🎵 How Good Are They Really 🎵 The Chemical Brothers

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Artist Rating
Aretha Franklin 4.64
Nina Simone 4.57
Neil Young 4.48
Miles Davis 4.42
Talking Heads 4.39
R.E.M. 4.38
Beastie Boys 4.36
Otis Redding 4.34
The Velvet Underground 4.33
David Bowie 4.31
The Beatles 4.31
Pixies 4.30
Leonard Cohen 4.30
The Cure 4.28
Björk 4.27
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds 4.22
Marvin Gaye 4.21
Aphex Twin 4.18
PJ Harvey 4.17
Stevie Wonder 4.17
Nirvana 4.15
Joy Division 4.15
Radiohead 4.13
The Supremes 4.13
Prince 4.11
Wu-Tang Clan 4.11
Nick Drake 4.10
Elliott Smith 4.09
Pulp 4.08
Public Enemy 4.08
Sonic Youth 4.08
Sleater-Kinney 4.08
Kate Bush 4.07
OutKast 4.07
Portishead 4.03
Super Furry Animals 4.03
Black Sabbath 4.03
MF DOOM 4.01
Bob Dylan 3.97
Kendrick Lamar 3.97
Low 3.96
The Beach Boys 3.93
Jimi Hendrix 3.93
LCD Soundsystem 3.92
Joni Mitchell 3.89
Massive Attack 3.89
Bruce Springsteen 3.84
The Clash 3.77
Pet Shop Boys 3.76
Blondie 3.73
Bright Eyes 3.71
Rage Against The Machine 3.71
The Ramones 3.67
ABBA 3.66
Kanye West 3.65
Arcade Fire 3.64
Blur 3.61
The Smiths 3.57
Beyoncé 3.54
Yeah Yeah Yeahs 3.54
Carly Rae Jepsen 3.51
Bob Marley & The Wailers 3.48
Jeff Buckley 3.47
Idlewild 3.42
Madonna 3.40
Manic Street Preachers 3.39
Fleetwood Mac 3.39
Toots & The Maytals 3.35
The White Stripes 3.34
Supergrass 3.32
Hole 3.31
The Smashing Pumpkins 3.30
Suede 3.30
Elton John 3.28
The Pogues 3.28
Kylie Minogue 3.27
The Specials 3.26
Sugababes 3.22
Rihanna 3.19
The Prodigy 3.18
Led Zeppelin 3.16
Ash 3.16
Pink Floyd 3.15
Taylor Swift 3.14
Jay-Z 3.14
Arctic Monkeys 3.14
Interpol 3.12
TLC 3.12
Los Campesinos! 3.10
The Rolling Stones 3.09
Destiny’s Child 3.05
Primal Scream 3.04
The Strokes 3.03
Elvis Presley 3.02
Weezer 2.97
Girls Aloud 2.93
Frank Sinatra 2.92
Lizzo 2.86
Belle And Sebastian 2.85
Britney Spears 2.85
Metallica 2.81
Green Day 2.81
Madness 2.80
The Jam 2.75
Basement Jaxx 2.75
Oasis 2.71
Whitney Houston 2.69
Lady Gaga 2.61
Queen 2.60
Billy Joel 2.57
U2 2.55
Dire Straits 2.43
Bloc Party 2.41
Eminem 2.38
Mariah Carey 2.32
The Killers 2.22
The Who 2.22
Blink-182 2.21
Adele 2.05
Kings Of Leon 2.01
Red Hot Chili Peppers 1.90
The Spice Girls 1.81
Stereophonics 1.74

So next, The Chemical Brothers

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  • 4
  • 5

0 voters

  • Exit Planet Dust
  • Dig Your Own Hole
  • Surrender
  • Come With Us
  • Push The Button
  • We Are The Night
  • Further
  • Born In The Echoes
  • No Geography

0 voters

  • Song To The Siren
  • Leave Home
  • Life Is Sweet
  • Setting Sun
  • Block Rockin’ Beats
  • Elektrobank
  • The Private Psychedelic Reel
  • Hey Boy Hey Girl
  • Let Forever Be
  • Out Of Control
  • Music:Response
  • It Began In Afrika
  • Star Guitar
  • Come With Us
  • The Test
  • The Golden Path
  • Get Yourself High
  • Galvanize
  • Believe
  • The Boxer
  • Do It Again
  • The Salmon Dance
  • Midnight Madness
  • Escape Velocity
  • Swoon
  • Another World
  • Container Park
  • Go
  • Under Neon Lights
  • C-H-E-M-I-C-A-L
  • Free Yourself
  • MAH
  • Got To Keep On
  • We’ve Got To Try

0 voters

Looking through that singles list I’m reminded of just how annoying a lot of their songs are. 2.

10 Likes

Bugger - first big electronic act for ages and I’m going to be crazy busy until at least 8pm.

Foundational in my music tastes. Massive influence on the sounds I make. There is a very obvious dip in quality after Surrender (and Galvanise can fuck right off) but the last two records have been great. No Geography in particular can stand alongside the first three proudly.

Plus my kids like the Salmon Dance, so it isn’t completely devoid of worth.

5

3 Likes

Find them really boring save for a couple of singles. Might just not be my thing. Cannot express properly how much I hate Hey Boy Hey Girl, really dreadful. A generous 2.

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One of the first singles I ever bought with my own money. The vocal line is a little grating, but that pounding mid range and top line blips can still get a reaction from me 20+ years later.

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It’s the dance music Wonderwall.

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Some absolute bangers but so much dross with a career built on star fucking.
Saw them a Glastonbury 2004 and they were amazing but shit every other time. They’re nowhere near the hights of Orbital or Underworld.

3

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I really only know their debut properly. I remember hearing Leave Home for the first time at an HMV in Brent Cross thinking that that track was brilliant and bought the album.

Saw them later in 1995 supporting The Prodigy. Only heard their other stuff in passing and haven’t bought any subsequent albums.

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Like some singles.

I think history hasn’t really been kind to them because I totally agree with @anon19035908’s Wonderwall comments but at the time it felt like they did a really good job of dragging a lot of close-minded proper-haircuts type Britpoppers into thinking, “Hey, dance music isn’t necessarily shit actually”.

If you put them on at a party I wouldn’t wish them gone which is better than Oasis I guess?

I think I’ll be going with a 3.

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Nah, that’s Unfinished Sympathy (which is obviously a much better song, but still).

2 Likes

One of the biggest 5s going. Not sure a single other act has as many bangers to their name. Not just a singles band either, really good cohesive albums deep in to their career. One of the best live acts on the planet. Chemical Brothers gig is basically a guaranteed 90 minutes of euphoria.

5 Likes

There are already some deeply wrong opinions. May have to call in sick to work and argue on the internet all day.

25 Likes

Voted Private Psychedelic Reel but might have to change. My heart is saying Swoon.

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Love them! I know they have some subpar releases and are a bit cheesy/obvious at times but they have also reached some heady heights, and it has been great to see them get there again with that last (absolutely banging) album.

Some of the - if not the absolute - best music videos of all time too. I mean, can anyone look out the window of a train without thinking of Star Guitar? Even after all these years…

I also have a lot of love for the Hanna soundtrack and would like to see them do more of that.

6 Likes

Dig > dust > Surrender = No Geography > Borm in the Echoes = Come With Us > We are the night >>>> The shit ones

The named albums are all worth a listen, the first four are clear 5s.

For people comparing then to Oasis - have a listen to Born in the Echoes, whereas it isn’t strictly experimental as such, it’s still inventive and fresh sounding 25 years after the debut record. Oasis didn’t sound fresh by the second record.

Stop getting the Chemical Brothers wrong!!

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Don’t think any of the that isn’t knowingly tongue in cheek either. Like the Salmon Dance is quite obviously naff but who cares.

Really easy 5. Would have been a pushed 3 a month ago but I relistened to the 1st 2 albums when they were on Tim’s Twitter Party, remembered how good they were outside of the handful of massively overplayed singles (usually involving an indiebloke) that I remembered them for and ended up getting really into their later stuff. There’s a good afternoons entertainment working though their videos on YouTube, consistently great.

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They’re inconsistent but I am very glad they exist.Still tremendous live too. 5.