History Music / Orbital

15th Dec '17 1:05:44 PM Anddrix
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Their first single, 1989's "Chime", became a huge rave hit. Not long afterwards, Orbital started gaining fans outside the dance scene (they were one of the first techno bands to do so) due to the strength of their live shows and their emphasis on their albums as cohesive units rather than merely collections of songs. Their output through the '90s is commonly cited as among the best of the UK's techno scene. Unfortunately, after 2000 they released two albums that were respectively [[LoveItOrHateIt divisive]] and [[SoOkayItsAverage just okay]]. On that disappointing note, Orbital called it quits in 2004.

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Their first single, 1989's "Chime", became a huge rave hit. Not long afterwards, Orbital started gaining fans outside the dance scene (they were one of the first techno bands to do so) due to the strength of their live shows and their emphasis on their albums as cohesive units rather than merely collections of songs. Their output through the '90s is commonly cited as among the best of the UK's techno scene. Unfortunately, after 2000 they released two albums that were respectively [[LoveItOrHateIt divisive]] divisive and [[SoOkayItsAverage just okay]]. On that disappointing note, Orbital called it quits in 2004.
16th Sep '17 1:48:59 PM notahandle
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** The live remix of "Halcyon". It starts off light and ethereal, a lot like the version from ''The Brown Album'', then the "Heaven Is a Place on Earth" and "Shot Through the Heart" samples [[MoodWhiplash come out of freaking nowhere]].

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** The live remix of "Halcyon". It starts off light and ethereal, a lot like the version from ''The Brown Album'', then the "Heaven Is a Place on Earth" and "Shot "[[Music/BonJovi Shot Through the Heart" Heart]]" samples [[MoodWhiplash come out of freaking nowhere]].
8th Sep '17 11:56:14 PM MetaFour
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* SuperTitleAdvance64: The debut album was supposed to be simply titled ''LP'', ''MC'' or ''CD'' depending on the format. But nobody got the joke, so it's just known as ''Orbital'' or ''The Green Album''.

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* SuperTitleAdvance64: SuperTitle64Advance: The debut album was supposed to be simply titled ''LP'', ''MC'' or ''CD'' depending on the format. But nobody got the joke, so it's just known as ''Orbital'' or ''The Green Album''.
8th Sep '17 11:54:07 PM MetaFour
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* LivingToys: In the "New France", a stuffed lion doll leaves his owner (a young girl) to hang out with some bros and go clubbing.

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* LivingToys: In the "New France", France" music video, a stuffed lion doll leaves his owner (a young girl) to hang out with some bros and go clubbing.
8th Sep '17 11:52:39 PM MetaFour
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Then in 2009, Orbital reunited for a string of live shows, and in 2011 they returned to the studio to work on a new album. The result, 2012's ''Wonky'', was surprisingly well-received, both by the critics and the fans. In 2014, they disbanded again, but with the promise that neither of them intends to stop making music yet. In summer 2017, they reunited again, playing more live shows and putting out a new single. Time will tell if this results in another full album.

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Then in 2009, Orbital reunited for a string of live shows, and in 2011 they returned to the studio to work on a new album. The result, 2012's ''Wonky'', was surprisingly well-received, both by the critics and the fans. In 2014, they disbanded again, but with the promise that neither of them intends intended to stop making music yet. In summer 2017, they reunited again, playing more live shows and putting out a new single. Time will tell if this results in another full album.



* BaldOfAwesome: Phil Hartnoll

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* BaldOfAwesome: Phil HartnollHartnoll.


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* CrazyCatLady: The "Wonky" music video depicts a male version. The guy has cats, and photos of cats, and T-shirts of cats. And he hears them all talk to him as he goes crazy.


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* EpicInstrumentalOpener: Inverted on "One Big Moment", the first track of ''Wonky''. The first 60 seconds are overlapping vocal samples that build up to a crescendo, then the rest of the song is completely instrumental.


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* LivingToys: In the "New France", a stuffed lion doll leaves his owner (a young girl) to hang out with some bros and go clubbing.


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** ''The Green Album'' was nicknamed that because it had a green cover--initially. These days, the reprints look more yellowish than green, but the nickname stuck.


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* RealAfterAll: In the "Wonky" music video, the protagonist thinks his cats are talking to him as he loses his mind. At the very end, he runs out of his flat and gets hit by a car... and there's a cat driving it.
8th Sep '17 11:34:14 PM MetaFour
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* NoTitle: Their first two albums, commonly known as ''Orbital'' and ''Orbital II'' or ''The Green Abum'' and ''The Brown Album''. The first was supposed to be simply titled ''LP'', ''MC'' or ''CD'' depending on the format but nobody got it.

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* NoTitle: Their first two albums, commonly known as ''Orbital'' and ''Orbital II'' or ''The Green Abum'' and ''The Brown Album''. The first was supposed to be simply titled ''LP'', ''MC'' or ''CD'' depending on the format but nobody got it.


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* SuperTitleAdvance64: The debut album was supposed to be simply titled ''LP'', ''MC'' or ''CD'' depending on the format. But nobody got the joke, so it's just known as ''Orbital'' or ''The Green Album''.
21st Jul '17 5:31:32 PM MetaFour
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Then in 2009, Orbital reunited for a string of live shows, and in 2011 they returned to the studio to work on a new album. The result, 2012's ''Wonky'', was surprisingly well-received, both by the critics and the fans. In 2014, they disbanded again, but with the promise that neither of them intends to stop making music yet.

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Then in 2009, Orbital reunited for a string of live shows, and in 2011 they returned to the studio to work on a new album. The result, 2012's ''Wonky'', was surprisingly well-received, both by the critics and the fans. In 2014, they disbanded again, but with the promise that neither of them intends to stop making music yet.
yet. In summer 2017, they reunited again, playing more live shows and putting out a new single. Time will tell if this results in another full album.




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* ''8:58'' (2015)
17th Feb '17 9:22:28 AM Aggron9988
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* OnlyALighter: In an [[UnintentionalPeriodPiece awkwardly dated moment]] from "The Saint" music video, Paul and Phil whip out pistols as they're passing through an airport security checkpoint. The security officers pull out their own guns, and the situation looks like a MexicanStandoff--then Paul and Phil reveal that their "guns" are really just lighters. Then the security officers laugh and wave them through.
7th Jan '17 9:43:11 PM wyattte
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** "There is the theory of the mobius... a twist in the fabric of space where time becomes a loop, time becomes a loop, time becomes a loop..."

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** [[Recap/StarTrekTheNextGenerationS2E13TimeSquared "There is the theory of the mobius... a twist in the fabric of space where time becomes a loop, time becomes a loop, time becomes a loop...""]]
26th Apr '16 4:45:53 AM aye_amber
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** "Remind" began life as their remix of a MeatBeatManifesto track, "Mindstream".

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** "Remind" began life as their remix of a MeatBeatManifesto ''Meat Beat Manifesto'' track, "Mindstream". "Mindstream."
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