Nemone's Electric 90s

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0101Nemone Talks To Karl Hyde From Underworld20170221

Karl Hyde from Underworld shares his unique experiences of being part of the UK's dance music scene in the 1990s, from writing huge anthems such as their top ten hit 'Born Slippy.NUXX' (an integral part of the soundtrack to Danny Boyle's first 'Trainspotting' film) to performing in front of thousands of revellers at festivals across the globe.

Underworld are Karl Hyde and Rick Smith - known for their visual style and dynamic live performances, they have influenced a wide range of artists and have been featured in soundtracks and scores for films, television, and the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.

Hyde and Smith formed a new wave band whose name was a graphic squiggle, which was subsequently given the pronunciation Freur. The band signed to CBS Records and went on to release the albums Doot-Doot in 1983 and Get Us out of Here in 1986. In 1987 they formed a band under the name Underworld (named after a Clive Barker-scripted film which was scored by Freur), which tried a more guitar-orientated funky electropop sound. The band signed to Sire Records and released the album Underneath the Radar in 1988 and Change the Weather in 1989. This version of the band disbanded in 1990. After a break, to concentrate on their art/design project Tomato, Hyde and Smith recruited DJ Darren Emerson and after several minor releases and remixes as Lemon Interupt and Steppin' Razor readopted the Underworld moniker. The addition of Darren Emerson completed Underworld's techno/rock fusion. Their first album as a trio, 1994's 'dubnobasswithmyheadman' is considered one of the all-time classic dance albums. 'Second Toughest In The Infants' and 'Beaucoup Fish' brought further fans to the fold, cementing their reputation as one of the most innovative bands of the 1990s.