Sing It Back

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"Sing It Back (Boris Musical Mix)"
Single by Moloko
from the album I Am Not a Doctor
Released August 23, 1999
Format CD single
Genre Single version: Electronica, house
Album version: Trip hop, nu jazz, alternative dance
Length 4:40 (single version)
4:23 (album version)
Label Echo Records
Sire/Warner Bros. Records (US)
Writer(s) Róisín Murphy, Mark Brydon.
Producer(s) Moloko and remix production by Boris Dlugosch
Moloko singles chronology
"The Flipside"
(1998)
"Sing It Back"
(1999)
"The Time Is Now"
(2000)
Music sample

"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. 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,[1] 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 in the UK singles chart. In 1999 it reached number one on the U.S. 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.

Music video[edit]

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 groups'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 Brazil.

Track listing[edit]

French CD single
  1. "Sing It Back" (Boris Musical Mix) (4:38)
  2. "Sing It Back" (Tee's Radio) (3:25)
German maxi single
  1. "Sing It Back" (Boris Radio Edit) (3:35)
  2. "Sing It Back" (Can 7 Supermarket Radio) (3:55)
  3. "Sing It Back" (Mousse T's Boot Edit) (3:55)
  4. "Sing It Back" (Boris Musical Mix) (9:15)
  5. "Sing It Back" (Can 7 Supermarket Mix) (8:14)
  6. "Sing It Back" (Mousse T's Bootleg Dub) (7:35)

Remixes[edit]

  • Boris Dlugosch did the "Boris Musical Mix", the most widely heard version. (9:17)
  • Boris Dlugosch also did 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.[2]

Charts[edit]

Chart (1999) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[3] 20
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[4] 31
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia)[5] 26
Canada Dance (RPM)[6] 2
France (SNEP)[7] 35
Germany (Media Control Charts)[8] 47
Ireland (IRMA) 12
Italy (FIMI)[9] 35
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[10] 24
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[11] 27
Spain (AFYVE)[12] 5
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[13] 50
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[14] 18
United Kingdom (The Official Charts Company) 4
US Hot Dance Club Songs (Billboard)[15] 1

Chart successions[edit]

Preceded by
"Big Love" by Pete Heller
Billboard Hot Dance Club Play number-one single
July 3, 1999 – July 10, 1999
Succeeded by
"What You Need" by Powerhouse featuring Duane Harden

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