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Freur

Freur

is the name of the band that Karl Hyde and Rick Smith first belonged to when they began their careers. The band was formed in the 1980's in Cardiff, Wales, by Karl Hyde, Rick Smith, and Alfie Thomas. The band originally did not have a name, just a graphic squiggle. In 1983 they recruited John Warwicker and Bryn Burrows (drummer). These two were formerly from the group called, Fabulous Poodles. The group signed a contract with the major record label, CBS Records. The Record Company insisted that they give the squiggle a pronunciation so they called it Freur. The bandís first hit was, Doot Doot, and it reached number 59 on the U. K. Charts. The song was also the only hit they had. The song was a 1980's style pop with a drum machine, reverse live drums, and phased vocal. The sone was recorded and co-produced by Alex Burak and The Point Studio in Victoria, London, England. The studio was controlled by Rupert Merton from Point Music publishing. Merton signed Freur to their company. The band looked much like goth with a cross of rock, glam, and new romantic styles. Merton had also had an early version of the Thompson Twins on his list of music artists. The group Sigue Sigue Sputnik had greater success with the look not long after Freur did.

Between 1983 and 1985, the group released five more tracks and they were called, Matters of the Heart, Runaway, Riders In the Night, Devil and the Darkness, and Look In the Back For Answers. None of them were successful in the U. K. And all failed to hit the charts. They only released 2 albums, one was Doot Doot (1983), and the other was Get Us Out of Here (1985). The second album was released in Holland and Germany only and today it is a rarity. Warwicker left the band in 1986 and the group took a time out. In 1987, Hyde, Smith, Thomas, and Burrows, as well as Baz Allen, signed a contract with Sire records under their new group name, Underworld. The group received minor success with the single they released called, Underneath the Radar, in 1988. The group split up in 1990.

The members of the band were, Karl Hyde (vocals and guitar player), Rick Smith (keyboard player), Alfie Thomas (bass and keyboard player), Bryn Burrows (drum player), and John Warwicker (keyboard player). The band managed to release 3 albums and 7 singles. None of the releases ever made the charts but it was not from lack of trying. The group gave it their all and it just didnít work out for them.