Beaucoup Fish - Super Deluxe (Remastered) Underworld
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- 2Push Upstairs04:34
- 3Jumbo (Remastered)06:58
- 4Shudder / King Of Snake09:32
- 7Bruce Lee04:42
- 9Push Downstairs06:04
- 10Something Like A Mama06:37
- 12Nifter (5 A1317 Nov 97)04:37
- 13Bruce Lee (Ricks 1st Dobro Mix)05:10
- 14UW Orange Bed (Sept97)07:02
- 15Skym (A A1317 Nov 97)04:55
- 16Jumbo (Diff Bass 2 A1317 Nov 97)07:50
- 17Push Upstairs (Alt 1 A1336 July 98)03:54
- 18King Of Snake (Garage Mix A1313 Set 97b)08:56
- 19Something Like A Mama (Alt Mix A1340 July 98 A Upstairs)10:10
- 20Please Help Me07:35
- 21Yeah Plan (From A1385)04:11
- 23Cups (Salt City Orchestra Remix)09:25
- 24Jumbo (Jedi's Sugar Hit Mix)06:28
- 25Jumbo (Futureshock Vocal Mix)08:08
- 26Push Upstairs (Darren Price Remix)07:03
- 27King Of Snake (Slam Remix)07:29
- 28King Of Snake (Fatboy Slim Remix)06:55
- 29King Of Snake (Dave Clarke Remix)05:59
- 30Bruce Lee (Micronauts Remix)08:56
- 31Bruce Lee (Buffalo Daughter Remix)04:19
- 32Bruce Lee (DJ Hype & DJ Zinc Vocal Mix)06:41
- 33Bruce Lee (DJ Hype & DJ Zinc Instrumental Mix)06:34
- 34Bruce Lee (Futureshock Remix)08:11
- 35King Of Snake (Claudio Coccoluto Remix)08:24
- 36King Of Snake (Martinez Remix)07:52
- 37King Of Snake (Dave Angel Remix)06:54
- 38Jumbo (Rob Rives & Francois Kevorkian Dub)08:20
- 39Push Upstairs (Roger S Narcotic Haze Dub)06:44
- 40Push Upstairs (Adam Beyer Rmx 2)04:42
Info for Beaucoup Fish - Super Deluxe (Remastered)
Hugely anticipated on release in the spring of 1999, Beaucoup Fish continued Underworld's singular vision. From the opening Windy City meets Motor City meets Thames Estuary swoop of "Cups" through to the flickering low light coda of closing track "Moaner," the eleven tracks on Beaucoup Fish collectively served to highlight just how different the wiring of Underworld's internal logic is.
Whilst some of their peers had spawned lesser imitators, Underworld's sound on Beaucoup Fish remained resolutely theirs. While many of the prevalent fragmented electronic styles of the day would be assimilated, the end result remained unique. If there had been a mould created when Rick Smith, Darren Emerson and Karl Hyde first made music together in the spare bedroom of a terrace house in Romford, it had long since been broken. There were no imitators. There never have been.
Beaucoup Fish features the singles Moaner, Push Upstairs, Jumbo, King of Snake and Bruce Lee. The deluxe edition's second disc features eleven previously unreleased outtakes from the recording sessions. The third and fourth disc feature remixes of album tracks by the likes of Fatboy Slim, Slam, Salt City Orchestra and Adam Beyer.
Underworld – aka Karl Hyde and Rick Smith - recently presented an installation piece - Manchester Street Poem - as part of Manchester International Festival 2017. The project spotlighted the stories of those who've found themselves homeless in the city. Their last gig – a sold out show at London's Alexandra Palace – was the band's biggest UK headline show to date.
Rick Smith, keyboards, synthesiser, electronics, sound-design
Karl Hyde, vocals
became one of the most crucial electronic acts of the 1990s via an intriguing synthesis of old and new. The trio's two-man frontline, vocalist Karl Hyde and keyboard player Rick Smith, had been recording together since the early-'80s new wave explosion; after two unsuccessful albums released as Underworld during the late '80s, the pair finally hit it big after recruiting Darren Emerson, a young DJ hipped to the sound of techno and trance. Traditional pop song forms were jettisoned in favor of Hyde's heavily treated vocals, barely there whispering, and surreal wordplay, stretched out over the urban breakbeat trance ripped out by Emerson and company while Hyde's cascade of guitar-shard effects provided a bluesy foil to the stark music. All in all, the decision to go pop was hardly a concession to the mainstream. The first Underworld album by the trio, Dubnobasswithmyheadman, appeared in late 1993 to a flurry of critical acclaim; the trio then gained U.S. distribution for the album with TVT. Second Toughest in the Infants, the group's sophomore LP, updated its sound slightly and received more praise than the debut. Unlike the first, the LP also sold well, thanks in part to the non-album single "Born Slippy," featured on the soundtrack to the seminal film Trainspotting.
The roots of Underworld go back to the dawn of the 1980s, when Hyde and Smith formed a new wave band called Freur. The group released Doot-Doot in 1983 and Get Us Out of Here two years later, but subsequently disintegrated. Hyde worked on guitar sessions for Debbie Harry and Prince, then reunited with Smith in 1988 to form an industrial-funk band called Underworld. The pair earned an American contract with Sire and released its debut album, Underneath the Radar, in 1988. Change the Weather followed one year later, even though little attention had been paid to the first. By the end of the decade, Underworld had disappeared as well.
As they had several years earlier, Hyde and Smith shed their skin yet again, recruiting hotshot DJ Darren Emerson and renaming themselves Lemon Interrupt. In 1992, the trio debuted with two singles, "Dirty"/"Minneapolis" and "Bigmouth"/"Eclipse," both released on Junior Boys Own Records. After they reverted back to Underworld, 1993's "Rez" and "MMM...Skyscraper I Love You" caused a minor sensation in the dance community. Instead of adding small elements of techno to a basically pop or rock formula (as many bands had attempted with varying success), Underworld treated techno as the dominant force. Their debut album, Dubnobasswithmyheadman, was praised by many critics upon release later in 1993 and crossed over to the British pop charts. Hyde, Smith, and Emerson impressed many at their concert dates as well; the trio apparently relished playing live, touring Great Britain twice plus Japan, Europe, and the annual summer festival circuit, where their Glastonbury appearance became the stuff of legend.
Dubnobasswithmyheadman was released in the U.S. in 1995 after being licensed to TVT Records. During the rest of the year, Underworld were relatively quiet, releasing only the single "Born Slippy." Finally, Second Toughest in the Infants appeared in early 1996 to much critical praise. The trio gained no small amount of commercial success later in the year when "Born Slippy" was featured on the soundtrack to Trainspotting, the controversial Scottish film that earned praise from critics all over the globe. Underworld also remained busy with Tomato — their own graphic design company responsible for commercials from such high-profile clients as Nike, Sony, Adidas, and Pepsi — and remixing work for Depeche Mode, Björk, St. Etienne, Sven Väth, Simply Red, and Leftfield. Emerson continued to DJ on a regular basis, releasing mix albums for Mixmag! and Deconstruction. Though Underworld's 1999 LP, Beaucoup Fish, was initially a critical and commercial disappointment, the band continued to tour the world. The live album Everything, Everything followed in 2000, after which Emerson left to continue his DJ career. A Hundred Days Off, Underworld's first LP as a duo since 1989, was released in mid-2002. One year later, the stopgap compilation 1992-2002 appeared.
By 2005, the duo had officially been joined by one of Britain's most respected DJs, Darren Price (although he contributed to A Hundred Days Off), and his work also appeared on a series of online-only EPs Underworld released during 2005 and 2006. They also recorded new material for the soundtrack of the Anthony Minghella film Breaking and Entering. Their first "proper" full-length since 2002, Oblivion with Bells, appeared in 2007. It was followed in 2010 by Barking, an album that featured numerous guest producers including Paul van Dyk, Appleblim, and High Contrast.
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