Sunday, 16 October 2016

REWIND: Sneaker Pimps - '6 Underground'

Time once again to rewind back exactly 20 years ago for more of the wonderful music that entered the charts this week in 1996. If you weren't around or were too young to remember the mid 90s, consider this a lesson of enlightenment. If you (like me) were lucky enough to experience it all first time around, then these posts make a fine nostalgic blast from the blast. 

The Top 10 in the UK singles chart from 20 years ago this week (13 October 1996 - 19 October 1996) features a few great songs (B.B.E, Babybird, The Chemical Brothers) as well as some awful ones (Mark Morrison, Boyzone's atrocious Bee Gee's cover 'Words'). See the full chart rundown from that week HEREThis icy cool trip-hop classic was first released as a single in the UK in 1996, reaching number 15 in the UK Singles Charts. After the song was used in the 1997 movie 'The Saint', the single was re-released in the UK in May 1997, where it reached number 9.

The Sneaker Pimps formed when Chris Corner and Liam Howe of the duo F.R.I.S.K. recruited school friend Ian Pickering to help them with lyrics, and recruited singer Kelli Dayton after seeing her perform in a pub. After adding Joe Wilson on bass and Dave Westlake on drums and percussion, they began making music under the Sneaker Pimps name. 'Becoming X' was their debut album, and went to number 26 in the UK. It also sold over a million copies in America.

I was surprised to learn that the band are still together, although singer Kelli Dayton was dropped from the group following the release of 'Becoming X'. Two more albums were released, although both were far less successful than their debut. Founding member Liam Howe has since found work as a songwriter and producer, working with the likes of Marina and the Diamonds, Lana Del Rey and Ellie Goulding. Kelli Dayton now records as Kelli Ali and has released three solo albums via the One Little Indian label. Liam Howe has confirmed that new Sneaker Pimps material will be on the way soon.

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