Surrender (The Chemical Brothers album)

This article is about the album by the Chemical Brothers. For other uses, see Surrender (disambiguation).
Studio album by The Chemical Brothers
Released 21 June 1999 (1999-06-21)
Recorded 1998-99
Length 58:58
Producer The 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 (UK only)
  2. "Let Forever Be"
    Released: 2 August 1999
  3. "Out of Control"
    Released: 11 October 1999 (UK only)
  4. "Music: Response"
    Released: 6 March 2000

Surrender is the third studio album by British electronic music duo The Chemical Brothers, released on 21 June 1999. The album saw the duo exploring further various electronic styles, including house.[1] It has sold 613,297 copies as of July 2015.[2]


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

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

Ed Simons said of the album cover "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".[3] 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.



Professional ratings
Review scores
Encyclopedia of Popular Music[4]
Entertainment WeeklyB+[5]
Los Angeles Times[6]
Melody Maker[7]
Pitchfork Media9.0/10[9]
Rolling Stone[11]

The album was the band's second number one album. It was certified 2× Platinum by the BPI on 30 September 2005.[13] 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.[14] The second single, "Let Forever Be", was released on 2 August 1999 and reached number 9 in the UK Singles Chart.[14] This was followed by "Out of Control" which was released on 11 October 1999 and reached number 21 in the UK Singles Chart.[14] "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.

Track listing

1."Music: Response"  
  • 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".

Leeds band The Sunshine Underground took their name from the sixth track on the album.


Release history

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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  2. Jones, Alan (31 July 2015). "Official Charts Analysis: Chemical Brothers claim sixth No.1 album with Born in the Echoes". Music Week. Retrieved 15 October 2015. (subscription required (help)).
  4. Larkin, Colin (2007). The Encyclopedia of Popular Music (5th ed.). Omnibus Press. ISBN 0-857-12595-8.
  5. Browne, David (25 June 1999). "Surrender". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 26 May 2012.
  6. Weingarten, Marc (18 June 1999). "Record Rack". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 15 June 2013.
  7. "The Chemical Brothers: Surrender". Melody Maker: 53. 19 June 1999.
  8. Martin, Piers (15 June 1999). "The Chemical Brothers – Surrender". NME. Archived from the original on 17 August 2000. Retrieved 7 May 2016.
  9. Zupko, Sarah (29 June 1999). "The Chemical Brothers: Surrender". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 18 September 2011.
  10. Gittins, Ian (July 1999). "The Chemical Brothers: Surrender". Q (154): 105.
  11. Fricke, David (24 June 1999). "The Chemical Brothers: Surrender". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 8 June 2007. Retrieved 26 May 2012.
  12. Grundy, Gareth (July 1999). "The Chemical Brothers: Surrender". Select (109): 82.
  13. British Phonographic Industry, The
  14. 1 2 3 "Chart Log UK: Chris C. – CZR". Retrieved 8 July 2015.
Preceded by
Synkronized by Jamiroquai
UK Albums Chart number-one album
27 June 1999 – 3 July 1999
Succeeded by
By Request by Boyzone
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