Stereophonics, a Welsh band that formed in '92, were big in the U.K. As the first artists signed to the V2 record label, they had five consecutive #1 albums in the U.K. (from '99's "Performance And Cocktails" to '07's "Pull The Pin"), becoming only the eighth group to achieve that feat (after The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, ABBA, Genesis, Oasis, Blur and U2).
Having sold approximately 9 million copies worldwide, they were one of the most successful Welsh Rock acts. No doubt.
Stereophonics third album, "Just Enough Education To Perform," released in '01, contained one of the band's most famous tracks, "Have a Nice Day," which reached #5 on the U.K. charts.
'03's "You Gotta Go There To Come Back" dropped just before drummer Stuart Cable was sacked. His perceived lack of commitment and his involvement in the TV show called "Cable TV" were given has reasons. Cable's feeling that the band would never improve and his absence from several rehearsals and live concerts didn't help. He was replaced by Javier Weyler.
Their fifth studio album, "Language. Sex. Violence. Other?," the first with Weyler, delivered "Dakota," the group's first #1 on the U.K. singles chart.
Praised for their live performances, Stereophonics became regulars on the U.K. festival circuit.
'06 saw the release of Stereophonics' first live album, "Live From Dakota," a two-disc career spanning compilation drawn of their '05 tour. The band picked the best version of each song individually from recordings made throughout the tour.
"Decade In The Sun," an '08 'best of' compilation went to #2 in the U.K.
Stereophonics performed "I Got Your Number" at the '10 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games in Vancouver, B.C. But just two days later, Cable was found dead in his home in Aberdare having choked on his own vomit after a drinking binge.
Then Weyler left in '12. No reason was given. Jamie Morrison, former drummer for Noisettes, was Weyler's replacement.
"Graffiti On The Train," a '13 release, was significant for the single "Indian Summer" which peaked at #30 in the U.K., making it the group's first U.K. Top-40 single since '07.
Recorded in Brussels and London and produced by frontman Kelly Jones and longtime collaborator Jim Lowe, Stereophonics released their ninth album, "Keep The Village Alive," in '15. "C'est La Vie" was the lead single.
1997 Word Gets Around
1999 Performance And Cocktails
2001 Just Enough Education To Perform
2003 You Gotta Go There To Come Back
2005 Language. Sex. Violence. Other?
2007 Pull The Pin
2009 Keep Calm And Carry On
2013 Graffiti On The Train
2015 Keep The Village Alive