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Stereolab guitarist killed in cycling accident.(9 posts)

Stereolab guitarist killed in cycling accident.steve-z
Dec 11, 2002 1:44 PM
Stereolab's Mary Hansen Dead at 36
Ryan Schreiber reports:
Mary Hansen, singer and guitarist for the experimental pop group Stereolab, died on Monday after being struck by a car while riding her bicycle in London. Martin Pike, co-owner of Stereolab's Duophonic Super 45's imprint with Tim Gane and Laetitia Sadier, was extremely saddened by the loss when we spoke with him via telephone this morning. "It's incredibly tragic," said Pike. "We're all going to miss her. It's just a bit too soon. Even though it happened on Monday, all of us only [recently] found out. We're all still very numbed by it all." The band's official statement reads: "The suddenness of her death has shocked the band. Mary was a special person. Our thoughts are with her family and friends who will miss her greatly."

Hansen, originally from near Brisbane, Australia, joined Stereolab in 1992 after the release of Peng!. She also contributed vocals to bands such as Moonshake and The Wolfhounds, and made appearances on releases by Mouse on Mars, Brokeback, and the High Llamas, whose Sean O'Hagan has been responsible for brass and string arrangements on many a Stereolab LP. Mary Hansen was 36.
re: Stereolab guitarist killed in cycling accident.nigel
Dec 11, 2002 1:48 PM
I'm a big Stereolab fan (have most of their discs and have seen them perform), and I'm struck by this news. Very sad indeed. Great creativity and a great sound she gave them. Funny that I'd hear it here first, of all places. Thanks for the update, but sad news for sure, particularly for fans of the band like myself.

Dec 11, 2002 1:49 PM
This is so sad.

Could you please indicate the source?
Dec 11, 2002 1:53 PM
Saw the news on, copied this article from A little too stunned to comment. What a uniquie, great band. I've seen them 3 or 4 times here in Texas, and I'm always struck by the size of the crowd. Hopefully they will carry on...
Mars Audiac QuintetPseuZQ
Dec 11, 2002 2:05 PM
Is one of my favorite discs to chill out to after a ride. So is Emperor Tomato Ketchup.

I've seen them twice in SF.
re: Stereolab guitarist killed in cycling accident.trout_bum
Dec 11, 2002 4:03 PM
Here's a link to the groups site:

Really sad news. I've seen Stereolab play several times in NY as well as been sustained through many overnight graphic design deadline-hell sessions listening to their music.
She was a good friend of the environment as well.GreenEugene
Dec 11, 2002 4:20 PM
I am saddened to hear this news.
My favorite band- so sadhulksmash
Dec 12, 2002 8:17 AM
I too am very sad by this news. They were a constant inspiration while working on art and chilling out. I've loved their recent stuff as much as the old, they were all about innovating. I hope the band carries on.
BBC Article...EpicX
Dec 12, 2002 8:55 PM
weird coincidence...i've been ripping cd's to my harddrive all week and finally got around to Nurse With Wound. Which then got me thinking about Stereolab. And then I pop into RBR for the first time in months and see this thread. sad story. what a loss.

found this article on the BBC site:

by BBC News
----------------------------------------------------------- Stereolab vocalist Mary Hansen has died in a cycling accident in London, aged 36.

The band's spokesman, Mick Houghton, said the accident happened on Monday as Hansen was cycling through central London.

"We believe a vehicle, possibly a truck, backed into her, but I really don't know much more than that at the moment," he said.

In a statement, the band's other members expressed their sadness at the news of her death.

"The suddenness of her death has shocked the band," it said.

"Mary was a special person. Our thoughts are with her family and friends who will miss her greatly."


Hansen, an Australian, had been a vocalist and guitar player with Stereolab since 1992.

The band was formed in 1990 by Tim Gane and Laetitia Sadier after the pair met at a concert in Paris.

Combining an inclination for melodic 60s pop with an art-rock aesthetic, Stereolab were one of the most influential alternative bands of the 90s.

Fans have been posting their memories of Hansen on the band's website.

One fan recalled the first time he saw Stereolab in concert.

"Mary really stood out. She seemed warm and welcoming," he said.

"Oh my God," says another fan. "Time to keep the good memories in mind. Her backings were great, her guitar playing tremendous, and she was so cool. Rest in peace honey."

Hansen's body will be flown back to Australia, where a funeral is due to be held in her hometown of Maryborough, near Brisbane, next week.