How to describe Stereo Total? Chanson revivalists with a thing for
German cabaret? A German dance band with a serious Serge Gainsbourg
fixation? Punk-rock dilettantes? Eurotrash eclecticists? Transcontinental club brats all grown up? The answer, of course, is oui -- and also ja. Stereo Total's grand European adventure began when vocalist and drummer Francoise Cactus, a mademoiselle born Francoise Van Hove in Burgundy, France, met German Brezel Goring, who handles guitar, synthesizer and sampler duties for
the Berlin-based duo. Together, the married couple released three albums on Bungalow Records and a couple of American releases on Bobsled before getting scooped up by Kill Rock Stars for the 2005 album Do the Bambi. K.R.S. re-released much of the group's back catalog and then put out its 2007 album, the aptly titled Paris-Berlin.