|Studio album by|
|Released||19 August 1996 (UK)|
25 February 1997 (US)
|Sneaker Pimps chronology|
|Singles from Becoming X|
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.
All tracks are written by Chris Corner, Liam Howe and Ian Pickering unless otherwise noted.
|1.||"Low Place Like Home"||4:38|
|3.||"6 Underground"||Chris Corner, Liam Howe, Ian Pickering, John Barry||3:54|
|5.||"Spin Spin Sugar"||4:21|
|9.||"Wasted Early Sunday Morning"||4:29|
|12.||"6 Underground" (Nellee Hooper Edit)||3:53|
|12.||"Walk the Rain"||5:01|
|Australian Albums Chart||55|
|UK Albums Chart||27|
|US Billboard 200||111|
|United Kingdom (BPI)||Gold||100,000^|
*sales figures based on certification alone
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