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Karl Hyde and Rick Smith are men behind the electronic heritage act Underworld.
The two have been together since forming the new wave band Freur in 1980.
Most of the members of Freur went on to form Underworld as an electropop outfit in 1987. From 1987 to 1990 this Underworld lineup released two studio albums. One of the more popular tunes from that era was “Underneath The Radar,” it was in heavy rotation on MTV’s 120 Minutes, and made several appearances my circa 1989 mixtapes.
Anyone remember the Just Say Yes CD sampler compilation that were available in the late eighties and early nineties? The badass track “Thrash” was on the Just Say Mao installment. This period of Underworld’s career is refered to as Underworld MK 1.
In 1994 Hyde and Smith recruited DJ Darren Emerson and relaunched Underworld as a tchno/progressive house trio (Underworld MK 2). The three released the album dubnobasswithmyheadman in 1994, it’s considered the band’s debut album.
In 1996 the trio received their most commercial success when the tune “Born Slippy (NUXX)” was featured in the motion picture Trainspotting.
In 2000 Emerson parted ways with Underworld and its been Hyde and Smith ever since.
Looks like I’ll be making my fourth appearance overall in the Sahara Tent for a little heritage techno.