Surrender (The Chemical Brothers album)

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Studio album by The Chemical Brothers
Released 21 June 1999 (1999-06-21) (UK)
Recorded 1998
Genre Electronica, trip hop, house, big beat, acid house, neo-psychedelia
Length 58:58
Label Virgin (UK)
Freestyle Dust (UK)
Astralwerks (US)
Producer The Chemical Brothers
The Chemical Brothers chronology
Dig Your Own Hole
Come with Us
Singles from Surrender
  1. "Hey Boy Hey Girl"
    Released: 31 May 1999 (UK only)
  2. "Let Forever Be"
    Released: 2 August 1999
  3. "Out of Control"
    Released: 11 October 1999 (UK only)
  4. "Music: Response"
    Released: 6 March 2000
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars [1]
The Austin Chronicle 4/5 stars [2]
BBC Music (favorable) [3]
Robert Christgau (1-star Honorable Mention) [4]
Entertainment Weekly B+ [5]
Los Angeles Times 3/4 stars[6]
Melody Maker 4.5/5 stars[7]
NME (8/10)[8]
Pitchfork Media 9.0/10 [9]
Q 4/5 stars [10]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars [11]
Select 4/5 stars [12]

Surrender is the third studio album by British big beat duo The Chemical Brothers, released on 21 June 1999. It features Noel Gallagher (Oasis), Hope Sandoval (Mazzy Star), Bernard Sumner (New Order) and Jonathan Donahue (Mercury Rev) as guest vocalists. It was certified 2× Platinum by the BPI on 30 September 2005.[13]

The album saw a change in style for the duo, moving from big beat to instead explore house. The album was the band's second number one album. Many of the artists that the duo worked with on this album, they would work with again. The duo were quick to work again with Bobby Gillespie, who appears on the third track and third single "Out of Control", as they remixed Gillespie's Primal Scream song "Swstk Ys" (as it was titled on the 1999 single release) which later appeared on the band's 2000 album Xtrmntr. Surrender was the first Chemical Brothers album not to feature a guest appearance from Beth Orton, though she would appear on the following album Come with Us on the song "The State We're In". A special tour edition of the album was released in Australia and New Zealand, which contained a second disc of B-sides from the album.

Album cover[edit]

The album cover appeared in Q (magazine)'s 2001 list of "Q's 100 Best Record Covers of All Time". At the time of the accolade, Ed Simons said of the album cover "We liked the idea of everyone else sitting down and being chilled out and just one person really getting it, like one of our gigs in the Midwest, actually".[14] The magazine stated, however, in February 1999 the duo were confronted with a novel problem: they had, in Simons' words "about two weeks" to sort out an album cover, plan a live show, and do endless promotional duties in Japan. At one point, the image that was used as the single cover for "Out of Control", released later in 1999, was intended to be the album cover of Surrender.


"Under the Influence" was released in June 1998 on vinyl as "Electronic Battle Weapon 3", exclusively for DJs to test in clubs. "Hey Boy Hey Girl" was released on 31 May 1999 as the first official single from the album. It reached number 3 on the UK Singles Chart.[15] The second single, "Let Forever Be", was released on 2 August 1999 and reached number 9 in the UK Singles Chart.[16] This was followed by "Out of Control" which was released on 11 October 1999 and reached number 21 in the UK Singles Chart.[17] "Music: Response" was released on 6 March 2000. It was not eligible for the UK charts because its release contained five songs instead of three, which is required for qualification.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Music: Response"   Tom Rowlands, Ed Simons, Missy 'Misdemeanor' Elliot, Tom Mosley, A Richards 5:20
2. "Under the Influence"   Rowlands, Simons 4:16
3. "Out of Control" (featuring Bernard Sumner) Rowlands, Simons, Bernard Sumner 7:20
4. "Orange Wedge"   Rowlands, Simons 3:07
5. "Let Forever Be" (featuring Noel Gallagher) Rowlands, Simons, Noel Gallagher 3:56
6. "The Sunshine Underground"   Rowlands, Simons, James Archer 8:38
7. "Asleep from Day" (featuring Hope Sandoval) Rowlands, Simons, Hope Sandoval 4:47
8. "Got Glint?"   Rowlands, Simons, B. Fevre, J. Giordano 5:27
9. "Hey Boy Hey Girl"   Rowlands, Simons, Wigfall, Fowler, Pettiford, Evens, Bloodrock 4:51
10. "Surrender"   Rowlands, Simons 4:30
11. "Dream On" (featuring Jonathan Donahue) Rowlands, Simons, Jonathan Donahue 6:47
Total length:

The song "Dream On" contains a hidden track, which is a reprise of the same song.



Release history[edit]

Region Release date Label Format Catalogue
Japan 7 June 1999 Virgin Japan CD VJCP-68137
UK 21 June 1999 Freestyle Dust CD XDUSTCD4
USA 22 June 1999 Astralwerks CD ASW 47610-2
2×LP ASW 47610-1


Leeds band The Sunshine Underground took their name from the sixth track on the album.

The song "Asleep from Day" was used in a 2000 television advertisement for the French airline Air France by Michel Gondry,[18] as well as in an advertisement for the White Sheet Campaign by MADD Canada,[19] and a trailer for the 2009 film The Vampire's Assistant.


  1. ^ John Bush. "Surrender - The Chemical Brothers". Allmusic. Retrieved 18 September 2011. 
  2. ^ Kate X Messer (9 July 1999). "Record Reviews". The Austin Chronicle. Retrieved 18 September 2011. 
  3. ^ Lou Thomas (16 May 2008). "Review of Chemical Brothers - Surrender". BBC Music. Retrieved 18 September 2011. 
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  5. ^ Browne, David (25 June 1999). "Surrender Review". Entertainment Weekly. p. 132. Retrieved 26 May 2012. 
  6. ^ Marc Weingarten (18 June 1999). "Record Rack". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 15 June 2013. 
  7. ^ Melody Maker (6/19/99, p.53) - 4 1/2 stars out of 5 - "...Sometimes they just patter, tricle and slide. Sleety sounds waiting for the storm. Sometimes, they shrink to fit...And, yeah, sometimes they're f***ing massive.... SURRENDER is the most distinctive album of the year, bar none..."
  8. ^ "Album Reviews - Surrender". NME. 15 May 1999. Retrieved 15 June 2013. 
  9. ^ Sarah Zupko (29 June 1999). "The Chemical Brothers: Surrender". Pitchfork. Retrieved 18 September 2011. 
  10. ^ Gittins, Ian. "Review: The Chemical Brothers - Surrender". Q (EMAP Metro Ltd) (July 1999): 105. 
  11. ^ Fricke, David (24 June 1999). "The Chemical Brothers: Surrender : Music Reviews". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 8 June 2007. Retrieved 26 May 2012. 
  12. ^ Grundy, Gareth. "Review: The Chemical Brothers - Surrender". Select (EMAP Metro) (July 1999): 82. 
  13. ^ British Phonographic Industry, The
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  18. ^ "". Retrieved 6 June 2013. 
  19. ^ "White Sheet - Public Television Campaign". YouTube. 21 February 2008. Retrieved 18 September 2011. 
Preceded by
Synkronized by Jamiroquai
UK number one album
3 July 1999 – 9 July 1999
Succeeded by
By Request by Boyzone