The Rare Material...
Live At London Tribal Gathering (1997)
About Live At London Tribal Gathering:
'Tribal Gathering' was an annual music festival which hosted many different artists and genres. This gig shows Sneaker Pimps' entry at the London gig. The set sounds very good, it is a mixture of soundboard and standard mic audio, mixed together. All album art, including the one pictured is unofficial.
01: Spin Spin Sugar
03: Six Underground
04: Post-Modern Sleaze
05: Low Place Like Home
BBC Studio Sessions (1997)
About Live At London Tribal Gathering:
Taken from a rare BBC Transcription CD, these are four live studio sessions that aired on BBC radio in 1997. What makes them stand out is that they are composed by the full band, rather than just Liam, Chris and Kelli. All album art, including the one pictured is unofficial.
01: Walking Zero
02: Spin Spin Sugar
03: Tesko Suicide
04: Six Underground
Live On Boxed Set (2000)
About Live On Boxed Set:
'Live On Boxed Set' was the Sneaker Pimps' first, full, professional concert on live TV. It was hosted on the Scottish TV program: 'Boxed Set' and featured nearly all of the 'Splinter' album, with a few 'Becoming X' tracks mixed in towards the end. This was recorded by a 'YouTuber' called 'themosttogain' on DVD - a very new format at that time (most people would tape with VHS) and has since been remastered in 1080p by himself on his channel (see the Footage section or the link below). Then, it was ripped to MP3 by various people and uploaded to the internet - most of the time at an MP3 bitrate of 192KBPS.
01: Lightning Field
02: Destroying Angel
03: Interview 1
05: Flowers And Silence
06: Interview 2
07: Low Five
08: Low Place Like Home
09: Six Underground
10: Interview 3
11: Ten To Twenty
12: Interview 4
13: Spin Spin Sugar
YouTube concert remaster: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IPuWSc_zUVc
Live At The I.C.A. (2000)
About ICA Home Taping:
The 'Live At The I.C.A.' set, also known as 'Home Taping', was recorded in 2000, at the Institute Of Contemporary Arts in London. It was a regular, weekly club night held by Sneaker Pimps, where they would ask famous people to make mix-tapes on cassette and the band would play them on the night. This set is their most famous gig, featuring covers from David Bowie to Bjork. Upon release, it was forced down to an MP3 bitrate of 160KBPS. The set sounds very good, it was recorded by cassette, but there's no distortion or tape damage. All album art, including the one pictured is unofficial. Liam Howe speaks about this set: 'Some time ago, whilst rummaging around the Sneaker Pimps storage cage, I came across a box of old DAT tapes and tape reels. Not a band heavy on nostalgia, my first response was to discard them (if they hadn't seen the light of day by now they shouldn't). But the archivist in me put the lid back on the bin and I took them home where they have sat in a cupboard until now. It dawned on me that although uninteresting to the band (as they are essentially outtakes, forgotten remixes and bootleg recordings of live shows), they offer a certain insight to the Sneaker fan and help to describe the wider picture of that period as a complement to the official releases. The first tape is the bootleg recording of the electronic covers set at 'Home Taping' at the I.C.A. This is the first time I have listened to this since we performed it back in 2000. I am, in general, against live recordings and I have agreed to release this, slightly against my better judgement. For me, live music should stay live; the memory of the event is often more precious than its reality. This is no exception on a musical or technical level. My memory of the night is much rosier (I couldn't remember playing duff notes or the pops and crackles). Nevertheless I do believe it was an important moment and I am willing to overlook its infirmities, as it gives a rare insight into another side of Sneaker Pimps. 'Home Taping' was a club night that we organised around the release of 'Splinter', in 1999. It was held monthly at the Institute Of Contemporary Art on the Mall in London (next to the Queen's house). As we all grew up in the 80's, we were very aware of the term 'Home Taping' (the practice of taping records or radio onto a compact cassette at home). The music industry, which before the advent of the cassette recorder hadn't suffered any significant piracy, suddenly panicked and thought record sales would plummet due to the popularity of the humble cassette. They began a campaign to dissuade kids from copying music, its slogan: ''Home Taping is killing music'', its logo: a cassette perched on a pair of crossed bones (as in skull and cross bones). Their worries were differed by the compact disc, as everyone ditched their cassettes and CD's were, for at least for 14 years, not domestically recordable. Of course, the crises is on a grander scale with the MP3, but little did we know this at the time as file sharing was a fraction of what it has become and the iPod was merely a glint in Apple's eye. The reason why we loved home taping as a pass time was because it was the way that we used to learn about music. Amongst friends we would regularly traffic home mix tapes, sometimes attempting to out do the other, sometimes just wanting to cheer someone up, other times to remind friends about who we are and where we've been; a kind of musical conversation. Not surprisingly this practice was not exclusive to us and it seemed that everyone who loved music had tapes that they had made or had been given to them which were totally formative in their musical and cultural development. Joe and I still send tapes to each other now and again. The concept of the night was to invite people (famous and not famous) to send in their tapes and we would simply play them back-to-back on a single cassette deck (absolutely no mixing whatsoever). Along side the music, we would show the images that they sent in (sometimes just a mug shot, other times specific artwork). As we never edited the tapes, we would often get quite horrific results. Gary Barlow's tape blasting out 'Mike And The Mechanics' must have freaked out the Japanese fashion students that always mob the I.C.A. Moreover we often played, say a dance tape from a DJ followed by a compilation tape from an ageing politician. We had tapes from the likes of Madonna and Jennifer Aniston, to popular morning TV presenters, Fern Britten, to footballers, chefs, homeless - anyone we could think of. The club was a great success in the media and we were probably more exposed by 'Home Taping' than we were by 'Splinter' itself, which was the LP that we were trying to promote. I can't remember why we stopped doing it, probably because it was hard work and as always, we needed to change the formula. We always vowed to do another club but couldn't find a rival concept. Maybe we still might. The bootleg recording of the covers set was taped without us knowing…on a cassette. I haven't edited it, EQ'd it, mastered it, not touched one bit, as you will witness. This is in keeping with the concept of the club night. The idea was to cover 6 songs that were important to us and in true home taping style they varied quite stupidly from one to the other. We decided to perform them totally live, almost jammed, on 3 keyboards and an electronic drum pad. We stood 4 across the stage like 'Kraftwerk'. The thing I find most interesting is that this recording hints at the humorous part of the Sneaker Pimps, a part mainly kept under lock and key. Certainly I felt that playing Stevie Wonders 'Superstition' in a po-faced kraut rock style was testimony to our comic intentions. Please download it and stick it on an old cassette tape for the best enjoyment.'
01: The Chauffeur *Duran-Duran cover.
02: Golden Brown *The Stranglers cover.
03: Venus As A Boy *Bjork cover.
04: Reward *Teardrop Explodes cover.
05: Ashes To Ashes *David Bowie cover.
06: Superstition *Stevie Wonder cover.
For more information, please visit: https://www.discogs.com/Sneaker-Pimps-ICA-Home-Taping/release/3591821
Live At Studio Four (2002)
About Live At Studio Four:
The 'Live At Studio Four' set was recorded in Belgium, 2002. It contains some songs from 'Bloodsport' and a few from 'Splinter'. It also features an ultra-quiet audience (Chris even states 'You're very quiet, it's nice') and a French rendition of 'Loretta Young Silks'. It is unknown how this source came about, but it was forced down to an MP3 bitrate of 192KBPS. The set sounds excellent, it is recorded with a mic via a digital source and the dynamics are really good. All album art, including the one pictured is unofficial.
01: After Every Party I Die
02: Low Five
04: The Fuel
06: Half Life
07: Small Town Witch
08: Loretta Young Silks
Live At Sixteen Tons Club (2003)
About Live At Sixteen Tons Club:
The 'Live At Sixteen Tons Club' set was recorded in Russia in 2003 and was supposedly the last ever Sneaker Pimps concert and features Ian Pickering and other guests playing. A vast amount of tracks here are from the 'SP4' album, presumably before it was cancelled. It is unknown how this release surfaced and how this source came about, but it was forced down to an MP3 bitrate of 256KBPS. The set sounds fantastic as it is recorded direct through a soundboard. There are a few instances where feedback occurs and it can sound deafening at times. All album art, including the one pictured is unofficial.
01: This Will Make You Love Again
03: One Method
05: Small Town Witch
06: Ma Fille Concrete
08: Loretta Young Silks
09: The Fuel
10: First And Careless Rapture
11: Kiss And Swallow
12: Kiro TV
The Collaborations (2017)
About The Collaborations:
'The Collaborations' is a mini-album/EP containing every known collaboration of Sneaker Pimps tracks. All tracks are lossless and all album art, including the one pictured is unofficial.
01: Long Hard Road Out Of Hell (With Marilyn Manson)
02: Backwards Bullet (With Maxium)
03: 7th High (With Double 99)
04: The Chauffeur (With Simon Le-Bon)
The Remixes (2019)
About The Remixes:
'The Remixes' is a mini-album/EP containing every Sneaker Pimps remix made for other artists (excluding the 'Line Of Flight' credits). This set includes the very rare, digitally sourced remix of 'Moonshine' by 'Samsara' and the full remix of 'Patience' by Nerina Pallot. All tracks are lossless and all album art, including the one pictured is unofficial.
01: Move Any Mountain (Sneaker Pimps Remix) (The Shamen)
02: Permanent Tears (Sneaker Pimps Remix) (Eagle-Eye Cherry)
03: Every You Every Me (Sneaker Pimps Remix) (Placebo)
04: Mr. Big Dick 2000 (Sneaker Pimps Remix) (Schoolly D)
05: Take Me Home (Sneaker Pimps Remix) (Sophie Ellis Bextor)
06: Patience (Sneaker Pimps Remix) (Nerina Pallot)
07: Won't Leave My Mind (Sneaker Pimps Remix) (Inoran)
08: Moonshine (Sneaker Pimps Remix) (Samsara)