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I Monster

Best known for the loungy trip-hop track "Daydream in Blue," a 2001 hit that has a lengthy and convoluted history of its own, the British production duo I Monster specialize in psychedelic, electronic-tinged pop confections that are often based around samples from easy listening records and other unlikely sources. Jarrod Gosling and Dean Honer met in the record section of the Sheffield City Library in the early '90s, an era when that city -- which had already been the site of major developments in electronica, during the heyday of synth pop in the 1980s -- was witnessing another musical renaissance with the flourishing of so-called "bleep music," thanks to the IDM pioneers at Warp Records. Inspired by the burgeoning local scene as well as their shared poverty and abundant free time, the pair got to work creating some abstract electronic sounds of their own, under the name the Anderson Shelter. Five years into their collaboration, having succumbed to self-described "bleep fatigue," they shifted gears in 1997 with a new name (taken from the 1971 British horror film I, Monster) and a new sample-based, song-oriented approach to music-making. The first product of these efforts, 1999's self-released album These Are Our Children, was given away for free, in a spirit of idealism. Around this time, Honer, also a sometime confederate of Add N to (X), got involved with the similarly styled electronic trio the All Seeing I, who found some mainstream chart success with their version of Sonny & Cher's "The Beat Goes On" and were even invited to contribute their production skills to Britney Spears' cover of same.

I Monster were put on hold to some extent for a few years (during which time Gosling stocked up on progressive rock LPs while working at a record shop), but they resurfaced in 2001 with a reworked 7" version of "Daydream in Blue," which had initially appeared on Children. The song, which samples heavily from a 1970 cover by the Gunter Kallmann Chorus of the Wallace Collection's 1968 "Daydream" (itself based on a melody from Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake), adding incomprehensibly vocodered vocals and a bassline from Portishead's "Glory Box," was reissued yet again on London's Instant Karma imprint, eventually reaching the Top 20. (Coincidentally, the Beta Band used the same sample for their song "Squares," which was also released in 2001.) Since then, the song has appeared in countless soundtracks and advertisements, and cropped up again as the basis for Lupe Fiasco's "Daydreamin'" from his 2006 debut. I Monster followed this success with the singles "Who Is She?" and "Hey Mrs." and the album Neveroddoreven, which was similarly released several times, including on Atlantic in 2004. After another extended period out of public earshot, I Monster reappeared again in early 2009, offering free online downloads of their long out of print debut and issuing a soul-inflected new single, "Sucker for Your Sound," in advance of the album A Dense Swarm of Ancient Stars, released that March. ~ K. Ross Hoffman, Rovi
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Daydream in Blue -hauntingly familiar melody moving it's way through time
spunny106
*the lyrics, not they lyrics
spunny106
No, they lyrics are correct. the lyrics that seem out of place are in a robotic tecno voice that are hard to understand, but they are there if you listen carefully. its kinda hidden because its like the corrupt side of the song and doesnt fit with the normal lyrics
I've heard this on radio and the fly heads look like vaginas
owlmage
just perfect
daydream lupe fiasco
So weird but for some reason I love it
yeah i noticed too, lyrics are kinda similar tho lol
lmao about the lyrics being wrong
Someone messed up Daydream in blue lyrics
bluesojourn
Nice track - but what's with the lyrics to some other song being posted with it?? C'mon, Pandora, I'd like to know what the lyrics to THIS song actually are. Sheesh!

And while I'm ranting, why on earth are full bio and comments on the same page? No bio - no comments, then? Really?
chesaymax
I love this song..bobbin g my head and working.
Great
Neveroddorev e n is an AWESOME album :)
listen to the emotion
Love them
Groovy
passes the time
1.) Kiss your left hand
2.) Say your crushes name
3.) Close your hand
4.) Pick a school day
5.) Say your name
6.) Post this on fifteen more songs and on the day you said you will be asked out by your crush
Nice song
I'm not sure if I should like this song because I will go back and see the picture and it will haunt me!!!!
custompercus s i o n
Dang it Pandora... wrong lyrics! I pay for you!
why are the lyrics wrong for daydream in blue Pandora?? You did the same thing for the dead's Sugar Magnolia... harumph! ;>
Whatever happened to the album cover Pandora was using that had the baby in the bassinet? I liked that one better than the Flyhead one.
wantonrousta b o u t Lupe did not butcher this song
Figueroa those two butchered this song. Your taste is bad and you should feel bad
Awesome song love Lupe's and Jill's track too.
Beautiful song, wrong lyrics!
Great song though
Wrong lyrics when this song came on.... it had India Arie Beautiful Lyrics instead.
I love that
Sounds so dark mate
I listen to Daydream In Blue until I'm sick of it. Mark it not to come up again, and then after a month or so I here it and fall completely in love with it again.
jtlybrand
The Album art is incorrect. It should have two men with fly heads dressed in suits.
Love all the music!!
Love this Song with Jill Scott and Lupe. But this ish is pretty illy too
if u like this kind of sound ul love lethalungs.c o m check their songs out!!!!
Lupe Fiasco...
LOVE. This track made me day.
Such a beautiful song!
Please follow me or comment on my profile!
I Daydream in Blue.
theprlady
There is also a version with Jill Scott singing the hook! BOMB!
Love the sound effects, Battle Star Galactica voice.
Beta Band song?
shlongerjr
Wow, I thought this was Lupe until I checked it out. I like it.
lol lupe basically just rapped over this song sample my a**
Lupe Fiasco sampled this beat and I did not know that til hearing this now and thinking, "when is the chorus gonna drop". Will be listening to some I Monster now.
bromide01
Other song great too!
This whole album is fantastic buy it if you have not done so yet.
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