Underworld (Rock A-Z part #63)

When ‘Born Slippy Nuxx’ was re-released in 1996 I was convinced that its instantly recognisable lyric was ‘…shouting llama, llama, llama…’ (Seriously!) Hot on the back of the Danny Boyle film ‘Transpotting’ which featured the song as its closing tune, what was originally a B-side single gave Underworld its really big break.

The original ‘Born Slippy’ – an instrumental about a greyhound the band won a bet on, didn’t do so well. Released in 1995, it only made it to No.52 in the UK charts. ‘Born Slippy Nuxx’, however, shot to No.2 and helped the band’s 4th album ‘Second Toughest in the Infants’ get into the top 10 on the album charts. Although only ever making it to album re-issues and ‘best ofs’, ‘Born Slippy’ and ‘Underworld’ have become synonymous with each other; say one now and the other’s bound to follow.

And I finally got to see the band live last year as a part of the ‘Dubnobasswithmyheadman’ tour. Born slippy Nuxx was kept back for a 35-minute encore during which the sold-out Brighton Dome crowd (me included) went quite literally bonkers!


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