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Skrillex’s ‘Scary Monsters & Nice Sprites’ Debuted Ten Years Ago Today: A Look Back

Hard to believe it’s been ten years since Sonny Moore, aka Skrillex, took over the American dubstep scene with his iconic EP Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites. Offically named after David Bowie’s 1980 album Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps), the EP was the second EP dropped by Skrillex after he departed his emo roots. The first, My Name Is Skrillex, was also successful but not even in the same ballpark as Scary Monsters & Nice Sprites.

From Frist To Last

He may have been known more as Sonny Moore, the lead singer of From First To Last but it was Scary Monsters And Nice Sprites that birthed the popularity of Skrillex. And for that, we will forever be grateful. Some songs and albums have come along the way to define movements, I’m not sure anything has had an impact over an entire spectrum of music more than this EP. 

Commercial Success

Released exclusively through Beatport on October 22, 2010, through mau5trap and Big Beat Records, Scary Monsters & Nice Sprites won two Grammys at the 54th Annual Grammy Awards; one for Best Dance Recording, and the other for Best Dance/Electronica Album.

The EP’s lead single, “Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites”, was a commercial success internationally, peaking within the charts of the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, and Sweden. It was later certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America, with sales exceeding 500,000. As of October 3, 2013, the single “Scary Monsters And Nice Sprites” has reached double-platinum status, with sales of over 2,000,000 copies. 

Scary Monsters & Nice Sprites 

The EP featured nine singles, including remixes from Zedd, Noisia, and Bare Noize. In case you forgot the greatness of all the original and remixes, you can dive in below and revisit 2010. 

 

 

 

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