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Dark and Long (Dark Train) (by Underworld) 

“I don’t feel the sickness yet, but it’s in the post. That’s for sure. I’m in the junkie limbo at the moment. Too ill to sleep. Too tired to stay awake, but the sickness is on its way. Sweat, chills, nausea. Pain and craving. A need like nothing else I’ve ever known will soon take hold of me. It’s on its way.” – Mark Renton (Ewan McGregor, Trainspotting)

While the original version of Underworld’s Dark and Long didn’t pick up traction when it was released in 1994’s Dubnobasswithmyheadman album, just about everyone knows of or has heard the Dark Train remix. Most popular with Danny Boyle’s Trainspotting, the Dark Train remix is an Underworld classic. Most of the vocals are removed, and the tempo is increased quite a bit. Much like my love for John Carpenter’s work with Alan Howarth, some of Underworld’s best works were when Darren Emerson was on board. This isn’t to say that Karl Hyde and Rick Smith aren’t good without him. It’s just different.

I’ve been sick for the last few days, in bed for most the time and off work as a result. As my DayJob requires my voice (and I didn’t have one), I wasn’t of much use. Took a Covid test, which thankfully, came back negative (and will take another before the weekend’s up). Laying in bed and listening to Audiobooks (The Fourth Wing, by Rebecca Yarros, currently) I could feel the NyQuil do it’s thing and let sleep take hold. It reminded me of Mark Renton’s detox scene in the film, which I’ll also share here. I’m hoping I’ll be well by Thanksgiving – I really miss seeing my family – but I’m not sure.

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