Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

The Icons Are Back

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

The Icons Are Back

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Byline: By Simon Armstrong

Having reached a worldwide audience with Connected, all went quiet with the Stereo MCs until 2001's Deep Down and Dirty, but they're on the move again, as Simon Armstrong reports

Perhaps now equally famed for their seemingly eternal spell out of the spotlight as their music, it's easy to forget just how successful the Stereo MCs were.

With his dishevelled and, dare we say it, often slightly unhinged look, frontman Rob Birch was an unlikely icon but one who perfectly encapsulated the group's underground attitude.

Taking nine years to record the follow-up to 1992's Connected album, it looked as though the band were destined never to return, cast aside into dance music history.

And while its eventual successor, Deep Down and Dirty, may not have quite recreated past glories, it proved the band were determined to fight on and reclaim their place at the forefront of a scene which their earlier efforts had done much to create. …

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