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My Music: Stereolab
Stereolab have been going for 12 years
Lo-fi group Stereolab have been heroes among fans of dreamy experimental pop for more than 10 years.

Vocalist Mary Hansen was killed in a cycling accident in December - but they are back with a mini-album, Instant 0 in the Universe, on Monday.

Founding songwriter and guitarist Tim Gane told BBC News Online about the music that inspires him.

What was the first record you ever bought?

Big Terror LP on the Music for Pleasure label. It was in 1976 and had a 'version' of the Jaws theme on it. Besides, I was growing tired of the new punk rock scene and felt that a big fish was the way forward.

Which acts did you dance around the living room to when you were kids?

Sadly we never had a living room when I was growing up. It was an all-in-one room and included a kitchen and so we were forbidden to dance in case we would knock over the chips fryer always on the go.

Who has been your biggest musical inspiration?

I would probably say Throbbing Gristle. It's not that our music remotely resembles them in any way, but I'm sure we would not exist if I hadn't been massively influenced by their music and attitude as a youth.

Throbbing Gristle, Cabaret Voltaire and The Ramones were inspirations
Which musical moment changed your life?

Listening to Nag Nag Nag by Cabaret Voltaire on John Peel one night in 1979. Before that, I had been listening to all the groups in the punk, post-punk and new wave (sometimes) fraternity and was happy with that but this music I heard that night was totally something else. I never dreamed that such a music existed and that there were people who could actually make and think this up. What kind of people were they?

How many records are in your collection?

I don't count - but roughly 3,600 LPs/12"s and1,950 7"s and 4 CDs. I no longer collect cassettes.

How long do you spend browsing in record shops?

I've probably spent a year of my life in record shops and I don't think this much of an exaggeration. Since I was 13 there has hardly been a week where I haven't bought a record.

What has been your most rewarding collaboration?

Oooh... I'd have to say the 2 Nurse With Wound (Steve Stapleton) collaborations. Simply because they are my favourites to listen to - probably because they contain more of him than us so I can just listen to it as good music.

Which song by another artist do you wish you had written?

I'm tempted to say Yesterday like everyone else, but I've never been asked or thought about this question until now. I'll say the whole of the first Ramones LP.

Which song from the past 12 months is most likely to gain classic status?

TES - New New York because I'm listening to it now and it's a classic. It has both class and ic and I'm sure that it is the definitive.

Which current artists do you most admire?

Cobra Killer. Also Elecronicat (but not so much the last LP). TES I've already mentioned. PROP from Australia I like a lot.

What songs do you sing in the bath?

The greatest hits of The Shadows. Sometimes some of Eno's ambient works.

What song always makes you cry?

That single by the 4 Non-Blondes because it reminds me of all the suffering in the world and man's inhumanity to man.

If you organised a music festival, who would be on the bill?

Yellow Magic Orchestra, Cobra Killer, Fan Club Orchestra playing hits of YMO in the style of Cobra Killer.

Do you visit any music websites regularly? Which ones?

I never visit music websites - not even our own.

Clip of Sudden Stars from Instant 0 in the Universe

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