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Cardiff, Wales (1982 – 1987)

Freur was the name of the first band of Karl Hyde and Rick Smith, presently of the dance act Underworld. They had however previously released one single (entitled ‘I Don’t Like Cars’) together in 1981 as The Screen Gemz.

Formed 1982 in Cardiff, Wales by Karl Hyde, Rick Smith and Alfie Thomas, the band originally had only a graphic ‘squiggle’ for a name. In 1983, after recruiting John Warwicker and drummer Bryn Burrows, they struck a recording deal with a major label, CBS Records, and met the label’s insistence on a pronouncable name with the compromise that the squiggle was pronounced “Freur”.

Their first and only hit (number 59 in the UK charts), Doot Doot (1983), was typically 80’s pop, with drum machine, reverse live drums and phased vocal. It was recorded/co produced by Alex Burak at The Point studio in Victoria, London, which was controlled by Rupert Merton of Point Music Publishing. Merton (who also had an early version of the Thompson Twins on his roster of artists) signed Freur.

The band’s look was a cross between goth, rock, glam and new romantic - something that 80’s chart terrorists Sigue Sigue Sputnik pulled off to better effect, not long after Freur had failed with it.

The band released five further singles after Doot Doot, between 1983 and 1985: Matters of the Heart, Runaway, Riders in the Night, Devil and the Darkness and Look In The Back For Answers. All failed to dent the UK charts. Warwicker left the band in 1986 and Freur went into recess.

In total, the band released two albums: Doot Doot (1983) and Get Us Out Of Here! (1985). The second LP was only released in Germany and Holland but was finally compiled with the debut on a single CD released in October 2009 on Cherry Red.


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  • dandyboy73

    Looking at that main pic and Karl's collaboration with Brian Eno makes even more sense...

    20 May 2014 Reply
  • land_on_web

    Criminally underrated:

    10 Dec 2013 Reply
  • honkynut

    Some people seem a bit derisive about this part of Hyde & Smiths bit of history, but I think there's some great overlooked synth pop from Freur. Arguably even more interesting than Underworld Mk I. I think.

    23 Jun 2013 Reply
  • chillyspider

    really good dream pop ♥ needed something like this beside the dream academy

    20 Jun 2013 Reply
  • KnottedRoot

    Today is the first day i had ever heard of this band.. not being a huge Underworld fan i just wasn't in the know... really great stuff though... should have been bigger :)

    19 Dec 2012 Reply
  • Karniejczyk

    Fuckin goddamn ultrafaschionable!

    14 Aug 2012 Reply
  • tangerman

    ExtremeLila66: Why vote for a track that is not streamable? Doot Doot is. :-)

    29 Apr 2012 Reply
  • Vampiro_Rockero

    Doot-Doot ;)

    20 Mar 2012 Reply
  • ExtremeLila66

    Please vote for Doot-Doot as the correct track name! Just have a look at the front cover...

    27 Jan 2012 Reply
  • ingabel81

    Doot doot es impresionante.............

    14 May 2011 Reply
  • alan_ramirez

    can't believe that they only have one album... can't get enough of this guys!

    20 Feb 2011 Reply
  • Herr_Schroeder

    Doot-Doot ;-)

    3 Sep 2010 Reply
  • BreOl

    I love doot-doot ! Always reminds me of this strange instrument they used...some long "stake" (?), that changed sound, when the hand glided over it. Any idea, what this instrument was called?

    25 Jan 2010 Reply
  • gil_gosseyn

    Now Doot-Doot is being used in a commercial for the new Palm Pre phone. Maybe the band will get some royalties from it.

    11 Sep 2009 Reply
  • wendell3

    Actually is pretty good, that Doot Doot album. :)

    4 Aug 2009 Reply
  • skinki

    Doot Doot: I still don't understand what this song has that you never get tired to listen it. It's so simple and so beautiful. It's pure inner energy spreading outside.

    1 Aug 2009 Reply
  • Bullinamingvase

    This band should have been massive man! Doot Doot

    14 May 2009 Reply
  • Alinadonavan

    doot doot ^_^

    8 May 2009 Reply
  • victorg

    ah yes this is beautiful....saw them life in 1984

    23 Apr 2009 Reply
  • rifle73

    eccellenti... unici

    16 Apr 2009 Reply
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