Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites

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Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites
EP by Skrillex
Released October 22, 2010
Genre Dubstep, electro house, progressive house, grime, hip hop, electronic
Length 44:02
Label Big Beat, Mau5trap
Producer Bare Noize, Foreign Beggars, Noisia, Skrillex, Zedd
Skrillex chronology
My Name Is Skrillex
(2010)
Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites
(2010)
More Monsters and Sprites
(2011)
Singles from Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites
  1. "Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites"
    Released: October 22, 2010
  2. "Rock n' Roll (Will Take You to the Mountain)"
    Released: June 20, 2011
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[1]
Alternative Press 4/5 stars[2]

Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites is the second EP by American electronic music producer Skrillex. It was released exclusively through Beatport on October 22, 2010 through mau5trap and Big Beat Records, while being released on December 20 for digital download via other online retailers and on March 1, 2011 as a physical release. Recorded in 2010 at his apartment using a laptop,[3] the EP is prominently an electro house record (Rock n Roll, Kill Everybody, All I Ask of You and With You, Friends are all electro house) while also using elements of dubstep and progressive house. ""Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites" use a sound clip of Rachael Nedrow (also known as "speedstackinggirl") shouting "Yes, oh my Gosh!"[4] The EP features guest contributions from Penny, Foreign Beggars and Bare Noize while also featuring remixes done by Noisia, Zedd and Bare Noize. It won two Grammys at the 54th Annual Grammy Awards; one for Best Dance Recording, and the other for Best Dance/Electronica Album.

The EP has received generally positive reviews from music critics. It has since become a moderate commercial success reaching number 49 on the Billboard 200,[5] while also topping the Billboard Heatseekers Albums chart and reaching number 28 in Australia.[6] As of November 2011, the EP was certified Gold in Canada with sales exceeding 40,000 copies.[7] The EP's lead single, "Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites", was a moderate commercial success internationally, peaking within the charts of the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Canada and Sweden.[8][9][10][11][12] It has since been certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), with sales exceeding 500,000.[13] On November 30, 2011, it was announced that the EP was nominated at the 54th Grammy Awards for Best Dance/Electronica Album. On February 12, 2012, the album won the Grammy for that category. A follow-up EP, More Monsters and Sprites, contains several remixes of the title track done by Dirtyphonics, Phonat, The Juggernaut and Kaskade. It is named after David Bowie's 1980 album Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps).[14]

Reception[edit]

Critical response[edit]

Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites received generally positive reviews from music critics. Jon O'Brien from Allmusic gave the EP a positive review, saying, "The three remixes from Noisia, Bare Noize, and Zedd are solid if unspectacular, with only the latter's chilled-out version of the title track providing anything wildly different from the originals. But the invention showcased on the first six bass-heavy anthems is more than enough to suggest that the U.S. has found someone who is capable of selling the dubstep sound back to its South London homeland".[1] Alternative Press also gave a positive review, saying, "On Scary Monsters And Nice Sprites, Moore has hit his mash-up groove, combining monster dance riffs with melodic ambience. The EP title is fitting, since these nine tracks (three of which are remixes) embody both sides of Moore; the rambunctious, punk-rock kid who screamed his head off in From First To Last (see the chaos of “Kill EVERYBODY”), but also the melodic, pensive adult who can seamlessly collaborate with pop singers like Penny and producers and rappers like Bare Noize and Foreign Beggars".[15]

Commercial performance[edit]

The EP has since become a moderate commercial success. In the United States, it has reached a peak of number forty-nine on the Billboard 200, and has spent more than thirty weeks within the chart.[16] It has also reached the summit of the Billboard Heatseekers Albums chart, as well as number three on the Dance/Electronic Albums.[17] It reached number twenty-eight on the ARIA Charts in Australia.[6]

As of October 3, 2013, the single "Scary Monsters And Nice Sprites" has reached double platinum status, with sales of over 2,000,000 copies [18]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Producer(s) Length
1. "Rock 'n' Roll (Will Take You to the Mountain)"   Skrillex 4:44
2. "Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites"   Skrillex 4:03
3. "Kill EVERYBODY"   Skrillex 4:58
4. "All I Ask of You" (feat. Penny) Skrillex 5:40
5. "Scatta" (feat. Foreign Beggars & Bare Noize) Skrillex, Foreign Beggars, Bare Noize 3:55
6. "With You, Friends (Long Drive)"   Skrillex 6:29
7. "Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites" (Noisia Remix) Skrillex, Noisia (add.) 3:24
8. "Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites" (Zedd Remix) Skrillex, Zedd 5:59
9. "Kill EVERYBODY" (Bare Noize Remix) Skrillex, Bare Noize 4:41

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label Catalogue
United States October 22, 2010[19] Digital download mau5trap MAU5CD004
United Kingdom November 15, 2010[20] CD mau5trap, Big Beat, Prime Direct
Australia December 20, 2010[21][22][23][24] Digital download Big Beat, WEA -
Canada
United Kingdom
United States
Australia February 11, 2011[25] mau5trap, Big Beat
United States March 1, 2011[26] CD Big Beat, Atlantic, WEA 5269182
Australia April 29, 2011[27][28] Digital download Big Beat, WEA
CD Big Beat, Atlantic, Neon, Warner, WEA 7567882717

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (2011) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Dance/Electronic Albums[17] 3
Chart (2012) Peak
position
Australian (ARIA Charts)[6] 24
New Zealand Albums Chart[29] 15
Swedish Albums Chart[29] 49
U.S. Billboard 200[5] 49

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
United States (RIAA)[30] Gold 500,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
xunspecified figures based on certification alone


References[edit]

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