|Genres:||Dance Electronic & Ambient|
|Tags:||electronic techno electronica dance trance seen live|
|Decades:||1980s 1990s 2000s|
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Based in Romford, Essex, England, Underworld arose from the ashes of indie pop band Freur in the late 80s. The original line-up featured Karl Hyde (10 May 1957, Worcester, Worcestershire, England; guitar/vocals), Rick Smith (b. Richard Smith, 25 May 1959, Ammanford, Wales; keyboards), Baz Allen (keyboards), Alfie Thomas (guitar) and Bryn Burrows (drums). Their debut album as Underworld, a funk rock affair produced by Tom Bailey of the Thompson Twins, found some success, particularly in the USA. Burrows was replaced by Pascal Consoli before a second album was recorded, which enjoyed unlikely success in Australia. Key members Hyde and Smith then brought this line-up to an abrupt end during a 1990 tour supporting the Eurythmics.
Hyde worked with Deborah Harry, before returning to England to set up the Tomato media project with Smith and former Freur member John Warwicker. In 1992, Hyde and Smith re-formed Underworld as a predominantly dance...