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Underworld to create Olympics music

Published 07/12/2011 | 14:27

Karl Hyde (right) and Rick Smith (left) have worked together for 30 years
Karl Hyde (right) and Rick Smith (left) have worked together for 30 years

Underworld - best known for their anthemic dance hit Born Slippy - have been chosen to mastermind the music for next year's Olympics opening ceremony.

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The duo - Rick Smith and Karl Hyde - have been appointed the event's music directors, to work alongside Oscar-winning film-maker Danny Boyle.

Danny has previously worked with the pair on his movies Trainspotting, The Beach and A Life Less Ordinary as well as his recent production of Frankenstein at the National Theatre.

Underworld - whose hit Born Slippy, from the Trainspotting soundtrack, was noted for its cry of "lager, lager, lager" - will be responsible for all the music in the three-hour ceremony on July 27.

Karl said: "We want to leave people with a musical memory of the show rather than a purely visual one. It's a great honour to be asked to do this and one we're taking very seriously - it's certainly not something we'll get the chance to do again."

Danny - the artistic director of the ceremony - said: "Appointing Underworld to direct the music in the Olympic opening ceremony is the final piece of the jigsaw for the team of leading British creatives who will deliver the ceremonies.

"What's interesting about working with them is how much broader their taste is than you might imagine. With Frankenstein we really saw how far we could take a broader approach than we'd used together on the films."

The appointment was confirmed today by the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games (Locog).

Rick and Karl have worked together for more than 30 years after meeting as students working in a Cardiff burger bar.

Prior to Underworld, they tried to crack the charts in an act which had no name, just a squiggle symbol, which went on to be pronounced "Freur".

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