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"Addicted to Bass"
Addicted to Bass.jpg
Single by Josh G. Abrahams and Amiel Daemion
from the album Sweet Distorted Holiday
Released 5 October 1998 (1998-10-05)[1]
Format CD single
Recorded 1998
Genre Drum and bass
Length 3:54
Label Prozaac
Songwriter(s) Josh Abrahams, Amiel Daemion
Producer(s) Josh Abrahams
Josh G. Abrahams and Amiel Daemion singles chronology
"Addicted to Bass"
"Addicted to Bass"

"Addicted to Bass" is a song by Puretone and Amiel Daemion, featuring Daemion on vocals. It reached the top 20 in the Australian charts in 1998. It originally appeared on Abrahams' 1998 album Sweet Distorted Holiday, and was featured again on the album Stuck in a Groove – credited to Abrahams' alias Puretone; that same year, it reached number 2 in the UK charts and number 1 on the US dance charts.[2]

Music video[edit]

Australian video[edit]

The original 1998 music video featured Amiel at GL Pro Sound, a high-end car audio store in Essendon, Victoria, sitting in a car, with installers working on a Holden VR Commodore and a Ford EF-EL Falcon, installing various audio equipment. The Soundstream SPL series woofers were often shown operating on the heavy bassline of the song. Rockford Fosgate amplifiers, Image Dynamics speakers, JL Audio woofers, and Alpine head units were also featured. Josh Abrahams is shown performing on the decks on the screen of the Alpine headunit.

European video[edit]

The European Music Video was inspired by the 1979 movie Mad Max, filmed using the same roads in the You Yangs region of Australia and also featured actors Megan Dorman and Kick Gurry. The video was conceived and directed by Jolyon Watkins (Exit Films, Australia) and was a finalist for music promo of the year of the 2002 Muzik Magazine awards.

Australian success[edit]

Abrahams met Amiel in 1997. They collaborated in the writing and recording of his album Sweet Distorted Holiday released in 1998 and the single was credited to Josh Abrahams and Amiel Daemion. The song became a hit when released on Shock Records in 1998 reaching the top 20 of the Australian charts and eventually being certified. The Australian Record Industry Association listed the song as its 100th best-selling single for 1998 in its end of year chart. The song was also popular in the Triple J Hottest 100, 1998 being voted at #16 and appearing on the compilation CD.

The song also enjoyed a strong critical response. It was nominated for the Australian Performing Right Association "Song of the Year" in the awards held in May 1999 but lost to "Buses and Trains" by Bachelor Girl.[3] Abrahams was nominated for five Australian Recording Industry Association Awards in 1999 including "Record of the Year" and "Music Video of the Year" for "Addicted to Bass".[4] While "Addicted to Bass" lost out to "The Day You Come" by Powderfinger in the "Record of the Year", he won in the "Best Independent Release" and "Best Dance Artist Album" categories for Sweet Distorted Holiday.[5]

European single[edit]

The song gradually became popular in dance clubs in the UK and received a positive response in the media. wrote This slice of Australian vocal drum & bass has been tearing up dancefloors, radio stations, and particularly music television for some time now. The song was credited to Puretone to avoid confusion with Josh Abraham who has worked with Limp Bizkit and Staind. Eventually, "Addicted to Bass" topped the breaks chart and reached #2 in the UK dance charts in November 2001.

The song was released on the UK pop charts in January 2002. In its first week of release, it debuted at #2 narrowly being beaten by "More than a Woman," a posthumous number 1 for Aaliyah. The song also reached #19 in Ireland in January 2002 as well as a composite European chart.


  1. "Addicted to Bass" (Apollo 440 Mix)
  2. "Addicted to Bass" (Beats Intro Mix)
  3. "Addicted to Bass" (Ultimix)
  4. "Addicted to Bass" (John Creamer & Stephanie K Mix)
  5. "Addicted to Bass" (Different Gear Vocal)
  6. "Addicted to Bass" (Robbie Rivera Vocal)
  7. "Addicted to Bass" (Lords Garden Dub Buttons Mix)
  8. "Addicted to Bass" (Lords Garden Reef Fried Mix)


Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (1998/99) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[6] 15
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[7] 27
Chart (2002) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[8] 50
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[9] 35
Germany (Official German Charts)[10] 58
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[11] 60

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1998) Peak
Australian Chart (ARIA) [12] 100
Australian Artist Chart (ARIA) [13] 15


Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[14] Gold 35,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "New Releases – Product Available from: 5.10.98 > Singles (from The ARIA Report Issue No. 448)". (original document published by ARIA). Retrieved 28 August 2017. 
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Hot Dance/Disco: 1974-2003. Record Research. p. 211. 
  3. ^ Australian Associated Press (AAP), "Paul Kelly lauded for songwriting" 10 May 1999
  4. ^ AAP, "Complete List of 1999 ARIA Awards" 11 October 1999
  5. ^ AAP, "Complete List of 1999 ARIA Award Winners"
  6. ^ " – Josh Abrahams and Amiel Daemion – Addicted to Bass". ARIA Top 50 Singles. Retrieved 22 January 2017.
  7. ^ " – Josh Abrahams and Amiel Daemion – Addicted to Bass". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved 22 January 2017.
  8. ^ " – Puretone – Addicted to Bass". ARIA Top 50 Singles. Retrieved 22 January 2017.
  9. ^ " – Puretone – Addicted to Bass" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50. Retrieved 22 January 2017.
  10. ^ " – Puretone Single-Chartverfolgung" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH. Retrieved 22 January 2017.
  11. ^ " – Puretone – Addicted to Bass". Swiss Singles Chart. Retrieved 22 January 2017.
  12. ^ "1998 ARIA SINGLES CHART". ARIA Charts. Retrieved 23 January 2017. 
  13. ^ "1998 ARIA SINGLES CHART". ARIA Charts. Retrieved 23 January 2017. 
  14. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 1998 Singles". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved 26 November 2016. 

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