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Plectrum: Influenced by PJ Harvey and her infamous pink catsuit from Glastonbury Festival 1997, ‘Kamikaze’ is a track on her fifth album, Stories From The City, Stories From The Sea.
After being nominated for the Mercury Prize several times, this album finally won her the acclaimed award in 2001. She is the only artist to have won the Mercury Prize more than once, going on to win again in 2011 for Let England Shake.
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Plectrum: Influenced by Usher and ‘Yeah!’ is the first single from his fourth album Confessions, both released in 2004.
‘Yeah!’ was met with critical acclaim for it’s groundbreaking production and it is still one of the fastest selling hip-hop singles in music history.
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Plectrum: Design influenced by Jay Z’s classy tuxedo and title taken from a track featuring Eminem on his sixth studio album, The Blueprint.
The Blueprint is widely considered to be Jay Z’s best studio album, consisting of a unique blend of samples that had street credibility and mainstream appeal.
Kanye West would later use some of the production and sampling techniques on The Blueprint on his own solo work.
Give Life Back To Music
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Plectrum: Influenced by French electronic duo Daft Punk, ‘Give Life Back To Music’ is the opening track from their fourth album Random Access Memories, released in 2013.
Random Access Memories is the duo’s most critically and commercially successful album to date.
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Plectrum: Title taken from The Chemical Brothers’ fourth single from their third album Surrender, released in 2000 and 1999 respectively. Design influenced by Tom Rowlands’ orange lensed glasses from early noughties photoshoots 😉
‘Music: Response’ did not qualify for an official chart place as it contained five songs instead of three, but as it followed the storming singles ‘Hey Boy, Hey Girl’, ‘Let Forever Be’ and ‘Out of Control’, it is generally accepted that the Surrender album had already achieved considerable success.
Surrender was certified double platinum by the BPI in 2005.
Ray of Light
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Plectrum: Influenced by the one and only Madonna and named after her first single to debut at number one in the UK singles charts.
Having achieved multiple Guinness World Records, Madonna is the world’s top selling female artist and the most successful female recording artist of all time.
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Plectrum: Design influenced by the iconic London Calling album from The Clash, released in 1979, and title taken from a track on the same album.
London Calling is seen as one of the greatest rock albums of all time and typifies The Clash’s hugely influential musical legacy – having fused punk with funk, pop, soul, jazz and reggae so incredibly well.
The album achieved platinum status in the US and has sold over five million copies worldwide.
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Plectrum: Influenced by Morrissey and The Smiths, ‘Bigmouth Strikes Again’ appears on the group’s third album, The Queen Is Dead.
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Plectrum: ‘Baby, I’m A Star’ is a song that was written and recorded by Prince on his Purple Rain album, regularly ranked as one of the best albums in pop music history and released in 1984.
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Plectrum: Influenced by The Prodigy, their hit single of the same name taken from their best selling third album, The Fat of The Land, and Keith Flint’s manic hairdo.
The Prodigy are an underground rave act from the early 90′s who remodelled their sound into electro-techno-punk, with phenomenal results.
‘Firestarter’ and The Fat of The Land album, released in 1996 and 1997 respectively, propelled them into achieving global chart success with 2 million sales in the US and cementing their place in pop culture forever.[/two_third_last] [divider][/divider]
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Plectrum: ‘Heroes’ is the twelfth album by David Bowie, released in 1977. The title track remains one of Bowie’s signature songs, and the album itself received huge critical acclaim on release.
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To coincide with the Jubilee, we ran a series of Jubilee-related reviews, features and opinions.
ALL Jubilee blogs were awarded this badge and 60 points. To get it, members had to review something related to kings, queens, royalty or music related to regal events until midnight on June 10, 2012.
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Plectrum: Name and design influenced by British electronic dance music duo Orbital, made up of brothers Paul and Phil Hartnoll.
Orbital are known for wearing torch light glasses when they play live, partially illuminating the sides of their heads. ‘Out There Somewhere’ is a two-part track from their critically-acclaimed In Sides album, released in 1996.
Orbital were one of the biggest names in British dance music in the 1990′s, achieving critical and commercial success and using improvisation during live shows. They recently reformed for live shows and a new album in 2012.
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Plectrum: Influenced by the iconic sleeve design from the debut album by controversial punk band The Sex Pistols.
This seminal punk band generated hordes of headlines during their short career, but ultimately lacked the musical talent and dedication for long-term success.[/two_third_last][/tab][/tabs]