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Underworld

Ian Peel

in Oxford Music Online

Published in print January 2001 |
Published online January 2001 | e-ISBN: 9781561592630 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/gmo/9781561592630.article.47242

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British techno group. It was originally formed as a duo in 1988 by Karl Hyde (vocals and technology) and Rick Smith (guitars and technology), who had performed together as a 1980s synth-pop band, Freuer. A début album Underneath the Radar (Sire, 1988) and the subsequent Change the Weather (Sire, 1989) fared badly, and the pair temporarily disbanded. After the advent of acid house, they began working with the London DJ Darren Emmerson as Lemon Interrupt, and the Underworld name was resurrected for the single Rez which became a seminal post-rave anthem. They developed largely instrumental techno and ‘big beat’ music with trademark rhythm and processed vocal effects, a combination that has been recreated live to acclaim. They released two singles as Lemon Interrupt on the influential Junior Boys Own label (Dirty/Minneapolis and Bigmouth/Eclipse). The band’s three albums – Dubnobasswithmyheadman (JBO 1993), Second Toughest in the Infants...

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Subjects: Popular Music

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