Wednesday, April 26, 2006

MP3: Stony Sleep - She Had Me / Khartoum

Stony Sleep were a Grungey/Alt rock trio from North London. They were at first made up of school friends Ben Smith (singer/guitarist/songwriter), his brother Christian on drums, and friend Will Salmon on bass. Two of them had AWFUL hair. Despite rumours that they would sign to Columbia, the band signed a five album deal with indie label Big Cat and recorded their debut album, Music For Chameleons, in 1996. It was released a year later, and soon after that their bassist Will left and was replaced with Lee Citron. The band very quickly followed up their debut with, in my opinion, a far superior followup, 1998's A Slack Romance. Despite a very large amount of touring around the country, success didn't follow and in July 1999 Stony Sleep played their last gigs and split up. Their singles included This Kitten Is Clean, Absurd, She Had Me, Midmay, Lady Lazarus and Khartoum, two of which are available below. Stony Sleep were a great band, had lots of potential, and their two albums are available from Amazon marketplaces for about £3 each, and are well worth the money. For more info on the band try out this rather old fansite.

Ben is now the frontman for Serafin, and Christian was a member of Razorlight for a while before he came to his senses and joined Ben in Serafin. Sadly Lee Citron, the band's second bassist, was killed along with three other members of his post-Stony band Kicks Joy Darkness in 2001. You can download all of their music at a tribute site here.

Download: Stony Sleep - She Had Me - MP3 1.79mb
Download: Stony Sleep - Khartoum - MP3 2.61mb

Discography: (click to buy @

Music For Chameleons (1997)

A Slack Romance (1998)


Blogger DisColin said...

The best British band of the past 20 years in my opinion. I loved this band soo much.

1:04 pm, May 02, 2006  
Anonymous stonysleep said...

She Had Me and Khartoum, while they're good tracks, I don't rate them as highly as their other tracks.
The b-sides tend to be my favourites

Is always good to hear that the band are still well thought of.

If anyone's interested, Christian has made 4 albums with French Car and the Bulimic Wizards - all available at The fourth album, Sister of Art is particularly good
Best to ignore most of the blurb at the top as it's not particularly accurate.

10 years on, despite being biased, I still rank stony sleep right up there with the best for both their studio and live work

10:28 pm, May 07, 2006  

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