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 1996
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 British electronica duo The Chemical Brothers, released on 7 April 1997. It 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. The album also had two number one singles, which were released prior to the album. 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, however Born in the Echoes is available in an extended version which is over 70 minutes.


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 Records, 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 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. 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".[3]


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.

Promotion and release[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 5/5 stars[1]
The Austin Chronicle 4/5 stars[10]
Chicago Tribune 3.5/4 stars[5]
Robert Christgau A−[6]
Entertainment Weekly A[4]
Pitchfork Media 8.4/10[7]
Q 4/5 stars[8]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars[9]
Slant Magazine 4.5/5 stars[11]
Spin (8/10)[8]

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. "Setting Sun" was released on 30 September 1996 as the first official single from the album and reached number one in the UK Singles Chart.[12] "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 there.[12]

Dig Your Own Hole was released on 7 April 1997 by record labels Virgin and Freestyle Dust. It was certified platinum by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) on 21 January 2000.[citation needed]

"Elektrobank" was released on 8 September 1997 and reached number 17 in the UK Singles Chart.[12] "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+interview set.

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.


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.[14]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed 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:


  1. ^ a b c Stephen Thomas Erlewine. "Dig Your Own Hole - The Chemical Brothers". Allmusic. Retrieved 18 September 2011. 
  2. ^ Tully, Gabriela (2015-06-26). "Exit Planet Dust Turns 20". Stereogum. Retrieved 2015-09-11. 
  3. ^ Tully, Gabriela (2015-06-26). "Exit Planet Dust Turns 20". Stereogum. Retrieved 2015-07-08. 
  4. ^ David Browne (18 April 1997). "Dig Your Own Hole Review". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 18 September 2011. 
  5. ^ Greg Kot (11 April 1997). "Chemical Brothers Dig Your Own Hole (Astralwerks)". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 15 June 2013. 
  6. ^ Robert Christgau. "The Chemical Brothers". robertchristgau.com. Retrieved 18 September 2011. 
  7. ^ Ryan Schreiber. "Chemical Brothers: Dig Your Own Hole". Pitchfork. Archived from the original on 19 November 2001. Retrieved 18 September 2011. 
  8. ^ a b "The Chemical Brothers - Dig Your Own Hole CD Album". Cduniverse.com. 1997-04-08. Retrieved 2015-07-08. 
  9. ^ Fricke, David (3 April 1997). "The Chemical Brothers: Dig Your Own Hole : Music Reviews". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 19 April 2009. Retrieved 26 May 2012. 
  10. ^ Marc Savlov (25 April 1997). "Record Reviews". The Austin Chronicle. Retrieved 18 September 2011. 
  11. ^ Eric Henderson (23 July 2007). "The Chemical Brothers: Dig Your Own Hole". Slant Magazine. Retrieved 18 September 2011. 
  12. ^ a b c "Chart Log UK: Chris C. - CZR". Zobbel.de. Retrieved 2015-07-08. 
  13. ^ Chemical Brothers, The – The Private Psychedelic Reel (vinyl) at Discogs
  14. ^ "Rocklist.net NME: The 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time : October 2013". Rocklistmusic.co.uk. 1992-05-09. Retrieved 2015-07-08. 
Preceded by
Spice by Spice Girls
UK number one album
19 April 1997 – 25 April 1997
Succeeded by
Ultra by Depeche Mode