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  1. Viper-Oceania   On   July 29, 2020 at 10:41 am

    In 1987, Hyde, Smith, Thomas, Burrows and bass player Baz Allen formed a band under the name Underworld (named after a Clive Barker-scripted film which was scored by Freur), which tried a more guitar-orientated funky electropop sound. The band signed to Sire Records and released the album Underneath the Radar in 1988 and, following the departure of Burrows, the album Change the Weather in 1989. This version of the band disbanded in 1990 and is supposedly regarded as a separate entity by the band’s members to the one which would go on to release Dubnobasswithmyheadman (this album is therefore frequently referred to as being a debut). The Underworld of the Underneath the Radar and Change the Weather period is sometimes also referred to as being “Underworld Mk1”.

  2. Viper-Oceania   On   July 29, 2020 at 10:43 am

    The addition of Emerson completed Underworld’s techno/rock fusion and seemed to eliminate the pop elements in the original duo’s work. Their first album, Dubnobasswithmyheadman, was considered more accessible than the group’s earlier material and crossed a large spectrum of dance music. The signature Hyde lyrics were in place: poetic, hypnotic and whispered; mixing conventional song writing with the use of found material from overheard conversations, answering machine recordings and the like. Hyde had been the lead singer in Underworld Mk1 but the original Hyde/Smith dance material was lyric-free as was most of the electronic music emerging from the aftermath of acid house.

  3. Viper-Oceania   On   July 29, 2020 at 10:45 am

    Back to a duo

    After the release and promotion of Everything, Everything, Emerson decided to leave Underworld to focus on his solo projects and record label. Hyde and Smith decided to continue as a duo. They recorded a new album, A Hundred Days Off, released to general approval. Despite its status as the band’s first studio album since Emerson’s departure, its general sound and feel was, perhaps surprisingly for many Underworld fans, not dissimilar to the previous albums on which Emerson had had input. In 2003, a 2-disc anthology entitled 1992–2002 was released. This was the first appearance on an album of previously unavailable single tracks and B-sides, such as “Bigmouth”, “Spikee”, “Dirty” and “8 Ball”. While touring in the summer and autumn of 2005, the duo was joined on stage by Darren Price, a DJ and producer who had remixed Underworld releases in the past.

  4. Viper-Oceania   On   July 29, 2020 at 10:46 am

    In September 2006, Underworld released five limited edition (10,000 copies each) 12″ vinyl releases, containing remixes of various Riverrun tracks. These tracks were also made available for purchase by digital download on the Beatport website. Later in 2006, the band teamed up with Gabriel Yared to compose the music score to Anthony Minghella’s film Breaking and Entering. The soundtrack was released in the UK on 6 November, and in the USA on 5 December.

  5. Viper-Oceania   On   July 30, 2020 at 10:37 am

    Underworld are a British electronic music group formed in 1980 in Cardiff, Wales and the principal name of Karl Hyde and Rick Smith recording together. Prominent former members include Darren Emerson, from 1991 to 2001, and Darren Price, as part of the live band from 2005 to 2016.

  6. Viper-Oceania   On   July 30, 2020 at 10:37 am

    After performing as a funk and synth-pop band, resulting in two albums between 1988 and 1989, Underworld gained prominence, after reshaping in 1993, into the progressive house and techno band and releasing seven subsequent albums, including Dubnobasswithmyheadman (1994), Second Toughest in the Infants (1996), and the 1996 single “Born Slippy .NUXX”. Known for visual style and dynamic live performances, Underworld have influenced a wide range of artists and been featured in soundtracks and scores for films, television, and the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.

  7. Viper-Oceania   On   July 30, 2020 at 10:39 am

    Early years

    Hyde and Smith began their musical partnership in Cardiff in 1979 with the Kraftwerk and reggae-inspired sounds of The Screen Gemz. They were joined by The Screen Gemz’ bass player Alfie Thomas, drummer Bryn Burrows, and keyboardist John Warwicker in forming a proto-electroclash/new wave band whose name was a graphic squiggle, which was subsequently given the pronunciation Freur. The band signed to CBS Records, released 1983’s Doot-Doot, and disbanded in 1986 after followup Get Us out of Here was withheld.

  8. Viper-Oceania   On   July 30, 2020 at 10:42 am

    Underworld Mk2


    The band’s 1993 dance anthem, “Rez”.
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    After a break—to concentrate on, among other things, art/design project Tomato—Hyde and Smith recruited DJ Darren Emerson and after several minor releases and remixes as Lemon Interupt and Steppin’ Razor readopted the Underworld moniker. They produced danceable techno as a trio (“Underworld Mk2”).

  9. Viper-Oceania   On   July 30, 2020 at 10:44 am

    The Trainspotting breakthrough:

    The band’s 1996 album, Second Toughest in the Infants, was their second studio album with Emerson and achieved a degree of commercial success, due in part to its release coinciding with that of the film Trainspotting. The film featured “Dark & Long (Dark Train)”, as well as the band’s most commercially successful track to date, “Born Slippy.NUXX”, which was originally released only as a B-side of a single and does not appear on the Second Toughest album. The single and the album showed Underworld maturing as a trio, mixing elements of techno, house, drum and bass and experimental music. “Born Slippy.NUXX” is one of Underworld’s best-known tracks and is celebrated as one of the greatest dance tracks of the decade. It was originally released in 1995 as a B-side to “Born Slippy” but failed to catch on until it was included in Trainspotting. The track has since sold over a million copies and appeared on countless compilations, mashups and remixes. In April 2001, “Born Slippy .NUXX” was also featured in an television advertisement in Japan for Toyota for their then-new model.

  10. Viper-Oceania   On   August 1, 2020 at 10:45 am

    During their tour, they released a 3-CD set Live in Tokyo, which was sold after the concert in Japan and later sold online. In late 2005, they released two compilations of new songs with accompanying photographs on Underworld Live, in a series entitled Riverrun. These were only released online, with no physical release (except for a promo CD). On 5 June 2006, they released their third installment, and on 10 July 2006, they released The Misterons Mix, a special retrospective mix composed of Riverrun tracks, as an exclusive free download for customers that had purchased all three Riverrun releases.

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