Sneaker Pimps ‎– Splinter

Clean Up Records ‎– CUP040CD
CD, Album


1 Half Life 4:57
2 Low Five 4:35
3 Lightning Field 4:11
4 Curl 4:55
5 Destroying Angel 4:27
6 Empathy 3:41
7 Superbug 4:27
8 Flowers And Silence 5:47
9 Cute Sushi Lunches 3:15
10 Ten To Twenty 4:30
11 Splinter 4:45
12 Wife By Two Thousand 6:16

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Packaging: Standard jewel case with clear tray and 8-paged booklet.

℗ 1999 Clean Up Records Limited
© 1999 Clean Up Records Limited

Track 6 "Empathy" features samples from the Kronos Quartet recordings "Uleg-Khem" and "Laengdans Efter Byfans Mats". Produced under license from Warner Bros. Records Inc. by arrangement with Warner Special Products.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Text): 5 029271 004024
  • Barcode (Scanned): 5029271004024
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 1 & 2): EDC Blackburn Ltd CUP040CD 01
  • Matrix / Runout (Moulded on inner ring / Variant 1 & 2): MADE IN THE UK
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 1 & 2): IFPI 0497
  • Mastering SID Code (Variant 1): IFPI L136
  • Mastering SID Code (Variant 2): IFPI L135

Other Versions (5 of 10) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
none Sneaker Pimps Splinter (Instrumentals)(12xFile, MP3, Album, 192) Not On Label (Sneaker Pimps Self-released) none UK 2005
CTCR-17058, 99.9.29 Sneaker Pimps Splinter(CD, Album, Promo) Cutting Edge, Clean Up Records CTCR-17058, 99.9.29 Japan 1999 Sell This Version
CUP040CD Sneaker Pimps Splinter(CD, Album) Clean Up Records CUP040CD UK Unknown Sell This Version
CTCR-17058 Sneaker Pimps Splinter(CD, Album) Cutting Edge CTCR-17058 Japan 1999 Sell This Version
CUP040DMM Sneaker Pimps Splinter(2xLP, Album, Ltd, Num, RE, RM, DMM) Clean Up Records CUP040DMM UK 2008 Sell This Version


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September 9, 2018
edited 3 months ago

This album is utterly beautiful. A bit of a dark turn from the previous efforts of ''Becoming X'', but I love it. It really shows how talented Sneaker Pimps actually were. As soon as the beginning piano notes hit me on the first track; ''Half Life'', I was totally encapsulated, in what I can only describe as a melancholic trance - right down to the very end of the last song; ''Wife By Two Thousand'', which left me feeling empty, but a nice kind of empty. Countless times, I have listened to this whole album on repeat. I cannot put into words how much it means to me. If I could go back in time, I'd have gone to see this band live as many times as I could, although baring in mind, I'd have been 6 years old, back in 1999. I am distraught at the fact that it didn't do as well as ''Becoming X'', mainly because of the fact people knew Kelli wasn't singing on it, but at least we have it here for all to appreciate and judging by the comments, I'm not the only one who feel this way. Guys, if ever manage to read this - thank you.


January 24, 2018
Always assumed this was a criminally underrated album. First time I've checked the Discogs entry and it seems plenty of people agree with me. Brilliant album and one that really captured, and still captures, the ennui of modern life better than nearly any other.


March 24, 2017
Does anyone know anywhere I can find splinter on vinyl? I've been looking for months. I will offer a finder's fee.


November 24, 2016
I've seen a few places online that reference an instrumental version of this album. I found a few instrumental tracks on a streaming site, but I can't find anywhere to buy the CD or download the album. Does anyone here on Discogs have a copy of the CD or know where I can find a donwload?


December 28, 2015
I was FINALLY able to find this album on vinyl and I cannot WAIT to get it. This is one of my favorite albums, ever. 'Splinter' continues to stand the test of time and remains relevant musically, whereas 'Becoming X' sounds a bit dated now. There was a lot of weight put on this album by the media, the public and the fans after Kelli's departure from the band following the release of 'Becoming X'. Chris Corner knew where he wanted Sneaker Pimps to go, musically and creatively, and with 'Splinter' we get to experience that vision. 'Splinter' does sound and feel like a completely different band and entity unto its own, completely independent from what we heard in 'Becoming X', and it's a good thing. A very good thing. I remember listening to 'Splinter' for the first time and by the end of the second track, Low Five, it just clicked. THIS was Sneaker Pimps! It felt like meeting someone for the first time, but feeling like you've known them forever. Musically and lyrically 'Splinter' is a deeper, meatier, more meaningful and substantial album than 'Becoming X'. Chris Corner's voice (although still in its infancy potential wise at the time...Listen to him now and compare..) is more truthful, more cutting, more personal, and leaves more of an impact than if the former singer was to have sung these songs. Chris makes you feel it, because HE feels it. Some may not appreciate that, but I think that makes for a much more worthwhile and interesting album and band. This album is produced and mastered to perfection, and is the perfect combination of electronica, trip-hop and rock. This album solidified my love and appreciation for Chris Corner as a musician, an artist, and a writer/poet, and is a monumental testament to the artist that he is. 'Splinter' is a must in my book.


February 16, 2007
edited over 11 years ago
Probably one of the best longplays ever. Splinter combines alternative rock with sampling and electronica with an almost divine perfection. Sneaker Pimps crossed the borders of trip-hop, which they were referred to after first album. This record is full of amazing and unique sounds that, once heard, will never leave your head. Truly overwhelming, essential, nearly genius LP.

Unfortunetaly, Splinter seems to be one of the most underrated records, too. Sneaker Pimps' second album is long lost gem. Ignored by mainstream and critics, commercially they remained in the second league, but artistically they reached the highest peak. If art's task is to feed our souls, Splinter is simply ambrosia.


May 2, 2004

Splinter is a very generic album. The creative sampling and arrangement of Becoming X has been replaced with a blander, more mainstream rock sound. Corner's vocals only add to this, as they are far too reminiscient of whiny emo-rock. Although there are a few gems to be found here (Half Life & Lightning Field), the album as a whole suffers from a lack of originality.


April 3, 2003

Sneaker Pimps return after losing front girl Kelli Ali to make the best album of their 3 album career. "Splinter" is full of raw emotion and great progressive ideas that break the boundarys between rock, trip hop, & electronica. Chris Corner's raw vocals rotate over sickly sweet chord progressions and excellent producing by Line of Flight. The Sneaker Pimps would only reappear to U.S. soil with their next album "Bloodsport" on Tommy Boy.