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Sleeper

Based around the striking Louise Wener, Sleeper were - to quote a t-shirt worn by the singer - 'Another Female-Fronted Band' that sprang up in the wake of Britpop fever. Stylistically similar to Brit supergroup Elastica, Wener's breathy vocals were bolstered by some sturdy punk playing from Jon Stewart (guitar), Diid Osman (bass) and Andy MacLure (drums). Their 1993 debut single 'Alice In Vain' garnered good reviews, and they topped the indie charts the following year with 'Delicious'. A support slot on Blur's Parklife tour raised their profile enough to send their debut album 'Smart' into the UK charts at number five, but despite Wener being a photogenic 'face' in the music papers, 1996's follow-up 'The It Girl' failed to do business and the band called it quits shortly afterwards. Wener now earns a living as a successful author - her books include 'Goodnight Steve McQueen' and 'The Perfect Play'.

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