History Music / Moby

18th Mar '16 6:06:37 AM stuffedninja
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* AsTheGoodBookSays: The title of "God Moving Over the Face of the Waters" was inspired by Genesis 1:2.
-->"Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters."


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* UpdatedRerelease: ''Hotel: Ambient'' (the second disc of ''Hotel'') received this in 2014, with Moby [[http://www.moby.com/journal/2014-11-11/were-re-releasing-hotel-ambient.html reportedly]] realizing that there was no way to get the second disc by itself when a fan stopped him and asked him about it.
18th Mar '16 6:00:01 AM stuffedninja
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Moby is an experimental/ambient ElectronicMusic artist. Known mostly for his touching orchestrations and his ability to take just about any sample imaginable and make an epic techno song out of it - not to mention his [[GenreRoulette strikingly diverse body of work]] - Moby is one of the most respected artists in his field.

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Moby '''Moby''' (b. 1965) is an experimental/ambient ElectronicMusic artist. Known mostly for his touching orchestrations and his ability to take just about any sample imaginable and make an epic techno song out of it - not (not to mention his [[GenreRoulette strikingly diverse body of work]] - work]]), Moby is one of the most respected artists in his field.



Then, in 1997 he attempted a genre shift that did not work in his favor. The album, titled ''Animal Rights'', is his attempt at tackling the PunkRock / AlternativeMetal (sources argue over the album's actual genre) movements. Critics laughed at his frail-sounding vocals and semi-pretentious lyrics, coupled by overly-long songs and repetitive riffs. The album sold so poorly that it sent Moby into a depressive stupor, drinking heavily every night in a desperate attempt to construct better songs.

This resulted in the release of his breakthrough album, ''Music/{{Play}}'' in 1999. Though ignored by critics at first (they were still laughing at him for ''Animal Rights''), eventually it received critical acclaim and became the best-selling techno album of all time. Then, just to give him more credit, in 2000 the album became the first album to have every single one of its tracks used in movie and television soundtracks. Between this and him suddenly rubbing shoulders with major celebrities, such as Music/GwenStefani, it was a level of visibility previously thought impossible by anyone in the techno world (hell, he was so popular, Music/{{Eminem}} infamously dissed him).

After this he released ''18,'' which played around with the ''Play'' formula to decent success, before attempting another rock-oriented record in 2005 with ''Hotel.'' This time it was less alternative rock and more of a slicker, radio-friendly rock sound, and while not a failure by any means, it received very mixed reviews. Moby, who was personally unsatisfied with how ''Hotel'' turned out, decided to step back from the mainstream spotlight. He began by returning to his techno roots with ''Last Night,'' and then creating a more mournful, downtempo sound with subsequent records, ''Wait For Me, Destroyed'' and ''Innocents.'' While more of a cult figure now rather than the major player he once was, he's received plenty of critical success in the years since.

''Play'' has been featured on many "greatest of all time" album lists, and ''Animal Rights'' has become little more than a footnote in his discography. His reputation has gained him much respect from fellow musicians in many different genres.

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Then, in 1997 1997, due to frustration from [[ViewersAreMorons the masses not understanding his electronic music]], he attempted a genre shift GenreShift that did not work in his favor. The album, titled ''Animal Rights'', is was his attempt at tackling the PunkRock / AlternativeMetal (sources argue over the album's actual genre) movements. Critics laughed at his frail-sounding vocals and semi-pretentious lyrics, coupled by overly-long overly long songs and repetitive riffs. The album sold so poorly that it sent Moby into a depressive stupor, drinking heavily every night in a desperate attempt to construct better songs.

songs. (In the album's defense, it has been [[VindicatedByHistory getting warmer reception]] over the years, and at the time of its release reportedly garnered praise from Terence Trent D'arby, [[Music/GunsNRoses Axl Rose]], and [[Music/{{U2}} Bono]].)

This resulted in the release of his breakthrough album, ''Music/{{Play}}'' ''Music/{{Play}}'', in 1999. Though ignored by critics at first (they were still laughing at him for ''Animal Rights''), eventually it received critical acclaim and became the best-selling techno album of all time. Then, just to give him more credit, in 2000 the album became the first album to have every single one of its tracks used in movie and television soundtracks. Between this and him suddenly rubbing shoulders with major celebrities, such as Music/GwenStefani, it was a level of visibility previously thought impossible by anyone in the techno world (hell, he was so popular, Music/{{Eminem}} infamously dissed him).

After this he released ''18,'' which played around with the ''Play'' formula to decent success, before attempting another rock-oriented record in 2005 with ''Hotel.'' This time it was less alternative rock and more of a slicker, radio-friendly rock sound, and while not a failure by any means, it received very mixed reviews. Moby, [[CreatorBacklash who was personally unsatisfied unsatisfied]] with how ''Hotel'' turned out, decided to step back from the mainstream spotlight. He began by returning to his techno roots with ''Last Night,'' and then creating a more mournful, downtempo sound with subsequent records, ''Wait For Me, Destroyed'' for Me'', ''Destroyed'', and ''Innocents.'' While more of a cult figure now rather than the major player he once was, he's received plenty of critical success in the years since. \n\n''Play'' has been featured on many "greatest of all time" album lists, and ''Animal Rights'' has become little more than a footnote in his discography. His reputation has gained him much respect from fellow musicians in many different genres.\n
4th Dec '15 7:46:59 AM stuffedninja
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* ViewersAreMorons: ''Animal Rights'' was made because Moby was fed up of people not understanding his electronic music.
25th Oct '15 1:21:47 PM wyattte
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[[caption-width-right:275:''"[[ChildProdigy I grew up playing classical music,]] but I've always loved [[ElectronicMusic electronic music]], because it always to me sounds like [[FutureMusic the future.]]"'']]

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[[caption-width-right:275:''"[[ChildProdigy I grew up playing classical music,]] but I've always loved [[ElectronicMusic electronic music]], music, because it always to me sounds like [[FutureMusic the future.]]"'']]



* {{Ambient}}: He's shown quite a knack for this style of music, and he's strategically placed tons of ambient pieces all over his discography. He even had an album entitled ''Ambient,'' which was ambient techno circa-1993, though this was released by his label without Moby's endorsement.



* CoverVersion: For the encore of his 2003 set at Glastonbury (which can be found on the bonus disc of ''18: The B-Sides''), he and his band do a cover of Music/{{Radiohead}}'s "Creep," of all songs.

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* CoverVersion: The aforementioned cover of Mission Of Burma's "That's When I Reach For My Revolver." Also, for the encore of his 2003 set at Glastonbury (which can be found on the bonus disc of ''18: The B-Sides''), he and his band do a cover of Music/{{Radiohead}}'s "Creep," of all songs.
4th Oct '15 5:56:37 PM wyattte
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* CoverVersion: For the encore of his 2003 set at Glastonbury (which can be found on the bonus disc of ''18: The B-Sides''), he and his band do a cover of Music/{{Radiohead}}'s "Creep," of all songs.



* GreatestHitsAlbum: ''Go: The Very Best Of Moby.'' It focuses mostly on his early 2000s wave of success.

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* GreatestHitsAlbum: ''Go: The Very Best Of Moby.'' It focuses mostly on his early 2000s wave of success. There's also ''Songs (1993-1998)'' which is designed for fans who climbed on board after ''Play'' became a success.


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* OminousLatinChanting: "Novio."
12th Sep '15 8:44:14 PM wyattte
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* ShirtlessScene: When the famous "Thousand" is played live, it's usually Moby shirtless and

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* ShirtlessScene: When the famous "Thousand" is played live, it's usually Moby shirtless shirtless, standing on his keyboard, pounding his fists, raising his arms, and staring stoically into the audience. All while a bajillion lights flash on him.
12th Sep '15 8:40:53 PM wyattte
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[[caption-width-right:275:''"[[ChildProdigy I grew up playing classical music,]] but I've always loved [[ElectronicMusic electronic music]], because it always to me sounds like [[FutureMusic the future.]]"'']]


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* {{Bowdlerise}}: When "That's When I Reach For My Revolver" was released as the lead single from ''Animal Rights,'' he changed the titular phrase to "That's When I Realize It's Over" to appease MTV. He also changed the line "Its dead eyes look upon us" to "Instead they look upon us."


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* HumbleHero: Considering how much of an icon he is in ElectronicMusic, Moby may be one of the most humble guys in the business.


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* ShirtlessScene: When the famous "Thousand" is played live, it's usually Moby shirtless and
12th Sep '15 6:23:35 AM wyattte
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After this he released ''18,'' which played around with the ''Play'' formula to decent success, before attempting another rock-oriented record in 2005 with ''Hotel.'' This time it was less alternative rock and more of a slicker, radio-friendly rock sound, and while not a failure by any means, it received very mixed reviews. Moby, who was personally unsatisfied with how ''Hotel'' turned out, decided to step back from the mainstream spotlight. He began by returning to his techno roots with ''Last Night,'' and then creating a more mournful, downtempo record with subsequent records. While more of a cult figure now rather than the major player he once was, he's received plenty of critical success in the years since.

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After this he released ''18,'' which played around with the ''Play'' formula to decent success, before attempting another rock-oriented record in 2005 with ''Hotel.'' This time it was less alternative rock and more of a slicker, radio-friendly rock sound, and while not a failure by any means, it received very mixed reviews. Moby, who was personally unsatisfied with how ''Hotel'' turned out, decided to step back from the mainstream spotlight. He began by returning to his techno roots with ''Last Night,'' and then creating a more mournful, downtempo record sound with subsequent records. records, ''Wait For Me, Destroyed'' and ''Innocents.'' While more of a cult figure now rather than the major player he once was, he's received plenty of critical success in the years since.
11th Sep '15 8:36:47 PM wyattte
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Moby is an experimental/ambient ElectronicMusic artist. Known mostly for his touching orchestrations and his ability to take just about any sample imaginable and make an epic techno song out of it, Moby is one of the most respected artists in his field.

He got his start out in the late 80s and early 90s playing in small clubs. He released his debut effort, a SelfTitledAlbum, in 1992, and followed it up with another release the next year called ''Ambient'', which was sort of akin to Music/AphexTwin's ''Selected Ambient Works 85-92'' record. Besides the song "Go", which served as his first hit, and the song "Thousand", which holds a Guinness World Record for fastest BPM (take a guess), his first two releases received general shrugs from the masses. His next release, 1995's ''Everything Is Wrong'', saw his first taste of critical acclaim.

Then, in 1997 he attempted a genre shift that did not work in his favor. His third album, titled ''Animal Rights'', is his attempt at tackling the PunkRock / AlternativeMetal (sources argue over the album's actual genre) movements. Critics laughed at his frail-sounding vocals and semi-pretentious lyrics, coupled by overly-long songs and repetitive riffs. The album sold so poorly that it sent Moby into a depressive stupor, drinking heavily every night in a desperate attempt to construct better songs.

This resulted in the release of his breakthrough album, ''Music/{{Play}}'' in 1999. Though ignored by critics at first (they were still laughing at him for ''Animal Rights''), eventually it received critical acclaim and became the best-selling techno album of all time. Then, just to give him more credit, in 2000 the album became the first album to have every single one of its tracks used in movie and television soundtracks.

After this he released two more warmly received albums, and then finally returning to his techno roots with his two latest albums. ''Play'' was featured on many "greatest of all time" album lists, and ''Animal Rights'' has become little more than a footnote in his discography. His reputation has gained him much respect from fellow musicians in many different genres.

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Moby is an experimental/ambient ElectronicMusic artist. Known mostly for his touching orchestrations and his ability to take just about any sample imaginable and make an epic techno song out of it, it - not to mention his [[GenreRoulette strikingly diverse body of work]] - Moby is one of the most respected artists in his field.

He got his start out in the late 80s and early 90s playing in small clubs. He released his debut effort, a SelfTitledAlbum, in 1992, and followed it up with another release the next year called ''Ambient'', which was sort of akin to Music/AphexTwin's ''Selected Ambient Works 85-92'' record. Besides the song "Go", which served as his first hit, and the song "Thousand", which holds a Guinness World Record for fastest BPM (take a guess), his first two releases received general shrugs only saw success from the masses.rave crowds. His next release, 1995's ''Everything Is Wrong'', saw his first taste of critical acclaim.

Then, in 1997 he attempted a genre shift that did not work in his favor. His third The album, titled ''Animal Rights'', is his attempt at tackling the PunkRock / AlternativeMetal (sources argue over the album's actual genre) movements. Critics laughed at his frail-sounding vocals and semi-pretentious lyrics, coupled by overly-long songs and repetitive riffs. The album sold so poorly that it sent Moby into a depressive stupor, drinking heavily every night in a desperate attempt to construct better songs.

This resulted in the release of his breakthrough album, ''Music/{{Play}}'' in 1999. Though ignored by critics at first (they were still laughing at him for ''Animal Rights''), eventually it received critical acclaim and became the best-selling techno album of all time. Then, just to give him more credit, in 2000 the album became the first album to have every single one of its tracks used in movie and television soundtracks.

soundtracks. Between this and him suddenly rubbing shoulders with major celebrities, such as Music/GwenStefani, it was a level of visibility previously thought impossible by anyone in the techno world (hell, he was so popular, Music/{{Eminem}} infamously dissed him).

After this he released two ''18,'' which played around with the ''Play'' formula to decent success, before attempting another rock-oriented record in 2005 with ''Hotel.'' This time it was less alternative rock and more warmly of a slicker, radio-friendly rock sound, and while not a failure by any means, it received albums, and then finally very mixed reviews. Moby, who was personally unsatisfied with how ''Hotel'' turned out, decided to step back from the mainstream spotlight. He began by returning to his techno roots with his two latest albums. ''Last Night,'' and then creating a more mournful, downtempo record with subsequent records. While more of a cult figure now rather than the major player he once was, he's received plenty of critical success in the years since.

''Play'' was has been featured on many "greatest of all time" album lists, and ''Animal Rights'' has become little more than a footnote in his discography. His reputation has gained him much respect from fellow musicians in many different genres.



!!Moby contains examples of the following tropes:

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!!Moby contains examples of the following tropes:
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* [[BSide B-Sides]]: Countless. He's compiled some of his b-sides on a few occasions: ''Rare: The Collected B-Sides 19891993, Play: The B-Sides'' and ''18: The B-Sides + DVD''.[[note]]the DVD contains concert footage, music videos, a slew of previously unreleased material and more little doodads from Moby.[[/note]]



* ConceptAlbum: ''Last Night'' is this, of sorts.
-->'''Moby:''' I essentially tried to take a long 8 hour night out in New York City and condense it into a 65 minute long album.
* DarkerAndEdgier: ''Animal Rights'' (and we all know how that turned out).



* GreatestHitsAlbum: ''Go: The Very Best Of Moby.'' It focuses mostly on his early 2000s wave of success.



* RearrangeTheSong: There's been multiple incarnations of "Go."




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* TitleOnlyChorus: "Someone To Love" from ''Animal Rights.''
23rd Aug '15 8:16:19 PM nombretomado
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* StageNames: Real name Richard Melville Hall. He gets his stage name from the fact that "supposedly Herman Melville was my great-great-great-granduncle." Herman Melville, of course, wrote ''MobyDick''.

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* StageNames: Real name Richard Melville Hall. He gets his stage name from the fact that "supposedly Herman Melville was my great-great-great-granduncle." Herman Melville, of course, wrote ''MobyDick''.''Literature/MobyDick''.
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