Becoming X

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Becoming X
Sneaker Pimps Becoming X album cover.jpg
Studio album by
Released19 August 1996 (UK)
25 February 1997 (US)
Sneaker Pimps chronology
Becoming X
Becoming Remixed
Singles from Becoming X
  1. "Tesko Suicide"
    Released: 15 April 1996
  2. "Roll On"
    Released: 3 June 1996
  3. "6 Underground"
    Released: 30 September 1996
  4. "Spin Spin Sugar"
    Released: 3 March 1997
  5. "Post-Modern Sleaze"
    Released: 14 July 1997
1997 Re-release
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Professional ratings
Review scores
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Entertainment Weekly B+ [2]
NME 5/10 [3]
Pitchfork 6.3/10 [4]
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Becoming X is the debut studio album by English electronic band Sneaker Pimps. It was first released on 19 August 1996 in the United Kingdom by Clean Up Records and on 25 February 1997 in the United States by Virgin Records. The album marked the only appearance of Kelli Dayton as lead singer before she was asked to leave the band; Chris Corner replaced her for the band's subsequent albums.


Becoming X was commercially successful in the United Kingdom, while "6 Underground" and "Spin Spin Sugar" would become hits in the United States. Fueled by the success of the former single, the album spent 23 consecutive weeks on the US Billboard 200.

Track listing

All tracks are written by Chris Corner, Liam Howe and Ian Pickering unless otherwise noted.

1."Low Place Like Home" 4:38
2."Tesko Suicide" 3:48
3."6 Underground"Chris Corner, Liam Howe, Ian Pickering, John Barry 3:54
4."Becoming X" 4:15
5."Spin Spin Sugar" 4:21
6."Post-Modern Sleaze" 5:21
7."Waterbaby" 4:12
8."Roll On" 4:28
9."Wasted Early Sunday Morning" 4:29
10."Walking Zero" 4:31
11."How Do" 5:03
US bonus track
12."6 Underground" (Nellee Hooper Edit)3:53
Total length:55:50
Japan bonus track
12."Walk the Rain"5:01
Total length:57:58

Limited Edition

  1. "Low Place Like Home" − 4:38
  2. "Tesko Suicide" − 3:48
  3. "6 Underground (Nellee Hooper Edit)" − 3:48
  4. "Becoming X" − 4:15
  5. "Spin Spin Sugar (Radio Mix)" − 3:34
  6. "Post-Modern Sleaze (Flight from Nashville)" − 3:29
  7. "Waterbaby" − 4:12
  8. "Roll On" − 4:28
  9. "Wasted Early Sunday Morning" − 4:29
  10. "Walking Zero" − 4:31
  11. "How Do" − 5:03



Sneaker Pimps

Other personnel

Charts and certifications

Weekly charts

Australian Albums Chart 55
UK Albums Chart [7] 27
US Billboard 200 [8] 111


RegionCertification Certified units/sales
United Kingdom (BPI) [9] Gold100,000^

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

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