Infinity Within

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Infinity Within
Studio album by Deee-Lite
Released June 23, 1992
Recorded July - December 1991
Genre House
Length 60:41
Label Elektra
61313
Producer Deee-Lite
Deee-Lite chronology
World Clique
(1990)
Infinity Within
(1992)
Dewdrops in the Garden
(1994)
Singles from Infinity Within
  1. "Runaway"
    Released: May 28, 1992
  2. "Thank You Everyday"
    Released: September 17, 1992
  3. "Pussycat Meow"
    Released: November 16, 1992

Infinity Within is the second studio album by the house and club/dance group Deee-Lite. Released in 1992 on Elektra, the sophomore effort, through its lyrical content, instrumentation, and overall tone, showcases the band's political activism as a more literal part of the music than on their debut album, World Clique (1990).

"Runaway", the lead single from the album, is Deee-Lite's fourth single to top the Billboard dance chart,[1] helping to establish their success in the musical genre beyond World Clique.

Album description[edit]

With its predecessor subtly focusing on global peace, joy, and unity, Infinity Within is overtly political, as evidenced by the phrase "Let's face it, it's a pro-choice album" appearing on the album cover and more importantly, with outspoken tracks encouraging the protection of the environment ("I Had a Dream I Was Falling through a Hole in the Ozone Layer"), sexual liberation through safe sex ("Rubber Lover"), the failure of the judicial system ("Fuddy Duddy Judge") and the importance of voting ("Vote, Baby, Vote"). The song "Vote, Baby, Vote" was made into a public service announcement which advocated the band's mission for voter registration and their support of the Motor Voter Bill to ease voter registration.

While some music critics may not have recognized it, the move to more heightened social awareness on the second album was not a departure from World Clique, but a natural progression for the band members.[2] Inspired by the I Ching, Infinity Within is meant to be more self-reflective and to counteract the global view of World Clique, which Lady Kier felt was often misunderstood.[3] She explained the idea behind the album and its title by saying:

To further show their support of the environment, Deee-Lite pledged a portion of the album's profits to Greenpeace. Additionally, Infinity Within was the first Warner Music titles that was issued in an eco-friendly package called the Eco-pak.[4][5] It was designed in 1991 by Ivy Hill Packaging, at the time a subsidiary of Time Warner, as a more environmentally friendly alternative to the longbox which was often discarded after purchase, and to facilitate proper display of CDs in music retail stores. The eco-pack was displayed in stores unfolded, to display titles in the same manner as longboxes. Upon purchasing a title and removing the plastic shrink wrap, the packaging was folded into the shape of a traditional CD jewelcase, similar to a Digipak. By 1993, the use of the longbox was phased out as music retailers began replacing LP-sized sales racks with those to house jewelcase or digipak formats with the locking plastic frames (keepers); thus rendering the Eco-pak, in its original form, obsolete. As a result, Infinity Within is among the few titles ever released with the original Eco-pak design.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "I.F.O. (Identified Flying Object)" (featuring Arrested Development) 2:55
2. "Runaway"   3:54
3. "Heart Be Still"   4:11
4. "I Won't Give Up"   4:25
5. "Vote, Baby, Vote"   0:33
6. "Two Clouds above Nine" (featuring Jamal-ski) 5:09
7. "Electric Shock"   4:49
8. "I Had a Dream I Was Falling through a Hole in the Ozone Layer"   5:39
9. "Fuddy Duddy Judge" (featuring Michael Franti) 4:37
10. "Pussycat Meow"   3:50
11. "Thank You Every Day"   6:22
12. "Rubber Lover"   3:59
13. "Come on in, the Dreams Are Fine" (featuring Arrested Development) 5:10
14. "Love is Everything" (bonus track) 5:27

All songs written by Deee-Lite, except:

#1, co-written by Arrested Development,

6, co-written by Jamal-Ski, and

9, co-written by Michael Franti and Danny Madden.[6]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars[7]
CD Review 4/5 stars[8]
Entertainment Weekly B[9]
Robert Christgau (3-star Honorable Mention)[10]
Rolling Stone 2.5/5 stars[11]
Spin favorable[12]

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1992) Peak
position
UK Albums Chart[13] 37
U.S. Billboard 200[14] 67

Singles[edit]

Infinity Within yielded three commercial singles the year of its release. The first single, "Runaway", was released onto CD, cassette, and 12" vinyl in May 1992, three weeks prior to the album's debut. "Runaway" went on to top the Billboard Dance chart,[1] making it Deee-Lite's fourth song to reach #1 on that chart. The commercial release of "Runaway", which was paired with the song "Rubber Lover", went on to top the Billboard Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Single Sales chart as well.[15] The single was accompanied by a music video directed by Gus Van Sant, which received modest airplay from MTV. "Runaway" is the only single from Infinity Within for which a music video was produced.

"Thank You Everyday", the second single from the album, was released onto CD and 12" vinyl in September 1992. The single failed to chart. The third and final single from the album, "Pussycat Meow", was released solely onto 12" vinyl in November 1992. The single climbed to #6 on the Billboard Dance charts[1] and #26 on the Billboard Dance Sales charts.[15] A limited pressing of "I Had a Dream I was Falling Through a Hole in the Ozone Layer" was released as a promo-only CD with three other tracks to preview the album before its release.

Aside from the success of "Runaway" on the dance chart, overall the three singles did not have as much impact as those released from World Clique. As such, none of the singles from Infinity Within managed to chart on the Billboard Hot 100.

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Deee-Lite Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved 2013-01-30. 
  2. ^ a b Wright, Christian (June 1992). "Blinded by Deee-Lite". Reflex Magazine (25). 
  3. ^ Mondo 2000 (7). 1992. p. 73. 
  4. ^ CD Review. September 1992. p. 8. 
  5. ^ "Eco-Pak - CD History". Lazlo's CDHistory Machine. Retrieved 2013-02-01. 
  6. ^ a b CD booklet
  7. ^ "Infinity Within Allmusic review". Allmusic. Retrieved 2006-01-14. 
  8. ^ Fluckinger, Don (September 1992). "Infinity Within review". CD Review. p. 30. 
  9. ^ Sandow, Greg (1992-06-26). "Infinity Within review". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2013-01-30. 
  10. ^ Robert Christgau review
  11. ^ Wright, Christian (9 July 1992). "Infinity Within review". Rolling Stone (634/635). 
  12. ^ Kugelberg, Johan (August 1992). Infinity Within review. Spin. Retrieved 2013-02-01. 
  13. ^ "Deee-Lite - Chart Stats". Chart Stats. Retrieved 2013-02-03. 
  14. ^ "Deee-Lite Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved 2013-01-30. 
  15. ^ a b "Deee-Lite Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved 2013-01-30.