Dig Your Own Hole

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Dig Your Own Hole
Dig your own hole album cover.jpg
Studio album by The Chemical Brothers
Released 7 April 1997 (1997-04-07)
Recorded 1995–97
Studio Orinoco Studios, South London, England
Length 63:27
  • Tom Rowlands
  • Ed Simons
The Chemical Brothers chronology
Exit Planet Dust
Dig Your Own Hole
Singles from Dig Your Own Hole
  1. "Setting Sun"
    Released: 30 September 1996 (UK only)
  2. "Where Do I Begin"
    Released: 1997
  3. "Block Rockin' Beats"
    Released: 24 March 1997
  4. "Elektrobank"
    Released: 8 September 1997
  5. "The Private Psychedelic Reel"
    Released: 1 December 1997

Dig Your Own Hole is the second studio album by English electronica duo the Chemical Brothers, released on 7 April 1997. It was recorded between 1995 and 1997 and features Noel Gallagher of Oasis and Beth Orton as guest vocalists.

It was the band's first UK number one album, achieving this peak in the charts on 19 April 1997. Five singles were released from the album, two of which reached number one in the UK: "Setting Sun", "Where Do I Begin", "Block Rockin' Beats", "Elektrobank" and "The Private Psychedelic Reel". The album has been included in several British magazines' lists of the best albums ever. The success of the album led The Chemical Brothers to be much sought-after remixers, and the duo released a mix album in 1998 entitled Brothers Gonna Work It Out.


The album stands as the duo's longest studio album, exactly fourteen minutes longer than the band's debut album Exit Planet Dust.


The booklet for the album contains various pictures. The single covers of "Setting Sun", "Block Rockin' Beats" and "Elektrobank" are all featured, in addition to a picture of an orange, a photo showing the scene used for the cover of Exit Planet Dust except from behind, and various other images. This album was also the last album to use the original Freestyle Dust logo.


After The Chemical Brothers' successful debut album, Exit Planet Dust, released in June 1995, the duo continued to tour but quickly sought to record new material. Following the release of "Life Is Sweet", the final single from that album, the duo had changed labels from Junior Boy's Own to Virgin, with Virgin getting credit on their album Exit Planet Dust as well under the liner notes. The duo released an EP, Loops of Fury in January 1996, consisting of new material and a remix of one of the band's earliest and signature tracks, "Chemical Beats".

The songs "It Doesn't Matter" and "Don't Stop the Rock" were released in June 1996 on vinyl as "Electronic Battle Weapon 1" and "Electronic Battle Weapon 2" respectively as promos for DJs to test in clubs. The duo met up with Noel Gallagher. They were interested in collaborating for a track. The Chemical Brothers had reportedly given him an instrumental track and he then wrote lyrics for the track.[citation needed] The song was released as the single "Setting Sun" in October 1996. The song entered the UK Singles Chart at number one. Stereogum said that "the combination of rave sirens and psych-rock far-outness [on Exit Planet Dust] was probably what convinced people like Noel Gallagher and Mercury Rev to jump onboard".[2]

"Where Do I Begin" was released as a promotional single in early 1997. "Block Rockin' Beats" was released on 24 March 1997 and reached number one in the UK Singles Chart, becoming the duo's second number one single.[3]


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 5/5 stars[1]
Chicago Tribune 3.5/4 stars[4]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music 5/5 stars[5]
Entertainment Weekly A[6]
NME 8/10[7]
Pitchfork 8.4/10[8]
Q 4/5 stars[9]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars[10]
Spin 8/10[11]
The Village Voice A−[12]

Dig Your Own Hole was released on 7 April 1997 by record labels Virgin and Freestyle Dust.

"Elektrobank" was released on 8 September 1997 and reached number 17 in the UK Singles Chart.[3] "The Private Psychedelic Reel" was released on 1 December 1997. A numbered release, it was ineligible for the UK Singles Charts.[13] Further physically released promotion for the album include a DJ mix and interview set.

The album was certified platinum by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) on 21 January 2000.[citation needed] In 2004, the album was packaged with 1995's Exit Planet Dust in a limited edition box set as part of EMI's "2CD Originals" collection.

Dig Your Own Hole was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Alternative Music Album, at the 40th Annual Grammy Awards.[14]


In 1998, Q magazine readers voted Dig Your Own Hole the 49th greatest album of all time, and was also included in Q TV's "Top 100 Albums of All Time" list in 2008. In 2000, the same magazine placed it at number 42 in its list of the 100 Greatest British Albums Ever.[citation needed] NME ranked it at number 414 in its 2014 list of The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.[15] Rolling Stone included it in their list of the "100 Best Albums of the Nineties",[16] as did Spin.[17]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by The Chemical Brothers, except where noted.

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Block Rockin' Beats"
  • Tom Rowlands
  • Ed Simons
  • Jesse Weaver
2. "Dig Your Own Hole"   5:27
3. "Elektrobank"
4. "Piku"   4:54
5. "Setting Sun" (featuring Noel Gallagher)
6. "It Doesn't Matter"
  • Rowlands
  • Simons
  • Paul Conley
  • John Emelin
  • Tom Flye
  • Rusty Ford
  • Kim King
7. "Don't Stop the Rock"
  • Rowlands
  • Simons
  • Tony Butler
8. "Get Up on It Like This"
9. "Lost in the K-Hole"   3:52
10. "Where Do I Begin" (featuring Beth Orton)   6:56
11. "The Private Psychedelic Reel"
Total length: 63:22

As with all other albums by The Chemical Brothers, some of the tracks segue into the next. These are 2 into 3, 3 into 4, 6 into 7, 7 into 8, and finally 10 into 11.


Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (1997-98) Peak
Australian Albums (ARIA)[18] 3
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[19] 26
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[20] 7
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[21] 8
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[22] 4
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[23] 23
Finnish Albums (Suomen virallinen lista)[24] 14
French Albums (SNEP)[25] 24
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[26] 25
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[27] 2
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[28] 4
Scottish Albums (OCC)[29] 2
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[30] 3
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[31] 30
UK Albums (OCC)[32] 1
US Billboard 200[33] 14


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  7. ^ Mulvey, John (5 April 1997). "The Chemical Brothers – Dig Your Own Hole". NME. Archived from the original on 17 August 2000. Retrieved 7 May 2016. 
  8. ^ Schreiber, Ryan. "Chemical Brothers: Dig Your Own Hole". Pitchfork Media. Archived from the original on 19 November 2001. Retrieved 18 September 2011. 
  9. ^ "The Chemical Brothers: Dig Your Own Hole". Q (128): 116–17. May 1997. 
  10. ^ Fricke, David (3 April 1997). "The Chemical Brothers: Dig Your Own Hole". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 19 April 2009. Retrieved 26 May 2012. 
  11. ^ Aaron, Charles (May 1997). "The Chemical Brothers: Dig Your Own Hole". Spin. 13 (2): 109. Retrieved 7 May 2016. 
  12. ^ Christgau, Robert (15 April 1997). "Consumer Guide". The Village Voice. Retrieved 7 May 2016. 
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  33. ^ "The Chemical Brothers – Chart history" Billboard 200 for The Chemical Brothers.
Preceded by
Spice by Spice Girls
UK Albums Chart number-one album
13 April 1997 – 19 April 1997
Succeeded by
Ultra by Depeche Mode