Chemical Brothers – Let Forever Be (1999)
Dir. Michel Gondry
The #2 Most Influential Dance Artists are the Kings of Big Beat, the Chemical Brothers. Chem. Bros. are one of the biggest and most influential artists on the planet regardless of genre. They have worked with a slew of big time artists including members of Oasis, the Flaming Lips, Mercury Rev and Mazzy Star. They have also quietly reshaped the sound of Hip-Hop with the ground-breaking track “Galvanize” with Q-Tip and even “Get Yourself High” with K-Os. Now artists like David Guetta and Benny Benassi are getting tons of radio play with their techno house collaborations with popular rappers. Another sure sign of crossover status is when your videos start getting a lot of rotation on MTV. In the late 90’s Chemical Brothers snagged up hot director Michel Gondry for their mind-bending “Let Forever Be” video (above) as well as the breath-taking promo for “Star Guitar.” They are still one of the largest dance acts on the planet and have been on top for about 15 years. This summer they are headlining the Sonar Music Festival in Barcelona and are playing at the Hollywood Bowl in August.