Yesterday, the Orbital single The Box turned 20 years old. I know this because 6 Music tweeted about it.
Actually, it's because Paul out of Orbital tweeted that 6 Music had tweeted about it.
Shocking isn't it? Still sounds good though, especially the harpsichord bit. Even if I do say so myself! https://t.co/kW9pKv726t— Paul Hartnoll (@paulhartnoll858) April 15, 2016
The Box was a single from Orbital's fourth album In Sides. The band had transformed themselves from club-storming Chimers into paranoid techno charmers via their third album Snivilisation. Think Brian Blessed turning into Jeff Goldblum.
Indeed, we heard the titular container creak open, Hammer-style (horror not MC). We're pretty sure we know who was inside - hey, look, it's the amazing pre-Oscars Tilda Swinton.
The best thing about The Box, was the epic 12", lasting over 20 minutes: a four-part odyssey that was ambitious, frightening and strangely moving.
What is the box? Who opened it? And why do I keep thinking of coffins?
Have a listen to the full, er, Box set below. Even better, track down the vinyl. With two decades of hindsight, and that creaking noise haunting me ever since, I wonder if this release was Orbital's finest early-period moment.