Plug It In (song)

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"Plug It In"
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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
Songwriter(s) Felix Buxton, Simon Ratcliffe
Producer(s) Basement Jaxx
Basement Jaxx singles chronology
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"Plug It In"
"Oh My Gosh"

"Good Luck"(2004) "Plug It In"
"Oh My Gosh"
JC Chasez singles chronology
"All Day Long I Dream About Sex"
(2003) All Day Long I Dream About Sex2003
"Plug It In"
(2004) Plug It In2004
(2012) Animal2012

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

Critical reception[edit]

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

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.