Vegas (The Crystal Method album)

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Vegas
Studio album by The Crystal Method
Released September 8, 1997 (1997-09-08)
Recorded 1995 - 1997
Genre Big beat, trip hop
Length 61:10
Label Outpost Records
The Crystal Method chronology
Vegas
(1997)
Tweekend
(2001)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars link
Entertainment Weekly A− link
Robert Christgau (choice cut) link
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars link
Vibe (favorable) link

Vegas is the debut album by the American electronic music duo The Crystal Method, which they released in September 1997.

"Busy Child" features portions of "Juice (Know the Ledge)" by Eric B. & Rakim. "Trip Like I Do" uses samples from the Jim Henson film The Dark Crystal and the female vocals heard throughout the song were taken from an answering machine message that Scott Kirkland had received from a woman he met in a club. "Keep Hope Alive" contains elements from a speech by Jesse Jackson. "Bad Stone" features samples from two Bill Cosby stand-up routines, "Tonsils" and "Chicken Heart", which were both from his Wonderfulness album.

Tracklistings[edit]

All songs written by Ken Jordan and Scott Kirkland, unless otherwise noted.

Original U.S. release[edit]

  1. "Trip Like I Do" – 7:34
  2. "Busy Child" – 7:25
  3. "Cherry Twist" – 4:25
  4. "High Roller" – 5:29
  5. "Comin' Back" (Ken Jordan, Scott Kirkland and Trixie Reiss) – 5:39
  6. "Keep Hope Alive" – 6:12
  7. "Vapor Trail" – 6:31
  8. "She's My Pusher" – 5:41
  9. "Jaded" (Jordan, Kirkland and Reiss) – 7:05
  10. "Bad Stone" – 5:09

Original U.K. release[edit]

  1. "Trip Like I Do" – 7:34
  2. "Busy Child" – 7:25
  3. "Cherry Twist" – 4:25
  4. "High Roller" – 5:29
  5. "Comin' Back" – 5:39
  6. "Keep Hope Alive" – 6:12
  7. "Vapor Trail" – 6:31
  8. "She's My Pusher" – 5:41
  9. "Jaded" – 7:05
  10. "Now Is the Time" – 5:57
  11. "Bad Stone" – 5:09
  12. "(Can't You) Trip Like I Do" - 4:28

Deluxe edition[edit]

The Crystal Method celebrated their 10th Anniversary of its debut album Vegas by re-releasing it in a special deluxe version on September 18, 2007. The new version of Vegas is a remastered double disc featuring rare, live, and remixed tracks in addition to the original 10 song album material. Remixes for the deluxe edition come courtesy of Paul Oakenfold, MSTRKRFT, Hyper, Sta, Deadmau5, Koma & Bones, Tom Real vs. The Rogue Element and Myagi. Also included is the original 1993 version of the Vegas single "Comin' Back" with the video for the album version along with the video for "Busy Child." Preceding the deluxe edition's release, "Busy Child [Sta Remix]" was made available on iTunes as of August 28.

Disc one
  1. "Trip Like I Do" – 7:34
  2. "Busy Child" – 7:25
  3. "Cherry Twist" – 4:25
  4. "High Roller" – 5:29
  5. "Comin' Back" – 5:39
  6. "Keep Hope Alive" – 6:12
  7. "Vapor Trail" – 6:31
  8. "She's My Pusher" – 5:41
  9. "Jaded" – 7:05
  10. "Bad Stone" – 5:09
Disc two
  1. "Busy Child" (Sta Remix) - 6:43
  2. "Trip Like I Do" (Tom Real vs The Rogue Element Remix) - 7:15
  3. "Keep Hope Alive" (MSTRKRFT Remix) - 4:38
  4. "Comin' Back" (Koma and Bones Remix) - 6:59
  5. "Busy Child" (Hyper Remix) - 5:38
  6. "Cherry Twist" (Deadmau5 Remix) - 6:04
  7. "Busy Child" (Paul Oakenfold Remix) - 8:32
  8. "High Roller" (Myagi Remix) - 6:41
  9. "Comin' Back" ('93 Demo) - 5:04
  10. "Vapor Trail" (Live) - 6:04
  11. "Busy Child" (music video)
  12. "Comin' Back" (music video)

Deluxe Edition Singles[edit]

Busy Child (Sta Remix)[edit]
The cover of the "Busy Child (Sta Remix)" single.

Busy Child (Sta Remix) is the first and only one of two official singles released from Vegas (Deluxe Edition). This is one of the better-known remixes from the album. After the release of Vegas (Deluxe Edition), The Crystal Method posted it on their Myspace page, and it remains there today. The single was released on August 28, 2007.[1]

High Roller (Myagi Remix)[edit]

High Roller (Myagi Remix) is another popular remix from Vegas (Deluxe Edition). Despite its popularity, it has not been released as a single. The song is known for being used in the trailer for the movie Push. On an internet poll in early 2009, people were asked which of the remixes from Vegas was their favorite. "High Roller (Myagi Remix)" won by a landslide. On the same site that conducted the poll (http://www.thecrystalmethod.org), a contest was set up to ask questions to Myagi himself by the public. He would choose what he thought were the best questions and use those in the interview. People selected could get a chance to get special prizes, like an autographed copy of Myagi's recent album, 3 Years of Sunrise. Even people who submitted questions were put into a drawing for prizes. High Roller (Myagi Remix) was also the only other remix from Vegas Deluxe Edition to be put on the band's Myspace page after the release of the album, besides "Busy Child (Sta Remix)". Like Busy Child (Sta Remix), the song "High Roller (Myagi Remix)" remains on the band's Myspace today.

Cherry Twist (Deadmau5 Remix)[edit]
The cover of the promotional single for the song, "Cherry Twist (Deadmau5 Remix)".

Cherry Twist (Deadmau5 Remix) is the second official remix single released from Vegas (Deluxe Edition), remixed by Deadmau5. It was released in 2008[citation needed] as a promotional single (on vinyl). On the side of the vinyl, "Deadmau5" is incorrectly spelled "Deamau5".

Personnel[edit]

  • All writing is by Scott Kirkland and Ken Jordan, except "Comin' Back" and "Jaded", which were also written with Trixie Reiss.
  • The vocals are done by Trixie Reiss.

Cultural references[edit]

"Busy Child" was on the soundtrack of Lost in Space and in the movie Gone in 60 Seconds. "Keep Hope Alive" was featured in the film The Replacement Killers and Dragon Ball Z: Lord Slug, it was used as the title theme for Third Watch. Several songs from the album were used in the game FIFA '98: Road to World Cup and the soundtrack to the game N2O: Nitrous Oxide, as well as some original songs and the track "Now Is the Time", which can be found on the UK version of the Vegas album. Also, on the Chef Aid album for South Park, a re-working of the song "Vapor Trail" is featured, including vocals from DMX, Ol' Dirty Bastard, Ozzy Osbourne, and Fuzzbubble. The song has been renamed "Nowhere to Run", or sometimes "Nowhere to Run (Vapor Trail)". Previously featured in an ad for the Mazda Miata, the song "High Roller" has more recently been used in some Victoria's Secret ads and Donkey Konga 2. It was also used in Lincoln commercials in 2008 and 2009, and is commonly heard at airshows featuring the USAF Thunderbirds. Most recently it appeared in the episode "Double Down" on A & E's Breakout Kings.

"Now is the Time" is best known for its inclusion in the Gran Turismo 2 soundtrack.

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