The Dust Brothers - John King and Mike Simpson
The Dust Brothers, who for all of
their talent and success as producers, have been cursed
with the whole Chemical Bros./Dust Bros. confusion. To set
the record straight once and for all, the Chemical Brothers
(who are from the UK) were fans of the American Dust Brothers
and decided they'd use the same stagename, never thinking
they would achieve the fame and fortune that they did. Once
they became famous as the British Dust Brothers, they had
to change their name to the Chemical Brothers at the request
of John and Mike.
The Dust Brothers started out working
together on a California college radio station during the
mid-1980s. They hosted a weekly show called King Gizmo &
E.Z. Mike's Big Beat Showcase. At that time very few DJs
were playing hip-hop music, let alone a show entirely formatted
in that genre.
As the history unfolds itself, the
Dust Bros. had their first hit with Tone Loc. Yet it was
very soon afterwards that Mike and John were introduced
to the Beastie Boys through their friend Matt
Dike. Using the samples they had collected with the
original intent of releasing an album of "Dust Bros."
music, Mike and John lent the backing track for what would
later become Paul's
Boutique. The Beastie Boys supplied the vocals and
an occasional guitar riff on the album, but it is the Dust
Brothers' memorable collage of samples that makes Paul's
Boutique so different and so outstanding even to this day.
Following the success of the hit
single "Loser," Beck made
the decision to work with the Dust Bros. Just like the Beastie
Boys did following the success of Licensed
to Ill, Beck had the entire world calling him a
one-hit wonder. To combat this, Beck and the Dust Bros.
took their time creating what later became Beck's Odelay:
another album that was sample rich and carried the familiar
feel of Paul's Boutique.
Having achieved so much success and
attention over Odelay, the Dust Bros. were highly
in demand for remixes and film scores. John and Mike enlisted
the help of Charles Goodan and Art
Hodge to create what later became the Fight Club
Soundtrack. In what seemed like a blink of the eye,
the Dust Bros. had gone from being a well kept secret that
only Beastie Boys fans knew of to being the producers on
the tip of everyone's tongue. The Dust Bros. later went
on to work with the Rolling Stones and teen sensation Hanson.