News Obituaries Françoise Cactus (Stereo Total) passes away

Françoise Cactus (Stereo Total) passes away

Posted Feb. 27, 2021, 12:59 p.m. in Obituaries by Loren

Throughout 2021, Kill Rock Stars label is celebrating its 30th anniverssary with a series of classic covers. This week's new take features Badlands of Sweden covering Stereo Total's "Lunatique."

In addition to covering a classic song originally released in 1997 on Stero Total's second album, Monokini. Badlands will release Djinn on March 5.

The song is not simply a tribute to the label, though, it also memorializies the late vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Françoise Cactus, who passed away from breast cancer on Feb. 17, 2021.

Badlands, aka Catharina Jaunviksna, states:

Françoise was an amazing musician, buzzer & paragon for awesomeness. For me, her and Stereo Total has worked as a reminder of why we (really) share music & what DIY (really) is about. And she never ever stopped, just kept going. So much joy that I'll miss, for sure. Merci pour tout.


Kill Rock Stars label founder and president, Slim Moon adds:

This song was already in the works for our 30th anniversary series, but upon hearing of the death of the wonderful Françoise Cactus, both KRS and Catharina decided to move up the planned release as a tribute to her memory. She was one of the most wonderful people we ever got the pleasure to work with. There was never anybody who better understood the spirit and intent and realization of punk rock. If I had my wish, there would be 100 more Stereo Total albums in the world - she gave us a lot but we still wish for more, because what she gave us reminded us what life is for.

Listen to previous covers here.

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