6 Underground :: Sneaker Pimps
directed by Toby Tremlett
6 Underground is from the 1996 studio album Becoming X. It was first released as a single in the United Kingdom in October 1996, where it reached # 15 on the UK Singles Chart and had moderate radio airplay in the United States. After the song was used in the 1887 American film The Saint, radio stations began playing it more frequently. The single was re-released in the United Kingdom in May 1997, where it reached # 9 on the UK Singles Chart. In the United States, the song peaked at # 45 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Originally, the song was a club hit in the UK. After the commercial success and popularity of the album version of the song, the group released several remixes, some of which became hits in dance clubs and radio stations with a dance format. The version most frequently heard on radio was the remix by Nellee Hooper (which appeared as a hidden track on the album).
The harp melody at the beginning of the song is a sample from Golden Girl, a song from the 1964 James Bond film Goldfinger (the song plays during a scene when Bond discovers Jill Masterson covered in gold paint).
Throughout the video for 6 Underground, the camera focuses on Kelli Dayton singing in the middle of a dark room sitting in a dentist chair that she spins around. The camera follows Dayton as she slowly walks around the darkened room singing the song. There are also several smaller lit rooms within the larger dark room, depicting different scenes such as a man dressed in black practicing various poses, a woman dressed in a nightgown who is vacuuming the floor, a young woman posing around a chair in a red tie shirt and black skirt, a toddler dressed in a costume tossing Halloween candy and an overweight man eating spaghetti while sitting in a recliner. The other band members are usually seen lurking behind Dayton in this video, including in some scenes where the band is standing in one of the small, brightly lit rooms. At the end of the video, the people in the smaller rooms seem to freeze in place, and in the big room, the band poses at Dayton’s dentist chair, and then the lights go out. The video uses the Nellee Hooper edit of the song. Laura Prepon of That ’70s Show was also featured in the video.
Kelli Dayton says about the song, and about her start with the band, “6 Underground was one of the tracks on the demo and I fell in love with that song but I thought that Chris Corner had done a good job of singing on the tracks and when their manager, Craig called to see what I made of the demo, I asked why they were even looking for a singer when they already had one. He said they wanted a girl singer. I should have known there and then that the road ahead would be a strange and illogical one.”
Editor’s Note :: This song reminds me of a rave I went to in the late 90’s with a group of friends. It was in the middle of the desert, in what felt like the middle of nowhere, and when the sun went down and the music was turned way up it felt like we were on another planet, far, far from anywhere I knew as “here”.