The Singles (Basement Jaxx album)

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The Singles
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Greatest hits album by Basement Jaxx
Released March 21, 2005 (2005-03-21)
Recorded 1996–2004
Length 57:32
Label XL
  • Simon Ratcliffe
  • Felix Buxton
Basement Jaxx chronology
Kish Kash
The Singles
Crazy Itch Radio
Singles from The Singles
  1. "Oh My Gosh"
    Released: March 14, 2005 (2005-03-14)
  2. "U Don't Know Me"
    Released: June 13, 2005 (2005-06-13)
  3. "Do Your Thing"
    Released: September 26, 2005 (2005-09-26)

The Singles is the first greatest hits album by English electronic music duo Basement Jaxx, released on March 21, 2005 via XL. The album contains two new songs, "Oh My Gosh" and "U Don't Know Me", which were both released as singles. "Do Your Thing" was previously included in the 2001 Rooty album, but with the release of this compilation album, the single was re-released in the UK after the two aforementioned singles.

Later editions of The Singles, included the "JaxxHouz" radio edit of "U Don't Know Me", in place of the original album version. A special edition of the release included a second disc of previously unreleased material.

Background and release[edit]

Talking about the compilation, Buxton told Canadian music magazine The Record:

[...] It's a collection of all our popular songs really, a collection where people could get all the main songs that they liked. It seemed like a good idea to put it out now because a lot of people were coming to our shows and didn't really know that a song like "Romeo" was by the same people who did "Where's Your Head At". Our music [across the years] is quite different so it has probably taken people a while to realise that it's all by the same band. So yeah, that was why really. It could be a collection for people who'd only just found out about us, or seen a live show and wanted to get our music.[1]

"Oh My Gosh" was the first single from the album.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[2]
musicOMH (favorable)[3]
NME 4/10[4]
Pitchfork 9.5/10[5]

Andy Kellman from AllMusic gave the album a very positive review, calling it "a timely and nearly faultless stop-gap compilation."[2]

PopMatters ranked the album 19th-best reissues of 2005.[6]



Date Country City Venue
November 28, 2006 Plymouth United Kingdom Plymouth Pavilions
November 29, 2006 Brighton Brighton Centre
November 30, 2006 Bournemouth Bournemouth International Centre
December 2, 2006 Wembley, London Wembley Arena
December 5, 2006 Birmingham National Indoor Arena
December 6, 2006 Newcastle upon Tyne Newcastle Arena
December 7, 2006 Manchester Manchester Evening News Arena
December 8, 2006 Glasgow Scotland The SSE Hydro

Glastonbury Festival headlining[edit]

On June 6, 2005, it was announced last-minute that the duo will replace Kylie Minogue as headliners for the 2005 Glastonbury Festival, due to Minogue's diagnose with breast cancer.[8] According to The Guardian, the reactions to this news were "muted." Although Basement Jaxx' headlining was said to be a departure from the usual rock bands that used to headline the festival, as was Minogue's planned appearance.[8]

While performing onstage, Scottish musician Bobby Gillespie called the band "Cocksuckers – no offence to cocksuckers," before slating everyone from Minogue to the crowd itself and eventually getting booed off stage. Basement Jaxx's vocalist Vula Malinga recalls: "I remember us girls were like 'WHAT? Shut Up! Come on let’s take him! Warrrgh', but the guys were just like 'Everyone’s entitled to their opinion.' In the end I think the crowd spoke for itself."[9]

In the year that opened with two inches of rain falling in an hour, Basement Jaxx braved Bobby Gillespie's onstage insults, as well as replacing Kylie, to deliver a fabulous dance blowout, including a carnival version of Motörhead's "Ace of Spades".

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Red Alert" (featuring Blue James)
2. "Good Luck" (featuring Lisa Kekaula)
  • Ratcliffe
  • Buxton
  • Kekaula
3. "Romeo" (featuring Kele Le Roc)
  • Ratcliffe
  • Buxton
4. "Oh My Gosh" (featuring Vula Malinga)
  • Ratcliffe
  • Buxton
5. "Bingo Bango"
  • Ratcliffe
  • Buxton
  • Bolivar
6. "Where's Your Head At"
7. "Rendez-Vu"
  • Ratcliffe
  • Buxton
8. "Jump n' Shout" (featuring Slarta John)
  • Ratcliffe
  • Buxton
  • Mark James
9. "Lucky Star" (featuring Dizzee Rascal)
  • D.Mills
  • Ratcliffe
  • Buxton
10. "Plug It In" (featuring JC Chasez)
  • Ratcliffe
  • Buxton
11. "U Don't Know Me" (featuring Lisa Kekaula) (later replaced by JaxxHouz Radio Edit)
  • Ratcliffe
  • Buxton
  • Kekaula
12. "Do Your Thing" (featuring Elliot May)
13. "Jus 1 Kiss"
14. "Flylife"
  • Ratcliffe
  • Buxton
15. "Samba Magic"


Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (2005) Peak
Australian Albums (ARIA)[10] 17
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[11] 10
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[12] 69
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[13] 36
Irish Albums (IRMA)[14] 2
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[15] 13
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[16] 37
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[17] 41
UK Albums (OCC)[18] 1

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Basement Jaxx — Red Alert". The Record. Retrieved June 13, 2016. 
  2. ^ a b Kellman, Andy. "The Singles – Basement Jaxx review". AllMusic. Retrieved July 13, 2016. 
  3. ^ Lyon, Charlotte (March 21, 2005). "The Singles – Basement Jaxx review". musicOMH. Retrieved July 13, 2016. 
  4. ^ Cashmore, Pete (September 12, 2005). "The Singles – Basement Jaxx review". NME. Time Inc. Retrieved July 13, 2016. 
  5. ^ Harvell, Jess (March 23, 2005). "The Singles – Basement Jaxx review". Pitchfork. Retrieved July 13, 2016. 
  6. ^ PopMatters staff(s) (December 19, 2005). "Best Reissues of 2005". PopMatters. Retrieved June 12, 2016. 
  7. ^ "Basement Jaxx announces biggest UK tour". Basement Jaxx's official website. Archived from the original on May 22, 2006. Retrieved July 22, 2016. 
  8. ^ a b "Jaxx replace Kylie at Glastonbury". BBC News. June 6, 2005. Retrieved July 13, 2016. 
  9. ^ Lucas, Becky (March 3, 2008). "Basement Jaxx singer in Dubai". Time Out Dubai. ITP Digital Ltd. Retrieved August 17, 2016. 
  10. ^ "Basement Jaxx — The Singles". Hung Medien. Retrieved January 14, 2016. 
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  13. ^ "Basement Jaxx — The Singles". Hung Medien. Retrieved January 14, 2016. 
  14. ^ "Top 75 Artist Album, Week Ending May 12, 2005". Irish Recorded Music Association. Retrieved January 14, 2016. 
  15. ^ "Basement Jaxx — The Singles". Hung Medien. Retrieved January 14, 2016. 
  16. ^ "Basement Jaxx — The Singles". Hung Medien. Retrieved January 14, 2016. 
  17. ^ "Basement Jaxx — The Singles". Hung Medien. Retrieved January 14, 2016. 
  18. ^ "Official Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved January 14, 2016.