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"Born Slippy .NUXX"
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Single by Underworld
from the album Trainspotting: Music from the Motion Picture
A-side"Born Slippy"
B-side
  • Darren Price Remix
  • "Banstyle" (Alex Reece Remix)
Released1 July 1996 (1996-07-01)
Genre
Length
  • 11:46 (original release)
  • 9:44 (album edit)
  • 4:25 (single edit)
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
  • Rick Smith
  • Karl Hyde
  • Darren Emerson
Underworld singles chronology
"Pearl's Girl"
(1996)
"Born Slippy .NUXX"
(1996)
"Juanita"
(1997)
Underworld singles chronology
"Cowgirl"
(1994)
"Born Slippy"
(1995)
"Rowla"
(1996)

"Born Slippy .NUXX" is a song by British electronic music group Underworld. It was first released as the B-side to "Born Slippy", in May 1995. The fragmented lyrics, by vocalist Karl Hyde, describe the perspective of an alcoholic.

After it was used in the 1996 film Trainspotting, "Born Slippy .NUXX" was issued as a single on 1 July 1996 and reached number two on the UK Singles Chart. It has been named one of the best tracks of the 1990s by numerous publications.

Writing[edit]

Vocalist Karl Hyde wrote the lyrics for "Born Slippy .NUXX" after a night drinking in Soho, London, hoping to capture the way a drunk "sees the world in fragments". The vocals were recorded in one take; when Hyde lost his place, he would sing the same line repeatedly, creating the line "lager, lager, lager, lager".[2] Hyde, who was struggling with alcoholism, said he did not intend the song to be a "drinking anthem" but rather a "cry for help". He was disturbed when audience members raised their lager cans during performances.[2] Underworld producer Rick Smith said the lyrics reflected "this energy of movement, and of time and place", like an abstract painting.[3]

Release[edit]

On 1 May 1995, Underworld first released "Born Slippy .NUXX" in the UK, where it was the B-side to a very different but similarly named instrumental track, "Born Slippy"[4][5] The 12" vinyl release contained the full-length version of both songs,[6] and the CD single contained edited (but still very long) versions, with the beatless ending of "Born Slippy .NUXX" segueing into the instrumental song "Born Slippy .TELEMATIC".[7] The CD single's tracks were released on CD single & 12" in the United States later that year.[8]

"Born Slippy. NUXX" was then used in the film Trainspotting, released February 1996 in the UK.[4] Director Danny Boyle described it as the "heartbeat" of the film, capturing its "euphoric highs following intense lows".[4] Underworld initially refused permission to use it in the film, as they disliked how their music was often used in negative portrayals of clubbing, but Boyle persuaded them after showing them a clip.[3] The CD edit was used on the Trainspotting soundtrack album,[9] released February 1996 in the UK[citation needed] and July 1996 in the USA.[citation needed]

The song does not feature on an Underworld album, but the full-length version was included as a bonus track on 2-CD editions of Second Toughest in the Infants (March 1996),[10] and on the 2015 4-CD box set for that same album, where is featured along with several demos & early live versions on a disc titled The Evolution Of Born Slippy (Nuxx).[11]

"Born Slippy .NUXX" was then reissued as a single in the UK on 1 July 1996.[12] Boosted by Trainspotting,[3] it reached number two on the UK Singles Chart.[2] Smith was shocked when BBC Radio 1 played the track on breakfast radio, and said: "I thought, music is moving, culture is moving, it's spreading. It's meaning things outside of just the context of on an amazing sound system in a club or on a PA system in a student hall. It was very nice!"[3] The equivalent reissue single was released in the United States in October 1996.[13]

Critical reception[edit]

British magazine Music Week rated the song five out of five in 1996, describing it as "an anthem for a generation".[14] On the 1995 release, Brad Beatnik from the magazine's RM Dance Update wrote, "Messrs Emerson, Hyde and Smith bung a few breakbeats on board for a dazzling ride through rich, colourful techno terrains. For the first minute, you might think the boys have gone all jungle on us but no – those lush synths cruise in to perfectly balance the thwacking beats."[15]

Impact and legacy[edit]

AllMusic wrote that "Born Slippy .NUXX" was "simply one of the best slices of electronica one will find. Musically austere in its emotional textures, the song becomes a nearly unstoppable force ... Dance music is rarely so artistic and enjoyable in the same instance."[16] Vice described "Born Slippy .NUXX" as one of the 90s' most iconic songs,[3] writing that it "mixed sublime synths with a four-to-the-floor freakout, and represented everything that was going on; it was new."[3]

In 2004, Mixmag readers voted it the fourth-best dance track,[17] and in 2011 Slant Magazine named it the 95th best single of the decade.[18] In 2014, NME named it the 261st greatest song of all time.[19] Pitchfork named it the 31st best track of the 1990s.[20] The Guardian named it the "most experimental and sonically extreme hit of the 90s", alongside the Chemical Brothers' 1996 single "Setting Sun",[1] and among "the weirdest chart hits of all time".[21]

For the film T2 Trainspotting (2017), Smith created a new version with timestretched chords, "Slow Slippy".[3] He said in 2017, "We’ve been playing 'Born Slippy' live for 20 years, and the reaction from the audience is so strong it's almost overwhelming. It's never got tiring to perform or play. It's what it triggers in people."[22]

Track listings[edit]

The full-length "Born Slippy .NUXX" runs about 11:44. Durations vary on individual releases, as the ending is sometimes faded out a few seconds early, or additional silence is mastered onto the end.

1995 UK 12-inch 1[23]
No.TitleLength
1."Born Slippy"8:57
2."Born Slippy .NUXX"11:37
These are the original full-length versions. Durations are approximate.


1995 UK 12-inch 2[24]
No.TitleLength
1."Born Slippy .TELEMATIC" 
2."Cowgirl (Winjer Mix)" 


1995 UK CD single,[25] US CD single and US 12-inch
No.TitleLength
1."Born Slippy"8:29
2."Born Slippy .NUXX"9:44
3."Born Slippy .TELEMATIC"9:38
Tracks 2 & 3 are segued. Track 1 is edited, removing a false ending that was present on the original. Track 2 is also edited, removing several repetitive sections; this version, faded out just before the segue, is what appears on the Trainspotting soundtrack album.


1996 UK CD single 1[26]
No.TitleLength
1."Born Slippy .NUXX"11:35
2."Born Slippy .NUXX (Deep Pan)"9:57
3."Born Slippy .NUXX (Darren Price Mix)"6:28
4."Born Slippy .NUXX (Darren Price Remix)"8:08


1996 UK CD single 2[27]
No.TitleLength
1."Born Slippy .NUXX (Short)"4:25
2."Dark + Long (Dark Train)"10:24
3."Banstyle (Alex Reece Mix)"5:39
Track 1 is an early fade of the 9:44 edit.


1996 UK 12-inch and US 12-inch[28][29]
No.TitleLength
1."Born Slippy .NUXX" 
2."Born Slippy .NUXX (Darren Price Remix)" 
3."Banstyle (Alex Reece Mix)" 


1996 US CD single[30]
No.TitleLength
1."Born Slippy .NUXX"11:33
2."Born Slippy .NUXX (Deep Pan)"9:57
3."Born Slippy .NUXX (Darren Price Mix)"6:28
4."Born Slippy .NUXX (Darren Price Remix)"8:08
5."Born Slippy .NUXX (Short)"4:20
6."Dark + Long (Dark Train)"10:21
7."Banstyle (Alex Reece Mix)"5:39
Track 5 is an early fade of the 9:44 edit.


1996 Europe 2-CD single set[31]
No.TitleLength
1."Born Slippy .NUXX (Short)"3:43
2."Born Slippy .NUXX (Nuxx Mix)"11:33
3."Born Slippy .NUXX (Darren Price Remix)"6:28
4."Born Slippy .NUXX (Darren Price Remix 2)"8:08
5."Born Slippy .NUXX (Deep Pan)"9:57
6."Banstyle (Alex Reece Mix)"5:39
Disc 1 has the first 3 tracks, disc 2 has the rest. Track 1 is an early fade of the 4:20 version. Track 2 is just the full-length version, uniquely subtitled for this release. "Darren Price Remix" is the same as "Darren Price Mix" on other releases. "Darren Price Remix 2" is the same as "Darren Price Remix" on other releases.


1996 Australia CD single[32]
No.TitleLength
1."Born Slippy .NUXX (Short)" 
2."Born Slippy .NUXX (Darren Price Mix)" 
3."Born Slippy .NUXX (Darren Price Remix)" 
4."Born Slippy .NUXX (Deep Pan)" 
5."Banstyle (Alex Reece Mix)" 

Charts and certifications[edit]

"Born Slippy .NUXX 2003"[edit]

"Born Slippy .NUXX 2003"
Single by Underworld
Released27 October 2003 (2003-10-27)[60]
GenreDance
Length3:58
Label
Songwriter(s)
  • Rick Smith
  • Karl Hyde
Producer(s)Underworld
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. This release reached No. 1 on the UK Dance Singles Chart during the first week of November 2003.

Track listings[edit]

UK and European CD single[61]
No.TitleLength
1."Born Slippy Nuxx (2003 Edit)"3:58
2."Born Slippy Nuxx (Atomic Hooligan Remix)"7:19
3."Born Slippy Nuxx (Paul Oakenfold Mix)"8:11


European 12-inch single[62]
No.TitleLength
1."Born Slippy Nuxx (2003 12-inch version)"7:01
2."Born Slippy Nuxx (Paul Oakenfold Mix)"8:11


US 12-inch single[63]
No.TitleLength
1."Born Slippy Nuxx (Paul Oakenfold Mix)"8:11
2."Born Slippy Nuxx (2003 12-inch version)"7:01

Charts[edit]

Chart (2003–2004) Peak
position
Belgium (Ultratip Flanders)[64] 13
Belgium Dance (Ultratop Flanders)[65] 12
Italy (FIMI)[66] 44
Scotland (OCC)[67] 24
UK Singles (OCC)[68] 27
UK Dance (OCC)[69] 1
UK Indie (OCC)[70] 4
US Dance Club Songs (Billboard)[50] 9

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