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Underworld

UnderworldKarl Hyde (vocals) and Rick Smith (guitar) first worked together in early 80s poseur band Freur. By 1988, such pretensions were a distant memory and the pair collaborated on a funk band called Underworld, releasing two albums at the turn of the decade. In post-Acid House dance boom, Smith and Hyde hooked up with DJ Darren Emerson and revamped the Underworld name for the thumping progressive guitar-fuelled techno of 'Dubnobasswithmyheadman' in 1993. Their big moment came in 1996 when the single 'Born Slippy' was used as one of the main themes to the cult smack addict movie Trainspottting; Hyde's heavily distorted mantra of 'lager lager lager' touching a nerve in the national psyche. The album 'Second Toughest In The Infants' sold well but Underworld had trouble replicating their success and Emerson departed in 2000. Born Slippy and their jaw-dropping 14-hour jam at Glastonbury in 1992 are still probably their finest moments.

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