Named after a French football team, childhood friends Bob Stanley and Pete Wiggs put aside careers as budding music journalists to mix girl group hooks, sugar sweet vocals and lilting Euro disco into some of the sharpest indie pop of the 1990s. Initially the concept of Saint Etienne was for the two producers to work with a different vocalist on each track, but when Sarah Cracknell lent her seductive, hushed harmonies to a re-working of Neil Young's Only Love Can Break Your Heart, she soon became a permanent fixture. Debut album Foxbase Alpha (1991) became a cult favourite and was nominated for the Mercury Music Prize, but it was second album So Tough (1993) that proved the breakthrough, reaching Number 7 in the UK and producing the small hit You're In A Bad Way. The follow-up Tiger Bay (1994) also broke into the Top 10 and is generally cited as the band's finest hour, paving the way for the huge European dance floor hit He's On The Phone. A collaboration with Paul Van Dyk on the single Tell Me Why (The Riddle) gave the band another hit in 2000, but Saint Etienne have remained much respected dance pop craftsmen, perched aloofly on the fringes of the mainstream.