Becoming X (1996)

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Becoming X (1997)

Limited Edition...

''Becoming X Creates An Airy, Urban Atmosphere And While The Record Begins To Unravel Toward The End, It Is An Exciting, Entrancing Listen'' - AllMusic, 1996.

About Becoming X:

The first Sneaker Pimps album, recorded by just Liam Howe and Chris Corner, in Liam's bedroom. After experimenting with white label dance singles and material under their previous name: ''F.R.I.S.K'', they both took it upon themselves to record a long-playing album. This time, they would be called ''Sneaker Pimps''. Time soon passed and after months of preparation and recording, it was nearly completed, but, they needed a singer. Chris Corner originally demoed the vocals, but they felt they needed a female singer to fit the style and lyrics for the album. Whilst in a bar, in Birmingham, they saw a girl performing in a new-wave, punk band. This turned out to be Kelli Ali (at the time, called Kelli Dayton), performing in her band ''The Lumieres''. After a lengthy discussion and getting to know her, they convinced her to join their band as lead singer. Vocals were then recorded and the album was finally completed and so it was to be called: ''Becoming X''. The album was very primitive, in terms of equipment and technique - the entirety of the vocals were sung inside a wardrobe in Liam's bedroom, rather than a traditional recording booth in an actual studio. With not having a drummer, even snares and kicks were sampled, by the band themselves, from their own-made samples. The only samplers used were two, ''Akai S900's''. ''All you could ever sample was a minute for each track because we never used multi-track tape, it was always sequenced live from Cubase or Logic'' - Liam Howe for ''Sound On Sound'' magazine (entire article in the ''Interviews'' section). Sampling itself, was used quite a lot, from David Sylvian's track: ''Let The Happiness In'', from his 1987 album: ''Secrets Of The Beehive'', to John Barry's James Bond cue: ''Golden Girl'', from the ''James Bond'' film: ''Goldfinger''. When the album was finally released in 1996, it was labelled under ''Clean-Up Records'', a subdivision of ''One Little Indian Records''. It spawned five hit singles, all of which had a music video (except ''Roll On'') and all of which had remixes by artists such as Paul Oakenfold, Jamie Myerson and Armand Van Helden, the most popular being Armand's remix of ''Spin Spin Sugar''. This remix was featured in the 2005 Rockstar video-game: Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories. Then, in 2014, Rockstar once again chose Sneaker Pimps for the re-release of Grand Theft Auto: V - this time, the track of choice was the Nellee Hooper edit of ''Six Underground''. Aside from the dance orientated music such as the singles noted above, Sneaker Pimps delved into the other types of musical styles, such as folk; they chose to cover ''Willow's Song'', from the 1973 film: ''The Wicker Man'', for their track: ''How Do''. The ''Roll On'' single also had a b-side called ''Johnny'', another song from this film (Director's and Final Cut's only). The ''Becoming X'' album was an instant hit and the band were almost instantly launched on their way to promote it by touring, for at least a year (mainly in America). To help prepare to play live (as the album was mostly drum loops and sample based material), they brought along their friends Joe Wilson (for bass) and David Westlake (for drums). This rendition of the band stayed the same until their last, unreleased fifth album (with the exception of Kelli Ali leaving the group after the ''Becoming X'' tour). Upon being released, it was pressed onto LP, cassette and CD. The Japanese CD had extra tracks included from the ''Becoming X'' sessions (see below). In 1997, the album was re-released with different cover art and alternate tracks (some remixes were used in place of the original versions). Then in 2008, the album was re-pressed on 2-LP, 200gram, Direct Metal Mastered vinyl, only ''One Little Indian Records'' used the track-list from the re-release of ''Becoming X'' (with the remixes) rather than the original album. To make it even more confusing, they used the original album art for this release, rather than the 1997 ''Becoming X'' artwork. It was also re-pressed once again in 2016 to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the album release, all identical to the 2008 edition, except the vinyl was pressed at 180gram instead of 200gram. It was planned to re-release ''Becoming X'' for free in 5.1 surround-sound form, but it was cancelled.

1996 CD Edition:

01: Low Place Like Home

02: Tesko Suicide

03: Six Underground

04: Becoming X

05: Spin Spin Sugar

06: Post-Modern Sleaze

07: Waterbaby

08: Roll On

09: Wasted Early Sunday Morning

10: Walking Zero

11: How Do

12: No More *Japanese Only Bonus Track.

13: Clean *Japanese Only Bonus Track.

14: Johnny *Japanese Only Bonus Track.

15: Precious *Japanese Only Bonus Track.

For more information, please visit: https://www.discogs.com/Sneaker-Pimps-Becoming-X/release/909539

1996 Cassette Edition:

A1: Low Place Like Home

A2: Tesko Suicide

A3: Six Underground

A4: Becoming X

A5: Spin Spin Sugar

A6: Post-Modern Sleaze

B1: Waterbaby

B2: Roll On

B3: Wasted Early Sunday Morning

B4: Walking Zero

B5: How Do

B6: Six Underground (Nellee Hooper Edit) *US/Canada Only Bonus Track.

For more information, please visit: https://www.discogs.com/Sneaker-Pimps-Becoming-X/release/5651755

1996 1LP Edition:

A1: Low Place Like Home

A2: Tesko Suicide

A3: Six Underground

A4: Becoming X

A5: Spin Spin Sugar

B1: Post-Modern Sleaze

B2: Waterbaby

B3: Roll On

B4: Wasted Early Sunday Morning

B5: Walking Zero

B6: How Do

For more information, please visit: https://www.discogs.com/Sneaker-Pimps-Becoming-X/release/1273511

2008 And 2016 2LP Editions:

A1: Low Place Like Home

A2: Tesko Suicide

A3: Six Underground (Nellee Hooper Edit)

B1: Becoming X

B2: Spin Spin Sugar (Radio Mix)

B3: Post-Modern Sleaze (Flight From Nashville Mix)

C1: Waterbaby

C2: Roll On

C3: Wasted Early Sunday Morning

D1: Walking Zero

D2: How Do

For more information, please visit: https://www.discogs.com/Sneaker-Pimps-Becoming-X/release/2734935

1997 CD Edition:

01: Low Place Like Home

02: Tesko Suicide

03: Six Underground (Nellee Hooper Edit)

04: Becoming X

05: Spin Spin Sugar (Radio Mix)

06: Post-Modern Sleaze (Flight From Nashville Mix)

07: Waterbaby

08: Roll On

09: Wasted Early Sunday Morning

10: Walking Zero

11: How Do

12: Walk The Rain *Japanese Only Bonus Track.

For more information, please visit: https://www.discogs.com/Sneaker-Pimps-Becoming-X/release/1137393

1997 Cassette Edition:

A1: Low Place Like Home

A2: Tesko Suicide

A3: Six Underground (Nellee Hooper Edit)

A4: Becoming X

A5: Spin Spin Sugar (Radio Mix)

B1: Post-Modern Sleaze (Flight From Nashville Mix)

B2: Waterbaby

B3: Roll On

B4: Wasted Early Sunday Morning

B5: Walking Zero

B6: How Do

For more information, please visit: https://www.discogs.com/Sneaker-Pimps-Becoming-X/release/4581174

Samples:

''Six Underground'' sampled John Barry's track: ''Golden Girl'', from the film ''Goldfinger'', from 1964.

''Becoming X'' sampled Sandy Denny's track: ''Next Time Around'', from 1971.

''Spin Spin Sugar'' sampled Luciano Berio's track: ''Visage'', from 1961.

''Post-Modern Sleaze'' sampled the ritual music from the final scenes of ''The Wicker Man'', from 1973.

''Waterbaby'' sampled David Sylvian's track: ''Let The Happiness In'', from 1987.

''How Do'' sampled the Rachel Verney vocal audio from the film: ''The Wicker Man'', from 1973.

''Can't Find My Way Home'', the b-side to ''Six Underground'' sampled John Martyn's track: ''Go Down Easy'', from 1973.

Live versions of ''Spin Spin Sugar'' often sampled Kraftwerk's track: ''Boing Boom Tschak'', from 1986.

The demo version of ''Low Place Like Home'' sampled David Sylvian's tracks: ''Before The Bullfight'' and ''Wave'', from 1986.

Becoming X Live Tour Visuals By The Light Surgeons:

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