Karl Hyde and Rick Smith formed Underworld in 1980 in Cardiff, UK and for over 35 years they’ve been influencing artists and fans across the globe. On March 18th, they’re releasing their first studio album in six years, titled Barbara Barbara, We Face a Shining Future. There’s so much to say about this dynamic electronic group, but we’ll keep it to these 5 great fun facts for today!

 

1. The title of their new album, Barbara Barbara, We Face a Shining Future, is taken from words that Smith’s father said to his mother right before passing away.

 

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2. Hyde has said that one of their most popular songs, “Born Slippy” from the movie Trainspotting, was inspired by David Bowie’s Low. Even though Hyde was in a dark place and struggling with alcoholism when he wrote the song, the group wanted fans to be inspired by the music.

 

 

3. Underworld created the soundtrack for one of the biggest venues ever —  the 2012 London Olympics opening ceremony!

 

 

4. Their super successful album, Dubnobasswithmyheadman, turned 20 years old in 2014. To commemorate the occasion, the Hyde and Smith toured Europe, playing the album.

 

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5. How did they last so long as a group? Smith once said in an interview: “It’s quite interesting how it works, us two, because we’re polar opposites, really. People ask us why we’ve been together so long, and it’s certainly not because we’re all loved up all the time. That’s not to imply that we’re constantly disagreeing, either. We’re just different, you know? But we’ve finally realized, at our tender age, that that’s OK.”