The Chemical Brothers

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Tom & Ed met in history class at Manchester University in 1988. They started off as DJs known as "The 237 Turbo Nutters" (named after the number of their house on Dickenson Road in Manchester and a reference to their Blackburn raving days). They then opted for "The Dust Brothers" which they nicked from the L.A. producers of "Pauls Boutique" (as they thought they would never be famous). In 1995 they changed their name to "The Chemical Brothers" after the real Dust Brothers threatened to sue.
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The Chemical Brothers - Exit Planet Dust album art The Chemical Brothers Exit Planet Dust (Album) Freestyle Dust, Virgin Malaysia 1995 Sell This Version
The Chemical Brothers - Dig Your Own Hole album art The Chemical Brothers Dig Your Own Hole (Album) Freestyle Dust, Virgin Spain 1997 Sell This Version
The Chemical Brothers - Surrender album art The Chemical Brothers Surrender (Album) Freestyle Dust, Virgin Indonesia 1999 Sell This Version
Chemsivcd01 The Chemical Brothers - Interview May 1999 album art The Chemical Brothers Interview May 1999(CD, Promo) Virgin Chemsivcd01 UK & Europe 1999 Sell This Version
The Chemical Brothers - Come With Us album art The Chemical Brothers Come With Us (Album) Freestyle Dust, Virgin UK 2001 Sell This Version
The Chemical Brothers - Push The Button album art The Chemical Brothers Push The Button (Album) Freestyle Dust, Virgin, EMI UK & Europe 2004 Sell This Version
The Chemical Brothers - We Are The Night album art The Chemical Brothers We Are The Night (Album) Freestyle Dust, Virgin US 2007 Sell This Version
The Chemical Brothers - Further album art The Chemical Brothers Further (Album) Parlophone, Freestyle Dust South America 2010 Sell This Version
The Chemical Brothers - Hanna (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) album art The Chemical Brothers Hanna (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) (Album) Sony Classical Australia 2011 Sell This Version
The Chemical Brothers - Don't Think album art The Chemical Brothers Don't Think (Album) Parlophone, Parlophone US 2011 Sell This Version
The Chemical Brothers - Born In The Echoes album art The Chemical Brothers Born In The Echoes (Album) Virgin EMI Records Europe 2015 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

The Chemical Brothers - Life Is Sweet album art The Chemical Brothers Life Is Sweet (Single, Maxi) Freestyle Dust, Virgin, Junior Boy's Own UK 1995 Sell This Version
The Chemical Brothers - Leave Home album art The Chemical Brothers Leave Home (Single, Maxi) Freestyle Dust, Virgin Europe 1995 Sell This Version
The Chemical Brothers - Tow Truck album art The Sabres Of Paradise Versus The Chemical Brothers & Depth Charge The Sabres Of Paradise Versus The Chemical Brothers & Depth Charge - Tow Truck (Single) Warp Records, Warp Records UK 1995 Sell This Version
The Chemical Brothers - Loops Of Fury album art The Chemical Brothers Loops Of Fury (EP) Freestyle Dust, Freestyle Dust, Junior Boy's Own, Virgin US 1996 Sell This Version
The Chemical Brothers - Setting Sun album art The Chemical Brothers Setting Sun (Single, EP) Freestyle Dust, Virgin Japan 1996 Sell This Version
XDUSTLPDJ 2 The Chemical Brothers - Electronic Battle Weapon 1 / Electronic Battle Weapon 2 album art The Chemical Brothers Electronic Battle Weapon 1 / Electronic Battle Weapon 2(12", Promo) Freestyle Dust XDUSTLPDJ 2 UK 1996 Sell This Version
The Chemical Brothers - The Private Psychedelic Reel album art The Chemical Brothers The Private Psychedelic Reel (EP, Single) Freestyle Dust, Virgin UK & Europe 1997 Sell This Version
The Chemical Brothers - Block Rockin' Beats album art Chemical Brothers* Block Rockin' Beats (Single, Maxi) Freestyle Dust, Virgin UK 1997 Sell This Version
The Chemical Brothers - Elektrobank album art Chemical Brothers* Elektrobank (Single, Maxi) Freestyle Dust, Virgin US 1997 Sell This Version
visa 4220 The Chemical Brothers - Dig Your Own Hole album art The Chemical Brothers Dig Your Own Hole(CD, Single, Promo, Car) Virgin, Labels visa 4220 France 1997 Sell This Version
JBV 375 The Chemical Brothers - Block Rockin' Beats / Wanna B Like A Man album art The Chemical Brothers / Simone Jay The Chemical Brothers / Simone Jay - Block Rockin' Beats / Wanna B Like A Man(7", Promo) Virgin JBV 375 Italy 1997 Sell This Version
BEGINDJ 97 The Chemical Brothers - Where Do I Begin album art The Chemical Brothers Where Do I Begin(CD, Single, Promo) Freestyle Dust, Virgin BEGINDJ 97 UK 1997 Sell This Version
XDUSTLPDJ 3 The Chemical Brothers - Electronic Battle Weapon 3 / Electronic Battle Weapon 4 album art The Chemical Brothers Electronic Battle Weapon 3 / Electronic Battle Weapon 4(12") Freestyle Dust XDUSTLPDJ 3 UK 1998 Sell This Version
The Chemical Brothers - Let Forever Be album art The Chemical Brothers Let Forever Be (Single, Maxi) Freestyle Dust, Virgin Australia 1999 Sell This Version

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mindluge

mindluge

June 27, 2018
think they'll ever release a compilation LP of all the Electronic Battle Weapons?
DOCTOR_DIATRIBE23

DOCTOR_DIATRIBE23

June 25, 2018
So the naughty Chemical Brothers nick the name Dust Brothers from the ummm original Dust Brothers (of "Pauls Boutique" production fame) then sample the guitar riff from Hello Brooklyn from said "Pauls Boutique" album for they're Block Rocking Beats 12".. A part from that I love the Chems! ;)
mattpreid

mattpreid

October 13, 2017
I would like all their vinyls... Even The Singles. If only i had a record player.

Rich.C

Rich.C

January 5, 2017
It was a love of dance and rock music that brought Tom Rowlands and Ed Simons together at Manchester University. Tom had enrolled to be nearer to Factory Records' fabled Hacienda nightclub, and Ed wanted to spend time in the city of his heroes?ûthe Smiths and New Order. This was the early nineties, a heady time for musical change in England. Emerging DJ's like Mike Pickering and Paul Oakenfold were coming back from their Ibiza holidays and trying to re-create the anything goes playlists they had experienced at clubs on the island. This blend of hip-hop, rare house, classic rock and just about anything else provided it worked became known as Balearic (named after the group of Mediterranean islands that include Ibiza). Tom and Ed loved the Balearic blending of genres and started their own similar night at local Manchester club, Naked Under Leather, in 1991. As this extra-curricular diversion grew in popularity, they took the name The Dust Brothers in tribute to the U.S. production team responsible for the Beastie Boys' Paul's Boutique, and started to produce their own music. Their first effort, "Song To The Siren" immediately put them on the map. Darren Emerson, Andy Weatherall and Lionrock's Justin Robertson all took notice and they soon found themselves in-residence in London as a production and remixing duo.
It was here that they began their now-legendary Heavenly Social Sunday night parties ?û a regular hedonistic gathering that has become over time a touchstone of electronica history credibility with more people claiming to have been than there were nights available. As their notoriety grew, the "real" Dust Brothers sent in the lawyers, so a name change to The Chemical Brothers was required and a graceful departure was fashioned in the title of their debut album Exit Planet Dust (1995). By now they were approaching Underworld levels of fame and critical appreciation, so it was no surprise when Oasis's Noel Gallagher agreed to sing on their Beatle-y "Setting Sun" release, again cementing their popularity in both the rock and dance camps, something that was underscored by their opening gig for Oasis at the Knebworth music festival, a pre-cursor to several headlining global tours. Dig Your Own Hole (1997) followed, with the inescapable hit "Block Rockin' Beats," after which there was the excellent Surrender (1999) ("The Sunshine Underground" being a standout track) and Come With Us (2002). The inevitable career review Singles 93-03 (2003) started tongues wagging about a creative block, but the beats are still rockin' with their pending new effort Push The Button - while the single "Galvanize" promises great things from the brothers Chemical
superpoison99

superpoison99

July 28, 2016
Одна из лучших непопсовых электорнных - рок команд, которые сохранили звук и стиль 90-х годов! =)
One of the best electronic pop - rock bands that have maintained sound and style of the 90s! =)
Harbinger28567

Harbinger28567

June 1, 2016
Man, what happened to these guys? It seems that after they released 'Dig Your Own Hole', they abandoned their signature Big Beat sound and shifted more toward House and Electro with each album having a more crappy sound to it, for a lack of better words. And I hate saying it because I've been a fan of the Chemical Bothers since their inception. I remember they used to be one of the biggest names in the industry and had a cutting edge sound that no other artist could come close to touching. But then they released 'Surrender', and they've never gone back to the Big Beat sound. Now I know that the Genre has shifted and Big Beat isn't as popular as it was back in the mid to late nineties, but that is what put these guys on the map along with other artists such as 'The Prodigy' and 'The Crystal Method'. And again, I know it's not easy to put this kind of music together or to come up with it from scratch. It's just kind of sad to hear what these guys have become when it's compared to their earlier albums. Maybe they need to take some more chemicals again to get those creative juices flowing.

Hey, just throwing that idea out there!
matthew.soden.73

matthew.soden.73

May 22, 2016
"Further" is the finest Electronic album ever.Perfect.It will not be surpassed.
h4ndcrafted

h4ndcrafted

September 26, 2013
edited over 4 years ago
Hannah is their best work. That is all, I'm a hudge fan but Hannah is in a different league to all their other stuff. Modular heaven.
SomeWhiteNoise

SomeWhiteNoise

December 17, 2010
edited over 7 years ago
There is no reason to not like these guys. Disagree? Read on:

These guys have traversed so many sonic styles and landscapes, there's something for everyone. They invented the amazing genre big beat with the psychedelic, ground breaking Exit Planet Dust. They came back and perfected it with the dark, powerful Dig Your Own Hole. In terms of big beat, no one can top DYOH, not even the Chems. So when Surrender came along, (personally my favorite album) it threw the genre door wide open for the Brothers, setting them free to explore any music they wanted to. Over that threshold went Tom and Ed.

The first album sent back through that gate was Come With Us. It was an experimental bird, with music of every color, shape, texture. Push The Button was in the same vein, although more commercial, exploring many styles they never touched on before, often aided by collaborations, while still managing to stay true to their roots. I don't exactly prefer either of these albums Chems-wise, but they do have some extremely great high points. After those two hiccups - small as they were - came We Are The Night, a top notch, well polished, and very detailed dance album - that has to be their most underrated work yet. "Overproduced house music". Bah!

The culmination of these exploritative exploits came in the form of Further, their latest album released about six months ago. It's a lot more raw and unrefined than their most recent releases. But it's true Chemical Brothers. They went without any collaborations this time around - Tom actually sings on the tracks that have vocals (except Snow, where Stephanie Dosen provided her ethereal voice) - and it paid off. For the first time ever, we're hearing something once only found in their live sets: pure chemicals, nothing else. It's quite awesome.

Now that they've almost done everything (except maybe a polka album), what's the next step? It looks like a movie soundtrack, as The Chemical Brothers have finished recording the score to 2011 movie Hanna. I'm really anticipating this, director Joe Wright says it's "there's lots of bass, it's very loud." Don't know about you, but that sure gets me excited. This is something totally different for The Chems, which shows that they're just as excited about making music and that they're not going to stop innovating any time soon.

The trouble is that some people have difficulty accepting innovation. I can't believe how many comments, posts, reviews I've read saying "This is crap! Where did the block rocking beats go? I want another Dig Your Own Hole!". It's not going to happen. Sadly, Big Beat is dead, it's been gone for a decade now and I doubt it'll make a comeback anytime soon, as much as I'd love it to. But even if it was still going strong, I doubt the Chems would still be making it today. Their sound evolves, like all good artists do. They're explorers and pioneers and they write their own rules. So if you want more big beats, please don't call their new stuff 'crap'. You should go back and listen to some of the singles, b-sides, and better yet remixes from that era - they won't disappoint.

Tom and Ed have been recording whatever the hell they wanted to for eighteen years now, blowing the minds of partiers and intellectuals alike. And they know what they're doing. They can make you feel, dance, sing, and experience things only music can bring. So respect the bros. It Doesn't Matter whether you can't stand anything past Dig Your Own Hole, love what they did with Push The Button and We Are The Night, jam to their entire back catalouge like I do, or are totally new to their music, you simply have to hand it to these pioneers of music. They've done it all.

Love Is All!
northregent

northregent

November 3, 2010
they havent made good music since their kylie minogue remix, which was like 2003. nonetheless, they are still one of the greatest artists on the strength of their older tracks.

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