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Tuesday 12 December 2017

Underworld to write music for Olympic opening ceremony

Karl Hyde (right) and Rick Smith (left) of dance act Underworld
Karl Hyde (right) and Rick Smith (left) of dance act Underworld

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

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

Boyle has previously worked with the pair on his movies Trainspotting, The Beach and A Life Less Ordinary.

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.

Hyde 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."

Boyle - 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).

Hyde and Smith 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".

In their six-album career as Underworld, they were twice nominated for the Mercury Music Prize - in 1996 with Second Toughest In The Infants, and in 1999 for Beaucoup Fish.

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