Underworld Old and New

Truly an amazing day of Underworld finds!

In the last 24 hours I picked up the earliest and most recent recordings Rick Smith and Karl Hyde ever recorded.  (That’s if you don’t count the 1979 7″ single they released as the band Screen Gemz, which I already had.)

Freur
Rick (far left) and Karl (center) as Freur

In 1981, two years before they would release “Doot Doot” as Freur, they recorded a demo cassette of works-in-progress which included a rough version of “You’re a Hoover” sung in their native Welsh.  I’ve been looking for it for quite some time and I finally found a copy.  As an added bonus I stumbled upon a 14 track remixes and b-sides collection while looking for the demo, so I picked that up as well.

Jump ahead to January 18th, 2011 – (thirty years later!) and you have Rick and Karl performing an hour long set on KCRW’s Morning Becomes Eclectic radio show.  A video of the set was available on the KCRW website but only for purchase via iTunes.  After about twelve hours and some dedicated tinkering, I had both an MP4 video of the set and a FLAC audio rip of the music.

You can watch the entire show in the KCRW archives here.

Underworld MK3Rick and Karl 30 years later

Playing all the while as a soundtrack to this little escapade was “Downpipe” – a single produced during the finalization of Underworld’s latest album, Barking.  “Downpipe” is credited as Mark Knight and D. Ramirez vs. Underworld and features lyrics sung by Karl.  This will likely be my next Underworld-related vinyl purchase.

Have a listen below.

I finished off the night by downloading two other recent remixes – Gregor Fletcher’s “Bird 1 (Farfletched Remix)” and DJ Touche (Theo Keating)’s “Ring Road (Fake Blood Mix).”

Next on my list to track down is the Underworld MK2 demo tape.

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