Surrender (The Chemical Brothers album)

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Studio album by
Released21 June 1999 (1999-06-21)
ProducerThe Chemical Brothers
The Chemical Brothers chronology
Dig Your Own Hole
Come with Us
Singles from Surrender
  1. "Hey Boy Hey Girl"
    Released: 31 May 1999
  2. "Let Forever Be"
    Released: 2 August 1999
  3. "Out of Control"
    Released: 11 October 1999
  4. "Music: Response"
    Released: 6 March 2000

Surrender is the third studio album by English electronic music duo The Chemical Brothers. It was released on 21 June 1999 in the United Kingdom by Freestyle Dust and Virgin Records and in the United States by Astralwerks. The album saw the duo exploring further various electronic styles, including house music.[1] Four singles were released from the album: "Hey Boy Hey Girl", "Let Forever Be", "Out of Control", and "Music: Response".


Surrender features Noel Gallagher (Oasis), Hope Sandoval (Mazzy Star), Bernard Sumner (New Order) and Jonathan Donahue (Mercury Rev) as guest vocalists.

The album is much more experimental than previous efforts, with tracks like "Let Forever Be" which is a very clear tribute to The Beatles' Tomorrow Never Knows. "Out Of Control" is more house influenced, and the breakout single "Hey Boy Hey Girl" has a familiar rave sound.

Many of the artists that the duo worked with on this album, they would work with again. The duo were quick to work again with Bobby Gillespie, who appears on the third track and third single "Out of Control", as they remixed Gillespie's Primal Scream song "Swstk Ys" (as it was titled on the 1999 single release) which later appeared on the band's 2000 album Xtrmntr. Surrender was the first Chemical Brothers album not to feature a guest appearance from Beth Orton, though she would appear on the following album Come with Us on the song "The State We're In".

Album cover[edit]

The album and singles artwork was provided by London-based silkscreen artist and illustrator Kate Gibb using screen prints of photographs found in the Hulton Picture Library, Gibb also went on to illustrate the Chemical Brothers albums Come With Us, We Are the Night and Brotherhood. The cover image was a treatment of a photograph called Jesus Amongst the Fans taken by Richard Young at The Great British Music Festival at the Kensington Olympia in 1976. The Jesus in question was a music fan called William Jellett who had adopted the divine moniker and was often seen dancing ecstatically at concerts across the UK from the 1960s to the 1990s, his miracles were to give dried fruit and nuts to strangers.[2][3] Ed Simons said of the album cover in Q Magazine, "We liked the idea of everyone else sitting down and being chilled out and just one person really getting it, like one of our gigs in the Midwest, actually". The magazine stated, however, in February 1999 the duo were confronted with a novel problem: they had, in Simons' words "about two weeks" to sort out an album cover, plan a live show, and do endless promotional duties in Japan. At one point, the image that was used as the single cover for "Out of Control", released later in 1999, was intended to be the album cover of Surrender.[4]



Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic3/5 stars[1]
Entertainment WeeklyB+[5]
The Guardian5/5 stars[6]
Los Angeles Times3/4 stars[7]
Melody Maker4.5/5 stars[8]
Q4/5 stars[11]
Rolling Stone4/5 stars[12]

The album was the band's second number one album. It was certified 2× Platinum by the BPI on 30 September 2005.[14] A special tour edition of the album was released in Australia and New Zealand, which contained a second disc of B-sides from the album.


"Under the Influence" was released in June 1998 on vinyl as "Electronic Battle Weapon 3", exclusively for use for club DJs. "Hey Boy Hey Girl" was released on 31 May 1999 as the first official single from the album. It reached number 3 on the UK Singles Chart.[15] The second single, "Let Forever Be", was released on 2 August 1999 and reached number 9 in the UK Singles Chart.[15] This was followed by "Out of Control" which was released on 11 October 1999 and reached number 21 in the UK Singles Chart.[15] "Music: Response" was released on 6 March 2000. It was not eligible for the UK charts because its release contained five songs instead of three, which is required for qualification.

20th Anniversary Edition[edit]

On 10 June 2019, The Chemical Brothers announced a 20th Anniversary special edition re-release of Surrender, featuring five unreleased "secret psychedelic mixes", a collection of b-sides and remixes, a DVD of restored promo videos, live footage of their performance at Glastonbury 2000, art prints, and a book. The set is being released on 3CD and 4xLP.[16][17]

Track listing[edit]

  • Tom Rowlands
  • Ed Simons
  • Missy 'Misdemeanor' Elliot
  • Tom Mosley
  • A Richards
2."Under the Influence"
  • Rowlands
  • Simons
3."Out of Control" (featuring Bernard Sumner)
  • Rowlands
  • Simons
  • Bernard Sumner
4."Orange Wedge"
  • Rowlands
  • Simons
5."Let Forever Be" (featuring Noel Gallagher)
  • Rowlands
  • Simons
  • Noel Gallagher
6."The Sunshine Underground"
  • Rowlands
  • Simons
  • James Asher
7."Asleep from Day" (featuring Hope Sandoval)
  • Rowlands
  • Simons
  • Hope Sandoval
8."Got Glint?"
  • Rowlands
  • Simons
  • B. Fevre
  • J. Giordano
9."Hey Boy Hey Girl"
  • Rowlands
  • Simons
  • Wigfall
  • Fowler
  • Pettiford
  • Evens
  • Bloodrock
  • Rowlands
  • Simons
11."Dream On" (featuring Jonathan Donahue; contains a hidden track, which is a reprise of the same song)
  • Rowlands
  • Simons
  • Jonathan Donahue
Total length:58:53

As with all other albums by The Chemical Brothers, some of the tracks segue into the next. These are 1 into 2, 2 into 3, 8 into 9, 9 into 10, and finally 10 into 11.


The album cover appeared in Q magazine's 2001 list of "Q's 100 Best Record Covers of All Time".[citation needed] and is ranked number 981 in All-Time Top 1000 Albums (3rd. edition, 2000).[18]

Leeds band The Sunshine Underground took their name from the sixth track on the album.[citation needed]



Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (1999–2000) Peak
Australian Albums (ARIA)[19] 5
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[20] 16
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[21] 6
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[22] 14
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[23] 8
Dutch Albums (Album Top 100)[24] 14
Finnish Albums (Suomen virallinen lista)[25] 10
French Albums (SNEP)[26] 8
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[27] 7
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[28] 7
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[29] 7
Scottish Albums (OCC)[30] 1
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[31] 2
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[32] 17
UK Albums (OCC)[33] 1
US Billboard 200[34] 32

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1999) Position
German Albums Chart[35] 96

Certifications and sales[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[36] Platinum 70,000^
Canada (Music Canada)[37] Platinum 100,000^
France (SNEP)[38] Gold 100,000*
Germany 120,000[39]
Italy (FIMI)[41] Gold 80,000[40]
Japan (RIAJ)[42] Gold 100,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[43] 2× Platinum 30,000^
Spain 70,000[39]
United Kingdom (BPI)[44] 2× Platinum 600,000^
United States (RIAA)[46] N/A 402,000[45]
Worldwide N/A 2,300,000+ [47]

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

Release history[edit]

Region Release date Label Format Catalogue
Japan 7 June 1999 Virgin Japan CD VJCP-68137
UK 21 June 1999 Freestyle Dust CD XDUSTCD4
USA 22 June 1999 Astralwerks CD ASW 47610-2
2×LP ASW 47610-1


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