British dance veterans Underworld will release a new two-CD compilation Anthology 1992-2002, November 18th.
Just don't call it a greatest-hits package in front of principals Karl Hyde and Rick Smith. "We look at it as a historical document," Hyde says. "It wasn't something we really wanted to do, but our label convinced us by putting together a collection of things, which really got us quite intrigued."
The two-CD set features unreleased tracks including "Big Mouth" and "Dirty" as well as "8 Ball," a song previously only available on the soundtrack to the The Beach. Also included are dance floor favorites "Cowgirl," "Two Months Off," and "Rez." Classic "Born Slippy" with its "Shouting 'Lager! Lager! Lager!'" chorus, will be turned into a single for the release. The song received video treatment from Trainspotting director Danny Boyle. "One of the ideas he came up with was to cut the whole of Trainspotting into three and a half minutes," says Hyde. "It's really intense."
"Born Slippy" also gets remixed once by Paul Oakenfold and a couple times by Underworld's Smith. "Besides Paul's, his remixes were the ones I really liked," Hyde says of his bandmate. "His inspired approach to 'Born Slippy' has got me really fired up about making another record."
Underworld is currently working on the follow up to 2002's A Hundred Days Off at home in England. "We've been working on our Powerbooks since before Christmas," Hyde says. "Now that the touring is almost finished, we've finally been able to get together in the studio and go through that material and start to work with it."
Anthology 1992-2002 track list:
Mmm Skyscraper I Love You
Dark and Long (Dark Train)
Born Slippy (Nuxx)
King of Snake
Two Months Off