Moby

Biography: Richard Melville Hall was born on September 11th, 1965, in Darien, Connecticut. Richard, aka Moby, is an American electronic musician, who can play keyboards, guitar, and bass.

In 1980, Moby was in a punk band called the Vatican Commandos, but was removed from the band in 1989. Moby went on to find electronic music.

In 1991, Moby released "Instict Dance", under the pseudonyms of Barracuda, Brainstorm, and Voodoo Child, with Moby as one of the four contributors. Moby's self-titled debut appeared a year later, followed in 1995 by the critically praised "Everything Is Wrong" from Elektra Records. In 1996, resuming the pseudonym Voodoo Child once more, Moby released "The End of Everything". Another pseudonym, DJ Cake released "Sugar Baby". Also in 1996, the follow-up to "Everything Is Wrong" was Moby's hard rock/electronic "Animal Rights", and 1997's music from movies collection "I Like to Score", which both proved commercially unsuccessful. Moby took this opportunity to
leave his label, Elektra Records.

Moby's breakthrough album was 1999's "Play", released on V2 Records. The mainstream raved about "Play", whereas early Moby fans felt disappointed. Every single track on "Play" was sold to commercials, film, or television, making the album a financially success and almost unnecessary to have any radioplay.

Moby founded the Area: One Festival in 2001, as a touring rock festival of various genres. Moby questioned white rapper Eminem's musical style, leading to Moby being insulted by Eminem in one of his rap songs. The following year, Eminem challenged Moby to a fight at the 2002 MTV Video Music Awards, and was booed of the stage for this attempt. Moby briefly was the host of MTV produced television show Señor Moby's House of Music, a show focused on obscure electronic music.

2002 also saw the release of "18", featuring a Nine-Eleven tribute song called 'We Are All Made of Stars'. In 2003, Moby produced and acted in the film Moby Presents: Alien Sex Party.

Voodoo Child made his latest appearance in 2004, with "Baby Monkey". In 2005, Moby's 'Lift Me Up' was given to Digimpro, allowing users to remix the song in whichever fashion they choose, and later save their work as an MP3. For some dates on Moby's 2005 European tour, Liveherenow provided to the concert audience a CD of the show.

Until recently, Moby co-owned/waited a restaurant/coffee shop called TeaNY. Recently, Moby has written the score for Richard Kelly's film "Southland Tales'. Moby is currently living in NYC's Little Italy, in a small apartment across the street from David Bowie.

Moby Discography: 1992's "Moby"/1993's "The Story So Far", 1993's "Ambient", 1995's "Everything is Wrong", 1996's "Animal Rights", 1999's "Play", 2002's "18", and 2005's "Hotel".

Moby Pseudonym Partial Discography: 1991's "Instict Dance" from Moby/Barracuda/Brainstorm/Voodoo Child, 1996's "The End of Everything" from Voodoo Child, 1996's "Sugar Baby" from DJ Cake, and 2004's "Baby Monkey" from Voodoo Child.
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Moby's Scores

Average career score: 63
Highest Metascore: 84 Play
Lowest Metascore: 47 Hotel
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
7 music reviews
Title: Year: Credit: User score:
84 Play Jun 1, 1999 Primary Artist 8.3
65 Wait For Me Jun 30, 2009 Primary Artist 7.7
63 Last Night Apr 1, 2008 Primary Artist 8.2
61 Destroyed May 17, 2011 Primary Artist / Producer 6.8
61 18 May 14, 2002 Primary Artist 6.6
60 Innocents Sep 30, 2013 Primary Artist 8.1
47 Hotel Mar 22, 2005 Primary Artist 5.2