Dirty Vegas (album)

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Dirty Vegas
Dirty vegas.jpg
Studio album by Dirty Vegas
Released 4 June 2002
Recorded October 2001[dubious ]
Genre House, trance
Length 60:33
Label Capitol
Producer Dirty Vegas
Dirty Vegas chronology
Dirty Vegas
Singles from Singles from Dirty Vegas'
  1. "Days Go By"
    Released: 2002
  2. "Ghosts"
    Released: 2002
  3. "Simple Things, Pt. 2"
    Released: 2002
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Review scores
AllMusic2.5/5 stars[2]
Pitchfork Media(4.4/10)[3]
Guardian3/5 stars[4]
Robert ChristgauC[5]
Rolling Stone3/5 stars[6]

Dirty Vegas is the self-titled debut album by British house music trio Dirty Vegas, released in the United States on 4 June 2002 (see 2002 in music).

The album was successful in the United States, debuting at number 7 on the Billboard 200.[7] It would spend 19 weeks on the chart[8] and eventually going Gold.[9][10] The album also spent 16 non consecutive weeks at number-one on the Billboard Dance/Electronic Albums chart.

The album features the radio hit "Days Go By" which was also used in a commercial for the Mitsubishi Eclipse and in the video game, DDRMAX2: Dance Dance Revolution. The album artwork is done by American artist Richard Phillips.[11]


Frontman Paul Harris had worked as a club DJ in Europe prior to forming Dirty Vegas, while Ben Harris worked at a Camden recording studio and Steve Smith was performing as part of a band called Higher Ground.[12] After Higher Ground disbanded, Paul met Smith at a party in Switzerland; the two began performing together. Ben Harris later joined and the trio began to record songs together, the first of which was "Days Go By."[12][13]


The group released "Days Go By," and the song's striking video was seen by an executive who worked for Mitsubishi Motors.[12] He tracked the group down and got permission to feature the song in an ad for the company. Following the song's licensing, the group returned to the studio to record more songs for a full-length album. Ben Harris commented to MTV that, when recording the album, they were "trying to not really fit anywhere," opting to attempt to create "something unique" instead.[13] The group informed Billboard that they didn't have one specific songwriting strategy for the album: "Ben and I might get a chord sequence going, and then Steve may add the lyrics - or vice versa. We handle it from many different angles."[12] The album's recording was completed in October 2001, shortly before the Mitsubishi ad began running.[12]

Critical reception[edit]

The album garnered generally mixed reviews from music critics. John Bush, writing for AllMusic, gave the album 2 and a half out of 5 stars, praising the album's production but criticizing the lyrics and Smith's vocals.[2] John Aizlewood, writing for The Guardian, compared the album to Air and Everything But the Girl and singled out "7AM", "Throwing Shapes", "Candles", and "All or Nothing" as highlights.[4] Music critic Robert Christgau praised the album's catchiness but commented that "Days Go By" didn't stand out on the album the way it did in the Mitsubishi advertisements.[5]

Release and commercial performance[edit]

The album was released in the US on June 4, 2002.[12] The album debuted at number 7 on the US Billboard 200, spending more than three months on the chart[7] and eventually going Gold.[9] The album also entered the Top 40 of the UK album chart.[14]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Paul Harris, Ben Harris, and Steve Smith, except where noted.

  1. "I Should Know" – 6:09
  2. "Ghosts" – 5:18
  3. "Lost Not Found" – 4:05
  4. "Days Go By" (Victoria Horn, Smith) – 7:07
  5. "Throwing Shapes" – 6:52
  6. "Candles" – 3:12
  7. "All or Nothing" – 4:55
  8. "Alive" – 3:21
  9. "7am" – 6:13
  10. "The Brazilian" – 3:53
  11. "Simple Things, Pt. 2" (Harris, Harris, Smith, Roger Waters) – 6:44
  12. "Days Go By" (Acoustic) – 2:43

Release details[edit]

The album was released in various countries in 2002.[15]

Country Date Label Format Catalog
United States 4 June 2002 Capitol Records CD 39986
Japan 4 September 2002 Toshiba-EMI CD TOCP-66102
Australia 16 September 2002 Capitol Records CD 539 9852
United Kingdom 30 September 2002 Credence Records CD 542 9992



Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[18] Silver 60,000^
United States (RIAA)[19] Gold 582,000[20]

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone


  1. ^ "Reviews for 'Dirty Vegas'". MetaCritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 7 March 2017. 
  2. ^ a b Bush, John. Dirty Vegas at AllMusic
  3. ^ Pitchfork Media review, 07/09/02[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ a b Guardian review, 08/02/02
  5. ^ a b Christgau, Robert (22 April 2003). "Not Hop, Stomp". The Village Voice. New York. Archived from the original on 9 February 2013. Retrieved 9 February 2013. 
  6. ^ Rolling Stone review, 07/02/02
  7. ^ a b c "Hot 100 from the week of JUNE 22, 2002". Billboard. Billboard. Retrieved 7 November 2016. 
  8. ^ "Dirty Vegas Hot 200 chart history". Billboard. Billboard. Retrieved 7 November 2016. 
  9. ^ a b Walker, Rob. "Dirty Vegas The band that Mitsubishi made". Slate. The Slate Group. Retrieved 7 November 2016. 
  10. ^ https://www.riaa.com/gold-platinum/?tab_active=default-award&se=Dirty+Vegas#search_section
  11. ^ [1]
  12. ^ a b c d e f Paoletta, Michael. "Billboard June 1, 2002 (page 44)". Google Books. Retrieved 9 November 2016. 
  13. ^ a b Moss, Corey. "DAYS GO BY, AND STILL YOU CAN'T GET DIRTY VEGAS OUT OF YOUR HEAD". MTV. Retrieved 9 November 2016. 
  14. ^ a b "OFFICIAL ALBUMS CHART RESULTS MATCHING: DIRTY VEGAS". Official Charts. Official Charts Company. Retrieved 7 November 2016. 
  15. ^ "Releases". Allmusic. Retrieved 14 December 2016. 
  16. ^ "Billboard Jun 22, 2002 (Pg. 70)". Google Books. Retrieved 7 November 2016. 
  17. ^ "Billboard 200 Albums (Year end) chart search results". Billboard. Retrieved 7 November 2016. 
  18. ^ "British album certifications – Dirty Vegas – Dirty Vegas". British Phonographic Industry.  Select albums in the Format field. Select Silver in the Certification field. Enter Dirty Vegas in the search field and then press Enter.
  19. ^ "American album certifications – Dirty Vegas – Dirty Vegas". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH. 
  20. ^ "Dirty Vegas Rolls Out Sophomore Album". Billboard. 23 August 2004. Retrieved 29 April 2018.