Monday, 12 December 2011

MM: 6 Underground by the Sneaker Pimps

In 1994, Liam Howe and Chris Corner formed the Sneaker Pimps, taking their name from an article published by the New York rappers the Beastie Boys about their hiring of a man who tracked down classic training shoes. Even though they were based in Hartlepool, in the north east of England, their downtempo electronic sound resulted in them being identified as part of the trip-hop scene that had recently emerged in Bristol. They released their first album, Becoming X, in August 1996, utilising the vocal talents of Kelli Dayton.

'6 Underground' was the third single taken from the album, but the first to chart. It reached number 15 in the UK singles chart on its initial release, and number 9 when re-released the following year. It also reached number 7 in the Billboard Modern Rock chart, and is their biggest hit to date.

The band released another three albums over the next six years, including a collection of remixes of songs from Becoming X. They failed to recapture the success of their debut and they disbanded in 2005. Kelli Dayton left the band in 1998 and continues to perform under the name Kelli Ali.

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