THE CHEMICAL BROTHERS – Second Album ‘DIG YOUR OWN HOLE’ Is 25 – Special Edition In July

8 April 2022

Manchester rave experts Tom Rowlands and Ed Simons, better known as
THE CHEMICAL BROTHERS released their 2nd LP DIG YOUR OWN HOLE
25 years ago, on 7 April 1997. Their first number one album in the UK.

And lead single Block Rockin’ Beats was their first #1 single in G-B…

Two strictly limited-edition formats of the album, and a unique line of
merchandise are planned for release on 29 July. Those limited editions
each containing 5 previously unreleased tracks. More info here.

First of those 5 rare tracks is a demo (demos suck!) of the album’s track Elektrobank

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Full original album…

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Back to 1997…

Band: RADIOHEAD (UK)
Album: OK COMPUTER

Released: 21 May 1997 – their 3rd LP
Score: No 1 in the UK, Scotland
and Belgium, #21 in the USA

Pitchfork said: “The record is brimming with genuine emotion,
beautiful and complex imagery and music, and lyrics that are
at once passive and fire-breathing. OK Computer is like tossing
David Bowie, old U2, Spacehog and lots of Pink Floyd into a
blender and pushing the ‘kill’ button.”
Score: 5/5.

Stream here…

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Band: THE VERVE (UK)
Album: URBAN HYMNS

Released: 29 September 1997 – 3rd LP
Score: #1 in the UK, Ireland, New-Zealand
and Ireland, #23 in the USA

NME wrote: “Its sheer magnificence and spirit is such that
the danger of it overwhelming anything that follows it is obvious.
This, after all, is the musical signature of the year.”
Score: 4/5.

Stream here…

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Band: SPIRITUALIZED (UK)
Album: LADIES AND GENTLEMEN WE ARE FLOATING IN SPACE

Released: 16 June 1997 – 3rd LP
Score: #4 in the UK

Pitchfork: “Masterpiece. The music is timeless.” Score: 5/5.

Stream here…

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Band: PRIMAL SCREAM (Scotland/UK)
Album: VANISHING POINT

Released: 7 July 1997
Score: No 2 in the UK and Scotland

AllMusic said: “The group is still capable of creating exotic,
thoroughly entrancing sounds, which is what makes Vanishing
Point a remarkable comeback.”
Score: 4.5/5.

Stream here…

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Band: GRANDADDY (US)
Album: UNDER THE WESTERN FREEWAY – debut LP

AllMusic said: “A fairly brilliant album, combining a warm, earnest,
and rustic feel with sometimes goofy experimentation.”
Score: 4/5.

Stream here…

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6. The Boatman’s Call by NICK CAVE & THE BAD SEEDS
7. Evergreen by ECHO & THE BUNNYMEN
8. Time Out Of Mind by BOB DYLAN
9. ‘Stupid Stupid Stupid’ by BLACK GRAPE
10. ‘Dig Your Own Hole’ by THE CHEMICAL BRORTHERS

THE CHEMICAL BROTHERS Released Breakthrough Album ‘DIG YOUR OWN HOLE’ 20 Years Ago…

Memorable moments in sonic history!…

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‘Dig Your Own Hole’ by THE CHEMICAL BROTHERS
Released 7 April 1997 – 20 years ago…

Although they didn’t look as party animals themselves, Tom Rowlands and Ed Simons
created smoking dance trance firework to soundtrack every rave in the late nineties,
I know, I was there and their second album DIG YOUR OWN HOLE still feels today as
their best and most adventurous, yet accessible achievement ever. Tons of rockin’ beats.

What the press said…

ROLLING STONE
“The British DJ duo shows that playing other people’s records — sliced, diced and blown to ingeniously reconfigured bits — is a valid form of composition, and dance music is a matter
of both mind and body…”

ALL MUSIC
“The Chemical Brothers might not push forward into self-consciously arty territories like some of their electronic peers, but they have more style and focus, constructing a blindingly innovative and relentlessly propulsive album that’s an exhilarating listen…”

BBC
“Tom and Ed can harvest up the minds and mess up the hearing of a whole new crowd of converts, and remains an immense, far out and most staggering work. A key text. Literally amazing.”

SPUTNIK MUSIC
‘I like to imagine Tom Rowlands and Ed Simons as two mad and brilliant chemists who play with musical machines in their laboratory and set free monstrous things, kind of like Doctor Octopus in the Spider-Man mythology…”

Here are three highlights…

SETTING SUN (with Noel Gallagher on vocals)

BLOCK ROCKIN’ BEATS

IT DOESN’T MATTER

The full masterpiece here on Spotify…

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