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"South Side"
Single by Moby featuring Gwen Stefani
from the album Play
B-side "Ain't Never Learned"
"The Sun Never Stops Setting"
Released November 7, 2000 (2000-11-07)
Format CD
Genre Alternative dance
rock
Length 3:48 (album version)
3:49 (single version featuring Gwen Stefani)
Label Mute, V2 Records
Writer(s) Moby
Producer Moby
Moby singles chronology
"Why Does My Heart Feel So Bad? / Honey"
(Remix by Kelis)
(2000)
"South Side"
(2000)
"Find My Baby"
(2002)
Gwen Stefani singles chronology
- "South Side"
(2000)
"Let Me Blow Ya Mind"
(2001)
Alternate cover
CD single 2 cover

"South Side" is a song by electronic musician Moby released as the eighth single from his 1999 studio album Play. It is one of his most successful singles, peaking at #14 on the United States Billboard Hot 100.

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Meaning

Moby has said that the song was inspired by his visits to Chicago and his love for its house scene.[1]

Here we are now going to the west side
weapons in hand as we go for a ride ...
where there's love and darkness and my side arm ...
I pick up my friends and we hope we won't die

Music video

A music video was produced which parodies hip-hop and dance music videos. Scenes include Moby in garish fur coats and sunglasses, Moby and Gwen Stefani are shown dancing in front of large neon signs of their names, and Moby is shown "traveling" in a convertible with women and bottles of champagne, but the vehicle is not even actually being driven outside of the studio.

The video also parodies artful videos with scenes of Moby and Gwen Stefani in a bare room, wearing drab clothing and holding a potted sunflower, visually parodying the New York "brick and plant" type of set commonly overused in videos and film.

Other elements observed in the video include Moby expressing discomfort for the fake gold "grill" insert used over his teeth to make him look more "gangsta". Eventually, he grudgingly adjusts it and walks off the set. Gwen Stefani is shown in one scene in front of the neon sign with her name wielding three-inch fingernails. Later, she parodies the interruption of the filming (to Moby's feigned disgust) to answer and talk on her cell phone.

Instead of a band, in the background of the video, six "musicians" at translucent computer workstations are shown. The workstation users are visually boring and a poor substitute for the presence of an actual band. The workers act as if they are playing and adjusting the electronica music samples in real-time on their keyboards during the performance, with no apparent enthusiasm whatsoever for the actual music being created. At the end of the video it shows a pot of mayonaise and curtains burning down.

The music video won the 2001 MTV Video Music Award for Best Male Video.

Re-recording

"South Side" appears as track five on Moby's 1999 album, Play, and was originally recorded with Gwen Stefani of No Doubt. However, Moby dropped the duet from the album due to technical problems. The Moby/Stefani version of "South Side" is available on the song's single and on the reissue of Play. The "Album Version", with Stefani's vocals removed, is available on Go: The Very Best of Moby.

Track listing

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CD: Mute (UK)

  1. "South Side" (featuring Gwen Stefani) (Single version) - 3:49
  2. "South Side" (featuring Gwen Stefani) (Hybrid Dishing Pump Remix) - 8:27
  3. "South Side" (Album version) - 3:48
  4. "South Side" (Peter Heller Park Lane Vocal) - 8:48
  5. "Aint Never Learned" - 3:47
  6. "South Side" (Hybrid Dishing Pump Instrumental) - 7:54
  7. "The Sun Never Stops Setting" - 4:19

CD: V2 Records

  1. "South Side" (featuring Gwen Stefani) (Single version) - 3:49
  2. "South Side" (featuring Gwen Stefani) (Hybrid Dishing Pump Remix) - 8:27
  3. "South Side" (Album version) - 3:48

CD: V2 Records

  1. "South Side" (featuring Gwen Stefani) (Single version) - 3:49
  2. "South Side" (Album version) - 3:48

Chart positions

Chart (2001) Peak
position
Canadian Singles Chart 3
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 14
U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Play 16
U.S. Billboard Modern Rock Tracks 3

References

  1. ^ Jim DeRogatis, Moby's infectious gems have no regard for genre, Chicago Sun-Times, April 25, 2005

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