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Moloko ( ) were an Irishmarker/Englishmarker electronic/pop duo consisting of Róisín Murphy from Wicklowmarker, Irelandmarker and Mark Brydon, from Sunderland, Englandmarker.

Origin of band name

The band's name originates from the Nadsat slang in the novel A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess, in which it means "milk" (from the Russian word for milk, молоко), actually the name of a milk drink that Alex and his "droogs" consume mixed with "drencrom". (Fellow electronic Sheffield band Heaven 17 had also taken their name from the novella when they formed in 1980).

History of band

Murphy, born in Arklowmarker, Ireland, had no prior professional experience as a singer when Moloko was formed. Brydon, on the other hand, already had an extensive CV within the dance music community as a remixer and member of pop/house acts House Arrest and Cloud 9. They met at a party in Sheffield, England, when Murphy approached Brydon using the chat-up line, "Do you like my tight sweater? See how it fits my body!" This line would later become the title of their debut album, recorded while the pair were dating.

The first two albums Do You Like My Tight Sweater? and I Am Not a Doctor gained notice in the underground dance scene. The band broke into the mainstream when "Sing It Back", an album track from I Am Not A Doctor, was remixed by house music producer Boris Dlugosch. The track was a massive hit in Ibizamarker, and this remixed version broke into the top-five in both the Irish Singles Charts, and the UK singles chart in 1999, and also, helped by a psychedelic video featuring Murphy in a very short metallic "flapper" dress and cap. "Sing It Back" was eventually featured on 110 music compilations.

In 2000 Moloko started touring as a full band along with percussionist Paul Slowley, keyboardist Eddie Stevens, and guitarist Dave Cooke.

The band also had chart success with "The Time Is Now", the first single from the third album, Things to Make and Do. This album had relied less on the leftfield beats of the previous albums, and featured more organic instrumentation as well as musically more multifaceted arrangemets by Eddie Stevens.

Murphy and Brydon ended their relationship in 2001. After their breakup, they recorded and released their fourth studio album, Statues. Statues continued a segue into more traditional instrumentation, along with electronica elements from their earlier releases. Statues incorporated the theme of the couple's split: all of the songs deal with a troubled and/or ending romance.

In 2004 Moloko released a live DVD, 11,000 Clicks, recorded on stage at the Brixton Academy, England. It contained many of their well known songs including "Indigo", "Sing It Back", and "The Time Is Now".

After concluding the tour supporting Statues, Moloko mutually parted ways, with Murphy launching a solo career. However, in 2006 Murphy and Brydon, along with long-time Moloko guitarist Cooke, played a select number of acoustic radio performances to promote the Moloko best of album Catalogue. While both currently pursue projects outside of Moloko and state that there are no plans for Moloko at the moment, Murphy has been keen to stress that the group are not necessarily defunct and that she has no interest in "burying" the project.

For the time being, Róisín Murphy completed work on her second solo album, Overpowered, released in October 2007, while Mark Brydon is working on a number of smaller projects in his own studio.

Discography




Albums



Remixes and compilations



Year Title Chart positions Certifications

(sales thresholds)
UK AUTmarker BELmarker FINmarker NL SWImarker
1995 Do You Like My Tight Sweater?
  • Released: November 1995
  • Label: Echo
92 - - - - -
1998 I Am Not a Doctor
  • Released: 24th August 1998
  • Label: Echo
64 30 - - - 45
2000 Things to Make and Do
  • Released: 31st October 2000
  • Label: Echo
3 21 6 26 66 25
  • BPI: Platinum
2002 Statues
  • Released: 8th October 2002
  • Label: Echo
18 19 1 12 28 26
  • BPI: Silver
  • IFPI: Gold
"-" denotes releases that did not chart.
Year Title Chart positions
UK NL BELmarker
2001 All Back to the Mine
  • Released: 2nd October 2001
  • Label: Echo
149 - 41
2006 Catalogue
  • Released: 17th July 2006
  • Label: Echo
82 65 10


Live albums





Singles



Awards and honors

"Best International Live Act" - Belgian TMF Awards2004

Moloko in other media

Moloko's music has appeared in several video games:



The song "The Time is Now" is also featured in the Ford Focus adverts for Sky Sports News in the UK as well as the channel's flagship live Premiership football programme Ford Super Sunday, since 2004. In 2009 it was used for the Australian advertisement for the updated BMW3-Seriesrange.

The song "The Time is Now" was performed by the Jabbawockeezand it was also imitated for their final performance "The Red Pill"on the show Americas Best Dance Crew.

The song "Fun for Me" was featured in the motion picture Batman & Robin, and is on the soundtrack to that film as well. It was also utilised in the advertisements for Dharma and Gregin syndicationon American television featuring Jenna Elfmanas Dharma, one of the main characters, dancing to the song.

  • "The Only Ones" from the "Statues" album was featured on the soundtrack to the motion picture "Johnny English".
  • "Indigo" was featured in the movie "Mystery men".
  • "The Time is Now" was featured also in the "Sex and the City" soundtrack and in the British television drama "Cold Feet".


The song "Day For Night" was a part of Chris Morris'BBC Blue Jamradio show and Jam television show.

References

  1. World's Fair: Moloko
  2. Moloko - Catalogue
  3. http://www.roisinmurphy.com/phpbb2/viewtopic.php?t=714
  4. ultratop.be - Moloko - Catalogue
  5. http://www.zobbel.de/cluk/CLUK_M.HTM
  6. ultratop.be - ULTRATOP BELGIAN CHARTS
  7. ultratop.be - Moloko - Familiar Feeling


See also



External links



Year Title Chart positions
BELmarker
2004 11,000 Clicks 9
Year Title Chart positions Album
UK BELmarker AUTmarker SWImarker NLmarker FRAmarker AUS
1995 Where Is the What If the What Is in Why? - - - - - - - Do You Like My Tight Sweater?
The Moloko EP: the A-side is "Where Is the What If the What Is in Why?" - - - - - - -
1996 Dominoid 65 - - - - - -
Fun for Me 36 - - - - - -
Day for Night - - - - - - -
1998 The Flipside 53 - - - - - - I Am Not a Doctor
Sing It Back 45 - - - - - -
1999 Sing It Back (reissue) 4 26 - 18 24 35 20
2000 The Time Is Now 2 15 - 41 46 - 36 Things to Make and Do
Pure Pleasure Seeker 21 - - - - - -
Indigo 51 - - - - - -
2003 Familiar Feeling 10 29 59 84 100 - 46 Statues
Forever More 17 26 - - 77 - -
Cannot Contain This 97 - - - - - -
2005 A Style Suite (Farolfi & Gambafreaks vs. Moloko) - - - - - - -

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