- Looper (band)
Infobox musical artist
Name = Looper
Background = group_or_band
Years_active = 1998 -
Origin = Glasgow, Scotland
Genre = Electronic
Label = None
Current_members = Stuart David
URL = [http://www.looperama.com/ looperama.com]
Looper are a Scottish indie-pop band, fronted by
Stuart David, former Belle and Sebastianbassist.
The band formed in
1998for a show at the Glasgow School of Art, and released their first single "Impossible Things" on the Subpoplabel a few months later.
Originally comprising of Stuart and his wife Karn (who was mainly responsible for visual elements in the live shows, such as videos projections,
super 8films, kinetic sculptures and photographic projections), they soon became a fully fledged band, adding Ronnie Black (guitarist) and Scott Twynholm(keyboards) to their line up.
Their first full length album "
Up a Tree" (1999) was released on Subpopin the US and Jeepsterin the rest of the world, and was followed by " The Geometrid" in 2000, on the same labels. After touring the US for three months with The Flaming Lipsin 2000 they signed to Mute Recordsfor five albums. They recorded and released one, " The Snare", and then walked away from Mute; shocked by the conservative approach of the once cutting-edge label, which sold itself to EMIduring Looper's tenure.
Since then, Looper have been releasing their music free to the public at their Looperama website, funding this experiment by licensing the use of their songs in high-profile
Hollywoodfilms and ad campaigns, including the film " Vanilla Sky" and a Xeroxcampaign.
Their most famous song is probably "Mondo '77", this song is featured in the film "
Vanilla Sky" along with the track "My Robot". These two songs are also featured in the Xbox game Project Gotham Racing. Both of these tracks were taken from Looper's second album "The Geometrid", and "Mondo '77" appeared on the "Vanilla Sky OST". "Mondo '77" also appears on the " American Dad" episode " All About Steve". It has also been featured in American television commercials for Xeroxand Partnership for a Drug-Free America. The song "Burning Flies", from the album "Up a Tree", is part of the soundtrack to the " Mission Hill" episode " Stories of Hope and Forgiveness".
* "Up a Tree" (1999)
The Geometrid" (2000)
The Snare" (2002)
* [http://www.looperama.com/ Looperama] - Official band website
* [http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/4460212.stm BBC News] Story on "Mondo '77"
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