Born Slippy .NUXX

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"Born Slippy .NUXX"
Single by Underworld
from the album Trainspotting OST
Released 1 July 1996
Format Vinyl (12"), CD
Genre Progressive trance
Length 9:44
Label Junior Boy's Own, Wax Trax!
Writer(s) Rick Smith, Karl Hyde, Darren Emerson
Producer(s) Rick Smith, Karl Hyde, Darren Emerson
Underworld singles chronology
"Pearl's Girl"
(1996)
"Born Slippy .NUXX"
(1996)
"Juanita"
(1997)

"Born Slippy .NUXX" is a song by British electronic group Underworld. It was released in July 1996 as a single and preceded in January 1995 by the single "Born Slippy", which featured the ".NUXX" mix as a B-side.

The ".NUXX" mix was released as its own proper single in the wake of the 1996 Danny Boyle film Trainspotting, where it could be heard in the final scene. The movie stoked immense public interest in the previously little-known track, helping the single peak at Number 2 in the UK Singles Chart in July 1996.[1] The track became known as simply "Born Slippy" by the general public, despite the fact that "Born Slippy" is the title of the completely different 1995 track.

The track has since appeared on countless compilations, mashup records, and remixes. Due to its immense popularity, it has been played at nearly every Underworld live performance since 1996. In 2004, It was voted the 4th best dance track ever by readers of Mixmag magazine.[2] In 2014, NME named it the 261st greatest song of all time.[3] Pitchfork Media named it the 31st best track of the 1990s.[4]

Background[edit]

The band has stated that the pounding, relentless rhythm and shouted lyrics of the track were originally meant "as a joke",[5] and the single received little attention. They have also said in a Guardian interview[6] that the song is intended to sound like an alcoholic's internal dialogue and that Karl Hyde was an alcoholic at the time. Underworld have claimed that the ".NUXX" name was inspired by a computer fault that added that suffix to the name of their working files.

Track listings[edit]

CD: Junior Boy's Own / JBO 44 CDS1 (UK)[edit]

  1. "Born Slippy .NUXX (Extended)" – 11:35
  2. "Born Slippy .NUXX (Deep Pan)" – 9:58
  3. "Born Slippy .NUXX (Darren Price Mix)" – 6:28
  4. "Born Slippy .NUXX (Darren Price Remix)" – 8:09

CD: Junior Boy's Own / JBO 44 CDS2 (UK)[edit]

  1. "Born Slippy .NUXX (short)" – 4:24
  2. "Dark & Long (Dark Train)" – 10:23
  3. "Banstyle (Alex Reece Mix)" – 5:39

12": Junior Boy's Own / JBO 44 (UK)[edit]

  1. "Born Slippy .NUXX (Extended)" – 11:35
  2. "Born Slippy .NUXX (Darren Price Remix)" – 8:09
  3. "Banstyle (Alex Reece Mix)" – 5:39

3x12": Junior Boy's Own / Logic / BMG Ariola / 74321-39599-1 (Germany)[edit]

  1. "Born Slippy .NUXX (Extended)" – 11:35
  2. "Born Slippy .NUXX (Darren Price Mix) [... remix]" – 6:28
  1. "Born Slippy .NUXX (Deep Pan)" – 9:58
  2. "Banstyle (Alex Reece Mix)" – 5:39
  1. "Born Slippy .NUXX (short ii) [... short]" – 3:45
  2. "Born Slippy .NUXX (Darren Price Remix) [... remix 2]" – 8:09

2xCD: Junior Boy's Own / Logic / BMG Ariola / 74321-39599-2 (Germany)[edit]

This refers to the cardboard double-pack

  1. "Born Slippy .NUXX (short ii) [... short]" – 3:45
  2. "Born Slippy .NUXX (Extended)" – 11:35
  3. "Born Slippy .NUXX (Darren Price Mix) [... remix]" – 6:28
  4. "Born Slippy .NUXX (Darren Price Remix) [... remix 2]" – 8:09
  5. "Born Slippy .NUXX (Deep Pan)" – 9:58
  6. "Banstyle (Alex Reece Mix)" – 5:39

CD: Junior Boy's Own / Logic / Dance Pool / 663629-2 (Australia)[edit]

  1. "Born Slippy .NUXX (short ii)" – 3:45
  2. "Born Slippy .NUXX (Darren Price Mix)" – 6:28
  3. "Born Slippy .NUXX (Darren Price Remix)" – 8:09
  4. "Born Slippy .NUXX (Deep Pan)" – 9:58
  5. "Banstyle (Alex Reece Mix)" – 5:39

3x12": WaxTrax! TVT / 8731-0 (USA)[edit]

  1. "Born Slippy .NUXX (Extended)" – 11:35
  2. "Born Slippy .NUXX (Deep Pan)" – 9:58
  1. "Born Slippy .NUXX (Darren Price Mix)" – 6:28
  2. "Born Slippy .NUXX (Darren Price Remix)" – 8:11
  1. "Dark & Long (Dark Train)" – 10:23
  2. "Banstyle (Alex Reece Mix)" – 5:39

CD: WaxTrax! TVT / 8745-2 (USA)[edit]

  1. "Born Slippy .NUXX (Extended)" – 11:35
  2. "Born Slippy .NUXX (Deep Pan)" – 9:58
  3. "Born Slippy .NUXX (Darren Price Mix)" – 6:28
  4. "Born Slippy .NUXX (Darren Price Remix)" – 8:11
  5. "Born Slippy .NUXX (short)" – 4:23
  6. "Dark & Long (Dark Train)" – 10:23
  7. "Banstyle (Alex Reece Mix)" – 5:39

Charts[edit]

Peak positions[edit]

Chart (1996-97) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[7] 20
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[8] 20
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[9] 4
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia)[10] 18
Canada Dance (RPM)[11] 22
Finland (Suomen virallinen lista)[12] 17
Germany (Media Control Charts)[13] 13
Ireland (IRMA) 5
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[14] 28
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[15] 51
UK Singles (The Official Charts Company) 2
US Billboard Dance Music/Club Play Singles 33

Born Slippy .NUXX 2003[edit]

"Born Slippy .NUXX 2003"
Single by Underworld
Released 16 October 2003 (Japan)
25 November 2003 (UK)
Format Vinyl (12"), CD
Genre Progressive trance
Label Junior Boy's Own
Writer(s) Rick Smith, Karl Hyde
Producer(s) Rick Smith, Karl Hyde
Underworld singles chronology
"Dinosaur Adventure 3D"
(2003)
"Born Slippy .NUXX 2003"
(2003)
"JAL to Tokyo"
(2005)

"Born Slippy .NUXX 2003" is a version of "Born Slippy .NUXX" re-released by Underworld to promote the album 1992-2002, originally released in 2003. New remixes were commissioned for this release, along with a new video, compiled by Danny Boyle of clips from his film Trainspotting. The 2003 version eschewed the familiar synth melody and replaced it with a new piano chord melody, which is present throughout the song, rather than at key moments like the original version.

One of the mixes of the track is extensively used by TV Asahi for their station opening sequence.

2003 remix track listings[edit]

CD: Junior Boy's Own, JBO5024703 (UK)[edit]

  1. "Born Slippy Nuxx (2003 Edit)" - 3:58
  2. "Born Slippy Nuxx (Atomic Hooligan Mix)" - 7:19
  3. "Born Slippy Nuxx (Paul Oakenfold Mix)" - 8:11

CD: V2, V2CP166 (JP)[edit]

  1. "Born Slippy Nuxx (2003 Edit)" - 4:00
  2. "Born Slippy Nuxx (2003 12" Edit)" - 7:01
  3. "Born Slippy Nuxx (Down Version)" - 4:53
  4. "Born Slippy Nuxx (London Elektricity Mix)" - 8:17
  5. "Born Slippy Nuxx (Paul Oakenfold Mix)" - 8:12

CD: Junior Boy's Own, (UK) promo[edit]

  1. "Born Slippy Nuxx (2003 Edit)" - 4:00
  2. "Born Slippy Nuxx (London Elektricity Mix)" - 8:17
  3. "Born Slippy Nuxx (Atomic Hooligan Mix)" - 7:19
  4. "Born Slippy Nuxx (Down Version)" - 4:53
  5. "Born Slippy Nuxx (Paul Oakenfold Mix)" - 8:12
  6. "Born Slippy Nuxx (2003 12" Edit)" - 7:01

12": Junior Boy's Own, JBO5024706 (UK) Part 1/2; V2, 63881-27802-1 (US)[edit]

  1. "Born Slippy Nuxx (2003 12" Edit)" - 7:01
  2. "Born Slippy Nuxx (Paul Oakenfold Mix)" - 8:12

12": Junior Boy's Own, JBO5024700 (UK) Part 2/2[edit]

  1. "Born Slippy Nuxx (Atomic Hooligan Mix)" - 7:19
  2. "Born Slippy Nuxx (London Elektricity Mix)" - 8:17

12": Junior Boy's Own, JBO5024706P (UK) promo 1/2[edit]

  1. "Born Slippy Nuxx (2003 12" Edit)" - 7:01
  2. "Born Slippy Nuxx (London Elektricity Mix)" - 8:17

12": Junior Boy's Own, JBO5024700P (UK) promo 2/2[edit]

  1. "Born Slippy Nuxx (Paul Oakenfold Mix)" - 8:12
  2. "Born Slippy Nuxx (Atomic Hooligan Mix)" - 7:19

DVD: Junior Boy's Own / JBO8024709 (UK)[edit]

  1. "Born Slippy Nuxx (Danny Boyle Video)" - 3:55
  2. "Born Slippy Nuxx (2003 Down Version)" - 4:55
  3. "Born Slippy Nuxx (Original Version)" - 7:34

Notes[edit]

  • Two digital singles were also released online.

References[edit]