It started with a Joke, audacious dub science and some cassettes of New York radio's revolutionary master mixes of the late 70s-early 80s. Killing Joke marked Dr Alex Paterson's entry into the rock 'n' roll world, as both roadie and encore vocalist haranguing his way through the Stooges' 'No Fun' & ' Bodies' while golden age dub reggae and New York sound shifters such as Shep Pettibone and Tony Humphries fuelled his desire to take sound to realms only previously glimpsed in dreams.
And The Orb turned in to a formidable live experience, blitzing through album tracks and soon-to-be classics like 'Towers Of Dub', taking venues into a senses-blasting new orbit. This was still the spirit of punk rock, meaning rules were broken, there was attitude under the ambience and healthy regard for upsetting the nearest applecart, giving it the large salad atop a spangled middle finger.
Producing the transcendental lift off of 'Higher Than The Sun' on Primal Scream's Screamadelica, The Orb gripped the nation after the initial ecstasy flash and subsequently Alex DJed with Andrew Weatherall on the insane album tour. The only way was up.
That album would go on to make Melody Maker's top 30 1991 albums list, Spin's 90 Greatest Albums of The 90s list, number seven in Muzik magazine's Top 50 Dance Albums Of All Time and ranked at 45 in the NME writers' list of Greatest Albums of All Time.
"I'm the first person to be amazed by the success of what's going on, it's not preconceived and we're not copying anyone else." - Alex Paterson
“Little Fluffy Clouds” has been voted in to the NME Magazine Top 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.
The Orb … supreme ambient house, chill, dub and techno. Don’t miss this!!