Sing It Back
|"Sing It Back (Boris Musical Mix)"|
|Single by Moloko|
|from the album I Am Not a Doctor|
|Released||August 23, 1999|
|Genre||Single version: Electronica, house, dance-pop
Album version: Trip hop, alternative
|Length||4:40 (single version)
4:23 (album version)
Sire/Warner Bros. Records (US)
|Writer(s)||Róisín Murphy, Mark Brydon.|
|Producer(s)||Moloko and remix production by Boris Dlugosch|
|Moloko singles chronology|
"Sing It Back" is a song written and performed by Moloko (Róisín Murphy and Mark Brydon). It first appeared in its original version on Moloko's second album, I Am Not a Doctor; it was released as a single, reaching number 45 on the UK Singles Chart. The song experienced chart success after it was remixed by DJ Boris Dlugosch. Murphy had started writing the lyrics while clubbing in New York City, and knew the song was at heart a dance track, but the group wanted to record it in a different artistic fashion for its album version.
Together with their record company they had commissioned mixes by Todd Terry (who had turned Everything But the Girl's "Missing" into an international club anthem). Moloko were not satisfied with the Terry mix and had to convince their label Echo Records to put out the Boris D. version instead. The remixed version was eventually featured on over 100 compilations, and was later added on Moloko's third album, Things to Make and Do, after hitting the top ten on the UK Singles Chart. In 1999 it reached number one on the US dance chart. As a form of barter for the remix, Moloko vocalist Róisín Murphy later co-wrote and appeared on Boris D.'s "Never Enough" single, starring in the video for that release as well.
The music video features Moloko vocalist Róisín Murphy dancing alone in a metallic flapper dress, accompanied by psychedelic lighting effects. The video was directed by Dawn Shadforth. The video is featured on the DVD of Moloko's special edition for the Statues album. Several live videos exist as well, including one in the group's live concert movie 11,000 Clicks, a similar concert version from the Dutch Pinkpop broadcast, a televised version from the TV show Later... with Jools Holland, and a samba version featured on MTV Brasil.
Track listings and formats
- Boris Dlugosch did the "Boris Musical Mix", the most widely heard version. (9:17)
- Boris Dlugosch also made the B.M.R Clubcut mix (7:13)
- Matthew Herbert (who would later coproduce Murphy's solo debut) did a "Tasteful Dub", reportedly adding only one sampled sound and using the original recording for the rest. (5:58)
- Todd Terry's Radio Mix was also released. (3:26)
- Mousse T. contributed two mixes, "Mousse T.'s Bootleg Dub" and "Mousse T.'s Feel Love Remix", which uses a similar synthesised bass riff to the influential disco song "I Feel Love" by Donna Summer.
- In 2012 Andy Caldwell and Michael Teixeira collaborated on a cover featuring vocals by Lisa Donnelly.
|Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)||31|
|Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia)||26|
|Canada Dance (RPM)||2|
|Germany (Media Control Charts)||47|
|Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)||24|
|New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)||27|
|Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)||18|
|United Kingdom (Official Charts Company)||4|
|US Hot Dance Club Songs (Billboard)||1|
"Big Love" by Pete Heller
|Billboard Hot Dance Club Play number-one single
July 3, 1999 – July 10, 1999
"What You Need" by Powerhouse featuring Duane Harden
- Uno Recordings: Music
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- Canadian peak
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- "Moloko Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot Dance Club Songs for Moloko.