by Moby

Album: Play (1999)
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  • In a 2009 interview with Rolling Stone, Moby recalled this track: "This still makes me laugh. I recorded a rushed demo to cassette. I could never mix it in a way I was happy with, so I just ended up using the cassette demo on the album. If you listen to it, there's hiss, there's tape warble. It's probably one of the only songs on a 10-million-selling record recorded to cassette. And what's funny is that it's been licensed. Oliver Stone used it in a movie, it's been in a couple really big movies. And every time I hear it in a huge movie, I think to myself, This is just a crummy demo on demo on cassette."
  • This was used in the movies Any Given Sunday (1999), Seabiscuit (2003), and Polytechnique (2009).
  • Moby recorded the album in his home studio on Mott Street in Manhattan.
  • Moby's career hit the skids after the release of Animal Rights, a punk-rock effort that alienated his electronica fanbase. He figured Play would be his last album before heading back home to Connecticut to pursue a different line of work. Instead, the album became a huge hit, selling 12 million copies worldwide and earning him a pair of Grammy nominations.
  • This was featured in an for the British chocolate company Thorntons. Although licensing some of the album's tracks for use in commercials (others were used in movies and TV shows) was largely what helped Play become a hit, Moby regrets the decision. He told Rolling Stone in 2009: "I licensed some of the music to commercials, and to be honest with you, I regret having done that. Just because it's become an odd cross to bear. Mick Jagger in 1965 got endorsed by Coke and got on stage and drank Coca-Cola. People have been selling out for a long time. The irony is that now I don't license my songs to commercials and everybody else does. Once bitten, twice shy. I should have taken lessons from the cool indie-rockers who only license their music to countries where they don't speak English. The hip artists revered by your contemporaries? They license their music, they just do it in South Korea."

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