MB Set: Friday, Main Stage
One of the best post-grunge pop bands Britain had to offer, Sleeper were undervalued at the height of Britpop for daring to have a charismatic frontwoman songwriter.
In just two years, Sleeper scored three Top 10 albums. In some ways, they were the ultimate Britpop band: their singer was a quote magnet, their hits such as Inbetweener and Sale Of The Century were snappy and memorable.
The band’s debut album release Smart (1995) was followed by the platinum-selling LP The It Girl which yielded four charting singles – What Do I Do Now?, Nice Guy Eddie, Sale of the Century and Statuesque.
Sleeper recorded a cover of the Blondie song Atomic, which was used in the seminal 1990s film Trainspotting. Statuesque also features in the movie and its follow-up soundtrack album.
The band’s third album, Pleased to Meet You (October 1997) was a UK Top 10 hit but the band called it a day in March 1998.
Following the band’s demise, frontwoman Louise Wener moved on to a career in writing, publishing four novels and an autobiography covering her time in the band.
Sleeper reformed in 2017 and saw Wener, Maclure and Stewart joined on bass by new member Kieron Pepper. The band recorded a new album – The Modern Age – in 2019 and compiled unreleased material from previous recording sessions (including a George Michael collaboration) with some new material as the basis for the album This Time Tomorrow, released in December 2020.