A Huge Ever Growing Pulsating Brain That Rules from the Centre of the Ultraworld

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"A Huge Ever Growing Pulsating Brain That Rules From the Centre of the Ultraworld"
Single by The Orb
from the album The Orb's Adventures Beyond the Ultraworld
B-side Alternate mixes
Released 21 October 1989
Format 12", CD
Genre Ambient house
Length 19:07
Label WAU/Mr. Modo Records
Big Life
Producer(s) The Orb
The Orb singles chronology
"A Huge Ever Growing Pulsating Brain That Rules from the Centre of the Ultraworld"
(1989)
"Little Fluffy Clouds"
(1990)
This excerpt is from the "Orbital Dance Mix", which featured the vocals of Minnie Riperton unlike the album version.

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"A Huge Ever Growing Pulsating Brain That Rules from the Centre of the Ultraworld" is a single by the ambient house group The Orb. It was originally released in October 1989 and made the UK Singles Chart in 1990, peaking at #78. The 'Peel Session' version was also voted into #10 place in John Peel's 1990 Festive Fifty.[1] In April 1991, it was released on the debut album The Orb's Adventures Beyond the Ultraworld. The title is taken from a sound effects track from Blake's 7 on BBC Sound Effects No. 26 - Sci-Fi Sound Effects titled "The Core, A Huge Evergrowing Pulsating Brain which Rules from the Centre of Ultraworld".

The song was featured on the soundtrack of the video game Grand Theft Auto: Episodes from Liberty City on the fictional in-game station Self-Actualization FM.

History[edit]

Throughout 1989, The Orb, along with Martin "Youth" Glover, developed the musical genre of ambient house through use of a diverse array of samples and recordings. The culmination of their musical work came when The Orb recorded a session for John Peel on BBC Radio 1. The track, then known as "Loving You", was largely improvisational and featured a wealth of sound effects and samples from science fiction radio plays, nature sounds, and Minnie Riperton's "Lovin' You".[2] For its release as a single on record label Big Life, The Orb changed the title to "A Huge Ever Growing Pulsating Brain That Rules From the Centre of the Ultraworld". Upon the single's release, Riperton's management forced Big Life to remove the unlicensed Riperton sample, ensuring that only the initial first-week release of the single contained the original vocals of Minnie Riperton; subsequent pressings used vocals from a sound-alike.[3]

Despite its full running time of 19 minutes, the sample-laden single reached #78 on the UK singles chart.

UK Singles Chart[4]
Week 01 02 03
Position
93
78
90

Track listing[edit]

12": WAU! Mr.Modo / MWS 17T (UK)[edit]

  1. "Loving You [orbital mix]" (19:07)
  2. "Loving You [bucket and spade mix]" (5:50)
  3. "Loving You [why is six scared of seven?]" (5:30)

12": WAU! Mr.Modo / MWS 017R (UK)[edit]

  1. "A Huge Ever Growing Remix (orbital dance mix)" (7:05)
  2. "A Huge Ever Growing Remix (orbital radio mix)" (3:34)
  3. "A Huge Ever Growing Remix (aubry mix mk 2)" (8:38)
  • Released January 1990

CD: Big Life / BLR 27 OCD (UK)[edit]

  1. "Loving You [orbital mix]" (19:07)
  • Called "compactdisc"
  • Released June 1990, re-issued March 1994 [BLRDB 27]

CD: Big Life / BLR 27CD (UK)[edit]

  1. "A Huge Ever Growing Pulsating Brain... (orbital dance mix)" (8:20)
  2. "A Huge Ever Growing Pulsating Brain... (orbital 9am radio mix)" (3:15)
  3. "A Huge Ever Growing Pulsating Brain... (aubrey mix mk1)" (6:06)
  • Labeled as "Jimmy Cauty Remixes"
  • "aubrey mix mk1" is an edit of "aubrey mix mk11"
  • Called "Compactdisco"
  • Released June 1990, re-issued March 1994 [BLRDA 27]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "BBC Radio 1 - Festive Fifty 1990". Archived from the original on 20 December 2013. 
  2. ^ Thompson, Dave. "Peel Sessions Review". Allmusic. Retrieved 6 November 2006. 
  3. ^ Boyd, Brian (23 October 1998). "Unidentified Flying Orb". The Irish Times. p. 12. 
  4. ^ "UK Singles & Album Chart Statistics - The Orb". Archived from the original on 4 March 2012. Retrieved 14 December 2006.