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Producer Will Producer Will | 12:24 UK time, Wednesday, 4 April 2012

The Chemical Brothers



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.


  • Comment number 1.

    Would it be like 10 hrs? :D

  • Comment number 2.

    Thank you for arranging this and for the opportunity to contribute! :)

    The Private Psychedelic Reel, Escape Velocity and their I Think I'm In Love (vocal) remix of Spiritualized.

  • Comment number 3.

    Her Jazz
    Dope Coil
    Morning Lemon
    Galaxy Bounce
    Surface To Air
    Method Man - Bring The Pain (Chemical Mix)

  • Comment number 4.

    Has to close with the Reel. Since the Brothers don't anymore.
    N EBW 8, not Saturate.

  • Comment number 5.

    Lost in the K Hole
    Beats Made to Break
    Chemical Beats
    Nude Night/ Giant
    Hot Acid Rhythm
    Leave Home Underworld Mix - Better still Terror Drums Mix
    Acid Children
    Hold Tight London

  • Comment number 6.

    K+D+B because it's godlike!

  • Comment number 7.

    In Dust We Trust
    Dig Your Own Hole
    Setting Sun
    Hey Boy Hey Girl
    Let Forever Be
    Star Guitar
    The Boxer
    Hold Tight London
    Another World
    Hanna's Theme (Vocal Version)

    thank you :)

  • Comment number 8.

    The Private Psychedelic Reel - their definite anthem.
    Surface to Air
    The Test
    Where Do I Begin
    Hold Tight London

  • Comment number 9.

    My Mercury Mouth - Dust Brothers
    Chemical Beats
    The Best Part Of Breaking Up
    Life Is Sweet Remix 1
    La Tristessa Durerra (Scream To A Sigh) - Manic Street Preachers (Chemical Brothers Remix)
    Setting Sun
    Block Rockin' Beats (The Micronauts Remix)

    Thats it for me, they kinda lost it when they went 4 to the floor and forgot about the beats.

  • Comment number 10.

    Chemical beats
    Don't stop the rock
    Surface to air
    We are the night
    Temptation/star guitar
    Nude night
    The diamond sky
    Hold tight London
    Otter rock
    Morning lemon
    Music response
    Sunshine underground
    Asleep from day
    Orange wedge
    In dust we trust

    This was so hard

  • Comment number 11.

    The Chemical Brothers remix of Delta Sun Bottleneck Stomp - Mercury Rev. Simply mind bending and now a rarity.

    Hoops - Because they themselves said that this track is like a blueprint of what they stand for and that no one else does music quite like this one. hypnotic track.

    The chemical Brothers remix of Voodoo people by The Prodigy. (When know as the Dust Brothers)

    Her Jazz - From there first EP?

    Asleep From Day with Hope Sandoval.

    Setting Sun - The live version from around the 1997 tour.

  • Comment number 12.

    Bob Dylan - One too many mornings
    Sabres Of Paradise - Tow Truck (The Chemical Brothers Remix)
    Chemical Brothers - My Mercury Mouth (Dylan reference? - sad eyed lady lowlands)
    Chemical Brothers - Diamond Sky (another dylan reference? - Mr Tambourine man)
    Crystal Method - Busy Child (Paul Oakenfold mix - two influences with one stone!)
    Rock Master Scott and the Dynamic Three - The Roof Is on Fire (HeyBoys HeyGirls!)
    Chemical Brothers - HBHG
    Chemical Brother - Star Guitar
    New Order - Temptation (One of the best ever songs by one of the best ever bands)
    Chemical Brothers - Got Glint?
    Underworld - Surfboy
    Red Snapper - Wesley don't surf
    Chemical Brothers - Life is Sweet
    Chemical Brothers - Chemical Beats
    Chemical Brothers - Leave Home

    Hope this helps, look forward to hearing the show. Thank you.

  • Comment number 13.

    Junior Parker - Tomorrow Never Knows

    The Devil Is In The Beats
    Container Park
    Another World
    K+D+B (Because It's Godlike)
    The Pills Wont Help You Now
    Hold Tight London
    Surface To Air
    Come With Us
    Star Guitar
    Hey Boy Hey Girl
    Under The Influence
    Sunshine Underground
    Dig Your Own Hole
    Where Do I Begin
    Chemical Beats
    Dust up Beats
    Base 6
    EBW 7
    Not Another Drugstore
    Morning Lemon
    Manic Street Preachers - Everything Must Go ( The Chemical Brothers Remix )
    Chemical Brothers - Life Is Sweet (remix 1)
    Dave Clarke - No One's Driving (Chemical Brothers Remix)

    The Beatles - Tomorrow Never Knows

  • Comment number 14.

    Great ideas for the setlist:


    The Private Psychedelic Reel - absolutely, absolutely play this. This is their anthem, their epic, their most explosive album closer they've ever made.
    In Dust We Trust - all around rocking track from Exit Planet Dust, their first album.
    I Think I'm In Love (Vocal Remix) - A remix of the Spiritualized song by the brothers and the best remix they've ever done ever.
    The Golden Path - brilliant collab with Wayne Coyne of The Flaming Lips, from its own Single and both of their compilations.
    Swoon/Star Guitar (Live from Japan) - from the new Live album, Don't Think, this would be a blast to hear. Swoon and Star Guitar are both real pleasers.
    Setting Sun (Live) - B-side from The Private Psychedelic Reel single, madness, and their first live release ever.
    If You Kling To Me I'll Klong To You - Great great great great great b-side from Life Is Sweet
    Surface To Air
    The Pills Won't Help You Now - Very deep
    A Modern Midnight Conversation

    I think it's a good idea to stay away from their very most popular tracks, such as Do It Again, Galvanize, Block Rockin Beats, Hey Boy Hey Girl, or Believe. Since these songs have already been played on the radio countless times, picking the songs less played would make a memorable, unique show.


    The Beatles: Tomorrow Never Knows - A massive inspiration on Setting Sun and The Chemical's sound in general.
    New Order: Temptation - An all around great song, and Ed is a massive fan of New Order. They used to use the synth line from this song when they played Star Guitar live.
    Primal Scream: Don't Fight It, Feel It - Another classic song that the Chems interpolated into their live sets.
    Caribou: Sandy - Very chemical style music, psychedelic and groovy.
    Caribou: Sun - Same reasons as above ^
    The Chemical Brothers: Elektrobank (Dust Brothers Remix) - A remix of Elektrobank by the very people they nicked their name from: the Original Dust Brothers.
    The Chemical Brothers: Leave Home (Underworld Remix 1 or 2) - Fantastic remixes from Underworld
    Underworld: Kittens - a great beat-complex track from Underworld, not strictly big beat, but close.
    Underworld: Ring Road - almost as GODLIKE as K+D+B.
    Fatboy Slim: Everybody Needs a 303 - one of the first big beat classics.
    Fatboy Slim: Ya Mama - one of Big Beat's final moments. Samples Block Rockin Beats.
    Propellerheads: 360 (with De La Soul) - nice hip hop from two big beat masters.
    Propellerheads: Lethal Cut
    Orbital: P.E.T.R.O.L. (Final Drop Mix) - new version of P.E.T.R.O.L., which featured along with Chemical Beats on the original Wipeout Soundtrack
    Fluke: Atom Bomb
    Ariel: Rollercoaster - Track from Tom's old band Ariel, really fun track.
    Public Enemy: Miuzi Weighs A Ton - being one of Tom's biggest influences when he first started out.
    Leftfield: Inspection (Check One)
    Willie Hutch: Brothers Gonna Work It Out - Powerful song, and the intro to The Anti-Nazi Mix, the Brothers Gonna Work It Out mix, and their 1997 live shows.

    I'm looking forward to the show! Hope this can help mold it.

  • Comment number 15.

    yes this base has been covered, but repeating for emphasis:
    Base 6 (pretty please!

  • Comment number 16.

    Thank you 6 Music - this has been a glorious excuse to listen to all the albums again in order and compile my top ten (ish). It's been a great 24 hours in my head:

    - Private Psychedelic Reel - probably their masterpiece; the song I want played at my funeral. Music just doesn't come any better than this.

    - Freak of the Week - the best tune that relatively few people know about; just cheeky beyond belief, and that DRUM SOLO! BOOM!

    - Elektrobank - face-meltingly heavy and uncompromising in every way.

    - Get Up On It Like This - when it kicks off, it's probably the biggest drop the chems have ever done. They unleashed their inner mental with this one.

    - The Sunshine Underground - the first of their truly 'goose-bump' tunes for me, just such a glorious build up and crescendo.

    - Galaxy Bounce - just pure cheeky charm to this one; can't fail to make you smile.

    - Star Guitar - I dunno if it was just that amazing video, but more than any other Chems tune I appreciate the layers in this one. So well crafted.

    - Denmark - Mad as a box of frogs; the funkiest tune the Chems have ever done, and THAT TRUMPET SOLO!?!?! DAMN!

    - The Test - I'm never been a big fan of the Richard Ashcroft, but the vocals on this tune elevate the whole thing up to beautiful moving heights.

    - Marvo Ging - Another cheeky number; makes me smile like an idiot without realy knowing why!

    - Surface to Air - One of the most straight-up, beautiful, goose-bumpy tunes ever recorded. Utterly glorious in every way.

    - Burst Generator - grinding, deep, bleepy, marvellous.

    - Battle Scars - For making Willy Nelson relevant again; that last verse where he barely pauses for breath is just magnificent.

    -No Need - Can't believe this was a bonus track and not on the main album; it's got that pounding, driving thing that makes your body move without your say-so.

    - Fatboy Slim – Song For Shelter (Chems remix) - This tune is balls deep.

  • Comment number 17.

    Tomorrow Never Knows by the Beatles must be played or at least be mentioned. (especially if playing songs Setting Sun and Let Foever Be etc. ) Can't wait for the show!


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