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Rick Smith is the programming, music writing, technical wizard third of Underworld, and is also the oldest member of the group.
Having teamed up
with Karl in the very early eighties to form the Screen Gems and later Freur,
the pair have been working together in various project since.
Rick is also one half of the Steppin' Razor remix team that includes band partner Darren.
Interesting fact - Rick's father is a church minister
Rick has been responsible for work with Saint Etienne, working on the album Tiger Bay.
Rick is perhaps the most level headed of the three band members, and although has his reservations about the trainspotters who hang on the band's every word (oops that's me and you) 'that's not to devalue these people but perhaps they should stop there (with the music)', he does believe that the music is most important thing.
Rick, like Karl, has been saving snippets of sound and lyrics for years, the opening lines to Jumbo, on Beaucoup Fish, come from a Louisiana fishing trip made ten years ago with a friend...he now files away everything, claiming that the band are basically (sound) librarians, much to the frustration of darren...
Rick and Karl are part of the Tomato collective and often tour lecture theater's and seminars offering details on their design work, which is a break from touring and lets the pair loose from the trappings of a band environment.
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