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  1. #271
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    Mar 2010

    Underworld became one of electronic acts of the 90s. The trio's two-man front line, vocalist Karl Hyde and keyboard player Rick Smith, have been recording together since the early-'80s new wave days. The pair released 2 obscure rock albums, then recruited Darren Emerson. Heavily treated vocals, barely-there whispering, and surreal wordplay, stretched out over electronic soundscapes became their forte. They trialed music in Emersons dj sets, via their own radio shows (including online), and through live gigs - usually unrehearsed, and with no set list - the band agreeing the opening track 10 mins before going on stage, and designing the rest of the set as they played.

    In 1992, the trio debuted with two singles, "Dirty"/"Minneapolis" and "Bigmouth"/"Eclipse," both released on Junior Boys Own Records. 1993's "Rez" and "MMM...Skyscraper I Love You" built their reputations. The band also played a 14 hour set at Glastonbury.

    The first album by the trio, Dubnobasswithmyheadman (1993), appeared to a flurry of critical acclaim. Second Toughest in the Infants (1996), was the group's following LP.

    Trainspotting broadcast Born Slippy (NUXX) to the world. Initially a b-side, Danny Boyle sought it to end his film.

    Underworld remained busy with Tomato -- their own graphic design company responsible for commercials from such high-profile clients as Nike, Sony, Adidas, and Pepsi -- and remixing work for Depeche Mode, Björk, St. Etienne, Sven Väth, Simply Red, and Leftfield. Underworld's 1999 LP, Beaucoup Fish, entered the U.K. chart at number three. The band released live album Everything, Everything, after which Emerson left to continue his DJ career. A Hundred Days Off, was released in 2002.

    A series of online-only EPs were released during 2005 and 2006, as well as a live 3 hour show from Tokyo. They also recorded new material for soundtracks (Breaking and Entering, Sunshine). Oblivion with Bells, appeared in 2007. Whilst touring this album Underworld recorded each night, releasing the discs to concert goers. It was followed in 2010 by Barking, an album that featured numerous guest producers.

    In 2012, Underworld were music directors for the opening ceremony of the 2012 Summer Olympics, held in London. They wrote two songs ("And I Will Kiss" and "Caliban's Dream") for the opening ceremony, and 11 of their tracks were included on the ceremony's official soundtrack album, Isles of Wonder. This followed writing a score for the National Theatre performances of Frankenstein.

    2016 saw the release of "Barbara Barbara, We Face A Shining Future, followed by Drift, a process of online, musical, written and visual arts released weekly for 52 weeks. Drift was formed of "episodes", challenging the notion of the traditional album format, and inbetween episodes the band made available previously unreleased archival material, live recordings, and other experiments.
    On matchdays, I reckon it'll be a long time before my name is darlowolf...

  2. #272
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    Jan 2010
    Never knew they did a 14hr set at Glastonbury. The word epic does not cover it....
    Quote Originally Posted by James View Post

    I honestly didn't think people were that stupid...

  3. #273
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    Jan 2010
    14 hours of anything or anybody would be excruciating
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