A pretty much complete discography. The only thing I haven't included are a lot of the compilations - because there probably isn't enough space on E2 to store a list of them all, and they all use standard album/single tracks anyway. I know that I'm missing the Japanese single with the song Trance and Roll on it at the very least; please /msg me if you know what it is.
- 1995 - Exit Planet Dust (JBO - UK, Astralwerks - US)
Their debut album as the Chemical Brothers, and, in my opinion, their best.
- 1997 - Dig your own hole (JBO - UK, Astralwerks - US)
Probably their second most famous album (after Come with us), because their two most famous tracks are on it. Tweaked scratchy breakbeats start here!
- 1999 - Surrender (Freestyle Dust - UK, Astralwerks - US)
Track 10 might be called "Racing the tide" or "Surrender", depending on which country you bought it in. Track 2 might also be called "Influenced" instead of "Under the influence".
- 2000 - Kick out the jams
Some rare B-sides and remixes. There appears to be at least three different releases of this album.
- 2002 - Come with us (Virgin)
A departure from the tweaky screeching beats on their previous albums, this is more of a psychedelica feel. Best song is probably The Test, with vocals recorded by Richard Ashcroft.
- 2003 - The singles 93-03 (?)
A compilation containing all the Brothers' singles from the last ten years, plus two new tracks, and a bonus disc with remixes and rare (I'd-never-even-heard-of-the-damn-things-before-this-came-out rare) tracks from the period. It'll also be released on DVD, so you'll be able to see all those cool video clips again. Bonus tracks are The golden path and Get yourself high.
- 2004 - Push the Button (EMI)
An even more radical departure from their previous breakbeats. This one contains more hip-hop and guitar-esque numbers, but can't really pull anything particularly impressive off. The only real reason for buying this is to not feel guilty for downloading Flip The Switch.
- 2007 - We are the Night (Virgin, Astralwerks, Freestyle Dust, Toshiba-EMI)
One day I will actually listen to this, though I've been told that it's more like their older, bigbeat stuff than their newer, psychedelic stuff.
Singles / EPs
- 1992/93 - Song to the siren
(As the Dust Brothers.)
Released as a green label in 1992, and again after being signed on JBO in 1993.
- 1994 - Fourteenth Century Sky EP (JBO)
(As the Dust Brothers.)
- 1994 - My Mercury Mouth EP (JBO)
(As the Dust Brothers.)
- 1995 - Leave home (JBO - UK/Japan, Virgin - Europe, Astralwerks - US)
The first single released as the Chemical Brothers. The UK/European 12" included a rare B-side called "Let me in mate", which bears quite a resemblance to the remix they did of The Prodigy's "Voodoo people" a few years later.
- 1995 - Life is sweet (JBO)
Two CD set, containing the B-Side If you kling to me I'll klong you. The Daft Punk remix was the first time they ever remixed another artist.
- 1996 - Loops of fury EP (JBO - UK, Astralwerks - US)
Technically a single, but the title track wasn't released on an album (if you don't count WipEout XL). Contained the B-Side (The best part of) Breaking up.
- 1996 - Setting sun (JBO)
Contained The buzz tracks, later a song on the album Exit Planet Dust.
- 1997 - Block rockin' beats (JBO)
The song that really made the boys famous. Two CD set, with Prescription beats and Morning lemon (from Brothers gonna work it out).
- 1997 - Elektrobank (JBO)
Two CD set. Came with Not another drugstore (from Brothers gonna work it out) and These beats are made for breakin'.
- 1997 - The private psychedelic reel (JBO)
Limited edition, containing a live version of Setting sun, recorded at the Lowlands Festival in Holland. Also came with a bonus sticker and poster of most of the album covers that had been released.
- 1999 - Hey boy hey girl (Freestyle Dust - UK, Astralwerks - US)
The "other" big hit. B-sides were Flashback and Scale (which sounds a lot like a song from Come with us, don't you think?)
- 1999 - Let forever be (Freestyle Dust)
Contained Studio K, a remix of The sunshine underground.
- 1999 - Out of control (Freestyle Dust)
- 2000 - Music:Response EP (Freestyle Dust)
Enjoyed was just a remix of Out of control (okay, so it was a pretty damn good one, with the intro done on a sitar. But still a remix). The Japanese version had no remixes, but two new live tracks instead.
- 2000 - Music:Response/Asleep from day
- 2001 - It began in Afrika
Most of the info for Electronic Battle Weapon #5 is applicable here. The US version was released on September 11.
- 2001 - Star guitar (Virgin/Freestyle Dust)
Available in CD, DVD, 12-inch vinyl, and e-card formats.
- 2002 - Come with us (Virgin/Freestyle Dust)
Came with either The test, a live version of Hey boy hey girl, or H.I.A., depending on which format you got it on.
- 2003 - American EP (Astralwerks)
A US-only release that contains remixes of Star Guitar and The Test, plus the videos for them, plus a live version of Temptation/Star Guitar, plus H.I.A. and EBW 6.
- 2003 - The golden path (with The Flaming Lips) (Virgin/Astralwerks)
A rather bizzarely poppish sound completely unlike anything they've done before, with pseudo-religious vocals (probably really about heroin or something) provided by Wayne Coyne of The Flaming Lips. The b-side is Nude night, and there's remixes by Ewan Pearson and Dexter. Quite strangely, the single came out after The Singles 93-03, which also includes a version of the song.
- 2004 - Galvanize (with Q-Tip) (Virgin/Astralwerks)
I haven't heard this yet, but it seems to be some bizzare guitar-ish thing.
- 2005 - The Boxer (Virgin/Astralwerks)
Haven't heard this yet.
- 2007 - Do it again (Freestyle Dust/Astralwerks)
Haven't heard this yet, either..
- 2007 - The Salmon Dance (Freestyle Dust/Astralwerks)
Live / bootlegs
- 1995 - BBC DJ Set
A four-part set, with each part being 29 minutes or so long. Very nice, fairly eclectic set, with everything from The Beatles, to the Beastie Boys, to cowboy movie soundbites over breakbeats, to Daft Punk.
- 1996 - AuGmEnTeD
The same as Live at the Social..., but given different track names for some idiotic reason.
- 2001 - Essential Mix (24th October)
A warmup set at the 'Brothers played at Creamfields. Mostly techno/bigbeat, but there's a bit of hip-hop in there, too. Pete Tong is uncharacterisically non-annoying in this, managing not to talk right through the best bits (because most of the "announcement" bits are done as vocal samples played between songs).
- 2001 - Dusted decks (24th August)
This appears to be another mix set done for the BBC's Radio 1 and also released on CD. I haven't heard it yet, and I don't really have much info on it because the only place I've seen it mentioned is entirely in Russian, and it somehow seems to make slightly less sense when translated into English.
- 2004 - Flip the switch
A complete remix of Push the button, done by the same people responsible for Always Outsiders, Never Outdone, the remix of the Prodigy's album, Always outnumbered, never outgunned. Every single track on the remix, and I am not kidding here, is approximately one hojillion times better than the original.
There's only really two of these worth listing - the two WipEout
"soundtracks" that songs appeared on.
- 1996 - WipEout 2097 / XL
Featured a track called "Dust Up Beats"... which, after I'd bought Exit Planet Dust, sounded suspiciously exactly the same as the track "Fuck up beats". I'm guessing it was renamed so it could actually be put on the track listing without parents calling in legal action against Psygnosis for corrupting their children's tiny fragile minds. Loops of fury was also included, and this is pretty much the only other place to get it if you missed the single.
- 1999 - Wip3out
Under the influence, and then some. Featured the full album version of the song - surprising, as the Underworld track Kittens ended up as a three-minute "short" that doesn't sound much like the original.
s with other bands, mostly.
Not really worth doing another writeup on these alone, I think. Basically, they're promo
s of new songs released (privately) on vinyl by the 'Brothers to be to be tested by DJ
Aww, thanks, nkrblue. *blushes*
- http://www.chemicalbros.h1.ru/ (Parent domain has been hijacked by some kind of Russian search placeholder site. Try using Google cache to browse it.)
- That's about it, apart from my CD/MP3 collection.