#Chems6Music - pick the Ultimate Chemical Brothers Playlist
What The Chemical Brothers haven’t done in electronic music frankly isn’t worth doing. They’ve had dancefloors across the world jumping in time to Block Rockin’ Beats, they’ve headlined festivals from Glastonbury to Japan, they’ve had number one albums and recently had people dancing in the aisles of cinemas with their film Don’t Think.
So as 6 Music kick of their celebrations of dance culture through April – what better way for Now Playing to celebrate than with a show dedicated to one of Britain’s best products – The Chemical Brothers, 15 years and a day after they released their incredible album Dig Your Own Hole. This record featured Noel Gallgher on track Setting Sun, and also brought Don’t Stop the Rock and The Private Psychedelic Reel into our lives.
Childhood classmates Ed Simons and Tom Rowlands started their production lives as The Dust Brothers after the production duo made famous for their work with The Beastie Boys, before a legal threat and the release of Leave Home gave rise to The Chemical Brothers we know and love.
They’ve gone on to produce some of the most seminal dance records of all time and have developed one of the most pioneering live shows around.
We want your help constructing the Ultimate Chemical Brothers playlist, there’s so much to choose from but you could suggest:
* Your favourite Chemical Brothers tracks from Galvanize to Star Guitar, all the B-Sides and rarities – you put them forward and we’ll try and dig it out.
* Vocalists who have sung on Chemical Brothers tracks like Bernard Sumner, Noel Gallagher, The Magic Numbers or Wayne Coyne.
* Some of the other acts, which helped bring big beat to the masses – Fatboy Slim, The Prodigy, Underworld etc.
* Perhaps some hip-hop which was their first musical love – Tom describes Public Enemy’s Yo! Bum Rush the Show as life changing.
* Or some of the new breed of electronic music producers who are trying to follow in their steps like Rustie, Scuba and L-Vis 1990.
Let us know what you think we have to include in the Ultimate Chemical Brother Playlist by leaving a comment here on the blog, joining the conversation on Facebook and Twitter by using #Chems6Music, by e-mail or dragging a track onto our Spotify Playlist.
And remember to tune into the show at our new time of 6pm on Sunday afternoon.