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dubnobasswithmyheadman is the third album by Techno band Underworld, released in 1994. Furthermore the album is best remembered for the hits "Dark & Long" and "Cowgirl."

It was reissued in 2014 for the 20th anniversary, and in October of that year, the band performed the album live in sequence for the first time ever.


  1. "Dark & Long" (7:35)
  2. "Mmm...Skyscraper I Love You" (13:08)
  3. "Surfboy" (7:33)
  4. "Spoonman" (7:41)
  5. "Tongue" (4:50)
  6. "Dirty Epic" (9:55)
  7. "Cowgirl" (8:29)
  8. "River of Bass" (6:26)
  9. "M.E." (7:08)

Dark & Long Tropes:

  • all lowercase letters: The album title.
  • All Men Are Perverts: "Dirty Epic", where a man is no longer interested in his partner and rather engages in phone sex and artificial sex objects.
    "Call me wet trampoline", she said today
    Well i was too busy with my hand.
    Shake well before use she said but you never touch me anymore.
    I was busy listening for phone sex
    Coming through the back door. In skin-tight trunks. And we all went mental... and danced.
  • The Big Damn Kiss: "Dark & Long"
    Now I kiss you dark & long...
  • Bilingual Bonus: "M.E." has lyrics in Japanese.
  • Broken Record: "Cowgirl"
    Everything, everything, everything, everything,...
  • Deliberately Monochrome: The album cover is in black-and-white.
  • Design Student's Orgasm: The album cover was designed by the art design collective Tomato and provides black and white typography that has been overlaid so much that the text on it is mostly unreadable.
  • Dramatic Thunder: "Dark & Long"
    Thunder, thunder, lightning ahead
  • Epic Rocking: All tracks, except "Tongue" are over six minutes long, with "Mmm... Skyscraper I Love You" being the longest.
  • "I Want" Song: "Cowgirl"
    I want to give you everything
  • Minimalistic Cover Art: A series of abstract images.
  • New Sound Album: The album signed the band's departure from Synth-Pop to straightforward Electronic Music (specifically Techno, big beat, Hardcore and Trance).
  • Non-Appearing Title: The album title doesn't appear in the lyrics. Most songs neither, except for "Dark and Long" and "Spoonman".
  • One-Man Song: "Surfboy", "Spoonman".
  • One-Woman Song: "Cowgirl".
  • One-Word Title: The album title and the individual tracks "Tongue", "Cowgirl", "M.E.".
  • The Power of Love: "Mmm, Skyscraper I Love You", written when Karl Hyde flew over New York by plane and witnessed the skyscrapers.
  • Product Placement: "Dirty Epic"
    I get my kicks on Channel Six
  • Shout-Out: "Dark & Long" was used in Trainspotting, but in an almost unrecognizable remix, called the "Dark Train" mix.
    • Which has in turn been remixed as "Nu Train," and performed at shows such as the Live at the Oblivion Ball shows in 2007.
  • Stock Sound Effects: "Tongue" is undercut with sounds of somebody walking outside on a gravel pad and entering a house.
  • Surprisingly Gentle Song: "River Of Bass", a soothing melody, perfect for relaxing. And it comes just after "Cowgirl!"
    • The closing track "M.E." is also gentle, although not quite as much.
  • With Lyrics: "Dirty Epic" was based on the instrumental single "Dirty" the band released in 1992.
  • Word Salad Lyrics: The song "Mmm Skyscraper I Love You" was written when Karl Hyde travelled by plane over New York and just wrote down everything that came into mind during the flight, even the captain saying: "We're 30.000 feet above the Earth".
    • Does Karl Hyde sing "an eraser of love" or "a razor of love" in "Cowgirl?" The music video puts both lyrics on screen.
  • Word Salad Title: Try and say the album title 5 times in one go.