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 MOBY (Electronica/Alternative)

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Registration date : 31/05/2008

MesajSubiect: MOBY (Electronica/Alternative)   Sam Mai 31, 2008 8:41 am



Birth name: Richard Melville Hall
Also known as: Voodoo Child, Barracuda, UHF, The Brotherhood, DJ Cake, Lopez, and Brainstorm/Mindstorm
Born: September 11, 1965 (age 41)
Genre(s): Trance/House/Electronica/Ambience
Instrument(s): Keyboard/Guitar/Bass
Years active: 1991 – present
Website: http://www.moby.com

MUSIC CAREER

Early years
Moby was in a punk band called the Vatican Commandos, which was formed in 1980, but was kicked out after their first release, a 7-inch titled "Hit Squad for God". He realized his music tastes and growth were going in opposite directions of his previous bands.
He was a house disc jockey at The Beat in Port Chester, New York from 1985, and signed a recording contract with Instinct records in 1989. His first success was "Go", a progressive track using the string line from "Laura Palmer's Theme" from the TV drama Twin Peaks. It reached the UK top ten in Autumn 1991 and earned him an appearance on Top of the Pops,[1] and features on his first album, The Story So Far (aka Moby).
In 1993 he toured with The Prodigy, Orbital, and the Aphex Twin,[1] and released a B-sides album named Rare: The Collected B-Sides 1989-1993. One song on this album, "Thousand", earned him a world record for the fastest song ever. It reached 1015 BPM.

1994-1998
His first album for Mute Records was Everything Is Wrong in 1995, which earned early critical praise and minor commercial success. (It was distributed in the USA by Elektra Records.) He followed this up in early 1996 with the double album Everything Is Wrong - Mixed and Remixed.
Later in 1996 he released a hard rock/electronic album called Animal Rights and toured Europe with the Red Hot Chilli Peppers. Unusually for Moby, who usually writes all his own music, occasionally with collaborators, Animal Rights included a cover version, Clint Conley's "That's When I Reach for My Revolver".
In 1997, he released I Like to Score, a collection of his music that had been used in movies. Among those tracks was an updated version of the "James Bond Theme" used for the James Bond film Tomorrow Never Dies. However, both Animal Rights and I Like to Score were commercially unsuccessful, and Elektra declined distribution of future Moby releases.

1999-2004
After a decade's worth of music, Moby's breakthrough album was 1999's Play. Mainstream reviewers raved about his talents on the album (released on Mute Records and distributed in the US by V2 Records) though some early fans were let down. The album has 18 tracks and was the first album in history to have all of its tracks commercially licensed (see 'Moby's songs used in other media' below). The album's tracks eventually were accepted in various radio formats, but because of Play's extensive licensing, the album could have been financially successful even without radio play. In addition to fame garnered through its licensing, Play is also notable for its extensive sampling of old blues recordings collected by Alan Lomax. In a 2005 posting on his web site, Moby theorized that his eagerness to license his music is a result of "growing up in poverty".
In 2001, Moby founded the Area:One Festival. It was a popular touring rock festival that featured an eclectic range of musical genres. A second tour was organized for the following year.
In 2001, Moby also earned the ire of Eminem after calling his music misogynist and homophobic; Eminem later satirized Moby (among others) in "Without Me", calling him a "36-year-old baldheaded fag" and questioning his relevance with the claim "Nobody listens to techno." Moby replied that he hadn't played techno since 1992. The two were in a confrontation at the 2002 MTV Video Music Awards, though Moby expresses respect for Eminem as an artist.
In 2002, Moby released 18, an album that had 18 tracks. The most popular song on the album was "We Are All Made of Stars". Moby says he wrote "Sunday (The Day Before My Birthday)" in response to the 2001 terrorist attacks, which happened on his birthday.
Moby briefly had a television show on MTV in 2002, Seńor Moby's House of Music, which focused mostly on more obscure electronic music. Moby also appeared on Ride with Funkmaster Flex.

2005 to date
In 2005 Moby released his album Hotel. Instead of his usual usage of samples, all of the vocals and instruments on Hotel were performed live in the studio by Moby and vocalist Laura Dawn, who is the Cultural Director of MoveOn.org.
The 2005 multi-award winning documentary Earthlings, narrated by Hollywood actor and animal rights activist Joaquin Phoenix, features an original score by Moby.
Moby scored the soundtrack for Richard Kelly's 2006 movie Southland Tales; he was a huge fan of Kelly's previous film, Donnie Darko, and could not resist the offer the director gave him.
On November 6, 2006, a compilation album of his greatest hits, entitled Go: The Very Best of Moby was released, which includes a new track, "New York, New York" for which Debbie Harry provided vocals. Different versions of this album have his single "Slipping Away" in different languages and with different co-singers.
Moby has reunited Richard Barone's legendary 80s pop group The Bongos to produce and play on a new version of their song "The Bulrushes". The song will be included as a bonus track on the upcoming special edition release of the band's debut album, Drums Along The Hudson, on Cooking Vinyl Records, due out in January 2007.
In 2007 Moby launched a website entitled mobygratis.com. mobygratis provides free music for film students and independent and non-profit filmmakers. It is a non-profit venture, with any/all revenue earned by mobygratis.com going to the Humane Society/HSUS.

In 2007 Moby also started a rock band, The Little Death, NYC, with his friends Laura Dawn, Daron Murphy, and Aaron Brooks.

In 2008 Moby released Last Night, an eclectic album of electronic dance music inspired by a night out in his New York neighborhood (the Lower East Side). The singles from Last Night include "Alice," "Disco Lies," "I Love To Move In Here," and "Ooh Yeah."

In collaboration with The Sunday Times, Moby released an exclusive mix album titled "A Night In NYC" which appeared on the newspaper's cover. It was a compilation of Moby tracks spanning his career and included video from his new album Last Night.

DISCOGRAPHY

Albums

STUDIO ALBUMS:

1992 - MOBY

1993 - AMBIENT

1995 - EVERYTHING IS WRONG

1996 - ANIMAL RIGHTS

1999 - PLAY

2000 - PLAY:THE B-SIDES

2002 - 18

2003 - 18 B-SIDES

2005 - HOTEL

2008 - LAST NIGHT

LIMITED EDITION BONUS DISCS:
1995 - Underwater (free with limited edition Everything Is Wrong)
1996 - Little Idiot (free with limited edition Animal Rights)
2005 - Hotel.Ambient (free with limited edition Hotel)

ALBUMS RELEASED UNDER PSEUDONYMS:
1991 - Instinct Dance (as Moby/Barracuda/Brainstorm/Voodoo Child)
1996 - The End of Everything (as Voodoo Child)
1996 - Dog Heaven (single) (as Voodoo Child)
2003 - Baby Monkey (as Voodoo Child)

COMPILATIONS/OTHER:
1993 - Early Underground
1996 - Rare: The Collected B-Sides 1989-1993

1996 - Everything Is Wrong - DJ Mix Album
1997 - I Like to Score

2000 - Songs 1993-1998
2006 - Go: The Very Best of Moby

2007 - GO - The Very Best of Moby: Remixed
2007 - UNDERWATER (free with limited edition Everything Is Wrong)
2007 - LITTLE IDIOT (free with limited edition Animal Rights)
2007 - hotel.ambient (free with limited edition Hotel)
2007 - The Bioshock EP (free with limited edition BioShock)
2007 - HOTEL (iTunes Original)
2008 - A NIGHT IN NYC (free with the Sunday Times on 11 May 2008)

SINGLES:
* 1989 "Time's Up" (as The Brotherhood)
* 1991 "Go" #10 UK
* 1993 "I Feel It / Thousand" #38 UK
* 1993 "Move" #21 UK
* 1994 "Hymn" #31 UK
* 1994 "Feeling So Real" #30 UK
* 1995 "Everytime You Touch Me" #28 UK
* 1995 "Into the Blue" #34 UK
* 1996 "Bring Back My Happiness" (Feb 1996)
* 1996 "Sugar Baby" (as DJ Cake)
* 1996 "That's When I Reach For My Revolver" (26 August 1996) #50 UK
* 1996 "Come On Baby" (4 November 1996)
* 1997 "James Bond Theme (Moby's Re-Version)" #8 UK
* 1998 "Honey" #33 UK
* 1999 "Run On" #33 UK
* 1999 "Bodyrock" #38 UK
* 1999 "Why Does My Heart Feel So Bad" #16 UK
* 2000 "Natural Blues" #11 UK
* 2000 "Porcelain" #5 UK
* 2001 "South Side" (featuring Gwen Stefani) #14 U.S.
* 2000 "Why Does My Heart Feel So Bad / Honey (Remix feat. Kelis)" #17 UK
* 2002 "We Are All Made of Stars" (UK) #11 UK
* 2002 "Extreme Ways" (UK) #39 UK
* 2002 "In This World" (UK) #35 UK
* 2003 "Sunday (The Day Before My Birthday)" (UK)
* 2003 "Jam For The Ladies" (UK)
* 2004 "Baby Monkey" (as Voodoo Child)
* 2004 "MKLVFKWR" (with Public Enemy)
* 2005 "Lift Me Up" (UK, 28 February 2005) #18 UK
* 2005 "Raining Again" (Europe, 23 May 2005; Australia, 6 June 2005) #52 Australia
* 2005 "Spiders" (UK, 30 May 2005) #50 UK
* 2005 "Beautiful" (Europe, 12 September 2005)
* 2005 "Dream About Me" (UK, 8 August 2005)
* 2006 "Slipping Away" (UK, 23 January 2006) #53 UK
* 2006 "New York New York" (Featuring Debbie Harry) #40 Australia, #43 UK
* 2006 "Slipping Away (Crier La Vie)" (Featuring Mylène Farmer) (France, 25 September 2006) #1 France
* 2006 "Escapar (Slipping Away)" (Featuring Amaral) #3 Spain
* 2006 "New York, New York" UK#43
* 2007 "Extreme Ways (Bourne's Ultimatum)" UK#61
* 2008 "Alice"
* 2008 "Disco Lies"
* 2008 "I Love to Move in Here"
* 2008 "Everyday It's 1989"

VIDEOS:
2001 - Moby Play: The DVD
2003 - Moby 18: DVD + B Sides
2003 - Moby Presents: Alien Sex Party
2006 - Moby Live: The Hotel Tour 2005
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