Born Slippy .NUXX

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"Born Slippy .NUXX"
Underworld bornSlippyNuxxUS.jpg
Single by Underworld
from the album Trainspotting: Music from the Motion Picture
Released 1 July 1996
Format 12" vinyl, CD
Genre Techno, trance, experimental[1]
Length 9:44
Label Junior Boy's Own, Wax Trax!
Songwriter(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)

"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 a release of the similarly named but completely different track "Born Slippy", which featured "Born Slippy .NUXX" as a B-side.

"Born Slippy .NUXX" was released as a single in its own right in the wake of the 1996 Danny Boyle film Trainspotting, where it could be heard in the final scene. The film stoked immense public interest in the track, helping the single peak at number 2 on the UK Singles Chart in July 1996.[2] The Trainspotting soundtrack album credits the track as "Born Slippy", only in the inner liner notes listing it as "Born Slippy (NUXX)".

The track has since appeared on many compilation albums and mashup records, and has been remixed. 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.[3] In 2014, NME named it the 261st greatest song of all time.[4] Pitchfork Media named it the 31st best track of the 1990s.[5] The Guardian called it, alongside the Chemical Brothers' "Setting Sun", the "most experimental and sonically extreme hit [single] of the 90s."[1] The newspaper also named it among "the weirdest chart [hits] of all time."[6]

Background[edit]

The band has said that the pounding, relentless rhythm and shouted lyrics of the track were originally meant "as a joke",[7] and the single received little attention. They have also said in a The Guardian interview[8] 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.

As the original version of "Born Slippy .NUXX" was released on the "Born Slippy" single from the previous year, all copies of this single feature either an edited mix, an extended mix, or both.

1996 single[edit]

Track listings[edit]

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

  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)

  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)

  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)

  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) 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)

  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 (US)

  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 (US)

  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

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1996–97) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[9] 20
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[10] 20
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[11] 4
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia)[12] 18
Canada Dance (RPM)[13] 22
Finland (Suomen virallinen lista)[14] 17
Germany (Official German Charts)[15] 13
Ireland (IRMA)[16] 5
Italy (Hit Parade Italia)[17] 1
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[18] 28
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[19] 2
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[20] 51
UK Dance (Official Charts Company)[21] 2
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[22] 2
US Dance Club Songs (Billboard)[23] 33

Born Slippy .NUXX 2003[edit]

"Born Slippy .NUXX 2003"
Underworld bornSlippy2003.jpg
Single by Underworld
Released 16 October 2003 (Japan)
25 November 2003 (UK)
Format 12" vinyl, CD
Genre Progressive trance
Label Junior Boy's Own
Songwriter(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)

"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 of ".NUXX" eschews the synth melody and replaces it with a new piano part, with a chord progression that is present throughout the song, rather than at key moments, like in the original version. The finale of the full length 12" version features additional, rapidly arpeggiating piano and keyboard harmonies intersecting as the drum beat eventually fades away.

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)

  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)

  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

  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)

  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

  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

  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

  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)

  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

20th anniversary track listing (2015)[edit]

Second Toughest in the Infants: 20th Anniversary 4-CD Super Deluxe Edition: CD4: The Evolution of Born Slippy .NUXX (Various Versions Both Live & Studio)

  1. "Nuxx" (A1796) - 8:45
  2. "Nuxx" (A2221 UW Live (2 Sets) Leicester M Dog 94) - 12:33
  3. "Nuxx" (A4712 Live @ Zap Club Brighton Feb94) - 11:31
  4. "Nuxx" (A4733 UW Live Amsterdam Apr94) - 9:21
  5. "Nuxx" (Liquid Room 94 A2254 UW Live Liquid Room 2 Tokyo) - 11:31
  6. "Nuxx" (from A1825) - 6:11
  7. "Born Slippy .NUXX" - 11:48

Notes[edit]

  • Two digital singles were also released online.

References[edit]

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  17. ^ Italian Single Chart Hit parade Italia (Retrieved May 30, 2008)
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  22. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company.
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