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Please report to the dance floor for these 'under the radar' tunes

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You know Don't Stop Believing and 99 Luftballons by heart, so on Lost and Found we target the '80s songs that 30-plus years later, still remain underneath the radar. Today's song by Underworld literally is Underneath The Radar.

Underworld is an U.K. electronic group led by singer Karl Hyde and keyboardist/mixer Rick Smith. After leading the band Freur (Doot Doot) in the early '80s, the duo established a dance sound in 1988 with their first single Underneath the Radar. In their home country, the single failed to chart but is was a huge hit in Australia making the Top 5. It even made the charts in the U.S. peaking at No. 74 and was featured in an episode of Miami Vice.

Underneath The Radar might jog your memory for its opening Morse Code beeping and a computer voice declaring "I am the doctor. Please report to the dance floor" that must have copied inspiration from Midnight Star's opening of Freakazoids. For our SIT80's code breakers, the Morse Code translation in the song reads "Think Global. Act Local." The video for Underneath The Radar also gets off to an intriguing start with the static-y vision of Hyde in his sunglasses and bowler hat sporting an ominous smirk before the band kicks into their hard-edged dance hit.  

While not a household name, Underworld has thrived past the '80s as they have put out nine albums including Barbara Barbara, We Face A Shining Future from earlier this year and were major contributors to the music in the 2012 Summer Olympics that were held in London. They have also worked on multiple Danny Boyle films, including Trainspotting.

[Last modified: Monday, August 22, 2016 10:06am]

    

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