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Big-beat electronica project Junkie XL was largely the work of Amsterdam-based remixer Tom Holkenborg, previously known for his work with acts like Nerve and Fear Factory. Beginning his career at the age of 14, Holkenborg initially played in area funk and reggae units, later switching to alternative rock. While working in a music store, he began experimenting with synthesizers and technology, and in 1996 won the Grand Prix of the Netherlands as best house music producer. After completing Junkie XL's 1997 debut LP Saturday Teenage Kick, a blend of electronica and rock, he enlisted rapper Rudeboy (an alumnus of Urban Dance Squad), DJ Frankie D., drummer Baz Mattie, and guitarist Renee van der Zee to transform his one-man studio project into a working band. Big Sound of the Drags, released in 1999, was the first album from the lineup. More than two years later, Holkenborg masterminded the first (legal) remix of an Elvis Presley song, "A Little Less Conversation," as heard in a Nike commercial to coincide with the 2002 World Cup. Released as a single, it hit number one in Britain by June. The track landed on his 2003 album Radio JXL: A Broadcast from the Computer Hell Cabin, which also featured vocals from Chuck D, Robert Smith, and Gary Numan. His 2008 effort Booming Back at You featured vocalist Lauren Rocket on a cover of Siouxsie and the Banshees' "Cities in Dust," along with a guest appearance from fellow producer Steve Aoki. Synthesized, from 2012, included guest appearances from Datarock, Tommie Sunshine, and Tears for Fears member Curt Smith. By this time, Holkenborg was established as a composer of film music, and often collaborated with Hans Zimmer. During the 2010s, he was especially prolific in this regard, with work on The Dark Knight Rises, Paranoia, Man of Steel, Mad Max: Fury Road, Divergent, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and Deadpool. ~ Jason Ankeny
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Albums by
Junkie XL

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    12 songs

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    Booming Back at You

    19 songs

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    Radio JXL: A Broadcast from the Computer Hell Cabin

    13 songs

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    Big Sounds of the Drags

    12 songs

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    Saturday Teenage Kick

    12 songs

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    A Forest Called Mulu

    12 songs

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    A Search for the Unexplored

    10 songs

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    Darkspore

    26 songs

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    Mad Max: Fury Road [Deluxe Edition] [Original Soundtrack]

    21 songs

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    Divergent [Original Motion Picture Score]

    14 songs

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    Paranoia [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]

    10 songs

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    Paranoia [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]

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    Synthesized

    6 songs

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    Cities in Dust

    3 songs

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    Fairlight

    4 songs

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    Molly's E

    3 songs

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    Catch Up to My Step

    17 songs

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    Mad Max: Fury Road [Original Soundtrack]

    16 songs

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    300: Rise of an Empire [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]

    10 songs

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    Today

    28 songs

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    Radio JXL: A Broadcast from the Computer Hell Cabin

    29 songs

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    Radio Jxl

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    Radio Jxl: A Broadcast From The Computer Hell Cabin (UK Version)

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    Saturday Teenage Kick

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    Saturday Teenage Kick [Holland Bonus Tracks]

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Top Songs by
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  2.   Capture the Flag
  3.   Storm Is Coming
  4.   Dauntless Attack
  5.   The Test
  6.   My Name Is Max
  7.   Final Test
  8.   Blood Bag
  9.   Choosing Dauntless
  10.   When Is Enough Not Enough
  11.   Brothers in Arms
  12.   Mushroom
  13.   End Credits
  14.   Such a Tease
  15.   Configuring Audio System
  16.   Groove N Slide
  17.   Hamilton
  18.   Trading Spaces
  19.   The Bog by Tom Holkenborg
  20.   Brothers in Arms by Tom Holkenborg
  21.   New Toy
  22.   Distressed
  23.   Molly's E
  24.   Billy Club
  25.   A Little Less Conversation by Elvis Presley
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