Looper are a Scottish indie-pop band, fronted by Stuart David, co-founder of Belle and Sebastian.
Looper formed in 1998 for a show at the Glasgow School of Art and released their first single “Impossible Things” on the Subpop label a few months later.
Originally consisting of Stuart and his wife, Karn (who was mainly responsible for visual elements in the live shows, such as video projections, super 8 films, kinetic sculptures and photographic projections), they soon became a fully fledged band, adding Ronnie Black (guitarist) and Scott Twynholm (keyboards) to their lineup.
Their first album, Up a Tree, was released in 1999. It was followed in 2000 by The Geometrid. After touring the U.S. for three months with The Flaming Lips in 2000 they signed to Mute Records and recorded The Snare.
Since then, Looper have been releasing their music free to the public at their Looperama website, funding this experiment by licensing the use of their songs in high-profile Hollywood films and ad campaigns, including the film Vanilla Sky and a Xerox advertising campaign. Other films their songs have appeared in include The Edukators, The Girl Next Door, Out Cold, and Dog Park.
Their most recognizable song is “Mondo ’77” from their second album, The Geometrid. It has been featured in American television commercials for Xerox and Partnership for a Drug-Free America, in numerous films including Vanilla Sky and The Edukators, and on the American Dad episode “All About Steve”. Another track from that album, “My Robot”, is featured in the film The Girl Next Door. These two songs are also featured in the Xbox video game Project Gotham Racing. The song “Burning Flies”, from the album Up a Tree, is part of the soundtrack to the Mission Hill episode “Stories of Hope and Forgiveness”.
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