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Monday, January 29, 2007

Basement Jaxx - Where's Your Head At????

JAXX002Basement Jaxx started in Brixton, South London in 1994, where they held a regular club night called Rooty, which would later become the name of their second artist album.
In 1999, the group released their first full length album, Remedy, to wide acclaim. Remedy includes the "Red Alert", "Rendez Vu", "Jump N' Shout", and "Bingo Bango" singles. "Red Alert" was used in a Coca-Cola commercial. Basement Jaxx also released Jaxx Unreleased, a compilation of b-sides, remixes, and other assorted material, in 1999.
Cover of RootyTheir next full length album, 2001's Rooty included singles "Romeo", "Jus 1 Kiss", "Where's Your Head At?", and "Get Me Off". The music video for album opener "Romeo" is a parody of a Bollywood movie. "Where's Your Head At?", which relies on a sample of Gary Numan's "M.E." for its hook, became a huge international hit in 2002 (see 2002 in music) and is perhaps Basement Jaxx's best known song. "Where's Your Head At?" was even featured on the soundtrack for the 2001 'Tomb Raider' movie, and Traktor's video for "Where's Your Head At?" (monkeys with human faces) has been praised by Mixmag as the best dance music video ever made. Xxtra Cutz was released just after Rooty, containing b-sides from this album's singles.
JAXX0012003 brought Basement Jaxx's third full length album, Kish Kash, which included contributions from Lisa Kekaula (of the Bellrays), Me'shell Ndegeocello, grime MC Dizzee Rascal, Totlyn Jackson, JC Chasez, Siouxsie Sioux, and Phoebe. From this album, the tracks "Lucky Star", "Good Luck" and "Plug It In" were released as singles. The track "Good Luck" was re-released in 2004, after exposure from being the theme to BBC's Euro 2004 coverage, with a special remix. "Good Luck" is also in the soundtrack of Just Married, and Appleseed, an anime movie released in 2004. Kish Kash was recognised the following year at the 47th Grammy awards, winning Buxton and Ratcliffe the inaugural Best Electronic/Dance Album award.

Basement Jaxx - Live at Summerdale, Melbourne 2007

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