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Sneaker Pimps — 6 Underground (Nellee Hooper Edit)
Album: Becoming X
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Released: 1996
Length: 3:43
Plays (last 30 days): 1
''A one two, a one two, a one two''

Take me down, six underground
The ground beneath your feet ''(A one two, a one two, a one two)''
Laid out low, not meant to go
Nowhere a way to meet ''(A one two, a one two, a one two)''
I've got a head full of drought, down here
So far off losing out, 'round here

Overground, watch this space
I'm open to falling from grace

''A one two, a one two, a one two''

Calm me down, bring it 'round
Too way high off your street ''(A one two, a one two, a one two)''
I can see like nothing else
In me you're better than I wannabe ''(A one two, a one two, a one two)''
Don't think 'cos I understand I care
Don't think 'cos I'm talking we're friends

Overground, watch this space
I'm open to falling from grace

Talk me down, safe and sound
Too strung up to sleep ''(A one two, a one two, a one two)''
Wear me out, scream and shout
Swear my time's never cheap ''(A one two, a one two, a one two)''
I fake my life like I've lived too much
I take whatever you're given, not enough

Overground, watch this space
I'm open...

I fake my life like I've lived too much
I take whatever you're given, not enough
Overground, watch this space
I'm open to falling from grace

''A one two, a one two, a one two''

''A one two, a one two, a one two''

''A one two, a one two, a one two''

''A one two, a one two, a one two''
''A one two, a one two, a one two''
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university flashback time!
There's an excellent live version of this on YouTube.
 michaele wrote:

I thought it was saying: one, two one, two

 
It's "a one two, a one two". Sampled from De La Soul's Breakadawn. Which is also a fantastic song from a stupendous album.

It might blow up, but it won't go pop!
 bluematrix wrote:

wow, that long? It's held up pretty well though.

 
{#Clap}
 michaele wrote:

fuck

 
wow, that long? It's held up pretty well though.
 Duc1098 wrote:
Sounds like Morcheeba,

 
Well, Sneaker Pimps formed first, 1994. They are in some ways better, less predictable.
 Duc1098 wrote:
Sounds like Morcheeba,

 
my first thought also 
Sounds like Morcheeba,
 mrgus wrote:

What cho'? I thought it was singing "want soap, want soap".

 
I thought it was saying: one, two one, two
 DaidyBoy wrote:
20 years ago ... good grief ...

 
fuck
I wanna hang out with this chick
Ahhhhhhhhh........college memories. (I think I have said too much).
20 years ago ... good grief ...
Always love hearing this!
 
Kept waiting for the Trigger Hippie refrain...
hypnotic
Classic
A blast from the past. Yo watsup watsup
 heihei wrote:
Long time since I heard this and love it! Only discovered RP yesterday and already addicted!!

 
Agreed, and if you like this check out their "Spin Spin Sugar" video on youtube (or here Bill!). It's a great and trippy trip back in time.
Always love this…
this reminds me of the guy who sings that song about a rose
Never heard this...
sweetness with that hypnotic beat.. {#Good-vibes}
She sings so sweet  {#Hearteyes}
Cool - haven't heard this song in a while
psyche 
 perikleshokie wrote:
My entre' into TripHop discovered on RP, like so many other jewels.  This song paced many train rides through Tokyo...

 
 Yes indeed.  Same for me.  Spent many a time plugged into the player listening to such while riding the subways home late here in 'ol NYC.
Great stuff.  She used to make my heart go boom diddy boom.  I'm a bit old now, probably.
My entre' into TripHop discovered on RP, like so many other jewels.  This song paced many train rides through Tokyo...
 mrgus wrote:

What cho'? I thought it was singing "want soap, want soap".

 

"I want soup, I want soup"
Bubble Gum anyone ??
 Derecho wrote:

The only thing I don't like about this song.  An annoying attempt to insert a reminder that says "Hey look!  We're blending hip-hop into this!  Notice!"


 
Track 3 on the album (this one is track 12 (or 99 (or however they did it originally))) isn't a tremendously different track IMO.  But it does not have the "a one-two, a one-two" and the guitar is all jangly and acoustic.  I quite like it.
 Misterfixit wrote:
The soto voice phrase "What cho', what cho'" is the same cut used on the R.L. Burnside track "It's Bad, You Know".

Synchronicity?

 
 
What cho'? I thought it was singing "want soap, want soap".
This gets a whopping "7"...just because I love the band name. Song is cool too...reminds me of a more funky 'Garbage'.
 Misterfixit wrote:
The soto voice phrase "What cho', what cho'" is the same cut used on the R.L. Burnside track "It's Bad, You Know".

Synchronicity?

 
 



..naw, that's a middlin' song by the Police..
Incredibly cool, indelibly groovy, infallibly HIP; dig it!
cool ♦
Sweeeeet!  Love it.
The soto voice phrase "What cho', what cho'" is the same cut used on the R.L. Burnside track "It's Bad, You Know".

Synchronicity?

 
 Totally agree, great times!
perikleshokie wrote:
After hearing this on RP for the first time ~7 years ago I plunged headlong into Triphop.  Life has been much richer for the experience.
 


After hearing this on RP for the first time ~7 years ago I plunged headlong into Triphop.  Life has been much richer for the experience.
Nice
I never thought I'd say this, but this song makes me almost miss the days when Giuliani was mayor of New York and the nightclubs were still fun. A beer was only $6, a cab ride to Brooklyn was $10, and you could still find a 1-bedroom in the East Village for $800 a month. Somehow I don't think we'll be looking back on 2001 - 2011 with as much nostalgia as the previous decades. HAPPY NEW YEAR!
 oldslabsides wrote:
no.
 
Yes! Da! Oui! Si! Yi! Hai! Ja!

no.
Long time since I heard this and love it! Only discovered RP yesterday and already addicted!!
 sheeelaaa wrote:
Many years ago I bought this CD based on 6 Underground.  It's the only song I like.  But I love it!
 
Ditto. The rest is very average isn't it...

Only recently dicovered that the hook that really makes this song - that discordant harp part - is a sample from a James Bond soundtrack!

Weird that this followed the Fun Lovin' Criminals as I've always confused the two groups. Don't know why.
Excellent choice pairing this back-to-back with Fun Lovin' Criminals' "There Was A Time"

I'd forgotten how much I liked this song - gonna add it to MY playlist!
never have I heard someone play a cheap casio keyboard with too many studio effects with such conviction
a real classic!
NICE!
Have heard this several places and always enjoy it.
Many years ago I bought this CD based on 6 Underground.  It's the only song I like.  But I love it!
 Poacher wrote:

Agreed. I uploaded Spin Spin Suger but it was rejected. . . Hey ho. 
 
Um, Spin Spin Sugar is on Becoming X.  Did you really read the post you said you agreed with?  {#Tongue-out}
 bob_hund wrote:
I just can't understand how Sneaker Pimps later work (after Becoming X) has been totally ignored here on RP (and in other places). Guess it's time to upload some of their songs, especially from 'Splinter' (one of the best records I've ever heard, not a single bad song, all brilliant.) In response to some of the previous posters, I must say that the change of singer, from Kelli Dayton to Chris Corner, was to the better. So if any of you are put off from exploring SP's later work by those comments, don't be. I would also highly recommend Chris Corner's solo project 'IamX'.
 
Agreed. I uploaded Spin Spin Suger but it was rejected. . . Hey ho. 
 lily34 wrote:
a onetwo a onetwo a onetwo
 
The only thing I don't like about this song.  An annoying attempt to insert a reminder that says "Hey look!  We're blending hip-hop into this!  Notice!"

 coffee-eyes wrote:
7 {#Arrow} 8 because I never, ever get sick of hearing this.
 
same here

This and My Favourite Game in the same day? Bill is making me miss the old 105.9 The Lazer in Lawrence, KS... Second best radio station I've ever heard (behind this one).
a onetwo a onetwo a onetwo
 mmoyer wrote:
Reminds me of the happy dotcom days...
 
Same here, and every slick Fox TV show used this in their preview clips.


Nice 'clean' sound. 

7 {#Arrow} 8 because I never, ever get sick of hearing this.
I will never get tired of this song!!!!!!!!!
"...sick and tired of being bubble gum chewed up..."  pulled this out the other night and questioned how I could have forgotten how good this album is. The lyrics are amazing.  Now I hear it today.  One of the best of the '90's - 13 years later, you don't hear about them too much, but Britney Spears's career is still going strong - go figure. 
 bob_hund wrote:
In response to some of the previous posters, I must say that the change of singer, from Kelli Dayton to Chris Corner, was to the better. So if any of you are put off from exploring SP's later work by those comments, don't be.
 
I don't much care for his vocals.  I've heard one where he has backing/accompanying female vocals on the cut, and it's a decent tune (forget the name, and I didn't bother to "thumbs up" it in Pandora (or any other SP song off an album other than their debut for that matter)).

 scott4261 wrote:
Good memories of the late '90s. The Sneaker Pimps were the Shiznit!
 
Good memories of graduate school parties associated with this tune.  Thanks Bill!{#Cowboy}{#Chillpill}{#Sleep}
 perikleshokie wrote:
I never get tired of hearing this one. I have seen this referred to as the best Triphop song ever recorded, with some nods to Portishead and Massive Attack. Still, a gem from the 90s.
 
Ditto ditto ditto! What a freakin' fantastic song. I have it on my iPod and still get excited when I hear it anywhere, including on RP.

 lah1975 wrote:
Reminds me of Natalie Imbruglia. Not a great comparison.
 

No! I won't have that! This girl can almost sing!
Her voice always hits me viscerally for some reason...

TMI?

I actually agree that the voice in this makes up a disproportionate amount of the value it brings.  The spell that is cast strong, and its strong because of her voice and the way she phrases and enunciates. Funny that thinking about this just made a connection I've wondered about for years.  I've always sort of confused Sneaker Pimps and Morcheeba and I never really knew why... its the evocative power of the singers' voice.  Morcheeba's Skye (actually, she's no longer with them) possesses a similar power with her voice... there's a song called "The Sea" where I find I am entranced by a certain line she sings:

"The cool breeze flows but mind the wasp, some get stung its worth the cost"

The way she sings "flows" gives me goosebumps almost without exception.  I think she's communicating much more than the words or the melody... its like I can see her smiling in joy with just that word.  That's either my overactive imagination or very real skill.  I believe its the latter.  The singer for this band (apparently one Kelly Dayton... I never knew that) has this same skill (again, assuming its not all in my head) :)
I'd rate this a ten, even if I heard it everyday.
Reminds me of the happy dotcom days...
I just can't understand how Sneaker Pimps later work (after Becoming X) has been totally ignored here on RP (and in other places). Guess it's time to upload some of their songs, especially from 'Splinter' (one of the best records I've ever heard, not a single bad song, all brilliant.) In response to some of the previous posters, I must say that the change of singer, from Kelli Dayton to Chris Corner, was to the better. So if any of you are put off from exploring SP's later work by those comments, don't be. I would also highly recommend Chris Corner's solo project 'IamX'.
I never get tired of hearing this one. I have seen this referred to as the best Triphop song ever recorded, with some nods to Portishead and Massive Attack. Still, a gem from the 90s.
Such a chilled song - thank you for making a sunday mornings financial sorting calmer.
poopypants wrote:
this band has nothing without the vocals, like most other ninties pop.
There's a bit of a truism. Give me an example of pop from any modern era that is something without vocals. Yeah, that's what I thought. ;)
Reminds me of Natalie Imbruglia. Not a great comparison.
poopypants wrote:
this band has nothing without the vocals, like most other ninties pop.
Hmmm, let's take away the guitar(s) from Led Zeppelin and then have a look what's remaining. Music often is the mirror to the time it has been produced in. So this song is a honest part of the 90s. :cheesygrin:
poopypants wrote:
this band has nothing without the vocals, like most other ninties pop.
Like 80's music without the DX7 Sound chip. IE No background just a voice.Just the other way round from this track.... It is what it is, which makes it great....... :o) The 90's. May they rock in their own unique way....... No disrespect to your comment. Just did not join up in terms of analysis. Cheers anyway :oD
this band has nothing without the vocals, like most other ninties pop.
I listen and move at the same time to this. 100 degrees Celius sexy tune. Stoned, Smiling and Happy! I love this track......
scott4261 wrote:
Good memories of the late '90s. The Sneaker Pimps were the Shiznit!
:yes:
Sexy voice...love the James Bond "Golden lady" dub
diggit! :bounce:
Good memories of the late '90s. The Sneaker Pimps were the Shiznit!
I believe that my earlier assessment (8) is still valid. :-) :music:
MTL_Robbie wrote:
Good beat and sounds...but the "Britney Spears"-like vocals are just...well...that says it all.
yeah. . except this predates BS by two years. So one might say BS was copying the SP vocal sound..
MTL_Robbie wrote:
Good beat and sounds...but the "Britney Spears"-like vocals are just...well...that says it all.
Splitting my listening time between RP and SOMA FM's "Groove Salad" program, I hear a good bit of this kind of music. I find it odd that a fair number of songs in this genre have great musical qualities (bass line, cool samples, etc.), only to be spoiled by lackluster female voices.
I remember this song - I think it was on Buffy. Sweet tune. :devil_pimp:
MTL_Robbie wrote:
Good beat and sounds...but the "Britney Spears"-like vocals are just...well...that says it all.
I like the Britney treatment..this track just wouldn't be the same without the dear girl. :heartkiss:
MTL_Robbie wrote:
Good beat and sounds...but the "Britney Spears"-like vocals are just...well...that says it all.
Britney could never handle anything this cool... :biggrin:
Good beat and sounds...but the "Britney Spears"-like vocals are just...well...that says it all.
First time hearing this band... NOt too shabby :)
Jockster wrote:
Great song. Whatever happened to the Pimps? :drummer:
Working on album 4 in Berlin...
Jockster wrote:
Great song. Whatever happened to the Pimps? :drummer:
click the AMG link up above for a better detail, but the short version as i recall is the singer left to do her own thing while the rest of the band kept doing their thing, but never getting as much attention as their debut album.
I think this track is on the Buffy The Vampire Slayer soundtrack, no? If not, def on one episode...
I also bought this album after hearing this on RP. and the RIAA and their ho's wanted to price streaming radio out of business... duh.
I got this CD after hearing a couple cuts here on RP. I like it.
:bananajumprope: Great song from a fantastic soundtrack. Thank you Val. RP should consider playing more tracks from the soundtrack.
Cybrid wrote:
Agreed, original mix is better. Still fantastic though.
I agree, the "Ah 1,2, ah 1,2" gets old and distracts from the song IMO. But still, like you say, great to hear!
Great song. Whatever happened to the Pimps? :drummer:
True! Second track. One of the better soundtracks I've ever encountered, at least for a non-orchestral score soundtrack. Lot of good stuff on it. Check out the last cut on it from Everything But The Girl. Solid 8. celadonstone wrote:
As I recall this was also on the soundtrack of the Saint movie with Val Kilmer.
Agreed, original mix is better. Still fantastic though.
Nice and smooth. "A 1-2, a 1-2, a 1-2...." I used to pimp out sneakers but then Foot Locker came along and ruined that gig for me. LOL.....
trekhead wrote:
I got a head full of DROW?? Aren't those the Dark Elves? This could be trouble. 9.
It's "drought" - hope that doesn't ruin it for ya. And for the person saying the original mix is so much better, I say "meh" - I've heard em each a hundered times and I couldn't tell you which was which unless I heard em back to back.
As I recall this was also on the soundtrack of the Saint movie with Val Kilmer.
:bananapiano: Great stuff, Bill! Thanks!
She sounds more like a puff of air.
Am I alone in thinking Kelli Dayton (Kelli Ali) sounds like Natalie Imbruglia?
swelements wrote:
sad thing - the original mix is miles better
I think this is the only version I've ever heard. How is the original different?
:music:
:notworthy:
:bananajumprope: :cheers:
sad thing - the original mix is miles better
I got a head full of DROW?? Aren't those the Dark Elves? This could be trouble. 9.
:music:
One of those albums you can listen to over and over and over and over.....
psycholynx wrote:
And "Goldfinger" is the best Bond movie EVER!
"Goldfinger, do you expect me to talk?" "No Mr. Bond, I expect you to die!"
Great song to start the morning! Thanks! :daisy: