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UK electronic music act formed by Rick Smith and Karl Hyde in 1987 after their former band Freur disbanded. The first line-up released more song oriented funky guitar based pop over the course of two albums. In 1991 the core duo returned with a new track oriented technoid direction and a new ally: DJ Darren Emerson. In 1996 the former b-side "Born Slippy NUXX" was used in Danny Boyle's film "Trainspotting" and became an instant anthem of the mid to late 1990's. Emerson left in 2000 after the release of "Everything, Everything" to pursue a solo career and was replaced on tour DJ duties by Darren Price. Price became a performing member of Underworld Live in 2005.
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Underworld - Second Toughest In The Infants album art Underworld Second Toughest In The Infants (Album) Not On Label UK 1996 Sell This Version
Underworld - European Club Gig album art Underworld European Club Gig (Album) Not On Label Europe 1996 Sell This Version
Underworld - Beaucoup Fish album art Underworld Beaucoup Fish (Album) Storm Records (2), Junior Boy's Own (2) Russia 1999 Sell This Version
Underworld - Everything, Everything (Underworld Live) album art Underworld Everything, Everything (Underworld Live) (Album) Not On Label (Underworld) Russia 2000 Sell This Version
AMW012 Underworld - Festival album art Underworld Festival(CD, Unofficial) Not On Label (Underworld), Amused With AMW012 2000 Sell This Version
Underworld - A Hundred Days Off album art Underworld A Hundred Days Off (Album) V2 (2) Russia 2002 Sell This Version
none Underworld - King Of Shake album art Underworld King Of Shake(CDr, Mixed, Unofficial) Digital Underground Inc none US 2002 Sell This Version
SY-0495 Underworld - Bring Light In album art Underworld Bring Light In(2xCDr, Unofficial) Sylph Records SY-0495 Japan 2003 Sell This Version
IVM-003/4 Underworld - Cologne Germany 1999 album art Underworld Cologne Germany 1999(2xCDr, Unofficial) Invade Music Co Ltd, Not On Label (Underworld) IVM-003/4 Japan 2003 Sell This Version
IVM-002 Underworld - 2-Step Berlin 2001 album art Underworld 2-Step Berlin 2001(CDr, Album, Unofficial) Invade Music Co Ltd, Not On Label (Underworld) IVM-002 2003 Sell This Version
IVM-001 Underworld - Hugo D Night Rotterdam 1998 album art Underworld Hugo D Night Rotterdam 1998(CDr, Album, Unofficial) Invade Music Co Ltd, Not On Label (Underworld) IVM-001 2003 Sell This Version
GGD-001/002 Underworld - Fuji Rock Festival 2003 album art Underworld Fuji Rock Festival 2003(2xCDr, Unofficial) Not On Label (Underworld), Gru Gru Records GGD-001/002 2004 Sell This Version
TOTH0022 Underworld - Chill In, Chill Out album art Underworld Chill In, Chill Out(CDr, Album, Unofficial) Top Of The Hill Records (2) TOTH0022 Japan 2005 Sell This Version
63881 -27350-2 Underworld - Breaking And Entering album art Underworld And Gabriel Yared Underworld And Gabriel Yared - Breaking And Entering(CD, Album, Unofficial) V2 (2) 63881 -27350-2 Russia 2006 Sell This Version
Underworld - Oblivion With Bells album art Underworld Oblivion With Bells (Album) Side One Recordings (2), Side One Recordings (2) Russia 2007 Sell This Version
00541 21331-2 Underworld - Sunshine (Original Motion Picture Score) album art John Murphy (2) and Underworld John Murphy (2) and Underworld - Sunshine (Original Motion Picture Score)(CDr, Album, Unofficial) Arranged Records 00541 21331-2 US 2008 Sell This Version
KYM-002/003 Underworld - Live At Oblivion Naeba album art Underworld Live At Oblivion Naeba(2xCDr, Unofficial) Keep Your Music KYM-002/003 Japan 2008 Sell This Version
OM-443, none Underworld - Barking album art Underworld Barking(CD, Album, Unofficial) OM Records (6), Underworldlive.com (2) OM-443, none Russia 2010 Sell This Version
UWR00061 Underworld - Barbara Barbara, We Face A Shining Future album art Underworld Barbara Barbara, We Face A Shining Future(CD, Album, Unofficial) Caroline International (2) UWR00061 Russia 2016 Sell This Version
XAVEL-287 Underworld - Budokan 2016 album art Underworld Budokan 2016(2xCDr, Album + DVDr, DVD-V, NTSC + Blu-ray-R + Uno) XAVEL Records XAVEL-287 Japan 2016 Sell This Version
none Underworld - Gronigen 3.28.2016 album art Underworld Gronigen 3.28.2016(2xCDr, Promo, Unofficial) Revolution Music (5) none 2016 Sell This Version
UWR-0500007-3 Underworld - Live In Tokyo 25th November 2005 album art Underworld Live In Tokyo 25th November 2005(3xCDr, Unofficial) Not On Label (Underworld) UWR-0500007-3 Unknown Sell This Version
none Underworld - Puppies & Kittens album art Underworld Puppies & Kittens(CDr, Unofficial) Not On Label (Underworld) none Unknown Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

Underworld - Rez album art Underworld Rez (EP) Collect Boy's Own (2) UK 1993 Sell This Version
Underworld - Dirty album art Underworld Dirty Collect Boy's Own (2) UK 1993 Sell This Version

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Mixman-LFC

Mixman-LFC

March 22, 2019
i guess u aint got a clue about music mate and never will
HerbieDerHerbmeister

HerbieDerHerbmeister

February 28, 2018
edited about 1 year ago
Wikipedia lists some versions of Underworld singles that are not on here (Discogs).
(Complete with record label, cat.nr, etc.).
Should they be added to Discogs?
I'll be happy to do so. Just thought I should ask first.
Rich.C

Rich.C

January 5, 2017
With a groundbreaking sound that obliterates the dividing lines between Techno, Trance and Breakbeat stylings, Underworld bury a subtle Indie Rock attitude slightly beneath the textural surface of their blissful synthetic insanity. With the drop of each new release, this U.K. sensation proves their worthiness as one of the most innovative and important dance fusion acts of the 1990s. Accredited as heavy hitters in the struggle to bring dance music to the attention of the mainstream, electronica darlings Underworld continue to draw an impressive fanbase on both the international club scene and the airwaves with their widely influential style that blends electronic intricacy with king-size, floor-friendly grooves.
Electrohound

Electrohound

June 6, 2016
edited over 3 years ago
Underworld are clearly masters of their craft. Even so, it's important to correct some misperceptions about them, since it seems some techno fans, even paid critics, don't appreciate the full range of their output. Some of this is to be expected. Some just think of them as that rock-dance act that did that "Born Slippy" thing. Hmmm.

First off, for cats who love to write them off simply because they do have a vocal, lyrical and guitar dimension to their music, perhaps one should consider that limiting the definition of techno music or electronic music not only is backwards (both Kraftwerk and Juan Atkins used vocals and the electric guitar was essentially one of the first synthesizers), but it also narrows music's creative possibilities.

But if that is not enough for you to reconsider or expand your mind, then at minimum, you should know your history. And if you listened to the ORIGINAL instrumental breakbeat version of "Born Slippy," the ambient tidal groove of "Thing In A Book," the ode to joy of "Rez," the bubbling "Peach Tree," the crashing "Kittens," the scratch static of "Rowla," or the cosmic lightning of "Cherry Pie" -- all pure electronic instrumentals -- and you still think they're whack, then my assessment is you're simply hating to hate.

If you're open beyond this more instrumental side of Underworld, then the rewards just grow. You have the echoey groove of "Dirty Guitar," the demon genie of "Spoonman," the electro hoedown of "Cowgirl," the Art of Noise house of "Eclipse," the ecstatic "Spikee," the warping "Juanita," the time elastic "Pearls Girl," the electro blues of "Mosaic," the dark trance of "Burts" and "Dark Train," the weirdly hypnotic "Luetin," the moody ride of "Bird 1," the skittering boogie of "Best Mamgu Ever," the Blade Runner sunset of "Beautiful Burnout," the human soul blooming in a robot brain of "Faxed Invitation," the Route 66 kicks of "I, Exhale," the Arthur Russell echo of "Ova Nova," the post-New Order flight of "Nylon Strung" -- the list goes on and on. Really it's ridiculous.

And then there are the remixes for others, many of them revolutionary at the time and still deathless, of 108 Grand's "Te Quiero," the dub symphony of Leftfield's "Song of Life" as Lemon Interupt (used on FSOL's mind-bending radio Test Transmission 2), the looping funk of Mental Generation's "Cafe Del Mar," the aquatic head trip of William Orbit's "Water from a Vine Leaf," the galloping remix of Drum Club's "Sound System." And on and on.

Hawtin, Moby, the Chems, Prodigy, Orbital, even the more purist greats, Black Dog, Jeff Mills, Underground Resistance -- all stellar -- but in my book, Underworld are truly one of a kind. But that's for another time.
irq506

irq506

April 3, 2016
Very influential band! Highly influential to other forward thinking musicians, with many collaborations from early on. Underworld, to me are a very refreshing sound, even now in 2016.
anton.hystrix

anton.hystrix

November 23, 2015
edited over 3 years ago
Underworld indeed is one of the best british electronic music acts. And before that they were quite good rock band. I love and respect them. But I agree that many people overrate them, especially today. Dubnobass... and Second Toughest In The Infants were perfect, I added them to my list of the best conceptual albums ever created. The next album Beacoup Fish ruined all this, I consider it as their worst work, maybe Darren was thinking the same and eventually left the band. After that Karl and Rick made some good music (Bird 1 and Scribble from the last album are very strong IMO) but overall work was much more 'plain' than before.

One important thing about Underworld is that people try to find some meaning in their lyrics. This is a mistake because Karl Hyde uses his voice only as a musical instrument. His words really make no sense because they are developed to fit into the sound, to be in harmony with the synthesisers. They have no meaning at all and I totally love this unusual approach because it sounds great ;)
Music-Maestro

Music-Maestro

December 8, 2014
edited over 4 years ago
Underworld: European Club Gig (2xCD, Unofficial, No Label, UND 001/02, 1996).
Tracklist available, as is the 2cd set itself.
bullfinchart

bullfinchart

February 13, 2014
It's important to remember, with Underworld, that from Dubnobasswithmyheadman onward they weren't just a 'dance' group, as is often said. Their albums contain as much downtempo and ambient material as danceable techno. This material features many of the gems from their career: Tongue, Most 'Ospitable, Sappy's Curry, Puppies, Skym, Sola Sistim, Good Morning Cockerel, Best Mamgu Ever, Louisiana, to name just a few. These pieces complement the atmospheric techno tracks perfectly (Luetin, Juanita, Dirty Epic...), and their mastery of serious thoughtful music is matched by their skill at creating commercial, yet entirely odd, singles (the obvious ones - Born Slippy, Push Upstairs, Two Months Off).

What is most obvious when trawling their back catalogue is their genuine artistry - unlike a lot of artists who make music in and around the 'dance' category, Underworld have retained entirely idiosyncratic from the word go, from their unique messy artwork (all created by Tomato, the art collective the band are part of), to Karl Hyde's off the wall lyrics and the regular use of imaginary words and strange phrases in their song titles (Telematic Peal, Holding the Moth, Banstyle, Kiteless, Mmm... Skyscraper I Love You, Spoonman - I could go on!). Their soundtrack work highlights yet another side the band, which they excel at (the Breaking & Entering score with Gabriel Jared comes very highly recommended). They are a group with an identity who only ever do things their way, to express their own (often bizarre) take on the world. One of those groups whose discography keeps throwing out absolute gems, however deep you dig.
Spinecrawler

Spinecrawler

February 5, 2012
edited over 7 years ago
Their 80s album, pure quality dance pop/funk,group takes a wrong turn in the 90s and became another annoying trance/rave boy band as pop/dance was being toned out...90s albums are nothing more than pure drug inducted noise,90s material best left for lining your birdcage

March 12, 2008
Incredibly overrated indeed. Besides their Dark & Long EP and Rez/Cowgirl, their other hits are very mainstream and don't have much quality to them. It is generally agreed that Beacoup Fish marked the downfall of the group, Emerson's leaving sealed the affair, and since then they have never been the same. Their first two major albums are overrated as well, with only a few outstanding tracks, and as one listener put it: "techno for the masses".

Underworld has made a very mainstream impact with dance music, and I praise them for bringing dance music to the public. But I can't really give them an award for quality when their hype far exceeds their talent.

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