Remastered edition of a compilation of Stereolab's first three singles, first issued in 1992. Reissued alongside new vinyl editions of the companion volumes Refried Ectoplasm [Switched On Volume 2], Aluminum Tunes [Switched On Volume 3], and a CD anthology of all 3 volumes.
Initial copies come on clear vinyl. Includes download card.
"Switched On collects Stereolab's earliest singles, capturing the group's hypnotic, driving sound in its infancy. Though they're more guitar-driven and rock-oriented than the band's later work, tracks like 'Super-Electric' and 'Au Grand Jour' prove that Stereolab's basic style -- Krautrock lock-grooves, bubbling analog synths, fuzzed-out guitars, and angelic vocals -- arrived fully formed. 'Doubt' and 'Brittle' are among the group's most vibrant pop songs, while the eight-minute 'Contact' is a warm-up for the epics the band would include on albums like Transient Random Noise-Bursts With Announcements. Reflective pieces like 'The Way Will Be Opening' and 'High Expectation' show off Laetitia Sadier's coolly sophisticated, Nico-meets-Francoise Hardy vocals, while 'The Light That Will Cease to Fail' manages to be poppy, kinetic, and bittersweet all at once. Though the group would go on to make even more impressive albums, the newness of Stereolab's sound is palpable on Switched On, giving the songs an added vitality. Obviously, it's an impressive debut, but it's captivating in its own right." - AllMusic
• Limited Edition Clear Vinyl LP
• Remastered by Calyx Mastering of Berlin
• Limited time download card
Seaya Sadier, vocals
Tim Gane, guitars, Moog, Farfisa
Martin Kean, bass
Joe Dilworth, drums
Gina Morris, second vocals on Tracks 1, 2 & 4
3. Au Grand Jour'
4. The Way Will Be Opening
2. Au Grand Jour
3. High Expectation
4. The Light That Will Cease To Fail