The club anthem pathfinders of Underworld have been named music directors for the 2012 Olympics. Rick Smith and Karl Hyde, the two behind legendary tracks like “Born Slippy,” will be part of a dream-team of English artists crafting the Opening Ceremony. Leading them as creative director will be Danny Boyle, director of smash films like Slumdog Millionaire, 28 Days Later and 127 Hours. In a press release, the award-winning director calls Underworld the “final piece of the jigsaw for the team of leading British creatives who will deliver the ceremonies.”
The team-up is a natural choice given Boyle’s history with Underworld. “Born Slippy” was featured on the soundtrack to Boyle’s film Trainspotting. That sparked a 15-year
relationship with Underworld contributing music to several of Boyle’s movies. Their most recent collaboration was on a National Theatre production of Frankenstein. July 27, 2012, is the date we’ll likely see more glow sticks than usual at an Olympic opener, but it is Underworld at the sonic helm after all.