Change the Weather


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Change the Weather is the second album released by Underworld, in 1989. It contains the single "Stand Up", which became the band's biggest US hit, peaking at number 69 on the Billboard Hot 100 and number 14 on the Hot Modern Rock Tracks chart in 1989. The album peaked at number 64 on the Australian albums chart in October 1989.


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Look at these eyes admit that you're killing me but you can never see
The damage that you do! look at this fool in tears on his stupid knees
You treat me like disease how can I please you? I'd change the weather
I'd change the weather for you now I'd change the weather I'd get down
On my knees and pray for you I'd change the weather I'd change the
Weather for you now I'd change the weather I'd get down on my knees
Forever! and if I could I'd kiss you and run away now shut your mouth
And pray it's something that I'll do but I'm a fool a magnet to your
Vicious words to you I look absurd but I'm in love with you

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The underworld or netherworld is thought to be deep underground or beneath the surface of the world in most religions and mythologies. Typically it is a place where the souls of the recently departed go, an afterlife or a Realm of the dead. Chthonic is the technical adjective for things of the underworld. more »

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Album Release
"Change the Weather" is a track from Underworld's album "Change the Weather" which was released in 1989.
Line-up Shift
This song and the rest of the album marked the significant shift in the band's line-up. Prior to this album, Underworld was a funk and synth-pop band including the musicians Karl Hyde, Rick Smith, Alfie Thomas, Bryn Burrows, and Baz Allen. However, after the release of "Change the Weather," Thomas, Burrows, and Allen left, leaving Hyde and Smith to form the electronic duo Underworld we know today.
Genre Transition
The release of "Change the Weather" was a part of a significant genre transition for Underworld, moving them away from their new wave and synth-pop roots, edging closer to the alternative dance and electronic music the band is more known for today.
Album Ranking
The "Change the Weather" album was not a commercial success and didn't receive the same level of critical acclaim as some of Underworld's later releases. The album reached only number 42 on the UK Albums Chart.
Music Influence
The song "Change the Weather" like many others on the album, shows touches of the house and techno influences that would come to define Underworld's sound in the 90s.
Revamped Underworld Sound
After this album, Karl Hyde and Rick Smith continued as Underworld, linking up with DJ and producer Darren Emerson. From then, the band steered towards techno and house, creating a fresh sound that launched them to global success in the mid-90s.
Original Band Name
Interestingly, the band wasn't always named Underworld. They were first named Freur and changed it to Underworld when they went for a change in musical direction in 1987. "Change the Weather" is part of this transformative era.
The lyrics for "Change the Weather" are inclined towards introspection and dealing with issues of change, carefully mirroring the band's phase during that period.
Cover Art
The album cover for "Change the Weather" was created by the designers at Tomato, a design collective that included Hyde and Smith. It features the band name and album title in a white font against a relatively dark background.
Limited Edition Release
In 2019, for Record Store Day, the album "Change the Weather" was reissued on Vinyl as a limited edition, including the song "Change the Weather".

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