Biography of Moby
Moby
Born:
11 September 1965
Country:
US
Genres:
Electronic, Pop/Rock
Releases:
88
Biography:

Moby was one of the most controversial figures in techno music, alternately praised for bringing a face to the notoriously anonymous electronic genre and scorned by hordes of techno artists and fans for diluting and trivializing the form. In either case, Moby was one of the most important dance music figures of the early '90s, helping bring the music to a mainstream audience both in England and in America. Moby fused rapid disco beats with heavy distorted guitars, punk rhythms, and detailed productions that drew equally from pop, dance, and movie soundtracks. Not only did his music differ from both the cool surface textures of ambient music and the hedonistic world of house music, but so did his lifestyle; Moby was infamous for his devout, radical Christian beliefs, as well as his environmental and vegan activism. "Go" became a British Top Ten hit in 1991, establishing him as one of the premier techno producers. By the time he came to the attention of American record critics with 1995's Everything Is Wrong, his following from the early '90s had begun to erode, particularly in Britain. Nevertheless, he remained one of the most recognizable figures within techno; after he abandoned the music for guitar rock with 1996's Animal Rights, he returned to a heavy electronic base with 1997's I Like to Score and 1999's Play, the latter of which made him a genuine breakout pop star.

Born Richard Melville Hall, Moby received his nickname as a child; it derives from the fact that Herman Melville, the author of Moby Dick, is his great-great grand uncle. Moby was raised in Darien, CT, where he played in a hardcore punk band called the Vatican Commandos as a teenager. Later, he briefly sang with Flipper while their singer was serving time in jail. He briefly attended college before he moved to New York City, where he began DJing in dance clubs. During the late '80s and 1990, he released a number of singles and EPs for the independent label Instinct. In 1991, he set the theme from David Lynch's television series Twin Peaks to an insistent house-derived rhythm and titled the result "Go." The single became a surprise British hit single, climbing into the Top Ten. Following its success, Moby was invited to remix a number of mainstream and underground acts, including Michael Jackson, Pet Shop Boys, Brian Eno, Depeche Mode, Erasure, the B-52's, and Orbital.

Moby continued performing at dances and raves throughout 1991 and 1992, culminating in a set at 1992's Mixmag awards, where he broke his keyboards at the end of his concert. Moby, his first full-length album, appeared in 1992. In 1993, he released the double A-side single "I Feel It"/"Thousand," which became a moderate U.K. hit. According to The Guinness Book of Records, "Thousand" is the fastest single ever, appropriately clocking in at 1,000 beats a minutes. That same year, Moby signed a record contract with Mute and his first release was Ambient, which compiled unissued material recorded between 1988 and 1991. Later that year, The Story So Far, a collection of singles released on Instinct, appeared. In 1994, the single "Hymn" -- one of the first fusions of gospel, techno, and ambient music -- was released.

In 1994, Moby signed a major-label contract with Elektra Records in the U.S. Everything Is Wrong, his first album released under the deal, appeared in the spring of 1995 to uniformly excellent reviews, especially in the American press, which had previously ignored him. Despite the promotional push behind the album and his popular sets at the 1995 Lollapalooza festival, the album wasn't a commercial success. The following year, Moby suddenly abandoned techno to record heavy guitar rock for Animal Rights, which received mixed reviews. A partial return to electronica, 1997's I Like to Score, was followed by 1999's Play. Surpassing everyone's expectations, the album became a platinum hit and reached number one in the U.K., while Play's tracks were licensed by dozens of advertisers and compilers. His releases during the first decade of the 2000s -- 18 (2002), Hotel (2005), Last Night (2008), and Wait for Me (2009) -- weren't nearly as popular, ranging from ironic rock to austere downbeat electronica, but they maintained his devout following. Destroyed (2011), written in hotel rooms during the middle of the night, offered a natural extension of Wait for Me's alienated feel.

The Story So Far
The Story So Far
Tracks: 12
Year: 1993
A Night In NYC
A Night In NYC
Tracks: 13
Year: 2008
Bodyrock
Bodyrock
Tracks: 3
Year: 1999
The Day
The Day
Tracks: 5
Year: 2011
Honey
Honey
Tracks: 5
Year: 2000
Raining Again
Raining Again
Tracks: 5
Year: 2005
Innocents
Innocents
Tracks: 12
Year: 2013
Excerpts From Play
Excerpts From Play
Tracks: 4
Year: 1999
Voodoo Child - Dog Heaven
Voodoo Child - Dog Heaven
Tracks: 3
Year: 1996
Porcelain (Remix)
Porcelain (Remix)
Tracks: 3
Year: 2000
We Are All Made Of Stars
We Are All Made Of Stars
Tracks: 3
Year: 2002
Little Idiot
Little Idiot
Tracks: 21
Year: 1996
Voodoo Child - Baby Monkey
Voodoo Child - Baby Monkey
Tracks: 12
Year: 2004
18
18
Tracks: 18
Year: 2002
18 / B Sides
18 / B Sides
Tracks: 13
Year: 2003
Ambient
Ambient
Tracks: 12
Year: 1993
Bring Back My Happiness!
Bring Back My Happiness!
Tracks: 3
Year: 1995
Everytime You Touch Me
Everytime You Touch Me
Tracks: 5
Year: 1995
The Poison Tree
The Poison Tree
Tracks: 2
Year: 2012
Everyone Is Gone (EP)
Everyone Is Gone (EP)
Tracks: 6
Year: 2013
Innocents (Limited Edition)
Innocents (Limited Edition)
Tracks: 24
Year: 2013
Innocents (Deluxe Edition)
Innocents (Deluxe Edition)
Tracks: 18
Year: 2013
Rio
Rio
Tracks: 1
Year: 2014
Music From Porcelain
Music From Porcelain
Tracks: 15
Year: 2016
Come On Baby
Come On Baby
Tracks: 6
Year: 1996
Go
Go
Tracks: 3
Year: 1991
Feeling So Real
Feeling So Real
Tracks: 4
Year: 1994
Move - The Mixes
Move - The Mixes
Tracks: 4
Year: 1993
Mistake
Mistake
Tracks: 5
Year: 2009
Disco Lies
Disco Lies
Tracks: 2
Year: 2008
The Ultimate Go
The Ultimate Go
Tracks: 6
Year: 1992
Into The Blue (Radio Edit)
Into The Blue (Radio Edit)
Tracks: 2
Year: 1995
What Love
What Love
Tracks: 2
Year: 1995
Extreme Ways
Extreme Ways
Tracks: 5
Year: 2002
Run On
Run On
Tracks: 3
Year: 1999
Destroyed Remixed
Destroyed Remixed
Tracks: 24
Year: 2012
Moby Main Mix - March 2012
Moby Main Mix - March 2012
Tracks: 13
Year: 2012
Destroyed
Destroyed
Tracks: 15
Year: 2011
Wait For Me (Deluxe Edition)
Wait For Me (Deluxe Edition)
Tracks: 34
Year: 2009
Wait For Me
Wait For Me
Tracks: 16
Year: 2009
Play
Play
Tracks: 18
Year: 2000
Animal Rights
Animal Rights
Tracks: 12
Year: 1996
Princess From Future
Princess From Future
Tracks: 15
Year: 2001
Everything Is Wrong
Everything Is Wrong
Tracks: 13
Year: 1995
Hymn
Hymn
Tracks: 4
Year: 1994
Hotel
Hotel
Tracks: 26
Year: 2005
Go (Remixes)
Go (Remixes)
Tracks: 6
Year: 1991
South Side
South Side
Tracks: 7
Year: 2000
The BioShock EP
The BioShock EP
Tracks: 3
Year: 2007
Songs: 1993-1998
Songs: 1993-1998
Tracks: 16
Year: 2000
Play: The B Sides
Play: The B Sides
Tracks: 11
Year: 2000
I Like To Score
I Like To Score
Tracks: 12
Year: 1997
Into The Blue
Into The Blue
Tracks: 5
Year: 1995
Next Is The E
Next Is The E
Tracks: 6
Year: 1992
Natural Blues (Remix)
Natural Blues (Remix)
Tracks: 3
Year: 2000
Natural Blues
Natural Blues
Tracks: 3
Year: 2000
Move
Move
Tracks: 6
Year: 1993
Moby
Moby
Tracks: 12
Year: 1992
Last Night : Remixed
Last Night : Remixed
Tracks: 14
Year: 2008
Last Night
Last Night
Tracks: 14
Year: 2008
Into The Blue (Remixes)
Into The Blue (Remixes)
Tracks: 6
Year: 1995

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