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Sneaker Pimps

Sneaker Pimps' synthesis of pop-oriented trip-hop and glam-inspired alternative rock reached the U.K. Top 40 five times during the late '90s. Founding members Liam Howe and Chris Corner, alternately known as Line of Flight and F.R.I.S.K., named the group after the Beastie Boys' term for a person drafted to obtain premium footwear. Assisted by fellow songwriter Ian Pickering, vocalist Kelli Dayton, drummer David Westlake, and bassist Joe Wilson, Sneaker Pimps debuted in 1996 with Becoming X, an album highlighted by its third and fourth singles, the John Barry-sampling "6 Underground" -- an amiable tune boosted by a remix from Nellee Hooper -- and the creeping, sneering "Spin Spin Sugar." It narrowly missed the U.K. Top Ten but was eventually certified gold by the British Phonographic Industry. A companion limited release, Becoming Remixed, was issued in 1998, with contributions from the likes of Paul Oakenfold, Armand Van Helden, and Roni Size.

Despite the debut's triumphs, Dayton -- subsequently known as Kelli Ali -- was dismissed once Corner and Howe determined that new material was best suited for Corner's voice. Splinter, released in 1999, featured a darker, emotional bloodletting edge that placed the group closer to the realm of Garbage, Placebo, and Death in Vegas. Commercially, there wasn't nearly as much success. The album stalled at number 80 in the U.K. In the U.S., fans had to seek import copies. Bloodsport, the group's third and final album, was released in 2002. Similarly dramatic in tone, it incorporated a smart array of samples from recordings by Ultravox!, Visage, Iggy Pop, and -- for a slight change of pace, perhaps -- Bill Withers. This one was issued in the U.S., where it peaked at number 16 on Billboard's Top Electronic Albums chart, but it didn't register on the main U.K. chart.

After Sneaker Pimps' disbandment, Howe recorded with Wilson as the Zip and Ultrafox. More notably, he attained greater notice as a songwriter and producer due to collaborations with the likes of Adele, Ellie Goulding, Lana Del Rey, Marina and the Diamonds, and FKA twigs. He and Pickering also aided Corner's long-running solo venture IAMX. ~ Andy Kellman
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Bloodsport

1. Kiro TV

2. Sick

3. Small Town Witch

4. Black Sheep

5. Loretta Young Silks

6. M'Aidez

7. The Fuel

8. Bloodsport

9. Think Harder

10. Blue Movie

11. Grazes

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Track List: Splinter

1. Half Life

2. Low Five

3. Lightning Field

4. Curl

5. Destroying Angel

6. Empathy

7. Superbug

8. Flowers And Silence

9. Cute Sushi Lunches

10. Ten To Twenty

11. Splinter

12. Wife By Two Thousand

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Track List: Becoming X

1. Low Place Like Home

2. Tesko Suicide

3. 6 Underground

4. Becoming

5. Spin Spin Sugar

6. Post-Modern Sleaze

7. Waterbaby

8. Roll On

9. Wasted Early Sunday Morning

10. Walking Zero

11. How Do

12. 6 Underground (Remix)

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Unfreakinbel i e v a b l e tune!!! Shite is pimp sneakers
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don't think cvz eye vnderstand eye caRe
don't think cvz eye'm talking vve're Friends
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BEAUTIFUL! Not just that, though - FANTASTIC, too...Wow, great-soundi n g band.
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All time favorite album is Becoming X
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A Favorite that One can tell no one; Because they wouldn't /couldn't understand.; Like everything else...One has tried to share. One is from another Planet !!!!





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joewhitehead
the saint
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joewhitehead
the saint
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What movie was this on!!
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This sounds like some older Robyn tracks. I like it chillin mood stuff.
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OK is it play it twice Tuesday lol I ain't even mad
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90s overload taking back to high school days ahh memories
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#undercloudr a i l r o a d #BernieOrBus t #weAREthePeo p l e #bodiesForBe r n i e #wedontsettl e
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My friend says this song reminds him of me.
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This will always be one of my favorite songs. Just gives me the warmest feeling whenever I hear it.
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Triphop meets The Girl from Ipanema - warm and inviting to listen to - cuts stress like a cold beer on a hot day.
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When i bought this Cassette Tape in 98 the clerk had said 'interesting Choice' i Said its the Choice
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One of my absolute favorites. Love becoming x..so many good tracks.
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That was me, tapping my recommended words.
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Post this 9,000,000 times in the next Tetris online edition and gold chest of zelda the collosus will be cool it really works!
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natejaimehul t g r e n
this music is weird
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i love the 90's =) it warms my soul
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https://soun d c l o u d . c o m / d i a m o n d s - o f - k a i l a s h
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Just a smile here. I love it.
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That's it, I've had enough. They're going to get a station.
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I love this sound too people don't know they suck unless you clue them
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I love this sound some people have no taste!
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Sexton smooth. Yummy
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Who is sneaker pimps?...
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bikeday13
"Don't think cause im talkin, we're friends".... . . s o m e people just don't get it
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One of my all time favorite.
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love becoming x,listen to it at least !,000 times
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Sexy voice, but it does get a bit annoying if you listen to the album, Becoming X. As for the later stuff, I don't know bc that stuff never really made it in the US. But reading some of these comments by those who are fans of the band and its bandmembers makes me certainly interested in checking out their later stuff.
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what happend to music like this
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Wicker Man 1973: Great cover of Willows Song... the best to date
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Spin spin sugar... so hypnotic!!! I miss the trip hop vibe of the 90s :(
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:)
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"I'm open to falling from grace." Great line.
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Cyndi Lauper .... On helium....
But seriously... Good group!
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djstarstream
Kelli Ali is sweet but iamx is the true candy!,,
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Where is she now? Her voice was the ultimate.
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gam2003
#LOW PLACE LIKE HOME!!!!!!��
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A gorgeous heartbeat of a song... what a voice!
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Love it...ahhh... s o
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tish.monte12 3
Good times Good times!!!
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rooter292
sneaker pimps do it some More.
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From the movie "Can't Hardly Wait".
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loved when it first came out,still do today.
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Love em. I wonder how they came up with their name though
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rooter292
sneaker pimps you get it.
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