Block Rockin' Beats

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"Block Rockin' Beats"
Single by The Chemical Brothers
from the album Dig Your Own Hole
Released 24 March 1997 (1997-03-24)
Format
Recorded 1997
Genre
Length
  • 5:14 (album version)
  • 5:00 (single version)
Label Freestyle Dust
Writer(s)
Producer(s) The Chemical Brothers
The Chemical Brothers singles chronology
"Where Do I Begin"
(1997)
"Block Rockin' Beats"
(1997)
"Elektrobank"
(1997)

"Block Rockin' Beats" is a song by British big beat duo The Chemical Brothers. It was released as the second single from their second album, Dig Your Own Hole, in March 1997. The single topped the UK Singles Chart,[1] and peaked at number forty on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart in the United States.[2] It also received a Grammy Award for Best Rock Instrumental Performance[2]

There are two different edits of "Block Rockin' Beats" available; one is the version found on Dig Your Own Hole, which has an intro, and the other version begins with the bassline. The B-side "Morning Lemon" is also available on the second disc of the limited edition Singles 93–03.

It was used in the 2003 Ongoing History of New Music episode "Alt-Rock's Greatest Instrumentals".[citation needed] Also it is a soundtrack in Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle. Upon its inclusion on Now 36, released on the same day as the single, it became only one in a few songs to be included on a Now album before it had reached the UK Singles Chart, with its booklet lineup correctly anticipating it as a number one single.

Samples[edit]

The drums are sampled from "Them Changes" by Bernard Purdie. The vocals, "Back with another one of those block rockin' beats" is a sample from American rapper Schoolly D's 1989 song "Gucci Again".

One reviewer opines that the track uses (without compensation) the bassline from the track "Coup" by 23 Skidoo.[3][4] The opening bass riff resembles the guitar intro from the Pink Floyd song "Let There Be More Light", while the bass sound has been sampled from The Crusaders’ song "The Well’s Gone Dry".[5]

"Morning Lemon" opens with a vocal sample of a man singing "morning lemon", and ends with a sample of Ice Cube saying "take that, motherfuckers!" (from his song "What They Hittin' Foe?").[citation needed]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by The Chemical Brothers

No. Title Length
1. "Block Rockin' Beats"   5:00
2. "Prescription Beats"   5:13
3. "Morning Lemon"   4:35

Charts[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (1997–1998) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[6] 28
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[7] 44
Finland (Suomen virallinen lista)[8] 6
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[9] 29
Norway (VG-lista)[10] 13
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[11] 12
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[12] 1
US Alternative Songs (Billboard)[13] 40

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Preceded by
"Mama"/"Who Do You Think You Are" by Spice Girls
UK Singles Chart number-one single
30 March 1997 – 5 April 1997
Succeeded by
"I Believe I Can Fly" by R. Kelly