Stereophonics (never 'The Stereophonics') are a Welsh music group formed in 1992 and originally known as Tragic Love Company, a name inspired by their favourite bands Tragically Hip, Mother Love Bone and Bad Company. They started out as a teenage cover band and later, inspired by Stuart's gran's gramophone changed their name to Stereophonics. They hailed from Cwmaman, South Wales and after they changed their name were one of the first bands to be signed to Richard Bransons V2 label in August 1996. Their most well known songs include a cover of Chris Farlowe's Handbags and Gladrags; Have a Nice Day, and Mr. Writer, although long term fans would probably plump for the earlier Local Boy In The Photograph, A Thousand Trees, Looks Like Chaplin and The Bartender and the Thief as more memorable.
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- Kelly Jones (vocals/guitar and songwriter)
- Richard Jones (bass)
- Stuart Cable (drums) was sacked by the other two members of the band in September 2003 and was replaced by ex-Black Crowes drummer Steve Gorman for several tour dates.
- Javier Weyler (drums) was announced as a replacement to Stuart Cable in December 2004. The band first met Argentinian Javier when they were recording album demos, and then again in late 2003 when they were visiting Argentina.