'''Sneaker Pimps''' were a trip-hop/alternative band that originated in England in 1994, initially consisting of Chris Corner (guitars), Kelli Ali (vocals), Liam Howe (synth), David Westlake (drums) and Joe Wilson (bass). They named themselves after an article in the Music/BeastieBoys' ''Grand Royal'' magazine about a man hired to track down classic sneakers.

They released their first album, ''Becoming X'', in 1996 to mass acclaim. After touring, they decided to change their style and did so, going from a trip-hop band to an alternative band. They released their second album, ''Splinter'', in 1999, only to be met with a wave of TheyChangedItNowItSucks from people who liked their trip-hop style and preferred Kelli as the singer. Undaunted, they continued onward and released ''Bloodsport'', their final album, in 2003. The band split up after their fourth album was rejected and the members moved on to different careers. In 2016, Chris and Liam reunited to complete said fourth album.

See also Music/{{IAMX}}.

* Kelli Ali (also known as Kelli Dayton), vocals until ''Splinter''
* Chris Corner (vocals, guitars)
* Liam Howe (synthesizer)
* Joe Wilson (bass)
* David Westlake (drums)

* ''Becoming X'' (1996)
* ''Becoming Remixed'' (1998, remix album of ''Becoming X'')
* ''Splinter'' (1999)
* ''Bloodsport'' (2003)

!!Tropes applying to the Sneaker Pimps include:

* AllOfTheOtherReindeer: “Black Sheep”
* AntiLoveSong: “Waterbaby”, “Destroying Angel”, “M’aidez”, "Sick"
** A literal case with “Bloodsport”, which flatly states that sex and love should not be considered games, because games are things you can ''win'', and might actually be fun.
* BilingualBonus: ‘M’aidez’ is French for ‘Help me’.
* BreakUpSong: “Low Place Like Home”, “Half Life”, possibly “Grazes”
* ConceptVideo: The video for "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9n0qsS1vQGg Sick]]" is essentially a testament to how attractive Chris is.
* CoverVersion: "How Do" from ''Becoming X'' is a cover of "Willow's Song" from ''Film/TheWickerMan1973''.
* DarkerAndEdgier: ''Splinter'' compared to ''Becoming X''.
* DoubleEntendre: ‘Give me low five/ ‘cause I can’t help myself’
* IncrediblyLamePun: 'I'm pretty raw with it/cute sushi lunches'. Oh, ha ha ha.
* IntercourseWithYou: “Roll On”, “The Fuel”
* ItsAllAboutMe: The narrator of "Velvet Divorce", who stirs up drama for her own entertainment.
* LighterAndSofter: ''Bloodsport'', especially when compared to ''Splinter''.
** On ''Splinter'', "Ten To Twenty" and "Wife By Two Thousand" serve as examples of this trope, especially compared to tracks like "Curl", "Destroying Angel", "Superbug" and "Flowers and Silence".
* LyricalDissonance: ''"Sick"''. Also "Post-Modern Sleaze", "6 Underground" and "One Method".
* MohsScaleOfRockAndMetalHardness: "Superbug" is about a 4, but it's about the only song that manages to get on the scale.
* NewSoundAlbum: ''Splinter'', then ''Bloodsport''- ''Splinter'' had a lot of acoustic guitars and much darker songs, while ''Bloodsport'' was slightly more upbeat and more electronic.
* NonAppearingTitle: "Waterbaby", which is actually about the only example in their discography.
* OdeToIntoxication: “Wasted Early Sunday Morning”, possibly "Grazes”
* PowerTrio: The original trio of Chris, Liam and Kelli. Ian Pickering counted as a SixthRanger, as they brought him in to help write the lyrics.
* PrecisionFStrike: ‘Was black, was bruised/fucked up, twenty-two’.
* ReligionRantSong: "Blue Movie" and "Walking Zero".
* {{Sampling}}: In a few songs.
* SanitySlippageSong: “Wife By Two Thousand”, possibly “Curl”
* TheSmartGuy: Chris was studying ''astrophysics'' before he formed the band. He's a self-taught musician, and a bloody genius at that.
* StrangerInAFamiliarLand: “Small Town Witch”. Both Chris and Liam are from small towns, and both have commented that when they returned to their hometowns, they were resented for being successful.
* TakeThat: “Kiro TV”, “Spin Spin Sugar” and “Low Five” are this to consumerism.
* TropeMaker: They're often cited as one of the groups who helped create trip-hop, though they didn't stay in that genre for long.
* TwoGuysAndAGirl: Liam, Chris and Kelli, until ''Splinter''.