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Romford, Essex, England (1986 – 1990, 1992 – present)

Underworld are a British group formed in 1986 in Romford, Essex, England, by Karl Hyde (vocals, guitar, production) and Rick Smith (keyboards, production), assisted by Darren Price (keyboards, production) when playing live. They are best known for their unique mix of , , , and sometimes , the vocal parts performed by Hyde as spoken-word streams of consciousness, and for their outstanding live shows. The band gained worldwide fame with Born Slippy .NUXX from Trainspotting soundtrack.

Before Underworld, Hyde and Smith started out in 1979 on The Screen Gemz band while working together in a diner in the city of Cardiff, where both had been studying. In 1983 they recorded two albums for CBS Records with a proto-electroclash new romantic band whose name was a graphic squiggle, later entitled Freur.

In 1986 Hyde and Smith formed Underworld, after disbanding of Freur. They tried a more guitar-oriented funky electropop sound on their two albums released on Sire Records: Underneath the Radar (1987) and Change the Weather (1989). This initial lineup (also called Underworld Mk1) consisted of Karl Hyde, Rick Smith, Alfie Thomas, Bryn Burrows, Baz Allen and Pascal Consoli before sinking back into obscurity and disbanding in 1990.

British DJ Darren Emerson hooked up with Hyde and Smith in 1992 and helped them refine their sound into something more sleek and beat-oriented, yet still shot through with tinges of blues, rock and spoken-word streams of consciousness. After several releases on Junior Boy’s Own as Lemon Interupt, the trio re-adopted the Underworld name in 1992. Two songs from this era are Rez and Spikee.


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  • star-samurai

    For anyone who doesn't follow Karl's diary: on March 31st's entry, the last two lines were "Returning to the studio for the next project, as it runs parallel with new u/w writing." Ahhhh yesssss~

    7 Apr 3:34pm Reply
  • mraksum

    he is a fucking badass guy

    5 Apr 11:45pm Reply
  • carsten_doig

    The Olympic techno sounds was good. Time for some new tunes and a tour.

    26 Mar 8:05pm Reply
  • MrKatsumi

    Hard to believe I'm 24 and discovered this in 2014. Fucking great classics out there!

    24 Feb 2:51pm Reply
  • theory_of_mind

    i thought Trainspotting was a self-help PSA

    21 Feb 6:19am Reply
  • niqart

    Volkswagen Golf GTI + Underworld have collaborate for "Play the Road" - execellent music btw

    14 Feb 10:09am Reply
  • Terrasidius

    Moaner (Album Version)

    7 Feb 5:10am Reply
  • sunheadbowed

    If you found Trainspotting an ideal way to live you must be pretty dull.

    6 Feb 5:37am Reply
  • bluegrassishhh

    "It is shame that the vast majority of people, to whom TRAINSPOTTING was an ideal how to live, were later forced by the society to adapt and to live like "honest, integrated citizens" (with me almost being one of them)... why????" who even asks this.

    31 Jan 8:40pm Reply
  • Viktor_Drambui

    forever !)

    27 Jan 11:28am Reply
  • unddercharlezz

    Yep, Best Mamgu Ever is gold.

    25 Jan 10:48am Reply
  • GuilhotinaRecs

    Do you like underground EDM? Then you might wanna listen to the duo Bitch Bros! The most prolific rising underground EDM duo from Brasil! :D

    24 Jan 4:08pm Reply
  • niqart

    Best Mamgu Ever seems sOOOOO underrated. One of the best downtempo electronic track ever

    15 Jan 7:41pm Reply
  • niqart

    Are there any rumours about new stuff?

    15 Jan 7:37pm Reply
  • aung

    peach tree, everyone should listen to it.

    11 Jan 10:45pm Reply
  • georgieMT82

    It is shame that the vast majority of people, to whom TRAINSPOTTING was an ideal how to live, were later forced by the society to adapt and to live like "honest, integrated citizens" (with me almost being one of them)... why????

    29 Dec 2013 Reply
  • Neon_Spadezzz

    Juanita/Kiteless/To Dream of Love!

    29 Dec 2013 Reply
  • al_shashkin

    cowgirl ^^

    25 Dec 2013 Reply
  • BergoDrake

    T R A I N S P O T T I N G

    6 Dec 2013 Reply
  • no-thanks

    It's absurd to me that they didn't remaster the Dubno tracks on 1992-2002 to be as loud as the rest. I don't usually like anthologies, but that one would be great if it was consistent.

    25 Sep 2013 Reply
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