Moby

Moby

Real Name:
Richard Melville Hall
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Born: September 11, 1965, Harlem, New York, NY, United States.

One of electronic music's most visible and talked-about figures, Moby's career comprises many years of work and many musical twists and turns. His career stretches all the way back to early rave and acid-house releases in the late 80s and early 90s as U.H.F. and Voodoo Child, through to his much loved/hated R&B/blues/pop/techno sample cut-ups of today.

His most notable tracks from his early days include "Next Is The E", "Everytime You Touch Me" and "Into The Blue", and the classic "Go", as well as his early albums "Ambient" and "Early Underground".

A brief outing into more rock-oriented territory came with 1996's "Animal Rights", followed by "I Like To Score" in 1997, highlighting his past movie score contributions (most notably a remix of the "James Bond Theme").

In 1999 and 2000, Moby found unprecedented pop success with the album "Play" and the slew of singles and radio tracks that came from it ("Honey", "Run On", "Why Does My Heart Feel So Bad?", "Natural Blues", "Porcelain", "Southside", and more). Among other things, his appearance as a DJ in the foyer of the 2000 MTV Video Music Awards (wearing a gold suit and playing two golden copies of "Play") led many people to decry him as a sellout. Nonetheless, his follow-up album "18" tinkered very little with the "Play" sound and still received a mostly positive reception in 2002.

Besides the many faces of his music, Moby also gathers controversy for his outspoken religious, dietary and animal rights views, as well as persistent rumors that his live shows are mostly pre-recorded. Every Moby release from the mid-90s onward has borne the text "Animals are not ours to eat, wear or experiment on. Thanks to Christ."
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EX-241-2 Moby Moby (Album) Instinct Records EX-241-2 US 1992 Sell This Version
7243 8 47053 2 9 Moby The Story So Far (Comp, Album) Equator Records 7243 8 47053 2 9 UK 1992 Sell This Version
PLRCD 015 Moby Ambient (Album) Instinct Records PLRCD 015 UK & Europe 1993 Sell This Version
INT 846.921, 7243 4 84193 2 3, CDStumm130 Moby Everything Is Wrong (Album) Mute, Mute INT 846.921, 7243 4 84193 2 3, CDStumm130 Germany 1995 Sell This Version
MOBY INT 1 Moby Everything Is Wrong Interview(CD, Promo) Mute MOBY INT 1 UK 1995 Sell This Version
391.0150.20, CDStumm150, CMV 5.0150.20.391 Moby Animal Rights (Album) Mute, Labels 391.0150.20, CDStumm150, CMV 5.0150.20.391 Belgium 1996 Sell This Version
62092-2 Voodoo Child | Moby Voodoo Child | Moby - The End Of Everything (Album) Elektra 62092-2 US 1997 Sell This Version
63881-27049-2 Moby Play (Album, Comp, Maxi) V2 63881-27049-2 US 1999 Sell This Version
V2DJ-27111-2 Moby Moby's Megamix (From Moby's Play The DVD)(CD, Mixed, Promo) V2 V2DJ-27111-2 US 2000 Sell This Version
STUMM 202 Moby 18 (Album) Mute, Labels, Virgin STUMM 202 Belgium 2002 Sell This Version
ICD STUMM 202 Moby 18 Interview(CD, Promo) Mute Records Ltd. ICD STUMM 202 UK 2002 Sell This Version
0724386061027 Moby Hotel (Album) Mute 0724386061027 Taiwan 2005 Sell This Version
none Moby Live 19th May 2005 Carling Academy, Brixton, London Live Here Now none Germany 2005 Sell This Version
none Moby Hotel Ambient (Album) V2 records none US 2005 Sell This Version
none Moby iTunes Originals - Moby(31xFile, AAC) V2 Records none US 2005
094635488920 Moby Live (Hotel Tour 2005) (Comp) Mute, Mute 094635488920 Argentina 2006 Sell This Version
ECDSTUMM275, 5099920692124 Moby Last Night (Album) Mute, Mute ECDSTUMM275, 5099920692124 Europe 2008 Sell This Version
idiot001-PCD Moby Wait For Me (Album) Mute, Mute Corporation idiot001-PCD UK 2009 Sell This Version
none Moby Recorded Live In Berlin(File, MP3, 128) Little Idiot none US 2009
none Moby iTunes Live: From Montreal(10xFile, AAC, Album, 256) Little Idiot none 2010
none Moby Live In London Abbey Road Live Here Now none Europe 2011 Sell This Version
none Moby Destroyed (Album) Little Idiot none Germany 2011 Sell This Version
none Moby Moby In Concert: Moogfest 2011(File, MP3, 128) National Public Radio none US 2011
none Moby Innocents (Album, MiniAlbum, EP) Little Idiot none UK 2013 Sell This Version
IDIOT026 Moby Almost Home (Live At The Fonda, LA) Little Idiot IDIOT026 UK, Europe & US 2014 Sell This Version

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K_Stefan

K_Stefan

May 16, 2015
edited 9 months ago
Moby said Instinct Records released 3 albums without asking him. Which ones was it?
It's very annoying not to know.
Hopefully it was the compilation albums.
"Early Underground", "Rare: The Collected B-Sides" and "Instinct Dance".
alby88kk

alby88kk

August 19, 2010
There are few words to say: he is a genius, with an enormous and unique musical knowledge, for example he is able to play keyboard, bass, guitar and drums! He sing and he is even a dj! His music seems to speak!
ProcessingVessel

ProcessingVessel

January 7, 2005
edited over 11 years ago
Once i liked Moby but until he made the comment on European MTV, he said that he does not feel nothing anymore with the electronic music and thats why he swtiched to being some pop guy. Its sad to see him move into the pop world while he could of made some good electronic tunes with todays technology.
bell-end

bell-end

July 31, 2004
edited over 11 years ago
Less preaching more producing please Richard."18" was pretty much a carbon copy of Play which leads me to believe that Moby has gone against everything he apparently stands for and 'seen the money'.If he wants me to take his writings and out-spoken views with the seriousness they deserve,then they must be on the back of music which is not so obviously correlated with a 'winning formula' as this only serves to undermine his credibility as an artist and as a person to respect and listen to.'Go' will be fondly etched in my memory forever,but it would be nice if the person responsible for such a classic could continue to embrace and capture the essence of electronic music the way he did back then.Nuff said.
Crijevo

Crijevo

July 9, 2004
edited over 11 years ago
Moby might have cut his path in modern electronic-pop-dance-whatever but the music list above suits more to his ambition than creativity. Before 'Play' there was this Moby-guy, very enigmatic and more interesting in his brutality and after 'Play' (albeit a nice front cover art) reminded me more of R. L. Burnside's 'Come on In' (especially 'Honey') which somewhat personally made me lose interest in his work onwards. Since then, Moby ended up with everyone and everywhere, be it Renault commercials for 'We Are All Made Of Stars' or a short conflict with Eminem (in which I'd prefer Moby more).... Musically speaking, the guy is repeating formulas all the same (and all the time), be it techno of Voodoo Child or his last '18' album. Nothing to groan but nothing to feel that spectacular either. There are already far more innovative acts out there anyway.
Chris_McAvoy

Chris_McAvoy

July 10, 2003
Moby was one of the premier producers & DJ's of underground funky NY style techno between 89-93. In an interview he said by winter of 1993 in NYC (his home) people stopped having fun dancing. People started doing more xtreme drugs, DJ's worried if what they played was cool or not. His intense love for the scene faded into dispassionate interest. It showed as his music went into a different direction, it was no longer traditional US techno. As Juan Atkins says "In this country it's very hard for creative thought to escape capitalism".
djcven

djcven

February 17, 2003
Moby has been contradicted many times, because of his radical change of style and purpose. Many underground and techno lovers remember the early and mid 90's, when moby realised to get a top rating in the european scene, with fabulous releases, and extraordinary live performances. In the late 90's he was considered a pilar for evolution in the scene, as he performed his live acts using gitars and drums in combination with the groovebox and other digital instruments. One of his most important acts from this turning period, was his live act @ cherry moon (lokeren, belgium) for one of the last Teknoville venues organised; featuring aside him acts by sven vath, yves deruyter, zolex, and many more. In the last years, moby has been used to make more commercial releases to melt a experimental trance-progressive style into the modern top 40 dance charts, and has been disrespected for that many times. But, what many people don't realise, is that he still realises to make tunes that can be used in so many ways, that his releases are divided in dance, trance, and even techno (dub versions and special mixes).
behemoth

behemoth

June 8, 2002
A complete berk that contradicts himself all the time is the general view of Moby by people that have met him. Whether that's true or not I don't know, but he has made some fine tunes. He was there right at the start when the whole house thing started, and did a lot of ambient stuff. He also made some brilliant happy hardcore and the classic "Go". In the mid-90's he did some angry heavy metal stuff and achieved moderate chart success with some cheesy remixes. Then came "Play", which had every one of its tracks licensed to an advert. Although he made lots of money and you couldn't escape the tunes on Play, there were actually some fine tracks on the album. Southside and Machete are two examples. The new album "18" is more of the same according to industry sources. The happy hardcore was excellent though.

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