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Entry updated 21 August 2012. Tagged: Music.

UK indie-rock band founded in 1993 by US-born musician and singer Margaret Fiedler McGinnis (1967-    ) and UK bass-guitarist John Frenett (1970-    ) and named (of course) for the first mammal to orbit the earth. The group's complexly rhythmic, slippery, hypnotic music manifests a persistent fascination with outer space. The band's first release, Silver Apples of the Moon (1995) – this album has no relation to Morton Subotnick's 1967 release – is not genre, although Sounds of the Satellites (1997) has both a higher specific genre quotient ("Starry Night", "Martinis on the Moon") and an atmospheric overall mood best described as other-worldly. A 2003 compilation album is called Lost in Space. [AR]


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