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The Crystal Method

L.A.'s Crystal Method were referred to as America's answer to the Chemical Brothers. A dance-based electronic duo with a definite rock band feel, the comparison seemed appropriate, although it tended to erase what made the group distinct: a solid base in American hip-hop, rock, soul, and pop. Formed in 1993 by Ken Jordan and Scott Kirkland, Crystal Method was the longest-running stop in a string of projects that led them from their native Las Vegas (and some forgettable four-track stabs at vocal house music), to the early-'90s L.A. rave scene. Drawn in by its youthful idealism, Jordan and Kirkland became absorbed by L.A.'s underground club culture and began knocking out tracks inspired by their experiences. On the strength of one of their demos, Crystal Method signed to Steve Melrose and Justin King's City of Angels imprint in 1994, and their debut single, "Keep Hope Alive," appeared soon after. The title was in reference to L.A.'s waning rave scene (burdened by constant police pressure and a string of random violent incidents) and became something of an anthem due to the endless barrage of remixes and alternate versions that appeared.

The pair's demand to be taken seriously as a band (as opposed to the enforced anonymity of most techno acts, and something of a new concept for American dance producers) extended to incessant live performances, and Crystal Method's increasing popularity both in the clubs and among radio jocks led to a deal with Geffen affiliate Outpost Recordings in 1996. The group's debut LP, Vegas -- an unabashed party record bathed in acid, funk, rock, and big beat hip-hop -- appeared in mid-1997 and sold very well. The follow-up Tweekend was released four years later, and the duo inaugurated a series of mix albums, titled Community Service, in 2002. Third album Legion of Boom followed in 2004, and their soundtrack to the film London landed a year later. In 2006 released Drive. The mix was made to accompany any aspiring athlete's workout session and was re-released on CD in 2008 with four bonus tracks. In 2009, they released Divided by Night, the first album to be recorded at the duo's state-of-the-art recording studio, Crystalwerks. A self-titled, fan-funded album -- one that embraced their role in the development of EDM -- arrived in 2014. ~ Sean Cooper
full bio

Selected Discography

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Track List: Divided By Night

1. Divided By Night

2. Dirty Thirty

3. Drown In The Now

4. Kling To The Wreckage

5. Smile?

6. Sine Language

7. Double Down Under

8. Come Back Clean

9. Slipstream

10. Black Rainbows

11. Blunts & Robots

12. Falling Hard

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Track List: Drive

1. Starting Line

2. It's Time

3. Roadhouse Blues (Original Dub)

4. It Hertz

5. Do It (Dub Pistols Mix)

6. Don't Stop

7. Brand New Kicks

8. Bad A** (Rogue Element Mix)

10. Finish Line

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Track List: Legion Of Boom

1. Starting Over

2. Born Too Slow

3. True Grit

4. The American Way

5. I Know It's You

6. Realizer

7. Broken Glass

8. Weapons Of Mass Distortion

9. Bound Too Long

10. Acetone

11. High And Low

12. Wide Open

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Track List: Tweekend (Explicit)

1. PHD

2. Wild, Sweet And Cool

3. Roll It Up

4. Murder

5. Name Of The Game

6. The Winner

7. Ready For Action

8. Ten Miles Back

9. Over The Line

10. Blowout

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Track List: Vegas

1. Trip Like I Do

2. Busy Child

3. Cherry Twist

4. High Roller

5. Comin' Back

6. Keep Hope Alive

7. Vapor Trail

8. She's My Pusher

9. Jaded

10. Bad Stone

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Track List: Come Back Clean (Kaskade Remix Edit) (Single)

1. Come Back Clean (Kaskade Remix Edit)

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Track List: The Crystal Method

1. Emulator

2. Over It

3. Sling The Decks

4. Storm The Castle

5. 110 To The 101

6. Jupiter Shift

7. Dosimeter

8. Grace

9. Difference

10. Metro

11. After Hours

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Cool as kicking music
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L.A.'s Crystal Method? I know this bio eventually mentions they were from Las Vegas, but in my opinion it should actually start out with Las Vegas's Crystal Method
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My journey to liking Crystal Method began when I first heard them for the Bones theme song.....I was hooked ever since!
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Congrats to 4666k listeners
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the pioneers of edm in the states?
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The s**t
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chealejandro
Its blur time
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Now is the time...
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*Sarcastic* Oh it's about drugs! Mind toatally blown.
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The absolute best next to thy godly chemical brothers.
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Tweekend is one of my all time fave CDs. :)
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Is it entertaining to anyone else that the score to a movie called "London" was done by "America's answer to the Chemical Brothers"?
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ceastar82
Vegas was my favorite album.
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#vegaskids OMG THE BEST
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brintty and. jentte. eloer
sisiter
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mr. Ammors. eleyn. javonni.
spical. oicpal. 900. colok.
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lconley20
Love it. Awesome. You guys ROCK.
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What's up the crystal method .high roller is fboam" good .
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It's November 2015.
I'm 47 years old.
I STILL love TCM!
Always will.
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willam price.
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I saw these guys play a bowling alley in omaha, ne back in '98
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keep hope alive. thanks dudes, much inspiration
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Lol all who remember that nutty ps game n20! Have some intense memories beating the game with some major help from lucy!
Though I kinda became sick of the "I guess I didn't know" sample
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Yeah i grew up listening to crystal method back when i was in high school. Me and by buddies couldnt stop with this stuff and the music videos really are a trip at Times.
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Classic.
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you could put that ps1 game into a CD player or your computer and play the entire album
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There was a ps1 game called n2o notrous oxide and all of the music in that game was by the crystal method, it was a great game.
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This song is on wipeout :p PS3 game
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I think this is slammin yep, yep
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emorlo
Tron is awesome
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Its the name of the game
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Excellent
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They're okay, The Chemical Brothers blow them away though.
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mlawerence11 1 5
Smile? By the crystal method was intense! The deep basss and the constant change in synths makes that song soo amazing and incredible!
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camdawg7
I love TCM, I hate the drug.. All the losers who use it end up in the hospital drowning the medical system with their unnecessary s**t hole lives.
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@getagrippil l s , you gotta be kidding me dude. Skrillex uses samples from these guys and the chemical brothers. If these guys were #1, you'd be on the bandwagon telling fans of skrillex and other mainstream artists that TCM > those guys.
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rlgunn511
This group and genre forced me to buy some bongos. Electronic drums are next. Gonna drive everyone in my retirement community nuts!
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Like. The stuff you put in race cars or huff out of a balloon oh yeah I remember that stuff its still out there they just sell them whipped cream chargers at smoke shops.
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matthewsavin i
I remember nitrous oxide and loved it! The ad in a gamer mag for it: "Never trip alone! Always use two-player mode."
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Anyone remember. Nitrous oxide
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The power of the crystal
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Planet bass is falling out of alignment. Begin charging the vibe cannon
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Time to trip it my only method in life
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Trip like I do...
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Oh my god! Smile? was the song used in Blur!
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hampton7706
Creators of evil..
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bassplooker
lets get the right cover up eh?
not that a touch of silk isn't great but...its not CM.
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Candy flip watch da drip. Oh tihs mi kcab . Grrrrrrrrrrr r r
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These guys put together some awsome stuff:)
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Try this similar artist: http://www.p a n d o r a . c o m / h u g o - v a z q u e z
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