
The song was second single from the album and was released on 20 June 2005, peaking at #13 on the UK Singles Chart. The song is featured on the live CD/DVD, Live from Dakota at which they opened with Superman, like they have done in many gigs since the release of the track. It was also featured in the 5th season episode “Splinter” of the television series Smallville.
“Step on My Old Size Nines” is the third single from rock band the Stereophonics taken from their third album Just Enough Education to Perform. It was released in September 2001. It reached #16 in the UK charts.
The song is track 4 on the album. A live acoustic at Grand Opera House York is on the second “Step on My Old Size Nines” single.
“Rewind” is the fourth single from rock band the Stereophonics taken from their fifth album Language. Sex. Violence. Other?. It was released in November 2005. It reached number 17 in the UK charts.
The song is track 6 on Language. Sex. Violence. Other?.
The Music video picks up where the video for ‘Devil’ left off, with singer Kelly being let out of the trunk of his kidnappers’ car. It is revealed to be a set, and the car is simply driving along in front of a moving screen. Kelly then walks on a treadmill in a studio made up of sets from the previous videos of Dakota, Superman and Devil.
“Pick a Part That’s New” is a song by Welsh rock band Stereophonics. It was released on 25 May 1999 as the third single from their second studio album Performance and Cocktails (1999). It reached number four in the UK Singles Chart.
An acoustic version is found on CD2 of the “Pick a Part That’s New” singles. A live version from Morfa Stadium is available on CD2 of the I Wouldn’t Believe Your Radio singles. The song also features as a soundtrack for the film Antitrust, when Milo Hoffman is recruited and brought to meet Garry Winston.
“My Friends” is a single released by Stereophonics from the album Pull the Pin. It was released on 10 December 2007, reaching #32 in the UK Singles Chart, making it the lowest charting single by the band since “More Life in a Tramps Vest” reached #33 back in 1997.
“Gimme Shelter” is a cover version of the Rolling Stones song.
The video shows the band playing the song at a gig, including clips of the crowd wearing masks making them look like ghosts. The crowd was made up of fans who replied to an email from the band asking for extras. The first 100 replies were called and invited to attend. The location was kept a secret until the morning of the shoot. It was filmed in the underground carpark at Earls Court.
“Mr. Writer” a song by Welsh rock band Stereophonics, taken from their third album Just Enough Education to Perform. It was released in March 2001. It reached number 5 on the UK Singles Chart.
The song is track 3 on the album. A live version from Millennium Stadium Cardiff is on the “Vegas Two Times” single. It was written in response to a journalist who had toured with the band and had later given them negative reviews. The song has been attributed as one of the factors that has caused the group’s uneasy relationship with the media. In a 2008 interview with The Guardian, lead singer Kelly Jones admitted that “…every journalist thought [“Mr. Writer”] was about them. It took me 10 minutes to write and 10 years to explain.” A live acoustic version is track 1 on CD2 on the “Mr. Writer” singles, along with live acoustic versions of “Hurry Up and Wait” and “Don’t Let Me Down”.
“Moviestar” is a single by Stereophonics. A demo version of the song was released online in 2003 via the band’s official website in a section called “The Place”, where people would send a mobile phone text message (costing £1) to receive an access code to download the song in mp3 format. Due to high popularity and demand, the song was then fully mastered and finalized and released as a single in February 2004. “Moviestar” was then included on a re-issue of the band’s 2003 album You Gotta Go There to Come Back. It was the first Stereophonics single released following the sacking of drummer Stuart Cable.[clarification needed] The single peaked at #5 on the UK Singles Chart.
“More Life in a Tramp’s Vest” is the second single from the rock band Stereophonics. The song is taken from the band’s debut album, Word Gets Around and was released in May 1997. It reached #33 on the UK Singles Chart. The song is about life from the view of a supermarket bag boy.  The single’s B-side, Raymond’s Shop is featured on Stereophonics’ greatest hits compilation album Decade in the Sun.
The video shows various activities (such as shopping, riding a bus, playing football), but everyone has televisions for heads, which show many different things. The only people who don’t have televisions for head are the band, who are shown performing on pointing traffic signs.
“Maybe Tomorrow” is a single from the Stereophonics’ third studio album You Gotta Go There to Come Back (2003). Written and produced by frontman Kelly Jones, it was used as the opening theme of the movie Wicker Park (2004) and was played during the credits at the end of the Academy Award-winning movie Crash (2004). It has more of a jazz ambience than some of their other songs; this and the whole album were considered a departure from the classic rock sound of previous album Just Enough Education to Perform. This song reached the band’s second highest chart position to date, peaking at #3 on the UK Singles Chart in July 2003.
Jones typically plays the song alone on stage when performing live.
“Madame Helga” is a single from the Stereophonics 2003 album You Gotta Go There to Come Back. It reached #4 in the UK charts and was inspired after the band stayed at Helga’s Folly while they were on tour in Sri Lanka. The Folly itself is owned by a woman called Helga Desilva Blow Perera and that is where the title Madame Helga came from. The song is also one of the heavier tracks produced by the band along with Vegas Two Times.
The song is track 3 on You Gotta Go There To Come Back. There is also a live version of the track on the Live from Dakota album. The music video was directed by Robert Hales.
“Local Boy in the Photograph” is the first single by rock band Stereophonics. The song is taken from their début album, Word Gets Around and was released in March 1997. The song reached number 51 in the UK Singles chart and upon its re-release in February 1998, it reached number 14.
During an interview with Sky Arts HD after his performance at the Hay Festival in June 2010, Kelly Jones explained the meaning of a few of his songs and said that “Local Boy in the Photograph” was based on the true story of local boy Paul David Boggis, who was killed by a train travelling between Cwmbach and Aberdare. All the songs on the album are about people and events in the Aberdare area.
Following the death of former Stereophonics drummer Stuart Cable, a campaign was launched on Facebook to get the song to number one in the UK charts. On 13 June 2010 it re-entered the UK charts at number 60.
“Just Looking” is a 1999 single by British rock band the Stereophonics. It is the second single from their second album Performance and Cocktails. It was released in February 1999 and reached #4 in the UK Singles Chart. It was certified silver for sales of +200,000.
The song is track five on Performance and Cocktails. An acoustic version is featured on CD #2 of the “Step On My Old Size Nines” single.
The music video features the band in a car with Stuart Cable driving, he offers the other members a Jelly baby and the car ends up sinking underwater.
The song was also featured on the 2006 movie Snow Cake starring Alan Rickman, Sigourney Weaver and Carrie-Anne Moss.
“It Means Nothing” is a single by Stereophonics from their album Pull the Pin. It was released on 24 September 2007 and reached number 12 on the UK Singles Chart.
“Helter Skelter” is a cover version of the original song by The Beatles. The song is present on Bones: Original Television Soundtrack.
“Innocent” is a single by British rock band Stereophonics which was released on 9 November 2009. It was the first single taken from their seventh studio album, Keep Calm and Carry On, which was released a week later, on 16 November 2009. It was also the band’s first single for Mercury Records.
All tracks written by Kelly Jones.
The music video for “Innocent” premiered on the group’s YouTube account on 5 October 2009.
“Indian Summer” is a song by Welsh rock band Stereophonics. It was released as the second single from their eighth studio album Graffiti on the Train (2013). It was released as a digital download in the United Kingdom on 20 January 2013 and as a limited edition 10″ vinyl single on 25 February. The song peaked at number 30 on the UK Singles Chart on 10 March 2013, becoming their 1st UK Top 40 single since 2007 and 25th UK Top 40 single in total.
The song was written by the band’s lead singer Kelly Jones.
“In a Moment” is a song by rock band Stereophonics. It is the ninth track on their 2013 album Graffiti on the Train and was released as the album’s lead-single on 4th November 2012.
When speaking to NME, lead singer Kelly Jones said the song is “about finding some hope in life. It’s about those moments in life when you feel a bit lost and stuck and you don’t know how to get out of it and then there’s a glimmer of hope that helps you pull through it. It’s quite a spiritual song.”
The drum loop which is featured throughout the song was programmed by fellow producer Jim Lowe. Although Javier Weyler recorded the drums for the song, this is the first single to be released without him in the band as he left in July 2012.
“I Wouldn’t Believe Your Radio” is the fourth single from rock band Stereophonics taken from their second album Performance and Cocktails. It was released in August 1999 and reached #11 in the UK charts.
The song is track 7 on Performance and Cocktails. A live version from Morfa Stadium is present on CD2 of the single. A version with Stuart Cable singing vocals can be found on CD1 on the “Hurry Up and Wait” single.
“I Wanna Get Lost With You” is a song by Welsh rock band Stereophonics. It is the second single, released on 21 July 2015, from their ninth studio album Keep the Village Alive. Lead-singer and guitarist Kelly Jones stated the track is about “wanting to lose yourself personally, and lose yourself with somebody, and then just literally get out there.” UK based webzine Gigwise released a trailer on their site for an exclusive showing of the music video on 20 July.
The song was first played live on the opening night of the Teenage Cancer Trust 2015 concert and it had its radio debut via The Ken Bruce Show on BBC Radio 2 on 20 July.
“Hurry Up and Wait” is the fifth single from rock band the Stereophonics and the final single taken from their second album Performance and Cocktails. It was released in November 1999. It reached #11 in the UK charts as did previous single I Wouldn’t Believe Your Radio.
The song is track 3 on the album. A live version from Morfa Stadium is on CD2 of the “Hurry Up and Wait” singles. An acoustic version is on CD2 on the “Mr. Writer” singles.
The music video features the band parodying the 1969 film M*A*S*H.
“Have a Nice Day” is the second single from rock band the Stereophonics taken from their third album Just Enough Education to Perform. Produced by Steve Bush and Marshall Bird, it was released on 11 June 2001. The song received negative reviews but the single reached number five in the UK charts and went on to be a bigger success than its predecessor and subsequently one of their biggest hits.[a]
The lyrics for “Have a Nice Day” are based on a cab fare Stereophonics took in San Francisco Bay when they were touring in the United States. When the band got in the back of the cab the driver said to them, “I hate this place, it’s full of tourists and processed fish”. He explained to the trio that he was a poet who believes everyone in the world are alike; the only difference is the accents. At the end of the journey the driver ended the conversation with: “That’ll be seven bucks, have a nice day”. After the cab journey lead singer and guitarist Kelly Jones took the conversation and placed it into the lyrics.
Jones later put the words and music together on October 1999 in a hotel in Europe. The song was first released on Just Enough Education to Perform on 17 April 2001. It was later released as the album’s second single on 11 June 2001. The song was also included in the band’s first greatest hits compilation album, Decade in the Sun: Best of Stereophonics.
“Graffiti on the Train” is a song by rock band Stereophonics. It is the second track on their 2013 studio album of the same name and was released as the third single from the album on 13 May 2013.
Writing for “Graffiti on the Train” started when lead singer Kelly Jones thought children were trying to break into his house. When he caught them one time they explained to him they were trying to get to the railway behind his house in order to spray graffiti on a train. The idea that they were trying to spray a proposal message on one of the trains stuck with Jones and subsequently appeared in the song’s lyrics.
“Devil” is the third single from the Stereophonics album Language. Sex. Violence. Other?.
The song is the 4th track on the album. “Brother” fades into this song. The music video for this song shows Kelly Jones in an apartment, tied to a chair. A woman arrives and appears to be the kidnapper. Soon after, he is taken outside and forced into the trunk of a car that she drives to an unknown place. There are shots of the band performing this song occasionally. At the end of the video, the title card “To Be Continued…” appears. The single peaked at #11 on the UK Singles Chart and #3 on the UK Download Chart.
It was played during the first episode of the third season of Rescue Me.
“Dakota” (released in the US as “Dakota (You Made Me Feel Like the One)”) is a song by Welsh alternative rock band Stereophonics. It was the first single from their fifth studio album Language. Sex. Violence. Other? and was released on 28 February 2005.
It was the first Stereophonics single to reach number 1 on the UK Singles Chart or to chart on the US Modern Rock Tracks chart. The song spent a total of 44 weeks on the UK singles chart, the most any Stereophonics single has managed, and it also topped the download chart, remaining on the chart for 22 weeks, half of which were spent in the top 10. The song has been compared to the works of U2. It also made an appearance in the video games FIFA Manager 06 and Pro Evolution Soccer 2010.
“Could You Be the One?” is a single by British rock band Stereophonics which was released on 15 February 2010. It is the second single taken from their seventh studio album, Keep Calm and Carry On. It failed to chart in the UK, their first single to do so.
Talking about the track, singer Kelly Jones says: “I knew there was something in the melody. I was trying to keep it beautiful rather than piling in for a big chorus.”.
“C’est la Vie” is a song by Welsh rock band Stereophonics. It is the opening track on their 2015 album Keep the Village Alive and was released as the album’s lead single on 12 May 2015 as a digital download. The record was produced by lead-singer Kelly Jones and Jim Lowe while the singer wrote the song. It received a positive response though it’s one of the band’s lowest charters in the UK.
“C’est la Vie” was written in the studio in around 45 minutes and was recorded that same day late at night but the band left it for half a year before listening to it again.
For the 2015 Teenage Cancer Trust concert, Stereophonics were slated to play the opening night and during this they unveiled three new songs for their then-unnamed ninth album, including “C’est la Vie”. “C’est la Vie” was first broadcast on 11 May 2015 Chris Evans Breakfast Show and was released the following day. A music video was released the same day on the band’s Vevo channel, it was directed by Kelly Jones with cinematography by John Conroy and stars Antonia Thomas, Aneurin Barnard and Mathew Aubrey. XFM announced it was their “Record of the Week” two days after release.
Despite several of Jones’ lyrics in the past containing strong language or sexual references, this is the first song to receive an “Explicit” rating on iTunes.
“The Bartender and the Thief” is a 1998 single by Welsh rock band Stereophonics. It was the first single taken from their second album Performance and Cocktails. It was released on 9 November 1998 and reached #3 in the UK charts.
The song is the second track on the Performance and Cocktails album. A live version from Cardiff Castle is available on CD2 of the single. Another live version from Sheffield Arena is on the “Moviestar” single. A bar version of the song is on CD 1 of the “I Wouldn’t Believe Your Radio” single.
The music video features the band playing at Kanchanaburi Province, Thailand and is based on the Francis Ford Coppola movie, Apocalypse Now.
The song, which is one of their heavier tracks, is frequently played amongst their live sets. During live performances, vocalist Kelly Jones has been known to utilise the two bars without vocals before the final chorus to reference the Motörhead song “Ace of Spades”. The lyrics therefore are “The ace of spades, the ace of spades. The bartender and the thief were lovers…”
Strangely, the song’s full length intro only featured on the CD1 single (and in the music video), but was edited off the Performance & Cocktails album.
Welsh PDC Darts player Mark Webster uses this track as his entrance music. An instrumental version of the song is featured in the European version of the PlayStation racing game Gran Turismo 2.