Stereo Total was a Berlin-based multilingual, French-German duo which comprised Françoise Cactus (born Françoise Van Hove and formerly co-leader of the West Berlin band Les Lolitas) and Brezel ('pretzel') Göring (aka Friedrich von Finsterwalde, born Friedrich Ziegler, ex-Haunted Henschel, Sigmund Freud Experience). Their music style was described as playful, wildly eclectic mash-up of synthpop, new wave, electronica, and pop music.
Stereo Total's social media accounts reported that Françoise Cactus died from breast cancer on 17 February 2021, aged 57.
Both Cactus and Göring sung and played multiple instruments. When they appeared on stage as a duo, Cactus frequently played drums while Göring played guitar and synth; at other times the touring band has included additional musicians such as Angie Reed.
Their early career was nurtured within Berlin's easy listening scene, and they frequently supported the DJ team Le Hammond Inferno, who went on to form Bungalow Records and sign Stereo Total to their label. Stereo Total became the most successful act on Bungalow, finding an audience not just beyond Berlin but also across Europe and eventually in Japan, Brazil and the US.
Links to Peel
Peel played a few tracks from the duo in the early 00's. Their cover of Salt-N-Pepa's Push It, was played as a session mix of Rory Philips on Peel's show in 2002. No other tracks seemed to have been played by Peel after 2002.
- 26 July 2000: Discjockey (LP - My Melody) Bungalow
- July 2000 (FSK): Holiday Innn (Escalator & Yukari Fresh Remix) (2x7" - Holiday Innn) Bungalow
- July 2000 (FSK): Holiday Innn (Paula Kuhn & Zenmasterbong Remix) (2x7" - Holiday Innn) Bungalow
- 13 November 2001: Liebe Zu Dritt (single) Bungalow
- 25 November 2001 (BBC World Service): Liebe Zu Dritt (7") Bungalow
- 12 February 2002: Push It (part of Rory Phillips: DJ mix)
- 06 June 2002: Push It (part of Rory Phillips: DJ mix)
- 04 December 2002: 'Liebe Zu Dritt (CD - Various Risiko 100)' (Bungalow)