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The Crystal Method

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Biography

The Crystal Method is a Big beat/Breaks duo comprising Ken Jordan and Scott Kirkland. Formed in 1993, The Crystal Method is the most recent stop in a string of projects that led them from their native Las Vegas (and some forgettable four-track stabs at Vocal jazz music), to the early-'90s L.A. rave scene. Drawn in by its youthful idealism, Jordan and Kirkland became absorbed by L.A.'s underground club culture and began knocking out tracks inspired by their experiences. On the strength of one of their demos, The Crystal Method signed to Steve Melrose and Justin King's City of Angels imprint in 1994, and their debut single, Keep Hope Alive, appeared soon after. The title was in reference to L.A.'s waning rave scene (burdened by constant police pressure and a string of random violent incidents) and became something of an anthem due to the endless barrage of remixes and alternate versions that appeared. The pair's demand to be taken seriously as a band (as opposed to the enforced anonymity of most techno acts, and something of a new concept for American dance producers) extended to incessant live performances, and The Crystal Method's increasing popularity both in the clubs and among radio jocks led to a deal with Geffen affiliate Outpost Recordings in 1996. The group's debut LP, Vegas -- an unabashed party record bathed in acid, funk, rock, and big beat hip-hop -- appeared in mid-1997 and sold very well. The follow-up Tweekend was released four years later, and the duo inaugurated a series of mix albums (Community Service) in 2002. Third album Legion of Boom followed in 2004.

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Top Songs

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  1.  
    Lyrics
    "Born Too Slow"
    Just like seventies goofballs
    he's waiting on last calls
    well listen method man
    'cause if you leave on the last line
    Born Too Slow  -  937,328 plays
  2.  
    Lyrics
    And I say this to you tonight
    Let us not forget
    There is hope
    And I say this to you tonight
    Let us not forget
    Keep Hope Alive  -  591,145 plays
  3.  
    Lyrics
    I guess I didn't know
    I guess I didn't know
    I guess I didn't know
    Get busy, child
    Get busy, child
    Busy Child  -  529,671 plays
  4.  
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    (with filter from spawn soundtrack)
    (taken from the the dark crystal movie. thanks to mike bishop for the source info)
    Another world
    Another time
    In the age of wonder
    Trip Like I Do  -  487,906 plays
  5.  
    Lyrics
    listen all you muthafuckers (x2)
    that's the name of the game (x4)
    Yo
    Top of the crown
    Rape the queen
    Name of the Game  -  575,864 plays
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