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Massive Attack

The pioneering force behind the rise of trip-hop, Massive Attack were among the most innovative and influential groups of their generation; their hypnotic sound -- a darkly sensual and cinematic fusion of hip-hop rhythms, soulful melodies, dub grooves, and choice samples -- set the pace for much of the dance music to emerge throughout the 1990s, paving the way for such acclaimed artists as Portishead, Sneaker Pimps, Beth Orton, and Tricky, himself a Massive Attack alumnus. Their history dates back to 1983 and the formation of the Wild Bunch, one of the earliest and most successful sound system/DJ collectives to arrive on the U.K. music scene; renowned for their seamless integration of a wide range of musical styles, from punk to reggae to R&B, the group's parties quickly became can't-miss events for the Bristol club crowd, and at the peak of their popularity they drew crowds so enormous that the local live music scene essentially ground to a halt.

When the Wild Bunch folded during the mid-'80s, two of its members -- Andrew "Mushroom" Vowles and Grant "Daddy G" Marshall -- teamed with local graffiti artist 3D (born Robert del Naja) to form Massive Attack in 1987; another Wild Bunch alum, Nellee Hooper, split his time between the new group and his other project, Soul II Soul. The group's first single, "Daydreaming," appeared in 1990; it featured the sultry vocals of singer Shara Nelson and raps by Tricky, another onetime Wild Bunch collaborator. The classic "Unfinished Sympathy" followed, as did another compelling effort, "Safe from Harm." Finally, in 1991 Massive Attack issued their debut LP, Blue Lines; while by no means a huge commercial success, the record was met with major critical praise, and was dubbed an instant classic in many quarters. Nelson, featured on many of the album's most memorable tracks, exited for a solo career soon after, and the group then confusingly changed its name to simply "Massive" to avoid any implication of approval for the U.N.'s policy toward Iraq; in the wake of the disastrous U.S. tour that followed, many were quick to write the band off right then and there.

After a three-year layoff, Massive Attack -- their full name now properly reinstated -- resurfaced with Protection. Again working with Hooper and Tricky, they also brought into the fold vocalist Nicolette, as well as Everything But the Girl's Tracey Thorn. Three singles -- "Karmacoma," "Sly," and the title track -- were released from the LP, which was also remixed in its entirety by Mad Professor and issued as No Protection. A lengthy tour followed, and over the next several years, Massive Attack's solo work was primarily confined to remixes for artists including Garbage; they also worked with Madonna on a track for a Marvin Gaye tribute album. Finally, to promote their appearance at the annual Glastonbury music festival, the group issued a new EP, Risingson, during the summer of 1997.

The third full-length Massive Attack effort, Mezzanine, appeared in mid-1998. In addition to reggae singer Horace Andy, making his third consecutive LP appearance with the group, vocal chores were handled by the Cocteau Twins' Elizabeth Fraser and newcomer Sara Jay. Mezzanine became a hit among critics, clubs, and the college crowds, spinning successful singles such as "Teardrop" and "Inertia Creeps." The album topped the U.K. chart and crossed into the Top 60 of the Billboard 200 in the U.S. A tour of America and Europe followed, but Vowles left the band after disagreeing with the artistic direction of Mezzanine. Del Naja and Marshall continued as a duo, later working with the likes of David Bowie and the Dandy Warhols, but Marshall later took a leave of absence to raise his family; producer Neil Davidge took up the slack.

In February 2003, after a five-year wait, Massive Attack released their fourth album, 100th Window, including collaborations with mainstay Horace Andy as well as Sinéad O'Connor. Danny the Dog, released in 2004, marked the group's entry into film score work and, perhaps unsurprisingly, often sounded much more like incidental background music than a typical Massive Attack release. From there, Del Naja and Davidge scored a handful of other films -- In Prison My Whole Life, Battle in Seattle, and Trouble the Water, for which they earned an Oscar nomination -- but their work was credited to their real names or the pseudonym 100 Suns rather than Massive Attack. The fifth Massive Attack album, Heligoland, released in 2010, featured collaborations with Horace Andy, TV on the Radio's Tunde Adebimpe, Elbow's Guy Garvey, and Martina Topley-Bird. ~ Jason Ankeny, Rovi
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mcsanchez29
Moving
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Set is So Good. Love the Passion
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Love this Ser Sooo Much!
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Dissolved Girl is a great track, check out The Propelllerhe a d s when the elevatator explodes
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Dissolved girl is the song in Neo's headphones in the first matrix. Lots dont know that. The bass is mostly natural, especially on 100 windows n dudes grafitti rocks. Unkle uses it as album covers.
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More like "Massive Bass" be prepared... and yes, like most trip hop and electronic music its all over movies, tv, etc.. underated!! Try Portishead too
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i love teardrop becuse i here it on house all the time
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OH MY GOD THIS IS THE THEME TO BANSHEE
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Deborah miller needs to be added to the bio she has been with them for 23 years and has no credit to the group or a song! Sad really.
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Ataque Masivo!!!!
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been a fan for a long time my self
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Absolutely love the songs..the lyrics and the beat are very profound
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Isnt this in the intro to house?
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Absolutely phenomenal song. Have been a fan for some time.
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loutz37
One of my many favorite Massive Attack songs. Just got done watching Luther for the 5th time or so. The song was used at the beginning of each episode. Luther was originally a BBC show. It's on Netflix now.
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Amazing song
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This song was in American Beauty scene where Kevin Spacey's shot in the head. Great song,great film. One of my all time favorites! jenna
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Love this song and the meaning makes me feel not so alone and puts me at ease.
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Maybe the best sexy time song ever...
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fatahmarie
:D
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every time I here this song, I was looking back to see if you were looking back to see me looking back at you, gets stuck in my head
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Why don't you shut your hole, you f**king goddamned f**k. Why don't you watch your goddamned mouth you F**king talk about some f**ked up s**t one more time. I dare you dried up retarded f**king Down syndrome f**ks.
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You goddamned f**king goddamned god f**king damn you goddamn what the f**k. God damn you
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This is one of those songs that reminds me I'm not alone in this world.
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laetifrog
lol
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laetifrog
pooos
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louizelnicol e 3
I somehow liked House more when I found out they used Massive Attack's song for their intro
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abryant987
OMG HOUSE
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THIS SONG IS ON THE SHOW GRIMM!
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Totally the intro song for House, I love it!!
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Log fire = rain
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Paste this 10 times if you do tomorrow will be the best day of your life. You will be kissed by your crush or asked out. If you break the chain you will see a dead girl in your in 53 minutes. Someone will say I am sorry or I love you.
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Don't Read this Because it doesn't f**kin work lmao

Just enjoy the music F**K Chainmail
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Don't read this cause it actully works.You will be kissed on the nearest Friday. Tomorrow it will be the best day of your life.Now you started reading this so don't stop. If you don't post this on five other songs you will die.Post the 5 songs in 143 minutes and your lovers name will appear on the screen in big letters. This is scary but it actully works
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siegudo
They started Wrap music without any doubt.
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Im all in
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One of my favorite artists of all time
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don't read this because it actually works.you will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life however if you don't post this you will die in 2 days now you started reading so don't stop this is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in 143 minutes when done press f6 and your lovers name will appear on the screen in big lettersit's so crazy because it actually works!
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natduz
F**k Yea !!!!!
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Angel
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hodaka1974
They have some really great tunes..
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This is about as cool as AIDS on ice presented by Disney. Hehehaaaaa
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mrsmusiq
Do not lesson to this
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The Bible has answers. Go here. http://gotqu e s t i o n s . o r g /
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Teardrop
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I miss you, Marcin. xx
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Mezzanine classic album
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Great song.
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Good songs
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