Stereo MCs - tune 'em in and up! When Gee Street started gaining popularity, Stereo MCs' debut album 33-45-78 (1989) was released. Although this album was recorded on a tight budget which along with DJ Cesare had drummer Owen If and backing singer, Cath Coffey was a great hit.
Their first British hip hop single named "Elevate My Mind" was released in1990. This single belonged to Stereo MCs and was the first British hip hop single to go to the U.S. R&B chart. Also where they were based out, the indie dance scene was gaining momentum for Stereo MCs. They tied up with the Jungle Brothers. A number of hip hop tracks emerged as a result of this alliance such as Supernatural (1990), and remixes such as U2, Queen Latifah, PM Dawn, Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy, Electronic and Monie Love. These producers are still very well known. Most of the remixes by them are under the name of Ultimatum.
The fame they gained through the live shows made way for their famous album Connected, which was released in 1992. On the UK Album charts, this album went up to No.2. The album contained hits like "Connected", "Creation", "Step It Up" and "Ground Level". Due to these tracks, the BRIT Awards for Best Album and Best Group were won by Stereo MCs. When music publisher Spirit Songs was started by Birch and Hallam, the status of rock star was confirmed by the Stereo MCs by having taken an eternity to come out with the follow up of Connected. The reason given was that they did not want to come out with something similar to the earlier one.
For the purpose of their live shows, Stereo MCs put together a live band. This band had famous singers, Verona Davis and Andrea Bedassie in it. They were one of the very few hip hop bands who played at rock music festivals. Stereo MCs is a hip hop band in the English arena. Their very won recording studio called the Gee Street recording studio and record label was founded by Rob Birch (the vocalist) and Nick Hallam (DJ/producer). They started this endeavor with the money they were left with from leaving the flat they were living in London. Traveling on buses to early gigs carrying bags full of tapes instead of getting a backing band, the studio was set up.
Stereo MCs then released remixes of "Frozen" by Madonna and "Jungle Brother" by the Jungle Brothers in 1998. This confirmed that they were back in form and were still keeping alive in the hip hop arena. In 2000, Stereo MCs came out with a DJ mix of DJ-Kicks series for Studio K7. Another remix was done by them for Madonna, called "Music". The album, Deep Down & Dirty was released in 2001. They then went on a tour which included slots opening for Jane's Addiction, the band which was reunited recently. In 2005, Stereo MCs released an album, "Paradise", the most recent one.
The Stereo MCs, with their numerous albums and remixes have gained immense popularity.