Doot Doot

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In 1983 a synth band hit the radar particularly in the Netherlands where the band had their biggest success. Karl Hyde and Rick Smith started the band called The Screen Gemz in 1979 after leaving art school. Then together with Alfie Thomas formed a band without a name but just a graphic sign that looked like an “Elephant with a stick of Rhubarb”. Important to know is that they did that already before Prince used this way of naming himself as “The Artist Formerly Known As Prince” with his love symbol.
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Then in 1983 they got a contract with CBS who demanded they name their band and it became Freur. Their first single “Doot Doot” became a hit in the UK but didn’t came higher than #57 (NL #36, NZ #17)). Their second album was not released in the UK but only in Germany and the Netherlands. But their first album “Doot Doot” is brilliant in the world of synthpop.
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Opening with the haunting electronic gem “Doot Doot”, the album runs through horns, guitars, funky bass lines, strings, jazzy riffs, techno beats, vocal harmonies, digitized crickets and a Yazoo-style production

In 1987 they continued as Underworld which became most famous for “Born Slippy .NUXX” from the movie Trainspotting and remixing songs of other artists including Bj√∂rk (“Human Behaviour” and “I Miss You”) and Simple Red (“Thrill Me”) and Depeche Mode (“"Barrel Of A Gun”)

Doot Doot
Doot Doot / Runaway / Riders In The Night / Theme From The Film Of The Same Name / Tender Surrender / Matters Of The Heart / My Room / Whispering / Steam Machine / All Too Much 



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