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Sneaker Pimps

The trip-hop trio Sneaker Pimps formed in 1995 in Reading, England, following the success of Portishead's Dummy and Tricky's Maxinquaye. Borrowing heavily from Portishead and Massive Attack, Sneaker Pimps pursued a trancelike but edgy sound, highlighted by Kelli Dayton's soulful vocals. While Dayton was the focal point, guitarist Chris Corner and keyboardist Liam Howe emerged as the band's leaders, writing all of the songs and producing the records. Howe and Corner had been playing in bands since the early '90s, albeit to no success. After seeing Dayton sing with a pub band in 1995, they convinced her to join the fledgling Sneaker Pimps, who had taken their name from an article the Beastie Boys published in their Grand Royal magazine about a man they hired to track down classic sneakers.

Sneaker Pimps released their first single, "Tesko Suicide," in May 1996, and it was greeted with positive reviews in the U.K. music press. Becoming X, the group's debut, followed in August and became a critical success, with Q magazine naming it one of the best albums of the year. The album went gold in Britain and also enjoyed a warm reception in America, where the singles "Spin Spin Sugar" and "6 Underground" charted well. A remix album followed in early 1998, but by the time of the follow-up, Splinter, Dayton had left the group; most of the vocals were taken by Corner. Though Splinter wasn't released in America, 2002's Bloodsport earned a release on Tommy Boy. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi
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Takes me back to college in the 90s. Working at the paintball shop, no real responsibili t y , good times.
Love the sneaker pimps and yes I am really a sneaker pimp myself lol
I keep dreaming...
Bliss!
Freestyle Magic
Lovin Zero 7, their music is whats up!
... No comment to great of a song
what genre would u classify this
I rember the song Underground when I was in high school. I like the song better now than when I was a teenager.
Is it a odd to like the singer after Dayton more. Becoming X is still a great album though.
emailmeanyti m e
Always think of the movie Can't Hardly Wait when I hear this song.
you like sneaker pimps, you will love my band, son of a b**ch barbie
Don't read this.
Nice
When it comes to music. This future world I found myself in does not disappoint.
Remember this song the whole album is really freaking awesome
charles.harr i s 6 1
The pimpster b***** and Kelly s voice is so sexy
This makes me feel like I'm lazy, high, or doped up....and trying to dance....lov e the beats thou!!!
I actually like Sneaker Pimps better without Kelli. Chris's vocals are amazing. I've seen him live with IAMX, and he's just amazing.
Kelli has such a sexy voice, love her :).
Sneaker Pimps!! Love it.
Don't read this because it actually works. You will be ditched on the nearest possible highway by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this you will cry in 2 days. Now you've started grieving and won't stop. This is so scary; put this on at least 5 songs in 143 minutes. When done, press ALT+F4 and your lover's name will come on the screen in big letters. This is so scary because it actually works!
Kiss ur left hand
Say ur crushes name
Say a school day
Close ur hand
Comment this on at least 15 different songs
Ur crush will ask u out on the day u said
jrkuecken
Hey Jk, are you seriously throwing out slurs on a Pandora message board?
Years after its release, I still hear Becoming X played in bookstores and shops. People just gravitate to it.
Love the song all time favorite and good times
Dude ur a f*g her voice kicks
jrkuecken
I have to agree with Jen X, the shift in the direction of the Sneaker Pimps once they kicked out Kelli Ali was surprising and very satisfying, at least to me. I like Becoming X well enough, but I have to say the vocals were quite annoying. I don't understand some of the comments here about her voice being 'sultry', etc. In contrast, Chris Corner provides a much better alternative, and the emotion can really be felt when he sings and in his lyrics.

Make no mistake people...Chr i s Corner IS the S
I was surprised and impressed with the tremendous shift in their music's direction and feeling. The change from felmale to male vocalist was unexpected, and really good. A kind of creative paradigm shift; nice surprise, nicely reinvented.
1099603422
Every day you are going to see something die and on the 4th night you will die unless you post this everywhere
sedriehart
Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of you life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this you will die in 2 days. Now you've 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 lover's name will come on the screen in big letters. This is so scary because it actually works
loofevol
ont read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this you will die in 2 days. Now you've started reading so don't stop. This is so scary put this on atleast 5 songs in 143 minutes when done press f6 and your lover's name will appear on the screen in big letters this is so scary because it actually works!
I don't know about you but Sneaker Pimps became completely different after Kelli Ali left. It just wasn't the same. Chris Corner's vocals made it very, very different and that's where it ended, for me.
I love this song so unbelievably much! I'm on sneaker pimps radio right now and it's because of this song
Love the scene in the movie The Saint where this song is playing !...great movie
Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of you life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this you will die in 2 days. Now you've 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 lover's name will come on the screen in big letters. This is so scary because it actually works
juan_raul_es t a n i s l a d o
Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of you life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this you will die in 2 days. Now you've 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 lover's name will come on the screen in big letters. This is so scary because it actually works
Gotta love Sneaker Pimps.
Always think of the movie The Saint when I hear this...and high school.
very smooth sound, from back in the days :)
So good!!!!
dan7432
Becoming X is musical acid that everyone should drop. Unapologetic trip-hop excellence. FDA approved (think about it) musical mushroom tea. Like wolves said...
Ah, harken back to grade school!
Damn, this some good s**t
Kelli Dayton aka Kelli Ali has one of the most sensual voices in trip-hop.Whe n I first heard her sing this song I couldn't help but think carnal thoughts about her.
Never gets old!
feels so good. ;)
Really like this
dont read this because it actually works. You will get kissed on the nearest possible friday by the love of your life. tommorrow will be the best day of your life. however if you do not post this comment to at least 3 songs you will die in 2 days. now youve started reading this so dont stop. this is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in at least 143 minutes when if done press f6 and your lovers name will appear on the screen in big letters this is scary cuz it actually work
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