Plug It In (song)

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"Plug It In"
Plug It In Basement Jaxx.png
Single by Basement Jaxx featuring JC Chasez
from the album Kish Kash
Released 4 April 2004
Format CD
Genre Big beat, electronic rock
Length 4:51 (album version)
3:20 (single edit)
Label XL, Astralwerks
Writer(s) Felix Buxton, Simon Ratcliffe
Producer(s) Basement Jaxx
Basement Jaxx chronology
"Good Luck"
"Plug It In"
"Oh My Gosh"
JC Chasez singles chronology
"All Day Long I Dream About Sex
"Plug It In"

"Plug It In" is a song by British electronic music duo Basement Jaxx featuring American recording artist JC Chasez. It was released on 4 April 2004 as the third single from their album third studio album, Kish Kash, and debuted at 22 in the United Kingdom.[1]

There are various versions of the song, including a radio edit which was featured on The Singles.

Background and development[edit]

JC Chasez was said to be "in town looking for producers for his own album."[2] Buxton admits to The Scotsman that initially they didn’t think the collaboration with Chasez would work.[3] "We thought he would be just another puppet who wanted to sound cool so he could be liked by tastemakers. But he was very humble and understood the irony of taking on a song about the masquerade of celebrity because it could have been written about him. And what’s more, he’s got a great voice."

Lisa Vennum-Kekaula from California to sing “Plug It In” but it didn’t work out so they wrote a new song for her on the spot, the adrenalized cyber-Motown stomp of “Good Luck”. "We thought we’d better write a song otherwise we’ve wasted all our money," says Felix sensibly.[2]

Critical reception[edit]

John Bush from AllMusic picked the song as one of the highlights of Kish Kash, stated that Chasez "is a surprising success" on the song while called it "beguiling."[4]

It’s OK); and Basement Jaxx ft. JC Chasez #22 (Probably my favourite off ‘Kish Kash’ if no-one else’s—JC falsettos it up nicely, and the backing is basically the Jaxx banging about in a faux-arrhythmic style amidst squeaking, except smashing. Should’ve been much higher than this, and yet it wasn’t. Oh well).

Music video[edit]

The music video, directed by Traktor, features two security guards testing out new lifelike female robots.


  1. ^ "2004-04-10 Top 40 UK Singles chart". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 18 Apr 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "Basement Jaxx biography". Astralwerks. Universal Music Publishing Group. Retrieved June 15, 2016. 
  3. ^ "The pop idol's pop idols". The Scotsman. November 16, 2003. Retrieved June 14, 2016. 
  4. ^ Bush, John. "Kish Kash – Basement Jaxx". Allmusic. Retrieved 12 September 2011.