Stereophonics/Performance And Cocktails(1999)





Welsh Rockers Stereophonics released performance and cocktails back in 1999 and once it appeared on my radar I was easily  Hooked!

KellyJones/Richard Jones and the late Stuart Cable. On this release they make sure all 13 tracks are different. There is no filler here Folk’s!



From opening track Roll Up And Shine to album closer I Stopped To Fill Up My Car the Phonics on this release display a wide variety of rock tracks (T Shirt Sun Tan/She Takes Her Clothes Off) to mid tempo rock tracks like(Hurry Up And Wait/Pick A Part Thats New) to end of the album ballad(I Stopped To Fill Up My Car) All bases are covered here.

Being an all out rock guy the two tracks that just totally  kick my ass are The Bartender And The Thief and Half The Lies You Tell Aren’t True.

These two songs excel in the power trio hard rock format! Kelly Jones’ vocals on Bartender sound sinister  with the music below the vocal just driving at a furious rate. Whereas  Half The Lies has a different pace but one that still wallops especially during the verses with the interplay between instruments roaring at a decent clip.




19 thoughts on “Stereophonics/Performance And Cocktails(1999)”

  1. Nice post, Deke. Almost made me want to revisit them ‘Phonics. Almost. They just never done it for me. Probably didn’t help that I had a mate who swore they were just brilliant.

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    1. Ha! Too be honest this is the only Phonics I own it’s a damn fine rock record. Just for some reason I have no interest to dig around in the rest of there stuff but this one is a scorcher….


      1. I like the odd single, but I find them a bit inconsistent overall. They have a song about the rugby (a big deal in my home nation) called ‘As Long As We Beat the English’, which pretty much sums it all up for me!

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    1. Good solid record but I have no clue if there stuff is any good after this one or not. They do have a relationship with The Hip as theres video out there of them jamming with them in London England. Fiddlers Green I believe….

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  2. Very cool, Deke! A band I know of, and have heard, but never seek out on my own. Huh. But if the Dekester’s into it, that’s an endorsement deal right there!

    Also: that is one fantastic album cover photo. I just love it.


    1. Thanks Geoff. I wasn’t going to post today but yesterday on my iPod i pushed shuffle and these guys came on so once i finished up walking Fender The Wonder Dog I got down to it…great album….just don’t tell J!

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