Sneaker Pimps were a UK based trip-hop, pop band, formed in Hartlepool in the early 1990's. They consisted of: (at varying stages of the band's existence) Kelli Dayton/Ali (Vocals), Chris Corner (Guitar/Vocals), Liam Howe (Keyboards), Joe Wilson (Bass Guitar/Vocals), David Westlake (Drums) and Ian Pickering (Lyrics). 1996 saw the release of their first album ''Becoming X'' on Clean-up records, it performed extremely well, contained 5 singles (4 of which had music videos) and the band went on tour for at least 2 years to promote it. Then in 1997, the album was re-released, but with different tracks; as opposed to the album version of some songs, remixes were included instead. Also in 1997, ''Becoming RemiXed'' was released; a compilation of Sneaker Pimps tracks remixed by various artists such as Armand Van Helden and Paul Oakenfold. Sneaker Pimps themselves were no strangers to remixing, among numerous remixes they supplied to others, some to note are their remixes of ''Take Me Home'' by Sophie Ellis Bextor, ''Permanent Tears'' by Eagle-Eye Cherry and ''Every You, Every Me'' by Placebo. They also had a chance to work with Marilyn Manson, on his song ''Long Hard Road Out Of Hell'' for the movie Spawn, but due the final mix not going as the group had planned, their time together was short-lived. After their tour for Becoming X was finally reaching it's end, the group decided what their next move would be. Due to disagreements about song writing and the way the band was starting to sound, Kelli Dayton (also known as Kelli Ali) was asked to leave, rendering Chris Corner the new lead vocalist for the group. In 1999, they released their second album ''Splinter'', also on Clean-up Records. It was a vast change from the sound of their first album, but still had that ''Sneaker Pimps sound'' according to Liam Howe upon being questioned on a live TV performance on ''Boxed Set''. Vocals duties, this time being given to Chris Corner, it was given a mixed reception upon release. People wanted Kelli back and didn't take to the ''new'' direction. It had 2 singles upon release (one of which had a music video) and their next album would be released 3 years later. That time arrived and in 2002, they released ''Bloodsport'' and this time it was released on Tommy Boy records, a popular hip-hop label, rather than the alternative pop label they were previously on. This again would be another change in tone from their earlier work, using more sampled music from the likes of ''Iggy Pop'' and ''Bill Withers''. It was given 5 singles upon release, two of which had a music video, and one of which starred Honor Blackman from The Avengers. The band toured up until the end of 2003 before finally recording new material for an album merely dubbed as ''SP4'', it was refused when shown to record companies at the time and until this day remains unreleased. At this time, Chris Corner started to move away from Sneaker Pimps and formed his own group; ''IAMX'' - a derivative from the album name ''Becoming X''. Some songs from the SP4 album were used on IAMX's first album. Roughly between the years 2005-2007, a music player was found in a Russian bar with music thought to have contained new Sneaker Pimps music. The 7 tracks circulated the web for years with uncertainty, but have since been debunked as being official by Liam Howe, to go into further detail, he referred to them as ''The Magnificent Seven''. Once again, these tracks were never released officially. In the year 2016, an account on Twitter called ''SneakerPimpsNow'' was created by Liam Howe, promising an official reunion/album with the release of tracks from SP4 - their page stating ''This is the year''. Until now (16/11/2017) the page has gone quiet.