Before I start going crazy, I need to inform u on some stuff.

If you see a word with an asterisk (*) after it, that means it will show up in the glossary at the bottom of the post. K bye

Hey guys it’s Sam and guess wut? Do u like house* music, or dance music? And do u like it when it comes from England? And do you like musical duos?  Then, Basement Jaxx is the band 4 u.

The origin of this dynamic duo (Simon Radcliffe, and Felix Buxton) originated from the band’s regular night club called Basement Jaxx. This club moved from venue to venue, such as the George IV, the Crypt, and the Junction. They were joined by deejays like DJ Sneak, Daft Punk, and British singer Corrina Joseph. They mutated the night into an equally famous club named Rooty, which is the name of the band’s second album. (The gorilla on the cover is Snowflake, the world’s only albino* gorilla.)

In 1999, Basement Jaxx released their debut* full-length album, Remedy.

One of the songs on this album, “Red Alert”, was featured in the film Bend It Like Beckham, as well as commercials for Nickelodeon and Coca-Cola. Other songs on this album were “Jump N’ Shout”, “Bingo Bango”, and “Rendez Vu”, which is the band’s highest UK Singles Chart entry to peak at #4. Jaxx Unreleased, a compilation album of B-sides, remixes, and other material, was released in 1999 as well.

Their next album, Rooty, included the singles “Romeo”, “Jus 1 Kiss”, and “Where’s Your Head At?”. The music video for “Romeo” is a homage on the filming style of Bollywood. “Where’s Your Head At?”, the #39 peaker on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart, became an international hit, appearing in media like Disney’s Extreme Skate Adventure*, Kingdom Hospital*, and the soundtrack to Lara Croft: Tomb Raider. The game also appeared in a 2002 commercial for Pringles, and will appear in DJ Hero 2 as a mash-up with Dizzee Rascal’s “Bonkers”. The EP Xxtra Cutz was released afterwards, containing B-sides and remixes to songs from Rooty, such as “Where’s Your Head At?” and “Jus 1 Kiss”.

2003 became the publication year of the band’s third Grammy-winning album, Kish Kash.

Contributions were involved, from people like JC Chasez, Siouxsie Sioux, and Dizzee Rascal. The tracks “Lucky Star”, “Good Luck”, and “Plug It In” were released as singles. “Good Luck” was re-released in 2004, after exposure of being the theme to BBC’s Euro 2004 coverage and was also featured on the soundtracks of romantic comedy Just Married and anime science-fiction action-thriller Appleseed. The album was recognized at the 47th Grammy Awards, winning Buxton and Radcliffe the”Best Electronic/Dance Album” award. In 2005, Basement Jaxx’s compilation, The Singles, was released.

Singles like “Red Alert”, “Where’s Your Head At?”, and “Romeo” appeared on the compilation from past albums. A DVD video collection was included with the album, comprising all the singles from the previous three albums. (Remedy, Rooty, Kish Kash) Two new tracks, “Oh My Gosh” and “U Don’t Know Me”, were featured. The Singles (Special Edition) also released, which featured a new bonus disc called Bonus Traxx, containing many unreleased tracks, as well as remixes of existing singles. In 2005, Basement Jaxx appeared as the headline act on the Pyramid stage at Glastonbury Festival after the previous act, Kylie Minogue, was pulled out after cancer diagnosis. The duo played with a live band made of the artists who recorded the album. Drumtech trained Nathan Curran was on drums for the festival, and has remained a constant performer.

In September 2006 at the United Kingdom, the fourth studio album, Crazy Itch Radio, was released.

“Hush Boy”, the first single, simultaneously released. The album featured guest vocalists such as Martina Sorbara (credited “Martina Bang”), Robyn, and Lily Allen. In 2006, Basement Jaxx was also one of the support acts for Robbie Williams on his “Close Encounters” tour. The band produced and wrote the track “Rocking Chair” for Cyndi Lauper’s tenth album, Bring Ya to the Brink in 2008. Basement Jaxx have become in-demand remixers in addition to their work. Their prominent work includes Missy Elliott’s “4 My People”, Justin Timberlake’s “Like I Love You”, and N*E*R*D’s “She Wants to Move”. Sophie Ellis-Bextor stated that she would like to collaborate with Basement Jaxx in the future, as well as The Botz and Garold Marks. The two were invited to write an exclusive music piece to accompany a work of art they admired in London’s Tate Museum, Karen Appel’s “Hip, Hip, Hoorah!” The work is not available for sale, but can be listened to in the gallery or the official site. The track, “Close Your Eyes” was featured in the Japanese CGI anime movie, Vexille.

In 2009, member Felix Buxton revealed in a BBC Radio 1 broadcast that their forthcoming album, Scars, was completed and being mastered. The tracks include guest appearances by Yoko Ono, Santigold, Lightspeed Champion and Yo! Majesty. The band was also interested in using Grace Jones for vocals. Scars was released in September 2009, thus making it the fifth (and most recent) album ever released.

Extensive touring took place with a band famous for its ‘carnival’ atmosphere featuring Vula Malinga, Sharlene Hector, Cassie Watson, Rhonda Humphrey, Slarta John, Nathan Curran, Oli Savil, Ben Edwards, Mike Kearsey, and Mark Brown.

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So now that you know the whole history behind Basement Jaxx’s fame, it’s time to check out the GLOSSARY! I’ll be going from the 1st word to the last.

*House – House music is a style of electronic dance music that originated in Chicago in the early 1980s. House subgenres include acid house, ambient house, progressive house, euro house, and microhouse. Fusion genres include deep house, funky house, ghetto house, and house-pop. House artists include Daft Punk, Madonna, Roger Sanchez, and Hernàn Cattàneo.

*Albino (ahl-bye-noh) – An organism affected by albinism, a congenital disorder characterized by the complete or partial absence of pigment in the skin, hair, and eyes to absence/defect of an enzyme involved in melanin production. This disorder has even spread onto animals, such as alligators, rats, and Snowflake, the albino gorilla featured on the cover of Rooty. Here is an example of albinism through an albino child:

*Debut (pronounced day-byoo) – The first performance of a musician or singer, such as their debut album. For example, here is Basement Jaxx’s debut album again, Remedy.

*Disney’s Extreme Skate Adventure – A 2003 sports video game published by Activision and developed by Toys for Bob. It utilizes the game engine of Neversoft’s Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 4. The game instead features characters from Toy Story, The Lion King, and Tarzan.

*Kingdom Hospital – A thirteen-episode comedy-horror miniseries based on Lars Von Trier’s The Kingdom. The miniseries first aired on ABC on March 3, 2004 but (due to being put on hold during NBA playoffs) concluded on July 15, spanning a good 4-month runtime before cancelling.

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But anyways, thx for reading. Please like it (it was a lot of work) and subscribe plz. Man…writing a biography about a band is harder than I thought.

– Sam

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