Apollo 440, the genre-hopping electro-dance-rock-classical band who filled stadiums and cleared rooms at various times. They may have done little of note since the 1990s, and are perhaps best left there, but they were extraordinarily good once upon a time.
You might only know them for the shouty Stop the Rock, or their Lost in Space theme, or perhaps the near-identical Charlie’s Angels 2000 theme, or maybe you’ll still remember Ain’t Talkin’ ‘Bout Dub or Krupa from earlier days. Either way, there are a lot of treats hidden in their career.
Where to start
Start with the near-flawless Electro Glide in Blue (1997), and discover what mid-90s dance sounded like when it was done right.
What to buy
Go back to 1994’s Millennium Fever, and then grab Gettin’ High on Your Own Supply (1999). Then skip forward to their most recent release The Future’s What it’s Meant to Be (2012) .
Don’t bother with
Dude Descending a Staircase (2003) is largely missable, as are a lot of the singles, but there are some notable exceptions.
The bonus disc on the Carrera Rapida single, the full soundtrack to Rapid Racer is worth tracking down. The Urban Takeover mix of Raw Power is excellent, and both the b-sides on the Lost in Space single are beautiful.
- Top Tracks of 2012, for Odessa Dubstep (December 2012)
- Apollo 440 – The Future’s What it’s Meant to Be (March 2013)
- Apollo 440 – Dude Descending a Staircase (July 2013)
- Apollo 440 – Gettin’ High on Your Own Supply (September 2014)