Moloko

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Moloko
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Moloko in a 2003 photo shoot. Left to right: Mark Brydon and Róisín Murphy
Background information
Origin Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England
Genres Alternative dance, dance-pop
Years active 1993–2002[1]
Labels The Echo Label, Warner Bros.
Past members

Moloko /məˈlk/ is an Anglo-Irish music duo from Sheffield, England consisting of Róisín Murphy from Arklow, Ireland and Mark Brydon, from Sunderland, England.

History[edit]

Murphy had no prior professional experience as a singer when Moloko was formed.[1] Brydon, had previously worked on music as a producer with musicians such as Boy George and Cabaret Voltaire on releases from the 1990s.[2] In 1994, the two met at a party in Sheffield, where Murphy approached Brydon with the chat-up line, "Do you like my tight sweater? See how it fits my body!"[1] The query became their début album's title, recorded while the Murphy and Byrdon began dating.[1] The name Moloko 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).[3]

The group signed to Echo Records and released their single "Where Is the What If the What Is in the Why?"[1] The group's debut album Do You Like My Tight Sweater?, was released in 1995.[1] The group toured with the group Pulp following the release.[1]

After Moloko finished the tour, they built a home studio and recorded their second album titled I Am Not a Doctor which was released in 1998 in the United Kingdom.[1] Their third album Things to Make and Do was released in the early 2000s.[1] Brydon and Murphy ended their romantic relationship after the release of their 2002 album Statues and following a tour, disbanded the group.[1]

Style[edit]

Moloko's music has been described as alternative dance and dance-pop.[1] Heather Phares of AllMusic described the sound of their debut album similar to that of Portishead and Massive Attack with elements of dance, funk, and trip-hop, while noting the group's had a "a sense of humor and sass unique to Moloko."[1]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
UK
[4]
AUS
[5]
AUT
[6]
BEL (Fl)
[7]
FIN
[8]
FRA
[9]
GER
[10]
IRE
[11]
NLD
[12]
SWI
[13]
Do You Like My Tight Sweater? 92
I Am Not a Doctor
  • Released: 24 August 1998
  • Label: Echo
  • Formats: CD, cassette, LP
64 30 91 45
Things to Make and Do
  • Released: 10 April 2000
  • Label: Echo
  • Formats: CD, cassette, LP
3 38 21 6 26 14 10 66 25
Statues
  • Released: 3 March 2003
  • Label: Echo
  • Formats: CD, cassette, LP
18 34 19 1 12 135 12 59 28 26

Compilations[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions
UK
[4]
BEL (Fl)
[7]
GER
[10]
IRE
[11]
NLD
[12]
All Back to the Mine 149 47
Catalogue
  • Released: 17 July 2006
  • Label: Echo
  • Format: CD
82 7 98 70 65

Singles[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
UK
[4]
AUS
[5]
AUT
[6]
BEL (Fl)
[7]
FRA
[9]
GER
[10]
IRE
[11]
NLD
[12]
SWI
[13]
US Dance
[16]
"Where Is the What If the What Is in Why?" 1995 Do You Like My Tight Sweater?
"Fun for Me" 36 4
"Dominoid" 65
"Day for Night" 1996 37
"The Flipside" 1998 53 I Am Not a Doctor
"Sing It Back" 45
"Sing It Back" (Remix) 1999 4 20 31 35 47 24 18 1 Things to Make and Do
"The Time Is Now" 2000 2 36 15 49 10 46 41
"Pure Pleasure Seeker" 21 [A]
"Indigo" 51 [B]
"Familiar Feeling" 2002 10 46 59 29 72 26 100 84 Statues
"Forever More" 2003 17 26 96 77
"Cannot Contain This" 97 [C]
  • A^ : "Pure Pleasure Seeker" did not chart on the Flemish Ultratop 50, but peaked at number 15 on the Ultratip chart.
  • B^ : "Indigo" did not chart on the Flemish Ultratop 50, but peaked at number 16 on the Ultratip chart.
  • C^ : "Cannot Contain This" did not chart on the Flemish Ultratop 50, but peaked at number 3 on the Ultratip chart.

Awards and honors[edit]

"Best International Live Act" - Belgian TMF Awards 2004

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l Phares, Heather. "Moloko Biography". AllMusic. Retrieved November 17, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Mark Brydon Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved November 17, 2014. 
  3. ^ James, Martin (16 June 2000). "How to milk Blondie for all they're worth". The Independent. Retrieved 20 August 2012. 
  4. ^ a b c "Chart Log UK (1994–2010): M – My Vitriol". zobbel.de. Retrieved 16 November 2014. 
  5. ^ a b "australian-charts.com - Discography Moloko". Hung Medien. Retrieved 16 November 2014. 
  6. ^ a b "Discographie Moloko - austriancharts.at" (in Austrian German). Hung Medien. Retrieved 16 November 2014. 
  7. ^ a b c "ultratop.be - Moloko - Sing It Back" (in Dutch). Ultratop and Hung Medien. Retrieved 16 November 2014. 
  8. ^ "finnishchars.com - Discography Moloko". Hung Medien. Retrieved 16 November 2014. 
  9. ^ a b "lescharts.com - Discographie Moloko" (in French). Hung Medien. Retrieved 16 November 2014. 
  10. ^ a b c "officialcharts.de - Suche nach Moloko" (in German). GfK Entertainment. Retrieved 16 November 2014. 
  11. ^ a b c "irishcharts.com - Discography Moloko". Hung Medien. Retrieved 16 November 2014. 
  12. ^ a b c "dutchcharts.nl - Discografie Moloko" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved 16 November 2014. 
  13. ^ a b "Moloko - hitparade.ch" (in Swiss German). Hung Medien. Retrieved 16 November 2014.  Click "Charts" and select either Songs or Alben (Albums) to see peaks.
  14. ^ a b c d e f "Certified Awards". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 16 November 2014.  Enter "Moloko" in the Keywords field, select "Artist" under Search by, tick the exact match box and hit search.
  15. ^ "ultratop.be - Goud en Platina 2003" (in Dutch). Ultratop and Hung Medien. Retrieved 16 November 2014. 
  16. ^ "Moloko - Chart history on the Dance Club Songs chart". Billboard. Retrieved 16 November 2014.