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Dubnobasswithmyheadman Import

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Underworld's electronica 1994 debut, Dubnobasswithmyheadman, is still regarded by many as one of the best techno/electronica CDs of all time. 9 tracks, including 'Dark & Long', 'Dirty Epic' & 'Cowgirl' on this Wax Trax! Release.

On 1994's Dubnobasswithmyheadman, Underworld took the sexy vocal groove of the epic "Mmm Skyscraper I Love You" and expanded it to album length. It's derivative, but by no means is it forgettable. With "Skyscraper," Underworld created the perfect club track; it was dark and dubby, with a relentless groove chugging along below atmospheric noises and a sinister, suggestive vocal. Extended to over an hour, it's a long and seductive hypnosis session, a decadent film noir journey through dark impulses and impure thoughts. Vocalist Karl Hyde provides a monotonous, stream-of-consciousness narrative which, when chopped and rearranged, reveals a quintessentially British reserve that keeps the album mysterious. This is functional music, perfect for driving and, ahem, other repetitive activities. --Matthew Corwine

1. Dark & Long
2. Mmm Skyscraper I Love You
3. Surfboy
4. Spoonman
5. Tongue
6. Dirty Epic
7. Cowgirl
8. River Of Bass
9. M.E.

Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 26, 1994)
  • Original Release Date: July 26, 1994
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Tvt
  • ASIN: B000003RGL
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (103 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #96,948 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Matthew A. Goodin on July 10, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Quite simply, this is one of the all-time best "electronica" albums out there - bar none. An essential recording in the genre. It's all here, from stomping 4/4 dance-floor tracks (e.g. Cowgirl) to trippy, spaced-out ambient stuff (e.g. Tongue, Mother Earth).
Some people may find some of the songs a little too long, or too repetitive (most of the songs are at least 7-8 minutes long, and most have trancey, repetitive beats), but if you like trance, the repetition aspect will be nothing new.
Cowgirl is one of my favorite "techno" songs ever, and probably the only song that has inspired me to play air keyboards. If this song doesn't get your ass off the couch, then nothing will. Dark & Long is just that, dark, trancey, and a good, insistent groove. Skyscraper is a little harder, with a more driving beat. Surfboy and Spoonman both pick up as they go, and Spoonman especially evolves into a good, beat-driven track, which sounds much "dancier" when played at loud volume.
With a lot of bands, I skip over the slower stuff, but with Underworld, their slow songs are always imaginative and compelling. Great songs to put on an ambient mix tape and chill out by.
Always interesting and innovative, Underworld rarely disappoints, and this is where it all started (we'll forget the Undeneath the Radar era; Underworld has achieved a stunning transformation from 80's pop weenies to electronica stalwarts with alt-cred, a transformation unlike anything except for Ministry). A must.
P.S. - if you get a chance to see them live, run, don't walk. I saw them last year when they opened for the Chemical Brothers, and by most accounts (certainly mine and my freinds'), they just blew the Chemicals off the stage.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By "madforit50" on September 12, 1999
Format: Audio CD
It wasn't just that Dubnobasswithmyheadman reintroduced vocals, lyrics, and rock guitar back into the vocabulary of techno. Other collectives like Prodigy and Moby were doing the same thing around that time. But, what makes Dubnobasswithmyheadman such a landmark and why Underworld is arguably (think Orbital) the most relevant dance act today, was that on this record, Underworld defined the pop song for the rave generation.

This new music wasn't reconstructed rock or updated synth pop. These were compositions that replaced the dynamics of rock with that of the dance floor, riffs for groove and rhythm. The stream-of-conscious lyrics and simple, but elastic melodies captured the experience of emotions associated with not only the club/rave, but urban life. And most importantly, the songs, even up to 15 minutes, remained songs.

Dubnobasswithmyheadman, like Underworld's future releases, apply a minimalistic, deceptively simple approach to dance. They rarely clutter songs with samples or intricate rhythms. Rather, each element of the song is dynamic, somewhat improvisitory like jam-rock, and reveals itself as the composition flows.

Frankly, Dubnobasswithmyheadman has its flaws, particularly in the first half being a bit too long. After all, its the first record of its type, so they were still understanding how to compose techno this way. Neverthless, Dubnobasswithmyheadman is exceptional dance. "Mmmm Skyscraper" beautifully evokes the feeling of freedom in the big city. "Cowgirl" is a slamming 4/4 classic. Finally, there has never been a better pop song about the "darker side" of the rave experience than "Dirty Epic." Throughout the record, you'll think deeply cerebral thoughts, subtle, unsure emotions, and expand your conception about what techno can do. It is that good.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Jeremy Pitt on September 29, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Ok, so you won't find this on Spin Magazine's top 100 list, mostly due to their absolute fear of putting anything electronic that isn't incredibly popular already, but this is an absolute masterpiece. This first electronic Underworld album is widely regarded as one of the best ever made. In my opinion it is the the best album of the 90's closely behind Radiohead's "OK Computer".
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Rocky IV on June 17, 2004
Format: Audio CD
If your my age, (we'll just say mid-20s) then you'll remember all the hype surrounding "Nine Inch Nails" back when this album came out. It was about 1994ish and everybody was listening to NIN (including me for a little while). The first time I listened to "dubnobasswith..." I found it a little bland, so I didn't listen to it again for a little while. I was always looking for harsher, heavier music. But as time went by I started playing it more and really 'listened' to it. Each time I found it to be more listenable and addictive. I find the album to be beautifully done. With each song flowing into one another perfectly in a smooth "groovy" kind of way. I only own one other cd from Underworld, but I find this one to be far superior. This music is all I need to just chill out and calm me down. If you want intense, heavy, insane electronic music listen to Cubanate's "Antimatter" or Aghast View's "Carcinopest".Great albums, but this album has just the opposite effect, a perfectly calming cd that has grown on me more than any other over the years. My copy even has a scratch on it that sort of messes up track six, but I still play it all the time. I guess that means this is a good album. The Nine Inch Nails, boy did they get old fast. The only reason those cds aren't collecting dust right now is because they're at the bottom of a pile right now. I get my kicks on channel six, what does that mean anyway? It doesn't matter.
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