They’ve incorporated glamrock, synthpop, ambience and have been inspired by nature and Paganism.
Alison Goldfrapp listened to Kate Bush,T. Rex, Donna Summer and Iggy Pop as a teenager and discovered Serge Gainsbourg while working in Belgium. While traveling through Europe in the early 1990s, she also began listening to Polish disco music and cabaret music from the Weimar Republic.
Will Gregory’s musical background was classical music and has cited Ennio Morricone as his main influence.
Alison Goldfrapp began her musical career in the early 1990s as a guest vocalist with the electronic band Orbital and trip hop artist Tricky.
Gregory felt a connection with Goldfrapp when they met in 1999 and invited her to record a demo for the film soundtrack he was composing, to see if they could work together.
Recorded their debut album over a six-month period in a rented bungalow in the Wiltshire countryside. The recording process was difficult for Alison, who often found herself alone and disturbed by the mice and insects in the bungalow.
The song “Oompa Radar” was inspired by Roman Polanski’s film Cul-de-sac
Alison Goldfrapp has modified her image a few times, from a sophisticated Marlene Dietrich inspired look to that of a New Wave diva and later inspired by Paganism.
Wayne Coyne of The Flaming Lips has described Goldfrapp as the best music to hear when having sex.