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Moby

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Background information
Birth name Richard Melville Hall
Born September 11, 1965 (1965-09-11) (age 44)
Harlem, New York, U.S.
Origin Darien, Connecticut, U.S.
Genres Dance
Ambient
Electronica
Alternative rock
Pop rock
Techno
Occupations DJ
Singer-songwriter
Musician
Instruments Turntables
Keyboards
Guitar
Bass guitar
Vocals
Drums
Years active 1985–present
Labels Mute Records (UK), V2 Records (US), XL Recordings (UK), Elektra (US), Instinct (US), Outer Rhythm (UK),

Virgin Records/EMI Records (Brazil)

Associated acts Vatican Commandos, UHF, Voodoo Child
Website www.moby.com

Richard Melville Hall (born September 11, 1965),[1] better known by his stage name Moby, is an American DJ, singer-songwriter, and musician.

He sings and plays keyboard, guitar, bass guitar and drums. Moby became a successful artist on the ambient electronica scene, and achieved eight top 40 singles in the UK during the 1990s. In 1999 he released the album Play, a mix of melancholic chill-out, ambient music, and upbeat electronica, that was critically acclaimed and produced an impressive eight hit singles (including his most popular songs "Porcelain", "Natural Blues" and "Why Does My Heart Feel So Bad?"). Play became a commercial and cultural phenomenon, selling over 10 million copies worldwide[2] (the best-selling electronica album ever) and with its eighteen songs receiving an unprecedented licensing in films, television and commercial advertisements.

His follow-up album, 18 (2002) was also successful, receiving positive to mixed response. His next offer, the mostly upbeat Hotel (2005) received lukewarm reviews and poor sales in general. Moby released his most recent albums, Last Night (2008) and Wait for Me (2009), finding good reviews and moderate sales. AllMusic considers Moby "one of the most important dance music figures of the early '90s, helping bring the music to a mainstream audience both in the UK and in America".[3]

Contents

Early life and name

Hall was born in the Harlem neighborhood of New York City, and raised by his mother in Darien, Connecticut.

According to Hall, his middle name and the nickname "Moby" were given to him by his parents because of an ancestral relationship to Moby Dick author Herman Melville: "The basis for Richard Melville Hall – and for Moby – is that supposedly Herman Melville was my great-great-great-granduncle."[4]

He has also released music under the names Voodoo Child,[5] Schaumgummi,[6] and as a member of the bands Vatican Commandos, AWOL, Caeli Seoul and Gin Train.[1] He often performs at New York club events known as "Degenerates".[citation needed]

Music career

Early years

Moby started playing music when he was nine years old, originally studying classical guitar and music theory, and eventually learning piano and drums.

From 1982 to 1985 Moby was in a hardcore punk band called the Vatican Commandos, who released an EP called Hit Squad for God. He was also in a Joy Division-inspired post-punk group called AWOL, who released an eponymous album in 1983.

After years of pursuing a record deal he signed a recording contract with Instinct Records in 1989. During this time, Instinct Records "did not actually exist," Moby stated in his 2005 iTunes Originals interviews. When he was signed, the company did not have a logo, name, or an office.

Go & Rise to Fame (1991–1993)

His first single for Instinct was "Mobility," but it was the second single, "Go," a progressive house track using the string line from "Laura Palmer's Theme" from the TV drama Twin Peaks, which reached the UK top ten in October 1991 and earned him his first appearance on Top of the Pops. Some of his other singles in 1992 and 1993 were "Next Is The E", "Thousand" and "Voodoo Child."[1]

In 1991 and 1992, he remixed the The B-52's, The Prodigy, Orbital, Erasure, Michael Jackson, and Ten City.

In 1992 he toured with The Prodigy, Richie Hawtin, and John Acquaviva.

Everything Is Wrong, Animal Rights & I Like to Score (1993–1998)

In 1993 Moby signed with Mute Records and released an EP entitled Move. This became his second appearance on Top of the Pops. During this time he also went on tour with Orbital and Aphex Twin in North America.

He then released his first album, Everything Is Wrong, on Mute Records in 1995. Early copies (in the UK and Germany at least) came with a special bonus CD called Underwater. This was a 43-minute five-track instrumental ambient CD. Everything Is Wrong earned early critical praise (Spin Magazine named it Album of The Year) and some commercial success. He followed this up in early 1996 with the double album Everything Is Wrong—Mixed and Remixed. In 1995 Moby also headlined the second stage at Lollapalooza, playing alongside Beck, Sonic Youth, Hole and Pavement.

In 1996 he released a punk rock album called Animal Rights and toured Europe with the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Soundgarden. Moby usually writes all his own music, occasionally with collaborators, but Animal Rights included a cover version of Mission of Burma's "That's When I Reach for My Revolver". The single "Come on Baby" from Animal Rights was Moby's third Top of the Pops performance. It was notable for its very aggressive look and sound.

In 1997, he released I Like to Score, a collection of his music that had been used in movies. Among those tracks were an updated version of the James Bond Theme used for the James Bond film Tomorrow Never Dies, and a cover of "New Dawn Fades" by Joy Division which had appeared (without vocals) in Michael Mann's Heat.

Moby performs a rare DJ set at NASA Rewind 04-03-2004 in NYC

Play, 18 and Worldwide Success (1999–2004)

In 1999 Moby released the album Play. The album had moderate sales after its release, but eventually went on to sell over ten million records worldwide a year later.[2] Every song on the album was licensed internationally to various films, advertisements, and TV shows, as well as independent films and non-profit groups. Moby performed three times on Top of the Pops with singles from the album. Play mixes songs from Alan Lomax's 1993 Atlantic recording "Sounds of the South: A Musical Journey From the Georgia Sea Islands to the Mississippi Delta." For the song "Natural Blues", Moby mixes "Trouble So Hard" from the Alan Lomax, Sounds of the South compilation.[7]

In July 2001 Moby: PlaytheDVD was released. Produced by Moby and Jeff Rogers (Swell) the DVD was nominated for a 2002 Grammy award. The DVD included various sections: Live on TV, most of the videos (excluding Southside w/Gwen Stefani), Give An Idiot a Camcorder (Moby was given a camcorder and the tape was later edited by Tara Bethune-Leaman) and an 88 minute Moby MegaMix of all the remixes created for the album Play. The Mega Mix was accompanied by visuals created in Toronto at Crush led by director Kathi Prosser.

In 2002 Moby released the follow up to Play, 18, which earned gold and platinum awards in over 30 countries, and sold more than four million copies. Moby toured extensively for both Play and 18, playing well over 500 shows in the course of four years.

He founded the Area:One Festival in 2001, a popular touring festival that features an eclectic range of musical genres. The Area:One tour featured: Outkast, Moby, New Order, Incubus, Nelly Furtado, and Paul Oakenfold. Area2 tour (2002) featured David Bowie, Moby, Blue Man Group, Busta Rhymes, and Carl Cox.

In the next few years, Moby co-wrote "Is It Any Wonder" with Sophie Ellis-Bextor, remixed the Beastie Boys, David Bowie, Nas and Metallica, produced and co-wrote the track "Early Mornin'" for Britney Spears' fourth studio album In the Zone, and collaborated with Public Enemy on "Make Love, Fuck War", which was released prior to the 2004 U.S. presidential election. Moby also had his song "Extreme Ways" used in the Jason Bourne movies. Although not a hit when it was released, "Extreme Ways" has gone on to become one of Moby's most downloaded songs.

In 2003 Moby headlined the Pyramid stage at Glastonbury. In 2004 Moby worked on the John Kerry presidential campaign, and also worked extensively with liberal group moveon.org.

Hotel, Last Night and The Little Death (2005–2008)

In 2005 Moby released Hotel. Instead of his relying on samples for vocals, all of the vocals and instruments were performed live in the studio, by Moby and vocalist Laura Dawn.

Hotel spawned two of Moby's biggest European hits, "Lift Me Up" and "Slipping Away," both of which were #1 European singles. Hotel went on to earn gold and platinum awards in over twenty countries, with global sales of over two million copies.

In the UK ITV used a specially remixed version of "Lift Me Up" as its Formula 1 shows theme music.

In 2006 Moby also acted in the movie Pittsburgh, with Jeff Goldblum and Illeana Douglas.

In 2006 He accepted an offer to score the soundtrack for Richard Kelly's 2007 movie Southland Tales because he was a fan of Kelly's previous film, Donnie Darko.

In 2007 he produced and performed on The Bongos' remake of "The Bulrushes," for the special edition re-issue of their debut album, Drums Along The Hudson (Cooking Vinyl Records), and appeared in the promo video of the song.

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." The album was recorded in Moby's home studio in Manhattan, New York and features a number of guest vocalists, including Wendy Starland, MC Grandmaster Caz, one of the writers of "Rapper's Delight" (on "I Love to Move in Here"), Sylvia from the band Kudu, British MC Aynzli and the Nigerian 419 Squad.[8]

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.

Wait for Me (2009–present)

In a November 2008 interview Moby spoke about the follow up album to Last Night, which he is currently working on. "I want to make a really emotional, beautiful record. I don't know if I will succeed, but my goal is to make something very personal, very melodic, very beautiful."[9] The album, titled Wait for Me, was released in June 2009.[10] [11]

On the 14th of April, Moby confirmed that the album would be released on the 30th of June .[12] "I recorded the album here in my studio on the lower east side (although 'studio' always seems like an overly grand word for a bunch of equipment set up in a small bedroom). In the past I've worked in large and small studios, but for this record I wanted to record everything at home by myself," said Moby on his journal.[12] "I started working on the album about a year ago, and the creative impetus behind the record was hearing a David Lynch speech at BAFTA, in the UK. David was talking about creativity, and to paraphrase, about how creativity in and of itself, and without market pressures, is fine and good. It seems as if too often an artists or musicians or writers creative output is judged by how well it accommodates the marketplace, and how much market share it commands and how much money it generates. In making this record I wanted to focus on making something that I loved, without really being concerned about how it might be received by the marketplace. As a result it's a quieter and more melodic and more mournful and more personal record than some of the records I've made in the past."[12]

Moby and David Lynch discussed the recording process of the album on Lynch's online channel, David Lynch Foundation Television Beta.[13]

The first single off the album is Shot in the Back of the Head, and the video for which was aptly directed by Moby's muse, David Lynch himself.[12] The single is available for free download from Moby's website.

Ken Thomas (Sigur Rós) mixed Wait for Me.[12] According to Moby, "mixing the record with him (Thomas) was really nice, as he's creatively open to trying anything (like recording an old broken bakelite radio and running it through some broken old effects pedals to see what it would sound like. It's on the record as a 45 second long track called "Stock Radio"). And as a geeky technical aside, we mixed the record using purely analog equipment in true stereo, akin to how records were mixed in the late '60s(some of the songs sound pretty amazing in headphones, if I do say so myself..."[12]

Moby plans to tour for the new album with a full band again, something that occurred rarely during Moby's Last Night promotion, except for selected festival performances.[14]

Moby expects to raise between $75,000 and $100,000 to help those affected by domestic violence[15] after all funding for the state's domestic violence programme was cut in July. To do this he is to donate the profits from his upcoming shows in California (San Diego, San Francisco and Los Angeles).

Moby will headline the Australian 2009 Falls Festival,[citation needed] as well as the other Sunset Sounds festivals.

The next record

On 20 January 2010, Moby announced that he was to begin working on the next record. The mood for this record will be more acoustic and less electronic than before.[16]

Collaborations

Moby has collaborated live with many of his heroes while on tour or at fundraisers. He has performed "Walk on the Wild Side" with Lou Reed, "Me and Bobby McGee" with Kris Kristofferson, "Heroes" and "Cactus" with David Bowie, "Helpless" with Bono and Michael Stipe, "New Dawn Fades" with New Order, "Make Love, Fuck War" with Public Enemy, "Whole Lotta Love" with Slash, and "That's When I Reach For My Revolver" with Mission Of Burma, and made two duets with the Canadian singer Mylène Farmer (the one "Slipping Away (Crier La vie) in 2006 and the other "Looking For My Name" in 2008).

In 2007, he became one of the few well-known commercial artists to produce work for a video game, collaborating with DJ Oscar the Punk on all three tracks of The Bioshock EP, included with limited edition copies of the Xbox 360 and PC game Bioshock.

RIAA criticism

On June 20, 2009, Moby posted on his blog in response to the RIAA's decision to sue Minnesota suburban mom Jammie Thomas-Rasset for $2,000,000 for illegally downloading music from Kazaa. He called this "utter nonsense" and stated "the RIAA needs to be disbanded."[17]

Personal life and faith

He lives in New York City's Little Italy, where he has lived for a decade in a small apartment in a five-story building across the street from David Bowie. Until recently he co-owned a small restaurant and tea shop called TeaNY, where he occasionally waited tables. He also organized the Little Idiot Collective, a group of artists.

In an interview with Psychology Today, Moby stated that when he was 19, he tried LSD and began suffering from panic attacks. He claims that he no longer experiences them as frequently as he used to, but occasionally he will "have too much caffeine, be stressed out about work and be in a relationship that's not going well, and it will happen again." He is very open about this in an attempt to help fans who suffer from similar panic disorders.[18]

When asked about drugs, he responded: "I'm sort of a libertarian. People should be able to do what they want. I ultimately defer the wisdom to an adult to make their own choices. If someone wants to do drugs, I think it's their own business and not the business of the state."[19]

In a 2003 BBC interview, Moby spoke about his encounter with the Gospels, "In about 1985 I read the teachings of Christ and was instantly struck by the idea that Christ was somehow divine. When I say I love Christ and love the teachings of Christ I mean that in the most simple and naïve and subjective way. I'm not saying I'm right, and I certainly wouldn't criticize anyone else's beliefs."[20]

In a September 20, 2006 audio interview with Sojourners Magazine, he says, "I read the New Testament, specifically the gospels and I was struck at their divinity, feeling that humans could not have figured this out on their own. We're just not bright enough."[21] He also discusses his faith on his own weblog. On January 19, 2007, in his reaction to seeing Alexandra Pelosi's Friends of God, a film about evangelism in the United States, Moby writes, "The movie reminded me just how utterly disconnected the agenda of the evangelical Christian right is from the teachings of Christ."[22]

In March 2008, after Gary Gygax's death, Moby was one of several celebrities stating they had been Dungeons & Dragons players.[23][24]

In March 2010, Moby will make his debut as an author when Gristle: Why You Should Think Twice About Meat, a collection of essays from people in the food industry, will be published.[25]

Charity

Moby is an advocate for a variety of causes, working with MoveOn and The Humane Society, among others. His MobyGratis.com website, which licenses film music for free for non-profit and independent films, funnels proceeds[9] from films which do go on to produce revenue to The Humane Society. He created MoveOn Voter Fund's Bush in 30 Seconds contest along with singer/ MoveOn Cultural Director Laura Dawn and MoveOn Executive Director Eli Pariser. The music video for the song "Disco Lies" from From Last Night has heavy anti-meat industrial themes.

He also actively engages in nonpartisan activism, and serves on the Board of Directors of Amend.org,[26] a nonprofit that implements injury prevention programs in Africa.

Moby is a member of the Board of Directors of the Institute for Music and Neurologic Function (IMNF), a not-for-profit organization dedicated to advancing scientific inquiry on music and the brain and to developing clinical treatments to benefit people of all ages.[27] He has also performed on various benefit concerts to help increase awareness for music therapy and raise funds for the Institute. In 2004, he was honored with the IMNF’s "Music Has Power Award" for his advocacy of music therapy and for his dedication and support to its recording studio program.

He is an advocate of network neutrality and he testified before United States House of Representatives committee debating the issue in 2006.[28][29]

In 2008 he participated in a music album called Songs for Tibet, to support Tibet and the current Dalai Lama Tenzin Gyatso.

In 2009 after hearing about California cutting its funding to domestic violence programs, Moby decided to donate the fees from his tour shows in L.A. and San Francisco to the California Partnership to End Domestic Violence.

Essays

Many Moby albums include essays that he has written himself in the inlay card. Everything Is Wrong had essays on over-consumption ("We use toxic chlorine bleach to keep our underpants white") and U.S. religious leaders ("Why doesn't the Christian right go out and spread mercy, compassion and selflessness?"), and The End of Everything discussed being a vegan ("Could you look an animal in the eyes and say to it, 'My appetite is more important than your suffering'?").

He was interviewed by Lucy Walker for a chapter in Sound Unbound: Sampling Digital Music and Culture (The MIT Press, 2008) edited by Paul D. Miller a.k.a. DJ Spooky.

Discography

Studio albums

Videography

  • Play: The DVD (2001)
  • 18 B Sides + DVD (2003)
  • The Hotel Tour 2005 (2006)
  • Go: The Very Best of Moby (2006)

Awards

Year Awards Category Work Result
2000 VH1/Vogue Fashion Awards Visionary Video Won
MTV Video Music Awards Best Male Video Nominated
Grammy Awards Best Alternative Music Performance Play Nominated
Best Rock Instrumental Performance Bodyrock Nominated
MTV Europe Music Best Video Natural Blues Won
Best Album Play Nominated
Best Dance Nominated
BRIT Awards Best International Male Nominated
2001 MTV Video Music Awards Best Male Video Won
Grammy Awards Best Dance Recording Natural Blues Nominated
NRJ Music Awards International Male Artist of the Year Won
2002 MTV Video Music Awards Best Cinematography Won
BMI Film & TV Awards Certificate of Achievement
Grammy Awards Best Music Video, Long Form Play
MTV Europe Music Web Awards Won
Best Dance Nominated
2003 Grammy Awards Best Pop Instrumental Performance 18 Nominated
MTV Europe Music Best Dance Nominated
BRIT Awards Best International Male Nominated
2005 MTV Europe Music Best Male Nominated
2006 ECHO Awards International Pop/Rock Male Artist of the Year Nominated
2009 Grammy Awards Best Electronic/Dance Album Last Night Nominated
 ? Rolling Stone Best Dance/Dj Artist of the Year Won
Billboard Year-End Charts Top Electronic Artist Won
Top Electronic Album Won

See also

Biographies

  • James, Martin (2001). Moby: Replay. Olmstead Press. ISBN 1-58754-011-8. 

References

  1. ^ a b c "biography". moby.com. http://www.moby.com/biography. Retrieved 25 April 2008. 
  2. ^ a b Armor, Jerry (22 May 2002). "Moby Didn't Feel Pressure To Follow Up 'Play,' '18' Bows At Number Four". Yahoo! Music. http://music.yahoo.com/read/news/12054910. Retrieved 23 February 2007. 
  3. ^ "Moby – Overview". Allmusic. http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=11:09foxqw5ldse. 
  4. ^ Scheerer, Mark (8 February 2000). "DJ Moby finds inspiration in old Southern music". CNN.com. http://archives.cnn.com/2000/SHOWBIZ/Music/02/08/moby/. 
  5. ^ "Reviews: Voodoo Child: The End of Everything". moby.org. http://moby.org/reviews/idiot1.html. 
  6. ^ "'schaumgummi'". moby.com. 20 February 2007. http://www.moby.com/journal/2007-02-20/schaumgummi.html. 
  7. ^ Becker, Scott Marc (8 June 1999). "Sharps & flats". Salon.com. http://www.salon.com/ent/music/review/1999/06/08/moby/. 
  8. ^ "new album – last night". moby.com. 5 December 2007. http://www.moby.com/news/2007-12-05/new_album_last_night.html. 
  9. ^ a b Palmer, Tamara (3 November 2008). "Moby: The Fly Life". SuicideGirls. http://suicidegirls.com/interviews/Moby%3A+The+Fly+Life/. Retrieved 3 November 2008. 
  10. ^ "i just finished mixing my next record". moby.com. 13 February 2009. http://www.moby.com/node/8481. Retrieved 23 March 2009. 
  11. ^ "if you're in the music business". moby.com. 19 March 2009. http://www.moby.com/node/8507. Retrieved 23 March 2009. 
  12. ^ a b c d e f "wait for me". moby.com. 14 April 2009. http://www.moby.com/journal/2009-04-14/wait-for-me.html. Retrieved 7 July 2009. 
  13. ^ David Lynch and Moby: Music & Abandoned Factories. [Video]. David Lynch Foundation. 15 April 2009. http://dlf.tv/2009/david-and-moby/. 
  14. ^ "thanks for coming to the issue project room fundraiser friday". moby.com. 25 April 2009. http://www.moby.com/journal/2009-04-25/thanks-for-coming-issue-project-room-fun.html. Retrieved 7 July 2009. 
  15. ^ "Moby to donate concert profits to domestic violence charity". Side-Line. 6 October 2009. http://www.side-line.com/news_comments.php?id=43648_0_2_0_C. 
  16. ^ Moby (20 January 2010). "i've decided to start work on the next record". moby.com. http://www.moby.com/journal/2010-01-20/ive-decided-start-work-next-record.html. Retrieved 21 February 2010. 
  17. ^ Moby (20 June 2009). "the riaa have sued Jammie Thomas-Rasset of minnesota for $2,000,000 for illegally downloading music". moby.com. http://www.moby.com/journal/2009-06-20/riaa-have-sued-jammie-thomas-rasset-minn.html. 
  18. ^ Lawson, Willow (1 September 2004). "The Sounds of Moby". Psychology Today. http://psychologytoday.com/rss/pto-20041202-000001.html. 
  19. ^ "Moby – Friend of Liberty". Advocates for Self Government. http://www.theadvocates.org/celebrities/moby.html. 
  20. ^ BBC (29 April 2003). "Moby tells BBC World Service that his understanding of Christianity helped him achieve a new balance in life". Press release. http://www.bbc.co.uk/pressoffice/pressreleases/stories/2003/04_april/29/moby.shtml. 
  21. ^ Moby: Everything is complicated. [Audio interview]. Sojourners Magazine. 20 September 2006. http://www.sojo.net/special/multimedia/audio/061004_moby/player.html. 
  22. ^ "'friend of god'". moby.com. 19 January 2007. http://moby.com/journal/2007-01-19/friend_god.html. 
  23. ^ Zenko, Darren (9 March 2008). "How Dungeons & Dragons creator Gygax created the modern nerd". Toronto Star. http://www.thestar.com/article/326529. Retrieved 25 November 2009. 
  24. ^ Gove, Michael (11 March 2008). "Et in Orcadia ego: confessions of a D & D addict". The Times. http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/comment/article3522620.ece. Retrieved 25 November 2009. 
  25. ^ Sheehan, Jason (February 8, 2010). "Moby Wants Your Steak". SeattleWeekly.com. http://blogs.seattleweekly.com/voracious/2010/02/moby_wants_your_steak.php. 
  26. ^ "About Amend.org". Amend.org. http://www.amend.org/pages/about.html. Retrieved 26 May 2008. 
  27. ^ "About the Institute". Institute for Music and Neurologic Function. http://www.bethabe.org/About_the_Institute100.html. 
  28. ^ http://www.savetheinternet.com/moby
  29. ^ "Rep. Markey, Moby Speak Out for Internet Freedom, Against Corporate Web Takeover". Free Press. 18 May 2006. http://www.freepress.net/news/15579. 

External links


Quotes

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikiquote

Moby (born Richard Melville Hall on 1965-09-11) is an American techno musician living in Harlem, New York City.

Sourced

  • better a loving single parent family than a 'conventional' family wherein the parents hate each other and the father is a demagogue.
    • "one problem with cultural conservatism," essay included with the compilation album I Like to Score (1997) [1]
  • i got a phone call from ricky martin's management asking me if i'd like to do something with him in florida around the winter music conference. my answer is as follows: 'i would consider doing something with ricky martin if and only if he publicly apologizes for performing at george w's inauguration and if he confirms that when he danced next to george w. bush at the inauguration he could smell brimstone and that george w. bush is in fact the spawn of satan.' so if ricky martin goes on national television to confirm that george w. is the spawn of satan then i will perform with him. otherwise no deal. and only if we can do a cover of 'in a gadda-da-vida', but the simpsons version, 'in the garden of eden' (to which reverend lovejoy responds ""that sounds like rock and or roll""). and, by the way, i'm a pretty easygoing young-ish person, so if you ever see me walking down the street just stop me and say hello. we're all in the same boat. right? of course you'll have to make it past my phalanx of security guards who are all ex-nfl linebackers, and the cadre of dobermans, and the perma-moat that i wear that's filled with electric eels and vicious sea monkeys. so if you see me just come and say hi. i'm normal.
  • ozzy osbourne used to snort ants.led zeppelin had sex with hookers on private planes.and i start an on-tour book club.because one can only snort so many ants and have so much sex before one starts to long for the comfort and companionship of a good book.
  • why can't a democrat get fired up about protecting the environment and enacting gun control legislation just as right wing republicans get fired up about making sure that children have access to assault weapons and banning 'the catcher in the rye' and 'harry potter'?
  • i'm actually kind of impressed by iraq's patience right now... i mean, look at it objectively. they've opened their doors to un inspectors, they're being bombed by british and american troops, american forces are massing at their borders, american diplomats are actively looking to assinate [sic] saddam hussein, etc. it almost seems like bush is doing everything he can to taunt saddam hussein. not just 'if you step over this line i will hit you', but 'if you step over this line while i put rats on your back and put butter on the floor and make fun of your mom and move the line then i will hit you, in fact i'll hit you even if you just stand there and do nothing.' it's painfully clear that iraq should not be allowed to have weapons of mass destruction. but it also seems painfully clear that the bush administration have no intention of finding a peaceful resolution to the situation in iraq.
  • it will be interesting to see what the long term fruits of our national apathy will be, cos so far they've been pretty foul.
  • one simple word: ugh.is something still considered a conspiracy if it's played out right under our noses?
  • For example, you can go on all the pro-life chat rooms and say you're an outraged right-wing voter and that you know that George Bush drove an ex-girlfriend to an abortion clinic and paid for her to get an abortion.

    Then you go to an anti-immigration website chat room and ask, "What's all this about George Bush proposing amnesty for illegal aliens?"

    • Quoted in "Punk the prez? Moby's anti-Bush tricks" by George Rush and Joanna Rush Molloy, New York Daily News (2004-02-09)
    • For Moby's comment on this news item, see "today's daily news", journal entry 2004-02-09 at moby.com
  • you are a liar.
    you are inept.
    you are probably the worst president that the united states has ever had to endure.
    you are not welcome in nyc.

Unsourced

  • Music is the heart of life, you can't live without it.
  • The reason I'm a vegan is not because I love animals, but because I really hate plants.

External links

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Simple English

Moby or Richard Melville Hall (born September 11, 1965[1]) is an American DJ, songwriter and musician famous for his songs "Porcelain" and "Why Does My Heart Feel So Bad?". The video for another one of his songs, "We Are All Made Of Stars" , shows him dressed as an astronaut in a space suit.

He was a member of a punk band called Vatican Commandos before becoming a DJ.

References

  1. Moby's bio from his official website, accessed 25 April 2008








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