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Music: The Chemical Brothers
The Brothers gonna work it out.

The Chemical Brothers are a British Electronic Music duo, consisting of Ed Simons and Tom Rowlands. Active since 1991, they are credited with bringing the "Big Beat" subgenre to the mainstream, alongside The Prodigy, Fatboy Slim, The Crystal Method, and associated acts.

From 1992 to 1995, Simons and Rowlands called themselves The Dust Brothers, after the US production duo known for their work with Beastie Boys. While it was chosen as homage to the latter, the original Dust Brothers threatened legal action over the name. From then on, Simons and Rowlands were known as The Chemical Brothers, starting with their debut album, Exit Planet Dust.

They are notable in being one of the few truly arena-sized electronic acts in the world. Their live acts comprise large screens displaying psychedelic images, strobe lights, and lasers that project over the crowd.

They have also played at many major festivals, including Glastonbury, Fuji Rock, Reading, the HFStival, and Leeds festival. They currently hold the record for most gigs performed in a year at the Brixton Academy.


Studio Albums
  • Exit Planet Dust (1995)
  • Dig Your Own Hole (1997)
  • Surrender (1999)
  • Come with Us (2002)
  • Push the Button (2005)
  • We Are the Night (2007)
  • Further (2010)

  • Hanna (2011)

Live Albums
  • Don't Think (2012)

  • Brothers Gonna Work It Out (1998)
  • Singles 9303 (2003)
  • Brotherhood (2008)

  • Fourteenth Century Sky (1994)
  • My Mercury Mouth E.P. (1994)
  • Loops of Fury (1996)
  • Come with Us/Japan Only EP (2002)
  • AmericanEP (2002)
  • Live 05 (2005)

Tropes appearing in The Chemical Brothers' music:

  • Album Title Drop: Push the Button is namechecked several times in Galvanize.
  • Colbert Bump: When Gavin of Rooster Teeth mentioned the work he did on the "Swoon" music video (and commented on the Ear Worm nature of the song), views for said music video on YouTube began to soar.
  • Continuity Nod: Exit Planet Dust refers to their time when they recorded under The Dust Brothers.
  • Epic Rocking: "The Private Psychedelic Reel", for starters.
  • Genre Adultery: On "Asleep from Day" (off Surrender), Hope Sandoval from Mazzy Star sings, and the Chemical Brothers' backing music is much slower and more ambient than their usual fare. The result sounds more like a Mazzy Star song than a Chemical Brothers song.
  • Greatest Hits Album: Singles 9303.
  • Looped Lyrics: "Star Guitar" combines this with Single Stanza Song:
    "You should feel what I feel, you should take what I take."
    • Plenty of their songs with sampled vocals do this, like "Block Rockin' Beats" and "Elekrobank".
  • Name's the Same: With the original Dust Brothers in the early-mid 90s.

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