Mary Hansen (1966-2002)
December 11, 2002 11:21 AM   Subscribe

Mary Hansen (1966-2002) "Mary, vocalist and guitar player with Stereolab since 1992, died in a cycling accident in London on December 9, 2002."
posted by LinusMines (20 comments total)
drag! love those guys. :(
posted by zoopraxiscope at 11:23 AM on December 11, 2002

wow ..that's really tragically sad.
posted by Peter H at 11:27 AM on December 11, 2002

I'm glad I got to see them when I did then.

That is a pretty big downer.
I guess I know what'll be on my playlist for the rest of the day.
posted by Jeffy at 11:35 AM on December 11, 2002

that really sucks. she was great... such a distinctive voice
posted by condour75 at 11:39 AM on December 11, 2002

I can't believe it, I love that band so much. This is awful. I sure hope Stereolab keep going, they're totally unique. (Uniquely good).
posted by mokey at 11:51 AM on December 11, 2002

I guess there is no good way to receive news of a persons passing on, but It just contributed to the shock seeing a random news bite about Mary's death buried within a many other news-ish items on a music web site. I never met Mary, nor could I be considered the ultimate Stereolab fan, but the music did affect me deeply, the live shows I attended garnering my fondest memories, the depth of my fanaticism leading me to acquire over 30 releases by the group. This is a sad passing, and my sympathies go out to her friends, family, and fans.
posted by hulette at 12:05 PM on December 11, 2002

I'm not the obsessive S-Lab fan I once was, but this is still shocking. And killed while riding her bike? Seeing as how that almost killed me once (and knowing my feelings about cars vs. bikes), I'm totally upset.
posted by monkeymike at 12:10 PM on December 11, 2002

I taked to Mary after a few of the shows I saw. I've seen the Lab 9 times by my count and own everything they ever put out. I first saw them in Fall 1993 and I remember being so awed by Mary... she looked so tall and strong and she played a Fender Jazzmaster just like mine.

Mary was the one who would come up to the edge of the stage after the show and talk to the fans. Once I hung out and chatted with her for quite a while. She was a grogeous person inside and out and I've spent many, many hours listening to her singing her la's oh's and the occasional "chipa!" I've shed a few tears today as I've thought about her and her brilliant life coming to such an end. She seemed to live well while she lived.

Listen to some Lab and think about her.
posted by n9 at 12:19 PM on December 11, 2002 [2 favorites]

Two inevitables
We can't avoid dying
Bursting through our barriers
They are one of the same
posted by dydecker at 12:34 PM on December 11, 2002

Yep, a black arm band day indeed. I just missed them coming through town a few months ago, figured I'd catch them next time around. I'm spending the rest of the day alternatively moping and kicking myself.
posted by daver at 1:01 PM on December 11, 2002

Check out Ultra High Frequency when it comes back up (down due to traffic?). Lots of good Lab stuff there...
posted by daver at 1:15 PM on December 11, 2002

When I first saw Stereolab back in University, I instantly developed a crush on Mary, what with her amazing skirts and fender jazzmaster and all. Last year, I met her at my local pub after seeing Stereolab at the nearby Phoenix concert hall. She was pretty quiet, very polite (considering my nerdly gushings), and generally seemed almost embarrassed to be recognized. I'm not usually the type to get all wistfull over musicians dying, but Mary's passing makes me pretty sad.
posted by UncleDave at 1:19 PM on December 11, 2002

sheesh. this sucks.
posted by darkpony at 1:22 PM on December 11, 2002

I saw this on Pitchfork and it ruined my day. Hope they the rest of the band are ok.
posted by grimley at 1:35 PM on December 11, 2002

I'm pretty cut up about this too. I was checking out the band site and came across the notice, which took the wind out of my sales.

At least I did finally get to see the band live in April. At point they were tuning a guitar, and Mary asked the crowd for a line, some wag piped up with "Bah bah bah bah" as one would expect, and she replied that that could be any song...

She'll be sorely missed.
posted by GrahamVM at 3:00 PM on December 11, 2002

not too chuffed about this either , im keen on stereolab
and saw their last gig here...........its the hard drinkin and druggin cock rockers that are meant to die not quiet wee lassies that play in cool indie bands....sad.
posted by sgt.serenity at 3:22 PM on December 11, 2002

She always looked like she was having fun and sang like a bird.
Bye Mary.
posted by 2sheets at 10:53 PM on December 11, 2002

posted by moz at 12:11 PM on December 12, 2002

Two inevitables
We can't avoid dying
Bursting through our barriers
They are one of the same

Thanks for that, dydecker. Such a sad day.
posted by jokeefe at 4:10 PM on December 13, 2002

Also, from the stereolab site (, this update:

Dear All,
At the request of Mary's family donations can be made to canteen
Cards and letters of condolence can be sent to the family at
Mrs. Moira Hansen. PO Box 196, Maryborough, Queensland 4650. Australia.
Best Wishes.

canteen is; I can't tell you what it is because Netscape kept blowing up when I tried to load it. You may have better luck than I.

Rest in peace Mary.
posted by jokeefe at 4:31 PM on December 13, 2002

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