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Massive Attack

The pioneering force behind the rise of trip-hop, Massive Attack were among the most innovative and influential groups of their generation; their hypnotic sound -- a darkly sensual and cinematic fusion of hip-hop rhythms, soulful melodies, dub grooves, and choice samples -- set the pace for much of the dance music to emerge throughout the 1990s, paving the way for such acclaimed artists as Portishead, Sneaker Pimps, Beth Orton, and Tricky, himself a Massive Attack alumnus. Their history dates back to 1983 and the formation of the Wild Bunch, one of the earliest and most successful sound system/DJ collectives to arrive on the U.K. music scene; renowned for their seamless integration of a wide range of musical styles, from punk to reggae to R&B, the group's parties quickly became can't-miss events for the Bristol club crowd, and at the peak of their popularity they drew crowds so enormous that the local live music scene essentially ground to a halt.

When the Wild Bunch folded during the mid-'80s, two of its members -- Andrew "Mushroom" Vowles and Grant "Daddy G" Marshall -- teamed with local graffiti artist 3D (born Robert del Naja) to form Massive Attack in 1987; another Wild Bunch alum, Nellee Hooper, split his time between the new group and his other project, Soul II Soul. The group's first single, "Daydreaming," appeared in 1990; it featured the sultry vocals of singer Shara Nelson and raps by Tricky, another onetime Wild Bunch collaborator. The classic "Unfinished Sympathy" followed, as did another compelling effort, "Safe from Harm." Finally, in 1991 Massive Attack issued their debut LP, Blue Lines; while by no means a huge commercial success, the record was met with major critical praise, and was dubbed an instant classic in many quarters. Nelson, featured on many of the album's most memorable tracks, exited for a solo career soon after, and the group then confusingly changed its name to simply "Massive" to avoid any implication of approval for the U.N.'s policy toward Iraq; in the wake of the disastrous U.S. tour that followed, many were quick to write the band off right then and there.

After a three-year layoff, Massive Attack -- their full name now properly reinstated -- resurfaced with Protection. Again working with Hooper and Tricky, they also brought into the fold vocalist Nicolette, as well as Everything But the Girl's Tracey Thorn. Three singles -- "Karmacoma," "Sly," and the title track -- were released from the LP, which was also remixed in its entirety by Mad Professor and issued as No Protection. A lengthy tour followed, and over the next several years, Massive Attack's solo work was primarily confined to remixes for artists including Garbage; they also worked with Madonna on a track for a Marvin Gaye tribute album. Finally, to promote their appearance at the annual Glastonbury music festival, the group issued a new EP, Risingson, during the summer of 1997.

The third full-length Massive Attack effort, Mezzanine, appeared in mid-1998. In addition to reggae singer Horace Andy, making his third consecutive LP appearance with the group, vocal chores were handled by the Cocteau Twins' Elizabeth Fraser and newcomer Sara Jay. Mezzanine became a hit among critics, clubs, and the college crowds, spinning successful singles such as "Teardrop" and "Inertia Creeps." The album topped the U.K. chart and crossed into the Top 60 of the Billboard 200 in the U.S. A tour of America and Europe followed, but Vowles left the band after disagreeing with the artistic direction of Mezzanine. Del Naja and Marshall continued as a duo, later working with the likes of David Bowie and the Dandy Warhols, but Marshall later took a leave of absence to raise his family; producer Neil Davidge took up the slack.

In February 2003, after a five-year wait, Massive Attack released their fourth album, 100th Window, including collaborations with mainstay Horace Andy as well as Sinéad O'Connor. Danny the Dog, released in 2004, marked the group's entry into film score work and, perhaps unsurprisingly, often sounded much more like incidental background music than a typical Massive Attack release. From there, Del Naja and Davidge scored a handful of other films -- In Prison My Whole Life, Battle in Seattle, and Trouble the Water, for which they earned an Oscar nomination -- but their work was credited to their real names or the pseudonym 100 Suns rather than Massive Attack. The fifth Massive Attack album, Heligoland, released in 2010, featured collaborations with Horace Andy, TV on the Radio's Tunde Adebimpe, Elbow's Guy Garvey, and Martina Topley-Bird. ~ Jason Ankeny, Rovi
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Comments

fatahmarie
:D
every time I here this song, I was looking back to see if you were looking back to see me looking back at you, gets stuck in my head
Why don't you shut your hole, you f**king goddamned f**k. Why don't you watch your goddamned mouth you F**king talk about some f**ked up s**t one more time. I dare you dried up retarded f**king Down syndrome f**ks.
You goddamned f**king goddamned god f**king damn you goddamn what the f**k. God damn you
This is one of those songs that reminds me I'm not alone in this world.
laetifrog
lol
laetifrog
pooos
louizelnicol e 3
I somehow liked House more when I found out they used Massive Attack's song for their intro
abryant987
OMG HOUSE
THIS SONG IS ON THE SHOW GRIMM!
Totally the intro song for House, I love it!!
Log fire = rain
Paste this 10 times if you do tomorrow will be the best day of your life. You will be kissed by your crush or asked out. If you break the chain you will see a dead girl in your in 53 minutes. Someone will say I am sorry or I love you.
Don't Read this Because it doesn't f**kin work lmao

Just enjoy the music F**K Chainmail
Don't read this cause it actully works.You will be kissed on the nearest Friday. Tomorrow it will be the best day of your life.Now you started reading this so don't stop. If you don't post this on five other songs you will die.Post the 5 songs in 143 minutes and your lovers name will appear on the screen in big letters. This is scary but it actully works
siegudo
They started Wrap music without any doubt.
Im all in
One of my favorite artists of all time
don't read this because it actually works.you will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life however if you don't post this you will die in 2 days now you started reading so don't stop this is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in 143 minutes when done press f6 and your lovers name will appear on the screen in big lettersit's so crazy because it actually works!
natduz
F**k Yea !!!!!
Angel
hodaka1974
They have some really great tunes..
This is about as cool as AIDS on ice presented by Disney. Hehehaaaaa
mrsmusiq
Do not lesson to this
The Bible has answers. Go here. http://gotqu e s t i o n s . o r g /
Teardrop
stevievaugha n 3 1
I miss you, Marcin. xx
Mezzanine classic album
Great song.
Good songs
Mars Attacks
But great band
There's something about them that's always creeped me out, from the mezzanine album cover to their lyrics
bluhoneyband
Massive Attack, ahhh such a great band. Have you heard of Kissing in Graveyards? A newer band but totally kick a** and really cool down to earth people. I love Zak & RY
d_vogt2003
Don't read this because it actually works. You will get kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life. However if you do not post this comment on at-least 3 songs you will die in 2 days. Now you've started reading so don't stop. This is so scary. Put this at- least 5 songs in at-least 143 minutes when done press f6 and your lovers name will appear on the screen in big letters. This is so scary because it actually works.you will get k.
Don't read this because it actually works.
Perfection
Amazing track.. Just such a groove..
Lyrics to Teardrop are poetry, so profound...
stay classy san Diego??
Breaks tickle me tum tum... pilsberry dough boy hahheee dcn
It's funny cuz daydream in blue is about sexy time
I love this so much 8")
This song is amazing.
napkinsauce
This song was also in prison break
Hey dct452, we don't know what song you're talking about cause you commented on the ARTIST page! When is everyone gonna get this right? Arrggghhhh
Don't read this because it actually works. You will get kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life. However if you do not post this comment on at-least 3 songs you will die in 2 days. Now you've started reading so don't stop. This is so scary. Put this at- least 5 songs in at-least 143 minutes when done press f6 and your lovers name will appear on the screen in big letters. This is so scary because it actually works.you will get k.
You be the judge. Jackass? Chris Pontus? Party boy? Reference ?
The tune for this song is exactly like one from a song called Tribute, from the 1972 album, Manfred Mann's Earth Band. Find it and give it a listen. You be the judge.
For some odd reason, this song got me through some hard times. Beautiful.
Massive Attack, is another amazing band I may not have heard if not for Pandora. Again, it's bands like this is why I will never be without Pandora. I simply love this band and I am looking forward to listening to all the music they have<><
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