Exclusive – 30 years of Bugged Out playlist

With 30 years of memories, parties and lineups, Bugged Out is one of the longest-standing parties to exist in the UK. Championing exactly what old-school rave and hedonism are all about, Bugged Out is treasured in UK clubland. With takeovers at institutes such as Glastonbury, Boomtown and even a residency at Razzmatazz. Bugged Out’s next event will feature a jam-packed lineup at London’s new venue Drumsheds featuring

Hot Chip – Live – Orbital – Live – Basement Jaxx – DJ Set – A-Trak – Erol Alkan – Etienne de Crecy b2b Boombass (Cassius) b2b DJ Falcon – Kittin – Heidi – DJ Paulette – Emerald  – Mona Yim – DJ set – Nadia Ksaiba – Fall Forward – Special Guests: Guilty Pleasures

In recent years Bugged Out! has promoted Bicep’s London live shows, hosted a stage at the Wide Awake festival and put on some monster shows at Printworks, the most recent being helmed by The Chemical Brothers. 

Chosen by Lemmy Ashton, a long-term resident of Bugged Out, we invited them to pick 30 of the biggest tunes over the last 30 years!


The Chemical Brothers – Saturate 

One of their DJ only ‘electronic battle weapon’s’ that went on to become the cornerstone of the We Are The NIght album. Their best club track? 

Soulwax – Krack

Monster from their Nite Versions album of techno tracks that usurped the ‘guitar version’ of Soulwax once and for all. 

Mylo – Drop the Pressure 

The biggest dance act of the mid 00s, this track was ubiquitous – Mylo headlined our 10th birthday at The End in 2005. 

Simian Mobile Disco – Hustler 

SMD used to be a psych rock band called Simian who Justice remixed to prominence. Hustler was their own track that put them on the map. 

Tiga – You’re Going To Want Me 

Jake Shears from Scissor Sisters on vocals and the poppiest tune from Tiga’s debut album Sexor. 

Lindstrom – I Feel Space

One of those unique tunes that doesn’t really fit into any genre but – despite this – seemed to pop up at every club going as it’s such an incredible track. 

Fischerspooner – Emerge

Peak electroclash, punky synth driven monster that seems to use the same chords as ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ – we first heard played out by techno DJ Dave Clarke. 

Freeform Five – Perspex Sex (Ewan Pearson HI-NRG)

From the electro-house era that emerged from electro-clash… Ewan Pearson could do no wrong at the time and this remix was his absolute best. 

Nathan Fake – The Sky Was Pink (James Holden) 

Long, unfurling and seductive with a bump in the bassline. This put both Fake and Holden on everyone’s lips. 

Alan Braxe & Fred Falke – Intro

With a cute sample from the The Jet’s one hit wonder ‘Crush On You’ this French Touch beauty was all over Ibiza and everyone’s box in 2000. 

Green Velvet – Flash

One of Bugged Out’s favourite artists, we once gave out 500 fun cameras at the door of the club when he performed live so everyone could snap him… ‘Camera’s ready, prepare to flash…’

Daft Punk – Da Funk

Daft Punk played this live at Bugged Out on their first ever tour in 1995. It was £5 to get in… 

69 – Desire

Carl Craig’s most beautiful work and a mainstay in our resident James Holroyd’s warm up sets in 1995. 

Felix Da Housecat – Silver Screen, Shower Scene 

Voiced by Miss Kittin this Felix Da Housecat track sampled The Flirts to great effect and became one of the biggest hits of the electroclash era. 

Underworld – Two Months Off

Perhaps eclipsed by other more famous Underworld tracks, Two Months off is a big Bugged Out favourite with its appealing bells and huge building chords… 

Paperclip People – Throw

Carl Craig again and a track that LCD Soundsystem once covered live with James Murphy providing the falsetto vocals!

Cassius – 1999

After Motorbass came the dance floor bombs of Cassius. 1999 was even a chart hit, such was the desire for more French house in that era. 

Dusky – Careless

The anthem that cemented Dusky as one of the kings of the 2010s. 

Bicep – Glue

We’ve had the Bicep boys at various BuggedOut’s over the years, from our seaside weekender to back to back sold out nights at Ally Pally.

Stardust – Music Sounds Better With You

Could listen to this loop on repeat forever, surely the greatest groove ever sampled.

Marie Davidson – Work It (Soulwax Remix)

Shook the foundations of Printworks when we first heard it out at our 25th birthday party celebrations. An incredible remix.

Todd Terje – Ragysh 

A synth, some delays and a certified summer banger.

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Loves long walks along the beach, holding hands and romantic 80's power ballads, partial to electronic music and likes to make the odd mix or two.