Thursday, 7 April 2011

#467 - "Becoming X" - Sneaker Pimps

Released On:  Virgin Records, 1996

I was fourteen when this was released, a total grunge-and-metal kid with long hair and pretensions at being talented with the guitar.  The media kept parading "techno" (as they termed it) as the Next Big Thing, and I raged with all the impotent rage of a teenaged boy.  Then, one night on the radio, I heard "6 Underground" and I felt something hypnotic in it.  "Spin Spin Sugar" was as cool as last call on a summer night.  "Post-Modern Sleaze" had a bleak, serene beauty to it that had nothing to do with how I'd been told "techno" was supposed to sound.  It was a turning point, the moment when I realized that there was more to life than meat and potatoes.  Still a staple of rock clubs everywhere.

Where You'd Know It From:  The electronic boom of the mid-90s, Saturday nights at rock clubs, the 23 weeks it spent on the Billboard chart.

Track Listing:
1.  Low Place Like Home (4:38)
2.  Tesko Suicide (3:48)
3.  6 Underground (3:54)
4.  Becoming X (4:15)
5.  Spin Spin Sugar (4:21)
6.  Post-Modern Sleaze (5:21)
7.  Waterbaby (4:12)
8.  Roll On (4:28)
9.  Wasted Early Sunday Morning (4:29)
10.  Walking Zero (4:31)
11.  How Do (5:03)

("6 Underground")

("Spin Spin Sugar (Armand's Dark Garage Mix)"

("Post-Modern Sleaze")

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