Toxygene

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"Toxygene"
Toxygene
Single by The Orb
from the album Orblivion
B-side "Alternate mixes"
Released 27 January 1997
Format CD, 12"
Genre Ambient house
Length 5:19
Label Island
Songwriter(s) Le Gonidec
Producer(s) Alex Paterson, Andy Hughes, Thomas Fehlmann
The Orb singles chronology
"Oxbow Lakes"
(1995)
"Toxygene"
(1997)
"Asylum"
(1997)
"Oxbow Lakes"
(1995)
"Toxygene"
(1997)
"Asylum"
(1997)

"Toxygene" is a single by electronic music artist The Orb. It was released in 1997 as the first single from the album Orblivion.

"Toxygene" was originally commissioned as a remix of Jean Michel Jarre's "Oxygène 8" from Oxygène 7–13.[1] However, The Orb "obliterated it" and reassembled only a few fragments for their remix, much to the chagrin of Jarre, who reportedly "threw a fit and refused to release it".[1] The Orb released the track themselves under the name "Toxygene", which further irritated Jarre, to whom Paterson retorted "The French are always five years behind us, anyway."[1] In statements made after the release of "Toxygene", Jarre denied the reports: "It's not that I didn't like it, but I wanted the first wave of remixes to be linked to Oxygene's theme and textures."[2]

"Toxygene", was the highest charting single by The Orb, reaching #4 in the UK on 8 February 1997. The release was accompanied by a music video directed by Ben Stokes.

Track listing[edit]

CD single[edit]

CD 1[edit]

  1. "Toxygene (Edit)" – 3:37
  2. "Toxygene (Way Out West Begbie Mix)" – 7:40
    Remix - Way Out West
  3. "Delta MK II (Dal Vivo A Roma)" – 7:14
    Written by Giraudy, Hillage, Fehlmann
  4. "Toxygene (Kris Needs Up For A Fortnight Mix)" – 7:17
    Remix - Henry Cullen, Kris Needs

CD 2[edit]

  1. "Toxygene (Edit)" – 3:37
  2. "Toxygene (Fila Brazillia Mix)" – 6:10
    Remix - Fila Brazillia
  3. "Rose Tinted (Dal Vivo A Roma)" – 7:14
    Written by Lewis Keogh, Thomas Fehlmann
  4. "Toxygene (Toxic Genes Mix)" – 7:59

12" single[edit]

  • A1 "Toxygene (Toxic Genes Mix)" – 7:59
  • A2 "Delta MK II (Dal Vivo A Roma)" – 6:15
  • B "Toxygene (Kris Needs Up For A Fortnight Mix)" – 9:50
Remix - Henry Cullen, Kris Needs[3]

Music Video[edit]

The video for the song is inspired by the CIA's experimental mind control program: MK-ULTRA.

As the Orb's highest charting single, the band appeared on Top of the Pops to promote the song. The TOTP pretence of a live performance was avoided, instead the group danced around on playground rides.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Smith, Andrew (1997-02-16). "Music of the Spheres". The Sunday Times. p. 13. 
  2. ^ Aston, Martin (1997-01-27). "Dotmusic Talent: Jean Michel Jarre". Dotmusic (retrieved from the Internet Archive). Archived from the original on 1998-07-08. Retrieved 2007-04-30. 
  3. ^ Discogs.com single info

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